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Reviews 3527 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus Living in the City Is Rough. Pittsburgh is not a city which you want to be caught walking around alone at night in when leaving late from the library. However, transportation is free to students, and it is a city so finding an apartment is realatively easy.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Attractions and Transportation – The University of Pittsburgh is full of beautiful attractions. With a Pitt ID any student can get into the Natural History museum, art museums, and conservatory. Plenty of shopping centers and even the outdoor mall known as the water front is within a short bus ride of the university. Bus fare is also free to all students.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Pittsburgh is known for some crazy weather, so be prepared for anything. I grew up in the area, so it doesn't seem as strange to me, but one day it will be warm and sunny and the next it will be snowing. Winter are rough because we get a good amount of snow and ice, but the city is pretty good at keeping things clear.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol – Most students at Pitt drink alcohol. Even if one is underage, alcohol is easy to get. Some students use drugs, usually weed, but it is not obviously visible around campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: History/History of Art and Architecture – I havve been fairly satisfied with my academic experience so far at the University of Pittsburgh. The professors are both knowledgeable and helpful. Particularly, my professors in for History of Art and Architecture have really inspired me to pursue a career that is in some way related to this field of study.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Nightlife is the same old same old. House parties are the best for underage and cops don't come to bust things often. There is a saferider option to get out of a scary area, but it takes half an hour to get there, so it's not always convenient.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: When applying for housing, you never get your first pick. The dorms are okay, not great. They are in the process of building some new ones. The options are better for upperclassmen, but not all off-campus housing is safe.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The Pitt facilities are pretty good. The Union is huge and has a lot of stuff to offer from great food, endless space for club meetings, activity rooms, and places to hang out or study. The dining halls are clean and nice, but don't always have the best food. The Petersen events center athletic center has a ton of great machines, aerobics rooms, and racquetball courts. There are also fast food places and an amzaing basketball court. The libraries are nice, but not very quiet.

2 College Freshman

Weather: In the beginning, the weather is unbelievable hot. Then the rain comes. From September - December, you never know whether it will rain or be sunny. December-March, SNOW. February is bad. April, is rainy. Overall, its a bit depressing but very easy to get used long as you're prepared!

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: We Dress Better Than Average. People here are pretty decent looking. Typical dress for girls is a little better than your classic sweats and pony-tail college look, but no one is too high-maintenance. Feel free to wear sweats if you want to, but just know it won't be an everyday thing here. Most girls wear a lot of leggings or skinny jeans with boots (rain boots are a must, since it rains practically every day) and a normal shirt. Be sure to get a nice jacket, since it's pretty chilly and you'll be walking outside a lot to get from class to class.

Most guys wear khaki shorts in August/September, and jeans the rest of the year, with a decent-looking shirt. There are a number of really-well dressed men about campus, though, and they tend to mix it up.

Looks-wise, you're going to find pretty girls and good-looking guys. You'll occasionally see someone extraordinarily beautiful, but don't expect it to be an everyday occurrence.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Typical College Food – Pitt has the typical college cafeteria, full of fried and processed food. However, there's also a decent variety of healthier, more fresh options. The best thing is how there's a Starbucks pretty much everywhere on campus.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Great for College Students, but Not TOO College-Oriented. The scene in Oakland is great-you get the feel of being in a city while still being surrounded by fellow college kids. There are plenty of places to eat, both take-out and sit-in, with any type of ethnic food you can think of. The great thing about living in Pittsburgh is that it's not ALL about college there. It's a big city, so there are lots of other things going on not related to the school that you can get involved in if you want to.

The people here are also REALLY nice. I came from DC, and was shocked by how much more polite everyone is. You barely ever hear people honking their horns, every car stops for pedestrians, and people will give you directions to wherever you want to go.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not Too Bad – There are a lot of places to use Dining Dollars but only a few more swipes. Get more dollars than swipes. Food at Market is really exciting the first few weeks but gets boring, however it is still pretty good.

5 College Student

Campus Quality: We are one of the ONLY schools with the Philosophy of Science major option. We are well-known for our science and research programs. We are very involved with UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) and offer TONS of student opportunites. Research experience is easily accessible. The campus is right outside the city, but is a "city" in itself. We have free public transportation via school IDs, reduced-price or free admittance to local art centers, museums, professional games and attractions. Our basketball team is #11 in the national this season. Life is good.

2 College Student

Administration: Don't Dorm Drink Dude – Obviously if you're under 21, it's illegal to drink. The RAs are pretty good at catching kids, and a first-time offense gets you a meeting with the RD. Repeated offenses are more serious, as the first time you just have to go to a group session or something minor. Being caught by PITT Police or Pittsburgh Police is more serious. They'll cite you, give you an underage, fine you, have you appear in court. It's bad news bears. The same with weed or other drugs, though alcohol is the big buster. Be smart, party off-campus or in the frats. Not in your dorm room. Also, don't puke in public, they get you that way too.

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4 College Student

Guys & Girls: Diversity, Smarts, and Boots. Diverse. We have alot of International students. Not to mention first-generation diversity. Ask around and 75% of the people you ask are probably Pre-Health (Med, OT, PT, Dentistry, Pharmacy, etc). Repping PITT is BIG. PITT attire is everywhere. So are yoga pants and rainboots. Mainly for girls.. But you never know. The variety of guys & girls is nice. Whatever you're looking for, we've got it here.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The University of Pittsburgh is the best school in the nation! Everyone here is nice and friendly, there's always plenty to do in the city, the academics are incredible, there is a ton of safety, and this place is the total package!

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: NO NEED! There is absolutely NO NEED to join a frat or sorority!
Most people aren't so don't feel like you have to!

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Pitt's Campus is very safe,there are so many things put in place that make me feel this way. They include, security guards at all residence halls, all guests MUST be signed into residence halls (whether you go to the school or not), and we have blue emergency lights all around campus so if I am in an emergency, help is only a button away.

3 College Junior

Weather: There are not many days of sunshine here in Pittsburgh which can make for very long, dreary winters. These long periods of bad weather can sometimes take a toll on a student. However, the consistency of poor weather makes everyone much more grateful for good weather.

5 College Junior

Transportation: The University of Pittsburgh uses activities' fees to give every student a bus pass. This is extremely useful. They also provide buses and shuttles for a lot of cultural events and sports games. On breaks, there are shuttles to take you from Pitt to a major city around your hometown and then back. Pitt is very accommodating to its students' travel needs.

4 College Freshman

Academics: They Are Awesome! Not only is the variety of classes wide ranged and interesting the proffesors are world reknowned with several published papers in there field of study. they really know their subjects and really relate to the students.

4 College Freshman

Technology: If your own computer is unavailable the library has a service where you can sign out laptops for up to four hours and take them anywhere on campus. the computer labs are convienent also and the campus offers self service printing alloting each student up to 1000 free pages. you can print from any computer on campus including your own then pick it up at one of the self service printing stations in the lobby of your dorm or at the library or other buildings where classes are held.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Pitt can be stingy when it comes to providing financial aide. They provide enough for some, but not for most. There are not enough scholarships to cover the costs, however financial aid can help evade the burden a little. For the most part, finding money to pay for college is hard, and Pitt usually directs students to loans, a non-fun way to pay for school.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: For the students who are more inclined to want to do things that involve alcohol are limited as to where they can go and what they can do, thus resorting to house parties. There are numerous activities on and off campus that are fun and do not involve any alcohol, but interest in those activities is lacking


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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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