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Reviews 3064 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have had several encounters with pot while being at U Pitt. People sometimes smoke it blatantly out on the dorm porches. The university is very good about acting upon it though. The consequences are always severe if caught with drugs or underage alcohol.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: The greek life at Pitt is not looked upon as cleanly from females. The houses are well kept but the quality of parties is low. There are always way too many people and the drinks are extremely cheap. The atmosphere is not appealing.

4 College Junior

Athletics: UPitt has strong sports teams. The school as a whole is very involved and has a lot of school spirit. The two most popular sports are basketball and football.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I love it here and I wouldn't go anywhere else. Great classes, teachers who are the best in their field, good cultural diversity, a present Greek system, Nationally ranked NCAA sports (football, basketball, and baseball), nice people, and awesome social scene.

2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's Pittsburgh expect the weather to change on a dime and also for there to be a lot of rain and snow. There are sunny and warm days but be prepared for many days full of gray skies.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I have never felt unsafe while on Pitt's campus. Campus authorities are very good about notifying students and staff about crimes. Oakland does have an open container violation which does lead to many citations and it is recommended that you do keep your doors locked especially during school breaks.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: It is hard for a freshman to get a parking permit. otherwise it is pretty easy.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Joe Mamma's Gooey Provolone – off-campus dining is pretty good. There is a lot of cheap pizza which is a must at any college. Quaker Steak and Lube are balling wings, half-price Joe Mamma entrees are also good. I recommend gooey provolone at Joe Mammas.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – Overall the campus is pretty safe. Pitt even has its own police force. However, every once in awhile there are reports of shootings/robberies on or near campus.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Our Student ID's Give Us Reign of the Whole City – Built into our tuition is the ability to flash our ID's at the Pittsburgh public transit buses and get fare anytime, anywhere, anyhow. It's great for weekend travel or off campus living. Practically free. Can't beat the availability either (24/7).

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Not only does Pitt have its very own Police force of over 50 officers and twenty-some cruisers, the campus ALSO falls under the City of Pittsburgh's Police. I have not seen too many arrests that were student related, but knowing that is a comfort and curse depending on your sobriety.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The Litchfield Towers Dormitories Are Central to Freshman – The Litchfield Towers, aka Towers, are the best place for any freshman to live. Not only are the situated literally in the middle of the campus, but they are equipped with a laundry room,the largest dining hall at Pitt, a gym, and two convenience stores. Panther Central, your one-stop shop for everything is also in the lobby. Central meeting place and great nearby bus stops.

3 College Junior

Weather: If you lived in the Northeast, Pittsburgh's weather will not surprise you. The patterns constantly change in the northeast so you will experience everything. People from the Deep South and far West might not be use to it. Summers in Pittsburgh are hot, humid, and mostly sunny. There is occassional rain that passes through to cool things off and then it returns back to being hot and sunny. This weather sticks for most of September, but by the end of the month it will feel less humid and hot. Still pretty warm though. The fall season can sometimes be transitional with varying temps, but mostly in the low 70s and 60s during Oct. It is the driest season so there is a lack of rainfall. In Nov, it gets cooler with temps in the 50s and cloudier, but still a good amount of sunshine. Starting from Thanksgiving until the start of spring break in March, the weather in Pittsburgh becomes much colder (30s and 40s) and a great deal cloudier (you can count the days of sun, no joke). It snows sometimes, but not everyday. The hardest part of winter will be the bland white covered skies with no sunshine that can last for days. When a clear, blue sunny days pops up during this time it is like a celebration. By March and April, you will blinded by a lot more sunshine and warmer temperatures. It is often transitional with one day being 50 cloudy and rainy and the next being 85 and sunny. Pittsburgh is not the rainiest city (its similar to Philly and NYC) and what makes it cloudier is its winter months because of the Great Lake effect. The fall and spring are usually sunny and warm like the rest of the Northeast. Pittsburgh winters do not get even close to the amount of snow as cities on the Great Lakes do, but it does receive its bland/sunless/overcast. So if weather is such a big deal, the months of Dec-Feb are the worst. The rest of the year is more bright and warmer.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Rain Rain Go Away – Pittsburgh's weather can be unpredictable and bipolar at times. Within a day, it can go from cold and rainy in the morning to sunny and warm by the afternoon. Also, rain is a big factor, as rain is a fairly common occurence in Pittsburgh. When it's colder out, the tendency to snow during the winter months is overwhelming and more likely than not, you'll see a lot of white on the ground. However, the city of Pittsburgh and the school are used to such weather and cover the sidewalks with salt if there's even a hint of snow and make sure to clear walkways for students as quickly as possible. I have never had a problem getting to class as a result of the weather, but most teachers are understanding if snow makes you late or unable to attend class

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms Aren't Bad, but Upperclassman Dorms Are Better – Most freshman at Pitt either get crammed into Litchfield Towers, Sutherland Hall, or (if they're female) Holland Hall. I was in Litchfield Towers and, although I enjoyed it and had no problems living there, I know people that hated it and felt too cramped in the double rooms. From what I've heard from people who lived in Holland and Sutherland though, they loved the experience and rarely complain about it. Once you get above being a freshman, there are plenty of wonderful options for Sophmore and Junior year that you have a better chance of getting into as you progress through the years. I find the lottery system lacking, but even with a terrible lottery number I got a room on campus that is spacious and not as bad as it could have been..

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: There's always plenty to do at the University of Pittsburgh and I'm rarely bored whenever I'm on campus. Even if you decided you don't want to do the same things people usually do right on campus, it's a short bus ride to downtown Pittsburgh or to practically anything you could want to do. It's easy to get to a Steelers, Penguins, or Pirates game if you want to and there are plenty of stores in Oakland and in the city of Pittsburgh outside of campus to keep anyone happy. There are also plenty of museums and art galleries that are cheap to go to, including the Carnegie Museum which is practically on campus, and are spectacular to go look around. Overall, the local atmosphere is amazing and there's always something to do. Plus, it's incredibly safe because not only do you have police from the city of Pittsburgh present, but the University's Pitt Police are present almost all the time on campus and are willing to help if needed

4 College Junior

Technology: Computer Labs Are Fine – Plenty of labs to use with PCs and Macs available. All campus printers are available no matter what lab you're in and the network is generally very fast.

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$.


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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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