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5 College Senior

Technology: There are 9 computer labs on campus but only one stays open 24 hours a day. Wireless wifi is available in all of the campus buildings and the pitt- network allows access to printers from anywhere on campus. As such, if you're busy and want to print something out from your laptop but aren't near a computer lab you can send it to the printer at the lab and pick it up at the lab later.
I've never had any problems with network reliability, speed, or wireless access. We also have free tech support including hardware repair, available for personal computers.
One caveat, I try to avoid the computer labs during peak hours from 11-3. You can still gain access but there's usually a 5-10 minute wait for available computers and a backlog on the printers. If you have time and are willing to wait then it's fine.

Overall, Pitt Computing and services is super awesome!

4 College Senior

Academics: Awesome Psych Programs – The Psychology department at Pitt is amazing! The teachers all have past experience with working in research or private practice. The course loads for most of the classes are relatively easy. There are plenty of opportunities for internships in research as Pitt has several labs on campus, is affiliated with UPMC which has its own research departments, and sometimes liaises with Carnegie Mellon University for combined projects. As long as you're passionate about how people behave, think, and interact with each other and as long as you're willing to do the work you'll love this program!

Some downsides; the number of psych majors every year is huge so the core courses usually have over 200 students in the classes. As such the courses usually have four major tests in the semester without any homework or quizzes. If you fail two tests it could bring your overall grad down a lot. Also one-on-one interaction with the professor may be difficult with the amount of students trying to see them at the same time.
In addition, the core classes will have a lot of overlap in their curricula and reteach the same things you learned from the last class several times over. It's not bad, but it gets annoying after a while.
Once you expand from the core courses to 1000-level and specialty courses the population of the classes drops significantly and much more hands-on and practical projects are available. You will definitely learn a lot more in your 1000-level courses then any of your other courses.

Overall the Psych program at Pitt is great! If you want to be a psych major this is the place for you.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: PARTY PARTY PARTY – Oaklands night life is OUTRAGEOUS! So much fun! There is a party everywhere you turn!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions – Pitt is located in the heart of Oakland where there are a million places to choose from to grab a bite. Pitt also has a dining plan where you can load money onto Panter Funds that you can use practically everywhere such as Panera, Five Guys, etc. if you feel like eating somewhere else other than the cafeteria.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Not So Scary – When I first came to the University of Pittsburgh, I felt that I was not going to survive in classes of 300 students. I thought that there was no way that I was going to get the extra help I needed but the professors schedule as much office hours as possible and some create study groups outside of the class room that are really great also. You just have to utlilize everything being offered to you.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Free Transportation, Top Sports Teams, Free Museum Admissions – With our ID cards, Pitt students can get free access to public and Pitt buses and museums. We also have some of the best sports teams. Whether it be football, basketball, baseball, or track and field, we are ranked among the nation's top 25 teams, which makes for a great sense of unity.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Work Hard; Party Hard – Pitt students work extremely hard to get good grades, but as soon as that test that you have studied for for at least twenty hours this week, we get rowdy. The football and basketball games are huge and unite the large student body. You don't have to be involved in Greek Life to have a fun time.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Unusual to Be an International Studies Major – Though it is unusual to be an international studies major at a school that is known for nursing and engineering, it is supported very well. The University of Pittsburgh happens to have the largest Slavic library in the nation-- which is great for someone like myself who has an interest in Russia. The workload can be difficult but it is rewarding. I have had professors who are from Russia, have been scouted by the CIA, and have been called upon by the president of the United States. There are many opportunities to both study abroad and to immerse yourself within the Russian culture in Pittsburgh. Through this, students are able to find as many job opportunities as possible-- considering the major.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Seems More Popular – The drinking and drugs at Pitt can seem more popular than other campuses but I believe that is because there are more students so it seems more popular. Drinking seems to be pretty popular at the school but as for drugs I would say smoking and some marijuana but not too much.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People on Campus – I would say with how big the University of Pittsburgh is its so easy to find a group to connect and be comfortable with that has the same interests and views as you.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The TA's at the school tend to be a lot of foreigners which can make it hard to understand them or what they are trying to explain to us. While the classes are good the TA's make it difficult to learn if you need extra help.

4 College Senior

Academics: Though the school has dropped in US News and World Report's Law School Ranking, the faculty and learning experience is still fantastic for the price!

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Public buses are free to students. The University also provides shuttles to sporting events that are free. Students can use the school's safe rider system, which allows them to call a shuttle service if they are out at night and feel that it would be unsafe to walk back to their residence. Buses to and from the airport are also free (this helps me a lot, because I come from out of state).

2 College Freshman

Parking: Cars on Campus – Parking permits are available, but can be expensive. This is a city school, so everything one would need is within walking distance. There is not really a need for cars. Public transportation is free to students, so it is the preferred transportation. There are a few good parking garages, but one must pay for the day to park there.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The pharmacy program at University of Pittsburgh is six years. The first two are undergraduate. After fulfilling pre pharmacy courses, one can apply to the four year pharmacy school. The work load is very heavy and focuses on science. A typical freshman undergraduate going into pharmacy will take Biology, Chemistry, Calculus, Economics, English and more!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek Life, being a new freshman at the school. It definitely exists but doesn't seem to dominate the social life at the school. I know there are some good academic-based sorority/fraternity options.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I live in the University Honors Dorm (at Sutherland Hall) and think it is a great, well-maintained facility. The staff, especially the RAs are incredibly helpful. The best cafeteria to use the meal plan is in the Towers (another dorm). University of Pittsburgh has a very unique facility called the Cathedral of Learning. This is a 42 story learning building where there are class rooms, places to study and the honors college head quarters on the top floor. It also has Nationality Rooms, rooms dedicated to different countries.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The University of Pittsburgh is unique because it offers a 6 year pharmacy degree. Instead of the traditional 4 years of undergrad and 4 years of professional school, University of Pittsburgh combines this into a six year program, resulting in a professional degree. Pittsburgh is a great place for students interested in medicine because of its close proximity and partnerships with many local hospitals. To maintain in the pharmacy program, it is very important to keep up with school work and maintain good grades.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms at Pitt vary. Some of very nice, others are not that great. Still, the "not so great" dorms are decent enough to be comfortable in. On campus housing is way overpriced and you can get an apartment with friends for less money and have more room. Though you will then be further away from campus in most cases.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics at Pitt are great. There is a very wide range of subjects that students can study and there professors are, for the most part, very knowledgeable and helpful. It is sometimes hard to study in common buildings simply because the number of students at Pitt and so sometimes the library or cathedral can get kind of loud.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe in the dorms at Pitt because there is a security guard at the entrance of every dorm and you have to swipe you id to get inside the building. also, to get inside your room you must swipe you id and enter a 4 digit code.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Party It up on Saturday, Study It up on Sunday – People at Pitt love their parties, and no matter how many letters the chancellor writes about the University's committment to keeping drinking safe and overage, everyone knows that it's not hard to get smashed underage, Thursday to Saturday. That's not to say that Pitt's exclusively a "party school", however. People love their alcohol and short dresses, but doing well in school is very important to Pitt students in general.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are plenty of computers available on campus, especially since most people do any real work on laptops. Don't wait until the last second to preint something for class because you'll be late, but the most I've ever had to wait for a computer is 10 or 15 minutes. We get plenty of free printing, the University offers lots of discounted and free software, and anytime you have a problem with your personal computer the technology people fix it for free. Only complaint is that the lab computers are suuuper slow- allow at least 3-5 minutes for logging on.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Big Classes but Great Advisors – I'm a History major but I've only taken 2 history classes so far. It seems like there's a range of professor quality, and there don't seem to be very many small seminar-style classes, even in upper levels, because history is such a popular major at Pitt (one of the largest). In terms of academic rigor, I have no qualms- the interest level could be amped up though. However, the advising dep't is great at keeping things personal and keeping students notified of job/internship/etc opportunities. Overall, I'm pretty satisfied.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Punishment? Do We Even Have Those? Pitt isn't very strict. When it comes to drinking and drug use, police don't say much unless the person seems to be a threat to his or her own safety or the safety of others. The University is more strict when it comes to drinking ON CAMPUS. First time offenders get a letter sent home, and depending on the severity or the number of times caught, offenders could lose their housing and may even be removed from the school.


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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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