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3 College Senior

Scholarships: Show up in person and confirm that you have received all of your awards a month or two before classes start.

Keep track of your aid on PittPay and check it regularly for unauthorized or unexpected transactions.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The University does a great job at keeping everything looking nice.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: There's such a huge range of programs here. I feel as if every person I meet has a different discipline, minor, or certificate.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Pittsburgh is the greatest place on Earth.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Pittsburgh is a world-class sports town, and its University isn't an exception.

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I love Pitt's party scene because we play as hard as the University makes us work.

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Pitt really wants to help its students afford the best education possible, which would be at Pitt of course!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Every time of cuisine you could crave or desire to taste is within reach in the city.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Pitt has a plethora of surrounding neighborhoods and places with rent to suit any budget.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: I love the Administration at Pitt. Dean Humphrey is amazing and the even the Chancellors will walk around campus and speak to students from time to time. Things are strict in all of the right areas.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I never would've imagined feeling as safe as I feel in a large city as I do in Pittsburgh.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Definitely look into Greek life if you choose Pitt. It makes campus smaller and more welcoming. I came to Pitt from North Carolina, so I was expecting Greek life to be like it is in the South, but it's definitely not. Most non-Greeks don't knock those that choose to be Greeks because joining doesn't mean that you are isolated to the same group of people.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Lots of students are involved in sports teams, and if not, they work out on their own using the school's facilities. Our football team isn't very good, and I do not keep up with the other teams. We have a huge fan base: students, alumni, and others. Oftentimes, athletes are in dorms close to the sports facilities.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: It is hard for me to come up with a through explanation because I do not live on campus. However, from what I have experienced, I think the administration is reasonable; Pitt tries to keep a safe environment for everyone.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was able to get some grants from Pitt and through Pitt. I was unable to get scholarships from Pitt because my SAT scores were not high enough. I got a reasonable amount of financial aid.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Because our campus is in Oakland, there is a lot of crime. However, the university takes several precautions to ensure personal safety of all of the students. There are emergency kiosks every 30 feet, in which if approached, will call the university police. Our police do a nice job of ensuring the safety of the students. My only complaint is that the commuter parking lots are far away from lower campus. I have to walk near the more unsafe area of the campus in order to get to my car to go home at night.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I am not very far into my program at school. However, I do enjoy it. The Statistics department is rather small, and there are not many statistics majors at our school. Many student do not realize that we have a statistics major. I like statistics because I like to reason quantitatively. Our program is 50 credits, much more than other majors. The curriculum is very strict because certain classes are only available at certain times of the year, and many of them have prerequisites. There are not enough professors in our department to teach our classes so we often have economics and business professors teaching some of our classes.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life does not affect the social atmosphere of campus. In the big scheme of things, Greek life is not a huge deal at Pitt. Non Greeks do not treat Greeks any differently. Greeks are given housing, nice housing; but it is not kept up very well. The Engineering Sorority at Pitt is not given housing.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: getting off-campus housing is good for saving money, but not very convenient

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: there are so many great restaurants off campus! lots of different cuisines, which is the best

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: it really depends what dorm you get into (nordenberg is the best), but the lottery system because you can really get screwed over

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: i did not get the amount of financial aid i needed and deserved

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: it's popular but it's not big and no one really cares if you're in it

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Many options for parties every night; parties are usually very fun

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: many options within walking distance to classes

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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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