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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.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Always Something to Do – Being so close to the city, the University of Pittsburgh is always booming with things to do and places to be. The campus its self is flowing with stores and attractions that accommodate each and every student without having to go far. Though if there is not something needed on campus, a short free bus trip will get you what you need. There are 4 surrounding malls and tons of museums on the neighboring campus of Carnegie Mellon and Ducan.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The Cathedral of Learning! The cathedral of learning is the landmark of the University of Pittsburgh. It is an amazing building where classes are held and it has optimal places for studying. The class rooms are based on class rooms from around the world. The main study area strongly resembles Hogwarts.

2 College Junior

Parking: I'd Rather Walk – The parking on campus is horrible, and the day traffic doesn't make it any better. You'll be later for class if you drive than if you take public transportation. The only reason you'd need a car is if you're commuting from somewhere farther out. The good think is that you don't need your car on campus most of the time and Pitt students get free bus access.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Diverse but Clear Majorities – Although the University of Pittsburgh is relatively diverse in that we have all of the ethnic groups represented and a whole lot of different religious groups, there are still clear majorities. White students are noticeably the majority ethnically, with the black population next in line (made up of mostly Africans), Asians are third and Hispanics are very far and few.

3 College Junior

Technology: The University of Pittsburgh has plenty of computer labs scattered around campus so if one computer lab is crowded, at least you have others to choose from. The only problem is you'll often find yourself walking quite a bit to the next one. The network is pretty reliable and if you have a laptop you'll find yourself using the WiFi more and the computer labs for nothing more than a place to print.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is awesome. The Pitt shuttle will take you anywhere you need to go on campus and Pitt students ride the Pgh Port Authority buses for free!

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Good Combination – The school may seem to be strict about visitors, alcohol, and noise late at night...but it's all for your own safety and benefit.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Great Fun – Nightlife at Pitt is excellent. There are always house parties or frat parties. Also, with your student id you get on the Pittsburgh Port Authority transportation for free so you can catch the bus to pretty much anywhere you want to go (movies, dinner, etc).

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Good Selection – Because the school is somewhat large, there is a very wide selection of guys to choose from. Athletes, brains, can find them all here.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather is interesting, if nothing else. Pittsburgh's weather gives a good sampling of everything. There are nice, hot summers, beautiful springs, crisp autumns and snowy winters. It's not predictable, but its often pleasant.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Oakland Is a Scam – If looking for off campus housing, anything in Oakland is gonig to be overpriced and under maintained. Landlords know that kids need places to stay and will pay what they have to to be close to school. Getting into other neighborhoods is a better option, such as Squirrell Hill or Shadyside or Highland Park. The bus system is good enough that living outside of Oakland is not difficult. And students ride all Port Authority for free, so why not live somewhere safer and cheaper?

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The Scoop – Campus life is booming at Pittsburgh University. If you like to socialize, there are people from every walk of life here. There are many things to do around campus and in the city--your student ID acts as a free Pittsburgh Port Authority bus pass so you can get anywhere around the city! Hang out in Oakland or take a bus to Southside where the night life never slows down. There are a large amount of extra cirricular activities going on. There are many churches in Oakland to choose from. And most importantly, Pitt provides a great education. All the alleys to academia they provide are astounding. There are so many course options and so many extra-cirricular academic choices to look into.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The University has a decent amount of choices if you are only using meal plan/flex dollars. Also, because it is right in the middle of Oakland there are a plethora of "off campus" places to eat only a couple blocks from everything!


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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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