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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are few clubs nearby, but most of them are 18 to party, which is nice. There are always parties on the weekends that you can find, whether they are frat parties or house parties. The public transit will take you to and from the clubs if you leave soon enough, but all the house parties are within walking distance to dorms, which is a definite plus.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Statistics Major – This department is a relatively small one, with about only 20 undergraduate students, but plenty of dedicated staff. The head of undergraduate statistics is the statistics counselor and also teaches at least two classes a semester. Everyone is friendly and very approachable. Even with very few students, many classes are available each term with dedicated professors. I couldn't chose a better school for this major.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is a drug scene but it is relatively benign at Pitt. Drinking is by far the most common drug related activity.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Community – Sports are definitely a point of community bonding at Pitt. The teams are good and people get very excited and supportive of teams.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is abundant but it takes some effort to find the cheapest possibilities. However, the school newspaper makes it much easier and there are many options

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Seems Diverse – Anytime I've visited, there seems to be a lot of diversity.

3 College Senior

Parking: Expensive, but Available – Being in a big city, parking is expensive. It is fairly easy to get a parking pass though. Ticketing is very strict in the city though. Park legally and you are fine. If you don't you will be out 25-35$.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: The on campus dining was recently re-vamped and now includes high quality food. Pretty pricy for a meal plan though. The dining dollars option is a good choice to pick and choose food and not get too bored of the same things. Off campus selections are incredible. There are a ton of low cost restaurants on campus which are nice.

3 College Senior

Technology: Many Labs, Often Crowded – There are a ton of computer labs all over campus. However, they often get very crowded around lunch time. Plan ahead so you aren't stuck in a line 5 minutes before an assignment is due.

5 College Senior

Athletics: The campus is full of school spirit. The football and basketball teams have been very successful in the past years, getting far into NCAA torns. Student fan sections are very impressive, and are admired nation-wide. I could not have asked for a better sports program.

4 College Senior

Diversity: The campus is known for its student diversity. I've met friends from all races, religions, sexual orientations, etc. It's nice coming from a mostly white high school to see how accepting students are on campus. I would definitely say diversity is one of the campus' strengths

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Large Variety of Options – The freshman dorms are a bit small, but in a great location and serve as a great place to meet people. The campus offers a large selection of options for freshman-junior year, including on campus apartments, suite-style, and dorm-style living in great locations. All are in great shape and very comfortable.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Happy With My Choice – Pittsburgh is the whole package, great city, great food, solid academic reputation, great sports teams. There is always something to do. My time here has been very productive and I'm very impressed with the education I received andthe value of the tuition. I would highly recommend the school and I'm sad to be leaving after 4 great years!

4 College Senior

Party Scene: Always Entertaining – Because it's in a big city, there always seems like something to do. House parties are all over the place and there are many things to do for the under 21 crowd. As for bars and clubs, Pittsburgh is loaded with them. Never a dull weekend.

4 College Senior

Academics: Great Town, Great School – I came to University of Pittsburgh for the business school, and found that the curriculum was excellent, teachers helpful, and now am proud to say I'll be getting a double degree.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The Rainbow Alliance: Wonderful People – I never thought that so many kind and exciting people could ever be found clustered together in one place; The Rainbow alliance proved me wrong. Those people are so full of energy and an unshakable courage to defend themselves and others for being who they are. I plan on participating in as many of their programs and events as I can for as long as I attend Pitt.

2 College Junior

Weather: Rain Rain Rain – Well, Pittsburgh is the "rainiest" city in America, so I think all the students expect it.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of apartments close to campus at Pitt. The rent is not too expensive but some apartments in South Oakland are not as nice as they could be. It is cheaper than on-campus housing and parking can sometimes be reasonable.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Half-Off Offers Cheap Food – There are many resturants that are within walking distance. Almost all of them are reasonably priced. Many of the resturants offer half-off food after a certain hour. The only downside is there is not very many nicer dining options within walking distance.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: There are many activities to do both on and off campus. University of Pittsburgh is a campus intertwined in a city. There are museums within walking distance and many resturants and shopping areas that are a short bus ride away. The campus hosts several activites such as Bigelow Bash where a popular band plays a free concert for students.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Bus Is Best – For destinations that are close by, walking is best. There are several resturants within walking distance. If students need to go somwehere farther away, all University of Pittsburgh students can ride public buses for free with their student ID. There are also campus shuttles that come frequently to pick up students and transport them around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking and Drugs – There are plenty of parties around where alcohol is served. I haven't heard of or seen much drug use but it could depend on who you hang out with.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls at University of Pittsburgh are very diverse in their interests. There are some that like to party, others that are interested in sports or clubs. Almost everyone is friendly and welcoming. The clothing for both guys and girls ranges from preppy to skater to fashion forward.

3 College Junior

Administration: Strict When Necessary – Drinking, downloading music illegally and other frowned upon acts are taken seriously. There is strict protocol that is followed depending on the offense and the number of offenses. But they take each situation on an individual basis to be fair

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Fun Student Loving Activities – Pitt provides multiple concerts and outside events for students to attend for discounted prices or for free. Pitt athletics are a very big part of campus life. Games are great and affordable. The pete is a great hang out place with great gym facilities.

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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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