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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are happening all over campus given any day of the weekend. You just have to know people to find out where they are at, otherwise you'll spend the night wandering looking for something.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Pittsburgh is a city on its way back up, which is good, and it means there are tons of eco-friendly, and new age things to enjoy. It is still very much hanging on its past though and the museums and parks are a great cultural endeavour.

5 College Senior

Majors: The chemistry program here is one of the best. There are tons of visiting lectures to attend, and the faculty are some of the biggest names in research right now. There is an office dedicated to helping find internships, and Pitt is partnered with companies like Bayer and Valspar which are continually growing and in need of chemists.

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5 College Senior

Athletics: The gyms have tons of equipment and great hours. Many of the dorms have gyms inside of them for use by residents.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Some of the houses are a bit old and run down because they have been college housing for so long, but a lot of landlords do keep up on their properties, and prices aren't terrible if you get a couple of roommates

5 College Senior

Academics: Despite large class numbers in some of the early core classes professors still manage to know all of their students personally and provide extended office hours.

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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: The campus police force is huge and integrated with city police. The health services office is centrally located and offers emergency service through UPMC. It even includes an on campus pharmacy where you can pick up discounted prescriptions and other drug store products, all located in the first floor of a dormitory.

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: Because much of Oakland is student living, there aren't a lot of locals to interfere or call the police, and there are plenty of resources (stores, distributors, etc.) to throw last minute parties and keep parties going.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places in Oakland and around the city and many places, even distant from campus accept Panther funds.

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.

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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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