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Reviews 3527 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: There are some buildings where students have access to their own bathroom, kitchen and come with tvs and cable. Some of the other buildings lack the "modern" look of accommodations, but provided the necessities for each student.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's There If You Want It – Yes, there are parties. It's college. But if you choose to party and not drink, no one notices or cares. It's really up to you. There isn't much peer pressure at all. One thing to note - the policies with fake i.d.'s are super strict.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Everyone at Pitt seems to be pretty supportive of our major teams. Even if the football team is losing, a ton of students go to the games and dress up in Pitt gear, some in awesome, completely over-the-top outfits. There are various cheers and such, the favorite being Sweet Caroline at the end of the third quarter. The basketball games are awesome! Pitt is known for the "Oakland Zoo" - one of the noisiest student sections in the country. Basically, there is a ton of school spirit, and any game is fun to go to and cheer on your team with all your fellow Panthers.

4 College Junior

Majors: Applied Developmental Psychology – The program is great! The professors are nice and the work load isn't too bad.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Go to the Basketball Games – The football team is great, but they do not win a lot. If you are looking for athletic events, go to a basketball game.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Eat Off Campus – Taiwan Cafe is the best place to get Chinese ... The O Fries is a great late night snack stop.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: School Spirit – The school spirit is unbelievable! People really love and enjoy athletics and the University of Pittsburgh

3 College Freshman

Technology: U of P – The wireless connection does not work in all dorm rooms and the computer systems are old and slow

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Room for Improvement – Market Central is great with lots of variety every day, the Perch is also good, but sometimes lacking in the variety of options. There are also a vast number of places to eat that except dining dollars so you can basically find anything you are in the mood for on campus.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Pitt is (compared with most other colleges) pretty cheap, especially if you live in-state, as I do. They offered me some financial aid, most -- if not all -- of it in loans I'm not sure how it's considered aid...but...

Their Finacial Aid office always seems to be friendly and is right in the middle of campus though.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: It's Pitt. The school is really big on football and basketball. There are a ton of intramurals and stuff to do athletic-wise. But, again, it's Pitt, and Pitt's always a name in college athletics.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: In a Big City, but Tight Security – As far as security goes, I tend to feel pretty safe on campus. There's always cop cars driving around, whether it's the Pittsburgh Police Department or the Univ. Police Dept. The security for the dorms are great, but kind of ridiculous. You can't get into the building unless the security guard behind the desk physically takes your I.D. and swipes it. And if you have guests, you have to have them show I.D., write down their name, address, zip code, etc. That part is kind of pointless to me. But as far as safety is concerned, I've never had a problem.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Flex Options Good, Dining Hall Bad. Dining hall is terrible. Flex options are good (Pizza Hut, Burger King, Sub Connection, Chik-Fil-A, etc.)

5 College Freshman

Academics: Its Pretty Good – The professors are knowledgeable and more often than not respected experts in their respective fields.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Whatever you may be interested in you can find at Pitt. Every region of not only the US but the world is represented on campus which makes it easy to find someone that fits your interests!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: What I Have Heard – Pitt is one of the few urban campuses where it is actually cheaper to live off campus and the buildings are still decent. There are a lot of options throughout Oakland and you are still close to campus. Also Pitt helps you go over all the legal documents and make sure everything is in order before you commit to somewhere off-campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Gets Boring – The food options are ok. After about a month Market gets really boring and I don't want to walk up to Perch. I wish there were more places where I could use meals.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Th University has their own buses, but we also can use the public transportation for free which makes traveling a lot easier

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Busy, Ubran, and Something Is Always Going on – oakalnd is a very diverse are, ad the University always has something going on. The location is nice, near down town, but not in it. Oakland is very much so a college area, the businesses thrive because of the business they get from the students.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Very Good So Far – Everything has been great. the dorm is a little small and cramped at first, but you get used to it. the sorority i joined really helped me branch out

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Fun, Fun,Fun – Big state school so there is a lot of games to go to. big on football and basketball

2 College Freshman

Weather: I Can't Feel My Toes – Pittsburgh weather is the worst! For the first couple of weeks it was lovely, but for the past two months it has been cold, rainy and icky around the city. You really don't want to leave your dorm room and need to be prepared to bundle up and wear rainboots.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Don't Do It in the Room – The Pitt police are very tolerant of underage drinking, if you are in a frat when it gets busted you don't really get in trouble. But drinking or doing anything in the dorms is HIGHLY dangerous because they will give you a citation if you are caught, this they are very strict about.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The Drinking Game – As a freshman, unless you have upperclassmen connections it is very difficult to obtain alcohol. None-the-less most students do drink on the weekends. Drugs are present although not overwhelming, there isn't pressure to do drugs. There is a slight pressure to drink depending on your group of friends.

2 College Freshman

Parking: I Don't Own a Car – Therefore, I give the perfectly average grade of "C". I've never heard anyone complain, but I haven't heard anyone give praise, although that would, admittedly, be odd.


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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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