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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, musicians...you 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!

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I like Pitt, I really do. However, it has some serious flaws. The entry-level classes are too large (some with over 300 students!) There is some racial and ethnic diversity, but the groups do not intermingle very much: white students socialize with white students, black students with black, Asian students with Asians, etc. The professors are wonderful and well-meaning, but unfortunately the university employs a lot of adjuncts who are, for the most part, underpaid and extremely resentful of that fact . Full-time professors only teach upper level classes, so the opportunity to take several classes with a beloved professor is limited, which is frustrating when professors have to write recommendation letters based on limited exposure. Also, the administration is so bloated! Pitt could probably fire 1000 administrators, remove 50 or so of it's so-called "offices," and still manage to run smoothly (if not more smoothly.) It's incredibly frustrating when one has to visit several different offices, located on the far-corners of campus, in order to accomplish some benign task...

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: ...the library. HIllman is really large and the smaller, specialized libraries are well-stocked and have knowledgeable staffs. The buildings tend to be ugly on the inside, but they almost all have attractive and interesting exteriors.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Okay, but Nothing Special – Pittsburgh is a nice city, but it's not spectacular. It has some really nice attractions--the symphony, the cultural district downtown, etc. The movie theater in Squirrel Hill used to play obscure/foreign films, but lately it's been playing dreck. If you want to catch a hard-to-find film, you'll have to travel to Regent Square, which isn't convenient. Take advantage of PittArts-you'll get access to a lot of free or drastically reduced events-plays, concerts, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Use the Buses! You can take the Pittsburgh buses for free as a student with your ID and you can get where you need to go without dealing with cars

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Better to Have Your Own Computer – Pitt has nice labs with a good printing service that most people use without hassle. However I think it would be much preferable to have your own computer for doing assigments/socialstuff. Classes may rely on being online and for most people its way more convenient to have your own - especially when labs can get crowded like around 'crunch times' and when people are rushing to pick out classes!

I don't have any problems with the campus wireless, good speed and good tech support if somethings not working right.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Very Iffy at Times – I've had a great amount of teachers at Pittsburgh especially in the bigger lecture halls; like any other college, there are some professors who you wonder how much effort they put into their jobs. With ratemyproffesor and other resources it's fairly easy to weed out the troublesome teachers.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of unique restaurants and meals that originated in Pittsburgh, such as the O and Fuel and Fuddle. One problem I have are the early hours some of the restaurants close or stop serving certain foods.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Stay AWAY from Booze – The University is strict enough that you would have to juggle the health of a friend to the risk of certain fines. Students face an zero-tolerance policy that would require you be charged in the event of an drinking emergency. The likelihood of this is slim but should be calculated.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Melting Pot – I have seen nearly every type of person including the stoner kids to the high school cheer leader. Locals seems to be a little behind in fashion, and coupled with the strange accent, they are fairly easy to identify. By the end of spring semester, all will be meshed as all take to t-shirts and sweatpants.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I Feel Right at Home – PITT is probably no different than any other large public university. There are plenty of different people to see each day with a slightly different story. It's almost impossible to avoid seeing someone from a different continent in class, and you bound to make friends with at least one international student.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I joined the greek community my first semester and absolutely love it! It's a great way to meet new people as well as do a lot of good things for the community. While greek life isn't huge at Pitt, the people in it do great things for the entire campus. If it's your first semester at Pitt, you should definitely check out the greeks!

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Pitt's housing varies a lot depending on where you are. The upperclassmen dorms and dorms on the hill are all pretty good, but most of the freshmen housing is extremely small. Most of Pitt's housing is centrally located, but getting down the hill can be a pain sometimes.

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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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