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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Pitt is very diverse and has students from all over the country and world. There are clubs and organizations for many different diverse groups. Some examples are a club for black engineers, rainbow alliance and secular alliance. We have something called extended orientation where freshmen meet with their residence floors to discuss a new topic every week. One topic that is reviewed is diversity. It seems that there are many diverse people and everyone appreciates diversity.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It is very humid! Coming from a place with no humidity, this was the hardest thing for me to get used to. It is very hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It rains a lot, and snows a lot in winter. It has different weather depending on the season and it is nice to experience all four seasons, which was not the case where I came from.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: The atmosphere around the University is one of the best things about the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt does not have a typical college campus, but has buildings distributed around a part of the city called Oakland. There are many restaurants and fun places to go right in Oakland...especially getting food on Forbes Avenue...a lot of restaurants are half off for college students after 11. The university provides free public transportation to students so it is incredibly easy to travel all around the city and find stuff to do. There are malls, clubs, coffee shops, movie theaters and more within an easy bus ride. Also, our football team plays at Heinz Stadium where the Pittsburgh Steelers play, so students travel to football games, which is a lot of fun.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Nice in the early fall and late spring, but very cold in between. Often cloudy.

1 College Freshman

Parking: No Need for a Car – There are few places to park and if you find a spot most likely it will be expensive. You don't need a car though because the city buses will take you anywhere you want to go if you have your student ID with you.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing is cheaper than living on campus. Most are close to campus and are in pretty good condition.

2 College Senior

Transportation: A Joke – Campus buses only cater to those living in residence halls. They are usually full of drunk men and women on their ways to or from a frat party. Public transportation free with student I.D.; however, public transport in the city of Pittsburgh is a joke - constant reroutes, route cuts, and overcrowding with very little policing or safety concern. Off-campus transportation, especially late at night, is very, very limited.

4 College Junior

Majors: Easy Process – The application process to the Engineering program is all pretty standard. The first year is basic core courses and some intro to engineering courses. You don't have to declare which type of engineering you want to study until your second year.

3 College Junior

Weather: Great Unless Heavy Snow – The only problem with weather is if Pittsburgh experiences a blizzard. Snow removal can be poor at times and it usually comes down to cars driving over the snow until it's packed down. Spring, Summer, and Fall are all great though.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Good for It's Location – The campus is built throughout Oakland and as a result has a lot of through traffic from people not associated with the University. Pitt borders some unsafe neighborhoods, but Campus security is pretty good about patrolling the areas. There are also organizations to escort/drive you home safely if you want.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Would Like to Enjoy It More – So far with all of the prerequisites it's hard to enjoy my program just yet, I would love to enjoy it more, I just need time to plant my feet and try to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is a lot of work for some classes, and a small amount for others, I volunteer for the military hospital in Germany, and believe I would benefit from more hands-on work in school, which I shall hopefully see in the future.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It Can Be a Circus – In my very first year at the University of Pittsburgh, there was a riot, a lot of property was damaged, many people were injured, and many people were arrested. The level of safety can vary, but as it's always advised, there's safety in numbers.

2 College Sophomore

Academics: in my first year of experience, it was very difficult for me to focus, I had a very hard time interacting with other students,I did not have much family interaction or support, and I would love to have the opportunity, to start over fresh, and to redeem myself.

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: Very Busy – Pittsburgh is a very busy city, offers many historical attractions, although,and chances to bond with diverse people, but if you do not come from that area it can be hard for you to connect with people, especially if you're not from that area or a military dependent.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: cultural district. parties. plays/musicals. parks. museums. zoo.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Pharmacy Program – the pharmacy program at the university of pittsburgh is a popular program nation wide. many student like myself come from different place to attend here. it isn't an easy task and it is proving to be even more difficult to be accepted. the courses are tough and the criteria are strict. if i didn't have my mind set on being a pharmacist i would never have chosen such a difficult academic goal.

2 College Sophomore

Academics: Due for Some Updates – the university of pittsburgh is a big college with more than a few population problems. to being they over enroll making it hard to register for the classes you want. the dorms are to full and because there wasn't enough room they even had to put students up in a hotel for the semester. classes are often packed and the rooms lack a since of current technology. most of the lectures occur with the aid of chalkboards and sometimes whiteboards but rarely over computer programs like power point. the profs. are good but they seem to be hung up on their own research and have TA's do the teaching.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Big City Feel – going to the university of pittsburgh is like living in a mini city. it has all the commmon attractions you'd expect without the parking problems. You can walk just about anywhere and there is a wide varity of local shops and restuarants. if you've never lived in a city it came be overwhelming. while there's not alot of crime it's not a good idea to wander alone after dark and its a good idea to ask around before exploring a new area.

5 College Junior

Majors: Easy to Find – I've had an internship that I did for credit instead of taking another class. I was there about 10 hours a week and earned 3 credits. they are very wide ranging though. you could do one for 3 hours a week or 40 if you wanted. any major has internship opp at Pitt. if you find it on your own, its very easy to get academic credit. you fill out one paper and meet with an advisor.

5 College Junior

Academics: Large Range – Pitt is a medium-large school with a lot of majors. And the majors have a large range. With my major, I have had an excellent experience with professors, curriculum, registering, etc. the Cathedral of Learning is great to study in, lots of space. the Library, Hillman, is sometimes called Club Hillman--easy to get distracted. lots of people. but there are about 15 libraries on campus and the dorms also have lounges. also, you can find university tutoring for free

5 College Junior

Local Area: The neighborhood of Oakland in the city of Pittsburgh couldn't get much better. We are in a city, but close to the 4th largest inner city park on the east coast. Tons of college students are in the area. Safe, campus police are always around. We get into a lot of musuems/cultural events for free with our ID. Pitt students are favored among Pittsburgh employers. As for sports, they don't call us the city of champions for nothing

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Unique Aspects – Tallest academic building (The Cathedral of Learning)

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Pitt football and basketball are fun to go to, but often disappoint in the end of the season.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Campus Living – Towers is a great social experience and convenient for eating at Market Central just downstairs. Bouquet offers more freedom (no signing in, etc), but still relatively good security. Living off campus is much cheaper, but less secure.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Occupational Therapy – Apply via OTCAS online application system. Relatively time consuming to manually enter all classes taken in undergraduate college.


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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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