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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My freshman year at Pitt is coming to an end with finals about three weeks away. I made the two best decisions possible, with coming to Pitt and joining the Pitt Varsity Matching Band. College like anything else is what you make of it, and Pitt is full of wonderful oppurtunities, they are here waiting for students to take them.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Hit or Miss – In Pittsburgh it can be 85 degrees and sunny one day and then 50 and raining the next. Weather in western Pennsylvania is fairly unstable. We do receive a fair amount of precipitation, but the nice days make up for it by far.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity Sports Are a Staple of Student Life – The varsity football and basketball teams at Pitt are generally gppd, and have recently been improving further. The students are generally very supportive fans, the campus runs with school spirit on game days, the Oakland Zoo has made the Pete one of the most intimidating places to play basketball. Work out facilities which are open to all students as well are superb and accesible.

2 College Student

Administration: Obviously, punishments for drugs and underage drinking are severe. Yet somehow people get away with underage drinking all of the time. This is a problem that needs to be fixed.

3 College Student

Party Scene: The underage nightlife isn't very good. There are not very many underage clubs in Pittsburgh, and the one that exist pretty much suck. I will usually just chill in my dorm and play the guitar!

5 College Student

Athletics: Everything about the Pitt athletics program is great! Every sport has a great number of close followers, and every student has a good time. Tickets are very available and all have good student pricing.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is always something to do and you hardly pay for any of it! From the Pitt Arts Program (which provides students with the free opportunity to see plays and more at different theatre and free dinner!) to Pitt Program Council (which sponsors many on-campus activities many which are free) to the Student organization, there is no reason to ever be bored. If you do end up paying for something, at max it will be like $15.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Diverse Group of Guys & Gals – Pitt is such a diverse university you'll find almost anyone and everyone you may be looking for! From the party animal to the low-key spoken word lover.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: So Many Libraries and Things to Do in General – The facilities at Pitt are amazing! There are a multitude of libraries to choose from including the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Trees Hall is a good place to go for an intense work out or simply see what your choreography looks like in the dance studio. The Pete has a state-of-the-art fitness center which is usually packed on evenings and nights. There is always something to do on campus, no doubt about it. You just have to look for them!

5 College Junior

Transportation: The University of Pittsburgh strives to make transportation easy and painless for students. Bus transportation through out the city is included in tuition and students simply show their Panther card when they board the Port Authority system buses throughout the Pittsburgh area.

5 College Junior

Technology: The University of Pittsburgh has a variety of computer labs all equipped with printers throughout campus. From anywhere on campus you are within a 5 minute walk of a computer!

5 College Junior

Academics: My academic area of interest is in the rapidly expanding field of neuroscience. Providing students with a pre-med and science background, a neuroscience major is an enriching and popular field of study at the University of Pittsburgh.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Clean Fun – the presences of drugs is not a part of this university to my knowing, because there are a lot of way to have clean fun.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Top of the Hill – though a bit expensive, and out of the way. It is totally worth it

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a good variety of food in Market Central, but the length of time that it is availible is not long.

2 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The Medical Program – I guess our medical program sets us apart from other schools. It's pretty good.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many different races, as well as foreigners who come here to learn. There is a wide variety of students.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I Feel Safe Here – I have never felt threatened or scared to walk around campus ever. We also have security guards in every housing building to check us in. There is also a safety rider bus that will take you home after a night out. I feel very safe here.

3 College Senior

Parking: No Car Needed – There is no need for a car at Pitt. With a Pitt ID you have access to public transportation that will take you anywhere in the city: to malls, theaters, shopping centers, grocery stores, etc. Pitt also has its own transportation system of buses that circle around the urban campus every 30 minutes -- day, night and weekends. Some parking fees are expensive due to the hospitals, medical centers, etc. in the area.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: We have both on and off campus greek housing. Greek Week is fun and pretty competitive.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Market Central Is an Improvement – While Market Central in Towers is an improvement, students can find a lot of places to eat on campus. Hemingways, The "O" and pancakes at Pamela's are nice places with good food. A medium meal plan is best because you will find many restaurants with decent food options. Pitt's dining dollars are accepted by a variety of fast food places, but it's easier and more flexible to purchase a smaller meal plan and have the option of lunch in one of the on-campus restaurants -- although the sit-down restaurants do get crowded around the lunch hour.

4 College Senior

Weather: Wet or Dry – Wet or dry....it is just like home. Hot or cold...it is just like home. Snow or rain....it is just like home. Sunshine or clouds...it is just like home. Basically, I feel quite at home!

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: A Place to Lay My Head. The towers offer an adequate on campus living option.
Sweet style living available up the hill...available to freshman provides an enticing arrangement especially for someone like myself who is enrolled int eh School of Engineering. The sweet style living is a convenient location tot he Swanson School of Engineering. I hope I am fortunate to score this option for my first year.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Good Eats – Dining availability provides numerous options. Transportation accessible. Ethnic options above average. Many within walking distance. Family friendly. Student friendly.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I've Only Been to Two Universities – I don't think that my opinion is fair on this topic being that I don't know much about the other universities. However, I will say theres way more to do here than there was at Purdue University.

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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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