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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.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So Many Opportunities – Top sports teams to root for, Pitt Arts provides free meals and transportation to events, free buses all over the city, downtown access minutes away, bar scene for upperclassmen, ethnic restaurants right by campus, free stuff all of the time, huge club and organization number, great size: familiar faces, but large to meet new people

3 College Freshman

Weather: Cloudy, but Overall Pleasant – It gets more rain than other universities, but boots and umbrella are manageable

3 College Freshman

Academics: Great Proffessors and Variety of Classes – The professors are all professionals in their fields and knowledgeable about their subjects. Mandatory office hours allow for great student access.Gen-eds are extensive and many don't involve your major,but it exposes people to new experiences.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Most People Drink – On the weekends everyone lets loose and drink and the authorities seem to not care. It's a very vibrant party scene since girls don't have to pay to go to parties at Pitt and guys only pay 5 bucks. About half the kids that do drink probably smoke weed. Hardcore drugs are absent on this campus though.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Underclassmen Dorms Are Acceptable – The dorms for most freshmen are at Towers in the middle of campus. It's a large housing project and it's decent but the best dorms are up on the hill at upper campus and Sutherland is the best dorm for freshmen.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Wireless Opportunities – Pitt has good wifi in it's dorms. The internet can be accessed anywhere on campus and it's relatively quick. We also have remote printing where you can just print to any computer lab you choose from where every you are.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The city buses are free. The university has its own buses for free. There is a program that sends vehicle to pick students up from anywhere and take them back to the university for free. and overall the transportation is very nice

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The type of off campus living options range from very nice to very poor. Finding the right apartment for the right price isn't too hard to do, but in order to get a nice deal you have to start looking early

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – The university police force is very big. There is a lot of emergency call boxes all over campus. Dorm security is excellent with a guard at every dorm entrance. Overall the campus is very safe, all hours of the day and night.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Study abroad seems to have lots of programs in lots of countries. Oakland is a city--lots of cars, roads, people, etc.... Large intro classes such as Psych and Econ can have 300-400 students.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Alcohol use is frowned upon, and that is about the extent of it. RA's will notice if you abuse drugs or alcohol in the dorms though.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Football and Basketball take precedence over other sporting teams. Football games are fun but fan attendance isn't great--stadium is far away. Basketball games are lots of fun, hard to get tickets however.

5 College Student

Local Area: The local atmosphere is very inviting. There are so many restaurants, events, and great activities.

5 College Student

Campus Quality: Everything is fantastic. I couldn't ask for anything better. Everything about the campus is friendly, and enjoyable.

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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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