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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are enough off campus dining options and they all have suitable discounts for students. There are a variety of food options you can choose from and there are also just enough for vegetarians. Off-Campus Dining such as Bakery Square, The Oakery Square, Panera's, Chipotle, etc. are all available.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Getting into Pitt is really very easy. As an international student, I found it one of my easiest application process. For admission, all you really need is a good essay and okay SAT and high school grades. They are very understandable and helpful. The admission process is really very easy. Pitt also has a very great pre-med program and as such all pre-med students have help and guidance from professionals.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is a very good option. There are security officials available in all campus housing that prevent non-residents from coming in except a guest specified by the host. The dorms sizes depend on the residence hall you choose but all in all, they are okay and big enough. The different dorms also have their various amenities. Before choosing a dorm, you are shown the different things each comes with. Living in dorms could be however expensive so you could get an off campus housing which are relatively cheaper on the short run. I'm not however sure if the difference on the long run. As a freshman, you are advised to live on campus with roommates so you could get to know people in your first year. And I believe that's great for those who would love to make friends.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Well, I haven't really been to lots of parties as I have only spent one semester. However, the few parties I went for were not so bad but there could be a few bad parties hosted by students. However, if you are not the party type or comfortable then you should probably be very careful when choosing the parties to go for.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The school's safety measures are okay. Although this semester had a few crime issues on campus relating to theft but before the end of the semester everything was dealt with. Also, when it comes to personal safety, it is important to keep your things safe. However, pitt sudents are very helpful when it comes to returning or finding misplaced goods. I had a friend of mine who misplaced her id card almost everyday but she always got it back before the next day. I feel quite safe on campus. The Pitt Police are always there in times of problems and there will always be people around to help you as it is a huge campus with lots of students

3 College Freshman

Administration: Having only spent one semester at the University, I think the administration is an okay and understandable one. They are not extremely strict that it becomes unbearable and they are also not extremely liberal. They have specific and strict rules against underage drinking and drugs especially for undergraduates. They try to make sure that such rules are respected so s to ensure safety for everyone. When such rules are disrespected, when caught, the offenders get punished. All in all, the University's administration is very okay and suitable for everyone.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are many off-campus dining locations.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: The administration officials performed their duties more than adequately.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Campus housing options were very nice.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Scholarship opportunities are plenty, as I received full tuition.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Safety standards are more than acceptable and crime does not seem to be a large issue except for off-campus.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Most of the parties are on the weekends and they can be fun to attend.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't receive much aid through Pitt and it is hard to get even a decent amount of scholarships. Although, the financial aid office is helpful.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: I love the city atmosphere in Pittsburgh. There's so much to do, you can never be bored. You can utilize the bus system, it will take you anywhere you want to go within the city.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of off-campus dining options. Very close to campus. You will find great variety, anything from your simple fast-food restaurants (five guys, chipotle, qudoba, mcdonalds) to ethnic options (Indian cuisine, Japanese, Korean, Mexican).

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The school holds information sessions regarding off-campus housing and they can be helpful.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security is strict and I feel very safe on campus especially when walking back to my dorm from night classes, etc.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing is expensive; it forces you to choose a meal plan, even if you do not want it. Other than that, the quality of the dorms and social atmosphere is nice. I feel like I meet someone new every week in my dorm. Security is pretty strict and can be annoying sometimes, but it is there for the student's safety.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit is great! I love attending football games, volleyball games, and more!

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process is not complicated at my school, and everyone in the financial aid office is extremely helpful.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many off-campus dining options near the University of Pittsburgh! There are a variety of dining options that are easily accessible, and anyone can find an option in their price range. I absolutely love having a Chipotle and Panera right down the street from me, and there are so many other options for whatever you desire!

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The policies to sign students into dorms are very strict yet helpful. Attendance is not required in all classes, but it is very helpful to learn new information. Drinking and drug use is not allowed in dorms and the administration is strict about that aspect of students' social lives.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are options available, but most are only on the weekends.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of off-campus housing selections at my school, and there are very close to campus which is nice. The parking in some areas can be pretty limited, but some buildings have parking lots behind that can be used for residents.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: My university provides a lot of campus security precautions that students must follow, which makes me feel very safe while I am on campus. Students must always sign guests in and out of dorms. It is very reassuring knowing that everyone in my dorm either lives here or is here because they are with someone who is supposed to be here. I also never hear anything about crimes on campus!

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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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