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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Getting busses from anywhere on lower campus is really easy and the shuttles (though they can be annoying to wait for) go everywhere an on-campus student would really need them to go. Wouldn't recommend bringing a car, as parking is rough and buses can get you pretty much anywhere.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Pretty Good – Its really fun how intense the fans are and the teams are pretty good, but the weather here (crazy hot or super cold) makes outdoor sports a bit daunting to sit through if you're not really devoted. Getting basketball tickets is also really difficult, but as a whole, the athletic atmosphere is really energetic and fun.

3 College Senior

Weather: Mix of Sun and Clouds – The sun shines most days until about mid-November, then becomes a rare sight during the winter months. The constant gray winter skies can be an adjustment if you're use to a sunnier climate. But, all of that is made up during the spring months with a lot more regular sunshine and warmer weather.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Be a Part of the Pride: Be a Panther – A lot of people love the atmosphere with the big sports teams, the party life, and academics. Beyond that you even have a vareity of things you can do recreationally that are close to campus. Me personally, it's just not my thing. It's city life at a smaller scale, it's cold most of the school year, and I'm not as much of a party goer, but I do think that the professors here are none par the best and you'd be hard pressed to find a better education for you money whlie additionally being able to enjoy the social atmosphere of the university.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Pitt rarely gives out scholarships, unless you're the class Valedictorian and have a ridiculous GPA and come from a prestegious private school. My best friend in high school applied here and only got 2,000 dollars. I know very few people here that have scholarships at all. The only money that Pitt offered to me was financial aid, which they can be very generous with. I got a good amount of aid for my freshman year.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The residence halls are not very strict compared to schools nearby, such as Duquesne. I live in Holland and I don't like it, but you can have boys in the dorms as long as you sign them in which can be a hassle because it tends to take a long time. The RA's are generally okay, I have heard that my RA has yelled at several people on my floor for noise violations, but I haven't had an issue. It really depends on who your RA is. Also, I've heard stories of things that happened at Towers and it seems that you can get away with a lot more there than in other dorms like Holland which is definitely not as fun.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Pitt's internet system is generally reliable, however you have to constantly enter in your password each time you want to get onto the internet. The internet set-up can be confusing at first, but the computer technicians are very helpful and there is 24 hour help.

4 College Student

Guys & Girls: I Love It – I love everyone here! There are your typical assh---s, but most of the people here are great.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There Are Tons of Places. There are tons of places to eat around campus, and the ones in central Oakland normally will accept your panther funds!

2 College Junior

Diversity: It's average. Groups tend to segregate themselves and are sometimes unfriendly, although generally not cruel.

3 College Junior

Technology: theres enough, although the main labs can get pretty backed up around peak times during the semester. You might have to look into smaller labs, which are sometimes full too.

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.


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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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