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4 College Junior

Local Area: Lively and Energetic. Oakland has a variety of activities to engage in and it is really close to downtown Pittsburgh where there is even more to do.Oakland has wonderful restuarants, the Carnegie Museum, plenty of concerts, wonderful libraries,and hip bars.There are three other major schools surrounding Oakland,which makes it very diverse and lively.

2 College Junior

Parking: Stick to Taking the Bus – A car is a good thing when travelling, but if you are mostly on campus, it's better to take the bus. Even though the bus can be unpredictable at times, it beats paying the parking meter and being stuck in traffic.

3 College Junior

Administration: They are very strict when it comes to safety and I like that. It makes me feel safe whenever I have to leave the library late or when I need to get home at a late hour.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Okay but Repetitive – When you first get there, everything is like gold, but after spending a month eating the same food over and over again...it gets really repetitive and boring.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Everything Is on Forbes – Forbes Avenue offers every type of food imaginable. Most places offer student discounts after certain hours or on certain days. $5 pizzas are just a short walk away, at Sorrento's or Antoon's. Just be sure to travel in a group to keep safe.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: A Little City – Pitt has a ton of things to offer - great for students focused on academics and athletics. For people reaching outside of the college scene, Oakland offers a ton of things to do and completely surrounds the campus. There are places to eat, shop, and hang out. Everything is just a short bus ride away.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The university of Pittsburgh has many races and people from different ethic backgrounds and cultures. It is a small city with new people everywhere you turn. It's a huge school that is very diverse.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Computer Labs – Sometimes the computer labs in the Cathedral of Learning get a little crowded, but in general the 24-hour labs (especially the one in Lawrence) have been a blessing. I do all my printing there, since we have a high number of pages we're allowed to use. I could probably get away with not having my own computer if I didn't want to have one, and the wireless on campus is very consistent.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: My professors are all very available and very interested in my progress. The workload isn't terribly intense, but you can take on more if you're not feeling challenged enough. There are research opportunities, etc. available, and the faculty are always willing to give you advice on how to start a career in the field.

1 College Sophomore

Weather: Let's face it, there is not many positive things to say about the weather in Pittsburgh. The city is under an almost constant cloud coverage and rain is frequent. I personally know several people that have been affected with seasonal depression during the dreary and long winters experienced at Pitt. The only positive is that when a rare sunny day does occur, people really take advantage of the good weather. Overall, the weather is probably one of my least favorite things about Pitt.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not Even an Issue – Although there is definitely drinking going on at Pitt, there are so many other fun activities to participate in. If someone chooses not to drink they are definitely not pressured to do it. People respect the choices that others make.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Cheap but Sketchy! It is definitely possibly to find cheap off campus housing at Pitt, but sometimes this affordable housing comes at a price: an unsafe area. Most of the students I know that rave about the cheap rates they pay for their apartment or house live in less than desirable areas that I personally would not feel safe living in. However, if you are willing to spend a little more for your housing, it is possible to find a safe area and nice housing that will suit the student lifestyle.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I Like It – There are great people at Pitt. There are plenty of organizations to join and if you can't find the right one for you, you can create your own! The teachers are always nice and helpful, as well.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Take the Bus! Mostly everyone uses public transportation. The buses in Pittsburgh can take you anywhere you want and it's free with your Pitt ID. They run at reasonable times and are usually comfortable. Driving in Pittsburgh is a huge hassle because of the hills and traffic.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everybody's Cool – There are plenty of people on campus to talk to. Most girls pretty much dress the same: uggs, leggings, northface. It's like a uniform. The guys are pretty lax in appearance.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Research Opportunities – My school has a D1 research program, and offers many opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in such experiences. It has a freshmen "first experiences" program, as well as postings of research positions on every field of study's website.

1 College Senior

Administration: Social Strictness – Pitt is infamous for hiring city police to stand on the street corners of Oakland on Friday and Saturday "party" nights. Moreover, it is not a university that promotes calling for medical help if someone is assumed to have alcohol poisoning or the like due to the threat of an underage.

1 College Senior

Health & Safety: Police Safety – I feel that I hardly see police patrolling the campus, unless it is a Saturday night and they are looking to bust underage parties. It makes me feel a lot less safe.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Pitt is great because all use of the buses is free upon having a valid Pitt ID- it is included in your tuition. All buses are easily accessed throughout various parts of campus and go to most all of the surrounding Pittsburgh communities.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Pitt is a very diverse campus, with students of all ethnicities and from all over the world. There are also many organizations devoted to the different ethnic groups found on campus.

4 College Senior

Academics: University Research – The University of Pittsburgh is an excellent university if you would like to pursue any interests in research. There are tons of labs in almost every field, and they are always accepting undergraduates to help research. However, I feel this is not something that Pitt really advertises. Unfortunately, I am not that interested in research and feel that it is many professor's priority over teaching. It takes away from the "field activities" offered at Pitt.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is pretty limited around campus, so I would suggest not even bothering to bring a car. The places where there is parking you usually will have to pay so just use the campus shuttles instead

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Some Stuff – I'm not much of a partier, but there are usually many house parties around since the clubs are mostly 21 and older. You can find a 18+ club, but those aren't my thing

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places to go to eat off campus. Pamela's has really good breakfast food and isn't expensive. Eatin' Park is also really good.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Computer Labs – There are many computer labs throughout the campus, which is very good.

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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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