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Administration: They are pretty strict if you get caught with drugs or alcohol. They just started a new thing where they call your parents to let them know that you have been caught. As long as you don't do it in the dorms, you probably won't get caught. Most parties don't get busted unless they are out of control.

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Administration: In the dorms, it's strict. In the apartments, if there is a resident assistant, it's kind of strict, but not bad. There are ways around everything, though. The nicest places to live on campus are in Bouquet Gardens. Drinking and anything else in those places is easy to do, and almost risk-free, as far as cops go.

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Administration: The cops that walk around are nice. I can't say it for all of them, but most of them don't care if you're drinking or even `smoking' as long as you aren't causing problems-that has been said to me by a couple of cops who I've talked to.

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Administration: As far as I know, I think the campus police don't really play around with drug use. Drinking, on the other hand, is something I've never gotten caught for. I think, unless you're acting crazy, you're not going to get caught drinking.

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Administration: It's not like the cops are unaware that underage drinking goes on. Just don't be running around drunk all over the streets, and you're fine.

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Administration: They claim to be strict, but we have plenty of fun, nonetheless. I don't know many people who get caught.

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Administration: The cops usually don't bother you too much. Don't keep any alcohol in your dorm, or your RA might find it, and you'll get a nice fine. Drugs are easier to hide, but I don't suggest having them. You have to be a complete moron to get caught for underage drinking. Pretty much as long as you're in a privately-owned building, you can't get busted. The cops never check the frats, either.

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Administration: The whole police strictness thing is kind of a hot topic right now. I was never once caught when I was underage, and I went to a lot of house parties. It's easy to tell when someone is having a party. Most of the time, the police just ignore it, unless a neighbor complains. Then they go to the door and give a warning, but sometimes they'll come back, bust the party, and tell everyone to go home. That only happened to me three times in three years. At other schools, they take your name as you walk out the door, but I've heard of that happening here only once.

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Administration: If they catch you drinking, or with alcohol on campus, you're screwed. You get cited, have to take a drug and alcohol class, and sometimes have to pay a fine. If it's on campus, you go on probation for two years. If you don't screw up in that time period, it gets erased from your record. Sometimes they'll cite people who have been brought into the emergency room after blacking out, which is really messed up.

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Administration: If you have half a brain, use it, and avoid drinking or using drugs in the dorms, or around police-sensitive areas. Don't come back to the dorm too drunk to pull yourself together, or too high to remember which dorm room you live in.

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Administration: Whatever you do, be careful when it comes to screwing around. I know people that have been caught for underage drinking, and it is a big hassle paying fines and taking classes. When it comes to drugs, your days at Pitt could be numbered if you get caught. Don't jeopardize your college experience over something stupid.

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Administration: The police patrol the streets on the weekend, but they won't stop you unless you are noticeably intoxicated. I think they have been stricter about parties recently, but that's only hearsay.

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Administration: The security guards will call the campus police if they think you're a threat to yourself. If the cops catch you, you'll have a fine, classes, a judicial board hearing, and quite possibly worse.

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Administration: The Pitt police are incredibly annoying about kids on campus who drink, and you'll always see students in the Pitt News Police Blotter getting under-ages. It's such a pain, because they're always on everyone's case, but if you're smart about it, you won't get caught. Usually they're not too bad with parties-they only send people home if it gets really out of control.

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Academics: The teachers are good-they're the main reason Pitt is ranked highly. All the teachers graduated from places like Cornell, NYU, Harvard, and other crazy schools.

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Academics: Most of the professors I've had were really cool and helpful, but some weren't. It's a lot like high school, but the teachers get paid more.

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Academics: The quality of the professors sort of depends on which subject you want to major in. Most of them are willing to meet with you if you need help. As long as you show an effort to get in contact with your teachers, they will be helpful. They have office hours when you can visit and ask questions, and they usually give you e-mail addresses and phone numbers to their offices. Even in large classes where you interact more with the teaching assistant, it's still pretty easy to get in touch with the professor if you try.

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Academics: There are many very good professors, and then many of them are primarily concerned with their research projects.

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Academics: I've had good teachers who actually care; I've also had bad ones who couldn't care less, barely spoke English, and were really inexperienced. On the whole, I think the teachers are pretty average. In bigger classes, the professors are usually pretty good, and the teaching assistants are really helpful.

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Academics: They are pretty good-the really good ones teach the upper-level courses.

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Academics: The professors are great. They are really helpful, and all have office hours, which gives an open door for students to walk in and ask questions.

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Academics: The teachers are cool, for the most part. You can always e-mail them, and I never felt like there were so many kids that the teacher wasn't willing to help me one-on-one. They're always available, which is great.

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Academics: All of my teachers have been great, except for one or two. I have larger classes, so it takes more to get to know mine. I make an effort by attending their office hours and e-mailing them. Most of my friends have smaller classes, so they can meet with their teachers regularly without any hassles.

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Academics: Classes are completely hit or miss. Sometimes you get an amazing professor who makes you want to come to every single class, and sometimes you get a professor that makes you wish that they didn't require your attendance. But let me tell you, the ones you wish you could take every class with not only outnumber the ones you dislike, but they make the ones you dislike somewhat more bearable.

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Academics: Generally, I think the professors do a good job of trying to keep the classes interesting and engaging. Some of them are a little bit out there, but I've never had trouble with a professor being unhelpful or disagreeable when you try your best.

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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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