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Reviews 3071 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Wireless Opportunities – Pitt has good wifi in it's dorms. The internet can be accessed anywhere on campus and it's relatively quick. We also have remote printing where you can just print to any computer lab you choose from where every you are.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The city buses are free. The university has its own buses for free. There is a program that sends vehicle to pick students up from anywhere and take them back to the university for free. and overall the transportation is very nice

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The type of off campus living options range from very nice to very poor. Finding the right apartment for the right price isn't too hard to do, but in order to get a nice deal you have to start looking early

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – The university police force is very big. There is a lot of emergency call boxes all over campus. Dorm security is excellent with a guard at every dorm entrance. Overall the campus is very safe, all hours of the day and night.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Study abroad seems to have lots of programs in lots of countries. Oakland is a city--lots of cars, roads, people, etc.... Large intro classes such as Psych and Econ can have 300-400 students.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Alcohol use is frowned upon, and that is about the extent of it. RA's will notice if you abuse drugs or alcohol in the dorms though.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Football and Basketball take precedence over other sporting teams. Football games are fun but fan attendance isn't great--stadium is far away. Basketball games are lots of fun, hard to get tickets however.

5 College Student

Local Area: The local atmosphere is very inviting. There are so many restaurants, events, and great activities.

5 College Student

Campus Quality: Everything is fantastic. I couldn't ask for anything better. Everything about the campus is friendly, and enjoyable.

1 College Student

Greek Life: Greek life at my college consists of three things, number one, drinking, number two, drinking, number three, drinking. I am not a fan of Greek life at all, to me it is pointless.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Very expensive to park on campus if you live in housing and also must have a pass if you live off campus. Tight city parking!

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: A Bit Blasé – Unless you have an id that says you're 21 years of age, get used to binge drinking at tiny, cramped frat houses.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Plentiful, Affordable, Close – There are many different options for off-campus dining. Since it is a college town, most are very affordable.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of people from Pittsburgh and Philly at Pitt, but there are also people from other places. This makes the school have a variety of different guys and girls.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Not That Bad – Pitt is pretty diverse; I think it depends on where you are and who you see. For example, during my freshmen year, I did not encounter many Blacks in the school. It wasn't because the school isn't diverse, it is just that where I stayed did not have many black people or they were not in most of the classes I took. However, there are not many people of Hispanic background at the school.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food at Pitt is alright...I've had worse at some other universities (I will not mention any names). However, I feel that sometimes they only bring out the good stuff, good desserts, good ice cream, good food, when there are visitors or parents there. I don't like that. Food is very important when deciding a college and so don't make someone think that the food is good here and then when they come they realize that it is not as great as it seemed. Which is what happened to me. And after a while the food just gets old since it's usually the same thing always.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Campus life and the sense of school spirit and school unity set the University of Pittsburgh apart from other Universities. There is a sense of belonging and a sense of devotion that I don't think I could find anywhere else. The plethora of programs available provide something for every one.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Debbie Downer – The weather in Pittsburgh is cold and rainy for the majority of the Fall and Spring semesters. When it is cold and rainy, I sometimes just feel less motivated and do worse in classes. Unfortunately, I think many students get the case of seasonal depression.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks on Campus – I am not involved in the Greek Life personally, but I have seen it around campus having fairs or throwing parties. I think it generally creates a positive social atmosphere, especially in the sense that it gives everyone the chance to feel like they belong somewhere. I honestly don't see them around on campus that much, unless I'm at upper campus around the frat houses. And even then, they seem to be a positive influence for students.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Pitt has such a nice campus and there are a lot of stuff to do off campus as well. The city life is great to me and our parties are nice.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: A Little Lacking – There is a decent variety of bars around campus, and some are quite nice; however the club scene pales in comparison to many bigger cities. Clubs are also, in general, far from campus. Bars have reasonable prices however. Best bet for under-21s are house parties.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Wide Variety of People – There is a good balance between all types of people on campus, from complete athletes to always inside studiers. The same goes for looks. Social life is good in the Oakland area.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Acceptable Variety – Main dining hall serves a variety of foods regularly and has a weekly rotating theme. Other campus eateries that take dining dollars instead of the meal passes have moderate quality food.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Sports Town With a Drinking Problem – Is it not hard to get your hands on beer especially during a Steelers game. There is always a place to go Wednesday-Saturday if you want to party. If the party is too loud the cops will break it up but never cite anyone and that rarely happens.

3 College Junior

Diversity: We Are a Mixed Salad – There are so many different races at Pitt partly because there are so many research labs in the area. This attracts lots of Indian, Asian, Italian, and African people. You can always meet someone new everyday.


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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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