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Reviews 3063 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The Football Games – I haven't been to many sporting events at the school, but I love tailgating and going to football games.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Because I though that Towers was going to be a horrendous experience for my first year of school, I opted to live in Holland first semester of my freshmen year... a choice I really regret. Although Holland boasts larger rooms than Towers, it is... just not as fun. I switched to Towers second semester and loved it. I felt a lot closer to the people on my floor and had much easier access to the dining halls--which is awesome in the winter time.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Good Variety – I think Pitt offers a good variety of places to eat around campus. The main dining hall can get a little repetitive, but the stir fry and vegetarian options are delicious. Pitt also offers Taco Bell and Chick-fil-a as alternatives to the dining halls, bagel shops, and coffee carts all over campus. I wouldn't buy an enormous amount MEAL PLAN freshmen year, but rather stick to dining dollars and panther funds for more flexibility.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Research Opportunities – There are so many research opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved in and it's a great experience.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – I've never felt unsafe day or night on Pitt's campus.

3 College Junior

Weather: In one afternoon there was rain, snow and sunshine. It doesn't really affect the students since it is in a city, but they should be prepared for anything.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Above Average Game – You win some, you lose some. but overall, a great selection.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: I find that many of the professors take time out of their schedules to meet with students and they seem to enjoy teaching the subjects they specialize in.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I am so happy I chose to attend Pitt. It's a wonderful school and you get all the benefits of a big university. The athletics are fun, and there is so much to do in the city while you are still getting an excellent education. The professors are awesome and there are many options for living. Whatever you don't like on campus, you can get off campus around the town or by traveling into the city.

5 College Senior

Local Area: There are so many wonderful things to do in the city of Pittsburgh, and all the benefits of the city are free to Pitt students. You can enter several museums for free, and the bus system is also free for students. There are many places around to have concerts, and all are easily accessed by public transportation. The Penguins and the Pirates both hold student discounts and promotions regularly. Additionally, there are always festivals and arts and crafts fairs being held around the city. Everyone is very willing to work with students, especially as in Oakland, as the students are so essential to the local economy.

4 College Senior

Academics: The history major at Pitt is more simple than the complex majors, including those in the sciences. It consists of thirty credits with several mandatory requirements. These requirements include a pre-history course, a non-western course, a writing course and a survey course. They do accept AP credits from highschool, and are willing to work with transfer credits.

The professors are wonderful, and compared to my experience with other areas, they are much more enjoyable to work with and maintain a very helpful work ethic.

The department is easily accessed in Posvar hall. There are some opportunities for undergraduates but many of the positions are held by graduate students.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: We have many chains such as Chipotle, Qdoba, McDonald's, Caribou, and Starbucks. We also have many Chinese places but it starts to get repetitive. There aren't really many student discounts but the prices at some of these places are very low to begin with. Best places would be Szechuan, Bruegger's Bagels, and Sushi Boat. We also have a Dunkin' Donuts that opened up last week.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: Safe Rider – Safe Rider will pick you up just about anywhere, however, it may take them a bit to get to you.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Great time to hang out with friends. Tailgating is a must... the games, not so much.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Sutherland Hall – Living up the hill is a pain in terms of transportation, but wonderful for socializing.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: If you want to be involved in the Greek community, it's big enough that it's still worth it. But if you decide not to, it's not a big deal at all.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Pretty Good – As a freshman, you eat on campus a lot, but there are plenty of options. At first Market Central is awesome- until you go there twice a day every day. Off campus, there is so much variety. There are the typical fast food places like McDonalds, but you also get awesome places like Dave and Andy's ice cream, Fuel and Fuddle, and Rita's italian ice. My favorite on-campus place to eat is in the basement of the cathedral. They have a chick-fil-a and awesome sandwiches and sweet potato chips.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The facilities at Pitt are great. There are plenty of dining options all over campus. The cathedral is a great place to study- if the first floor is packed you have the other 40 stories to look for a place. Campus has a lot of fitness options, including a new gym at the Pete.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: One of the Best – The University of Pittsburgh is an amazing school. It contains such a wide variety of majors and minor. The campus is very diverse and is always bustling with things going on. The University of Pittsburgh definitely made my first year of college smooth and easy to adapt to such a big change.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Extremely Safe – Being so close to the city, the campus not only has a set of full time campus police but a strong force of city police as well. If there is ever a medical emergency it is not worried about because UMPC is located right on campus and is one of the bet hospitals around. Campus police are there to make sure everyone is ok and safe, but definitely not there to spoil a good party or ruin a good time.


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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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