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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Endless Shops and Restaurants – Pittsburgh is such a great city with so much to do. Walking down the main strip by the school there is an abundance of restaurants and shops catered mainly toward the college students here. Then there is public transportation(free to college students) that can take you out to anywhere you'd want to go. The waterfront is full of fun shops, but my favorite place is the Strip District where you can find shops full of homemade things from jewelry to hats and scarfs. It's a great place to spend a Saturday, plus there are fresh vegetables for cheap.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: the worst thing about pitt is the weather
there is rain, rain and more rain
bring a good umbrella, trendy wellies, and a good raincoat

the temperatures are mild
when it gets hot, it gets hot-- luckily most dorms have a/c
the weather did not affect my campus experience
i am a new englander- i have survived storms, blizzards, etc

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: pitt students are a friendly accepting bunch. i never encountered or witnessed anything other than acceptance. since pitt is a great mix of great students

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Get Wired – computer labs are great
there are unlimited copying privileges for pitt students
pitt provides over 1000 pages of printing per semester per student- or some ridiculous amount
i don't know any other school that offers this benefit
the network is highly reliable
the tech support is awesome and available 24/7
you don't need your own printer - the print facilities are highly dependable and convenient

Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: i did not receive any aid. therefore, i have no information to share

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: You're Home – off campus housing is integrated within the pitt campus. that is a major source of luck for pitt students with regard to safety, transportation, dining options, and campus connection.
you will find a place to call home
there are trendy brownstones, stylish high rises, kitschy triple deckers to choose from. the rents range from dirt cheap to overpriced. good places go quickly. most will secure a home in midmarch to early april. the housing office offers a listing of properties, you can also check message boards, and make friends with upperclassmen

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: the pete center athletic facility is state of the art. it is probably one of the best in the nation. the libraries are fantastic. since pitt is a world renown research university the libraries are excellent
the medical libraries are exceptional
there are numerous clubs and campus activities throughout the campus
there is something for everyone, i promise
the campus has green areas where students play frisbee, study, picnic, or just chill

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Dining Done Right – very good and healthy dining choices available throughout campus
flex dollars can be used at local dining establishments
some of my favs- panera, 5guys, chipotle, sushi, chinese, and mediterranean eateries
great options
good value
lots of choices
also there are traditional dorm style eating choices all around campus too

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Middle Class = Nothing – The school only gives out money to those who are at the top of the class and those who are very poor.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Plenty of Options – There are plenty of Greek Life opportunities. Not just ones to party at but a lot of business, professional, honors, and community serve are available.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Solid Environment – Pitt is great because it has anything you could possibly want. Its a large campus in the city of Pittsburgh but it still has the feeling of a campus. The food is great, classes are solid, and the degree carries a lot of weight in the real world. Overall I am very happy I went to Pitt.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It is not hard to do, but you need make sure you do all the paper work on time. If you do everything you need to do such as the FAFSA, then the financial aid that is deemed fit for you will be sent to you and then you simply decide to accept it (or not).

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys Are Hard to Find – I have yet to find a "hot" guy that blows my mind. You really have to search, but every once in awhile you will be pleasantly surprised. Frat boys are somewhat obnoxious and think they are the coolest, while at the same time it isn't the end of the world - frats are free for girls!

4 College Freshman

Academics: Effort Required – While the University of Pittsburgh is a fairly large school, a lot of the academics comes down to the effort the student puts forth. Almost every single professor makes themselves easily attainable for help - some more than others. Even in the very large lecture halls, I have found that most of my professors actually care for the course at hand and also care for the students' understanding and improvement.
The curriculum is not too demanding, however it depends on your major and what general education requirements are still needed. However, either way you still are allowed some freedom in choosing classes.
Personally, my registration process was particularly easy as my academic advisor was very helpful and answered any questions that I had very quickly and always made himself available for office appointments.
Workload really depends on what classes you are taking and the way you are able to space your schedule out. I know some people who never seem to be too stressed by their workload while others are constantly at the library. So, in essence, it is what you personally perceive as a lot of work and what you yourself can handle.
Finally, Pitt offers a lot of special study options from simply majors and minors to certificates and specialty areas that can add to your resume. At Pitt it is also popular for many students to study abroad and take part in research opportunity while at school.

2 College Junior

Parking: Good Luck – It is easier to find parking if you need to go on upper campus. But if you plan on spending tme on lower campus (where most classrooms are) then you better take a bus or get ready to pay high sums in garages. Street parking is near impossible to find during the day.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The Primanti Sandwich Is All That – There are many local places to eat around the Oakland campus, but I have fallen in love with the famous Primanti Bros. above all else. The first couple of times you try to get your mouth around one of their cole slaw and french fry stuffed snawiches it is quite a chore. But they are unique, delicious, and OPEN LATE!

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Everything in the 'Burgh – There is everything to do in Pittsburgh. From the cultural neighborhoods to the beloved Black and Yellow of the Steelers, everything is easily accessible by free transportation. Through Pitt Arts program we get discounted tickets to all local downtown theatre productions. The Pitt ID will get you into all the museums for free as well, including the Andy Warhol Museum, Phipps Conservatory, and the Carnegie Museums.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather is Pittsburgh is one of the only things I dislike about the city and campus. There's a fair amount of snow in the winter, but not a lot. They do a good job of keeping sidewalks and such clean. However, Pittsburgh is a pretty grey city, especially in the winter. I wish it was sunnier.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Safety – I think the University does a great job at keeping our campus safe, especially since it is an urban environment. While I never feel unsafe on campus, it is important to walk with another person at night.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: The University's Office of Admission and Financial aid is extremely helpful in assisting students get loans and receive financial aid. During the Pitt Start orientation process there is a presentation on how to obtain financial aid.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Outside the Classroom Curriculum – The University of Pittsburgh offers students a great way to show future employers what they did outside of the classroom through Outside the Class Curriculum credit, called OCC credit. When Pitt students attend events outside of the classroom such as the activities fair or when they do things like visit the study abroad office they have their student id swiped and receive OCC credit. OCC credits are document online and can a sheet can be printed out to which shows every OCC event students have attended during their 4 years of college. Students who attend a certain number of OCC events get green cords for their graduation gown.

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5 College Junior

Party Scene: Pitt students have several options for transportation while out at night. The University of Pittsburgh has a shuttle system which operates until 3am. The shuttles run frequently and go to upper campus, south Oakland and to Shadyside. Pitt also has Safe Rider, which is similar to a taxi service. Students call Safe Rider and they are picked up and can get a ride to their residence hall, apartment or destination for the evening. Pitt students can also ride Port Authority buses free of cost to parties at any of the neighboring schools or to bars on the South Side.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I found working with the financial aid office very easy and helpful when trying to complete the difficult task of acquiring financial assistance.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Mostly Drinking – Most people drink on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at Pitt. Not many other drugs are common, but some people do smoke.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Because they are partially state, unless you're destitute or brilliant, its difficult to get much help. They don't release costs until late, making it really hard to get the loans that you need (because they won't cover much). The online billing system is confusing and I've had my fair share of heart attacks reading it wrong.

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Overall, students agree that they wouldn't trade their Pitt experience for anything. As with most decisions, there are a lot of things to consider. If you don't like living in a city environment, Pittsburgh may not be the place for you. While it doesn't have the feel of New York of Philadelphia, the area is definitely urban. Also, Pitt is a large school—you're in for some big lecture classes and a somewhat overwhelming campus during the first year or so. Everything will seem to get smaller after you've been around awhile, though. Weather can be a concern if you're used to a warmer climate—snow, rain, and wind rule Pittsburgh winters. This is something that you can easily get used to though, unless you're a diehard warm weather fan.

What Pitt does offer is high-caliber academics, plenty of student organizations, and countless opportunities, such as study abroad, cultural activities, and sports. If you're willing to become active on campus, there's a lot more to Pitt than meets the eye. The University's location can also be a great advantage—Pittsburgh itself is a great city that is a positive environment for students to live and learn in, thanks in part to the city being home to a number of colleges and universities. The social scene is always jumping, locals are friendly, and there's always something to do if you explore a little. The best idea is to visit and try to get a feel for the area. You can get the same quality education at Pitt that can be found in many smaller, expensive schools, but here you'll pay less to have a vibrant city right at your doorstep.

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