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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.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Generally Safe – I feel very safe on campus. There are always other students around and campus safety options such as a safe rider busing option. Just be smart about what you are doing and when you are doing it. It is always wise to walk with a buddy during the middle of the night and not wise to drink and cause a scene on campus.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Always a Good Time – You can go to big frat parties if your looking to dance. i like house parties the best. There is always something to do in Pittsburgh and its a really fun and young city.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: South Oakland – Can be kind of dirty but its a fun place to live. Mostly all college students

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Tastes Good, but Gets Old – I got tired of eating at the dining halls but I enjoyed being able to use my dining dollars at so many other places with a better food selection. The dining experience is good freshman year but i wouldn't go through an entire year of it again.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are extremely popular here and a number of students buy season tickets. Games always have a great turnout and there is a lot of campus-wide support for our teams, as well as pretty strong feelings toward rivals.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of people with both different religions and races. Before coming to the University of Pittsburgh, I knew very few Jewish or Asian indiviudals but now have been integrated with them in not only education but extracircular etc.

4 College Freshman

Academics: School of Nursing – I am enrolled in the university's School of Nursing, and I am very pleased with my education experience thus far. All of my professors have been very supportive and helpful and are very knowledgeable in their field of choice. The workload is often intense, but easy to manage with dedication and no procrastination.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Port Authority Is the Best. Students ride free with any Port Authority vehicles. Sometimes you have to wait sometime for a bus, but it's free!

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on campus is hard to find. Usually off the streets with a little bit of a walking distance from campus. There is a on campus garage.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Connection in the dorm room is okay. Wireless has very good connection. The computer labs are great: lots of computers, printing jobs are fast, sometimes crowded.

4 College Junior

Administration: Freedom in Dorms – Not too many dorm rules past observing quiet hours. Some RA's are really cool about people drinking and smoking as long as its not too wild, others will chew you out at the first sign of noise. The punishment isn't horrible if you do get caught breaking the rules. First offence is simply writing a letter and having a meeting with your RD. Other than that you can have guests over to spend the night without hassle. The only thing thats annoying is having to swipe in with the security guard each time you go into your dorm.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Pizza – $5 pizza late at night and almost all of the area pizza places.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Off Campus Living Not as Safe – If you live off campus, it's like living in the inner city. There are usually homeless people near businesses and apartment and break-ins are not uncommon.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Laid Back – The enviornment is laid back and relaxing. The RA's are for the most part understanding and help out with living situations.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Good Quality – Typical college cafateria food: pizza, fries, burgers, salads etc. Every once in a while there is something different that makes the experience a little more enjoyable.

3 College Senior

Local Area: College Student Friendly – There are plenty of things around campus to entertain college students. However the closest mall is a 45 minute bus ride on a bus that does not run frequently. Overall all of the basics are covered for students.

4 College Student

Campus Quality: Location, Location, Location – When I was deciding which school I wanted to attend, I had narrowed down my choices to about four. The aspect that made the University of Pittsburgh stand out was its location. Pittsburgh is such a busy city, which means that it has a lot of opportunity. There is so much to see and do there. One of my personal favorites is the Carnegie Museum, which Pitt students get into for free. There are so many different types of people in the Pittsburgh, which make it diverse and unique. I love the variety of this city.

4 College Student

Campus Quality: Hillman Library – Of the many resources University of Pittsburgh has to offer, the Hillman Library is one of the best. This is a five level building, including the ground floor, stocked with every resource imaginable. Our librarians are extremely knowledgeable as well as helpful when it comes to locating a book, journal, or magazine. The Hillman doesn't close until two in the morning and it opens back up four hours later. If one needs a study break, he can go down to Cup and Chaucer, the coffee stand in the library, and get a cappuccino or a pastry. During finals, it is open 24/7 and serves free coffee and tea! Needless to say, I was there every day that week.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Favorable Experience – If I could do it all over I would have chosen a cheaper school. My school does provide a great education though with plenty of opportunities and hospitals for health care students like myself, but the people I met made it worth staying. Pitt isn't easy for science majors and introductory biology courses are designed to weed out freshmen. It's crucial to balance a social and academic life.

2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Usually Cloudy – Pittsburgh is more often cloudy than sunny. The weather is nice in the fall until November and nice in April. When it's nice, everyone goes to football games or lays out on the lawns or play catch or soccer. The winters are cold and brutal, but the proximity of classes and regular shuttles from lower to upper campus make it bearable. Once in a blue moon will the university cancel classes. This year they did for the first time in years and some professors held Saturday make-up lectures.

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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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