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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Punishments Are Not Too Severe – Fortunately the school understands the fact that in college, peoples of age interact with peoples not and will put the survival of a student going to the hospital over fining them for underage drinking. However if any alcohol is found in dorms an instant $500 fine is distributed amongst the roommates and then PITT police follow up.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Towers a/B a Must Freshman Year – Despite the fact that your room is a box and then you must share this box with another it is the best experience of college. 38 other College Freshman on your floor, food court in your basement, and for engineers a 2 second walk from any classes on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Catherdral of Learning – Easily the most defining building on the PITT campus but it is full of an almost Hogwartesk aurora. The building itself is simply gorgeous as it stands 36 floors tall and offers the best view in Pittsburgh, aside from Mt.Washington. One of the best locations to study, Cathy (most refer to the building with this endearing title) also has the best dining facility accompanied by a computer lab in its very own basement. Overall Cathy is PITT and PITT is Cathy.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Drug Use – While Pittsburgh is often referred to as a Drinking City with a football problem there is a significant drug scene in Oakland. On campus one may find alcohol and marijuana to be pretty common. At Frats on the Hill by PA and Panther Hall cocaine is used often. Use of "hard" drugs at the frats is very hush hush but the two frats i have been in (SAE & DTD) have collectively spent more than 3 grand a month on average on cocaine. LSD and shrooms are also pretty common in the honors college on forbs. Finally most successful students use Adderal (amphetamine salts basically METH). It costs around 6$ for a 20 mg orange pill.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Crime Is Pretty Common – There have been more than a few gang rapes/ home invasions by black minorities in south Oakland. Avoid living past the Blvd. of the Allies in south oakland if you can because that is were most of the more serious/violent crime occurs.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: If you park regularly in Oakland you will have damage to your car.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Renovated Market Central – Excellent food. Try the stir Fry "360" grill at Market central for the best food. Way better than any food i've had in Ohio

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's Great! I love Pitt. I truly do. Even though to weather can suck sometimes (the snow storm last year caused classes to be cancelled for 3 days which never happens!) its still a beautiful city and a great academic institution. I feel like I've learned so much here, you obviously can't get through without studying, its hard. However, you don't need to devote all your time to studying, you can still have plenty of fun!

3 College Junior

Party Scene: If You Want to Drink, You Can – There are plenty of bars if you are 21, and if you are under 21 there are plenty of house parties or frat parties to go to that are equally as fun. However, its far fetched to find something going on unless it is Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. Sometimes even Thursdays can turn into homework nights here.

4 College Junior

Academics: Rehabilitation Science – This is a GREAT major at Pitt! Its a unique major, with smaller class sizes and very individualize attention. There are so many opportunities to network with graduate school faculty and professors. They even set you up with a faculty mentor in the graduate program of your choice to help you make the most of your undergraduate education here! They push for you to do a field experience, where you can learn SO much.

4 College Junior

Weather: Gloomy With a Chance of Sun! The weather in Oakland is pretty gloomy during most months of the school year- make sure you check the weather every morning in case of the need of rainboots and an umbrella. The snowy months get pretty chilly as well. Classes get cancelled every once in a while! However, in fall and spring months the weather is beautiful, totally worth the wait.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Not Greek...But It's Okay – Greek life on campus is pretty over the top, it's really everywhere you look. Frats are the big party places for freshmen on weekends, and sororities and frats are always having huge mixers and fund raisers.

5 College Junior

Local Area: Look for It – At Pitt, there are alot of options as far as attractions. You really need to go off campus and out of Oakland to look for them though. We have so many museums like the Warhol Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Heinz Museum. There's great food places downtown that encompass alot of different cultures and cuisines as well. Students are always helped with directions, so don't be afraid to venture out!

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Very Controlled – Pitt has very strict rules about on campus alcohol and drug-use. If caught underage drinking or using recreational drugs, you will have to go to a hearing with the school and the legal jurisdiction.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You Got to Look for Yourself. This really varies at Pitt. There are so many places you can live because you can catch a bus almost anywhere from Oakland, so it just if you can find the deals.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Free Ride – The buses can take you where ever you want to go, and they are free. But a warning to those sensative at heart because some of the bus drivers can be mean.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Brackenridge Yay – Brackenridge is a dorm with ample space for activities

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Athletic Awesome – The athleic facilities at university of pittsburgh are great, and easy to get to. I find that i can work out whenever i need to.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Apply Now! Pitt has been a great experience. I have spent most of my college experience here. I was a transfer student, however, I wish I had applied as a freshman. It is great to be around other schools such as CMU and to experience living in a small but up and coming city. It was life changing to be in Pittsburgh around the time of G20.

3 College Junior

Administration: Safety Is Strict – Safety is key at University of Pittsburgh. Many campus rules revolve around the safety of students. Students must sign in any and every guest into the dorms, however, this is for the safety of all students.

4 College Junior

Local Area: The Culture Around You – University of Pittsburgh offers an amazing college experience. The city of Pittsburgh is great for college kids, it has Carnegie Mellon right next door and Duquesne University just down the road. Public Transportation is free with your college ID and so are many local museums and attractions. I have spent many Saturday's exploring the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and have learned many things from it.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: it seems okay. It is hard to get a long with some people because of the busy schedule. not too many people can hang around after classes because they either have work or homework to do

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: when i attended they did not have sports assined yet. However, when i left the lady black bears seems to be rather popular. i participated in other activities such as clubs and organizations which were well organized and helpful to the student body.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Starting off as a general studies major, teachers were very supportive of my enducation and did not waste time teaching other material aside from the main requirements. the curiculume is easy and pretty self explanatory.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Since the Port Authority is included in tuition, you can take a bus almost anywhere you need to be in Pittsburgh. The university has a bus system that goes all around campus and has buses to get students home for the holidays.

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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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