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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's okay for being in the city.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Many arrogant professors but they get the job done.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: A lot of school spirit in the university's teams. I don't really care about sports though.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school is alright. The traffic and noise are annoying. I didn't feel that people were very friendly. College sucks when you have no friends.

4 College Senior

Academics: The professors that I've had were all very professional and had much experience in the topics they were teaching. I really enjoyed learning from all of them.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There is often crime on or near campus, specifically late at night, such as sexual assaults, vandalism, robberies, etc.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have been fortunate enough to receive all the courses required, but the times were often inconvenient.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I think that the value of my degree is not very high, mostly because Pitt is not a school that really specializes in criminal justice.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: I never enjoyed my stays in on-campus housing. The beds gave me back pain, I felt claustrophobic at times, and it was always noisy near me.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Our school has fantastic team spirit, although some of the athletic facilities are not that grand.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The University of Pittsburgh is a prestigious school with much to offer.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't think Greek life has a huge effect on campus. I personally am not interested in that way of life and that's one of the reasons I chose Pitt.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: Pitt pride is shown all over campus and a huge part of that is the sports that we all cheer for. I like how the fans all have their own names for the student sections at each individual sport, it just makes it that much more fun.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol is easily accessible and most people who like to have a good time drink.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There is a moderate level of racial diversity on campus.

4 College Junior

Academics: The professors I have taken classes from seem to be very invested in their work and care whether the students are learning from the course.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is very easy to get if you want it. It's hard to have fun without it, and lately the police have been cracking down on underage drinking. Marijuana use is taken extremely seriously.

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's great if you want to drink in a grimy frat basement. If you're underage and don't have a fake, there's not a lot of events on campus besides the typical overcrowded parties that usually get busted.

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: People party starting on thursday, usually at the frats or sports parties. The only enjoyable parties I've been to have been for student organizations, the others are pretty boring, with sleazy frat guys and bad music.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Diversity: Pitt is not a diverse school. People may think that it is because they come from even less diverse places, generally suburbs in Pennsylvania, so to them any city area seems "diverse". The vast majority of students are white, middle class people from Jersey, Long Island, or "Outside Philly". We have a significant amount of international students, but they're essentially all from China, so not much diversity there.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Academics: The registration process is done on an outdated web program that is confusing to use. You will frequently be unable to get into classes. Classes are large and the workload can be overwhelming since professors don't really have time to help out each student individually, and a lot of classes don't have tutoring available.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel generally safe on campus, but Oakland has some sketchy areas and you will have to deal with panhandling and homeless people on Forbes ave.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Classes are huge, and often are taught by TAs. I think maybe two or three of the professors I've had would recognize me by name. Office hours are sometimes just for two hours once a week, so if you happen to have a class during that time, good luck. The professors try hard, but a lot of them are overburdened and some do not have phds, or the highest degree in their field.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Pretty okay for campus housing. Cinder block walls, small rooms, ugly architecture. Very clean, though.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's no better or worse than any other large public university. There are a variety of pre-professional and honors frats, but the ones that are well known are the social frats. For some reason sororities don't have campus housing, but the fraternities do, and that's where most of the parties are.

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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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