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Reviews 3050 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Junior

Academics: My academic area of interest is in the rapidly expanding field of neuroscience. Providing students with a pre-med and science background, a neuroscience major is an enriching and popular field of study at the University of Pittsburgh.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Clean Fun – the presences of drugs is not a part of this university to my knowing, because there are a lot of way to have clean fun.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Top of the Hill – though a bit expensive, and out of the way. It is totally worth it

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a good variety of food in Market Central, but the length of time that it is availible is not long.

2 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The Medical Program – I guess our medical program sets us apart from other schools. It's pretty good.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many different races, as well as foreigners who come here to learn. There is a wide variety of students.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I Feel Safe Here – I have never felt threatened or scared to walk around campus ever. We also have security guards in every housing building to check us in. There is also a safety rider bus that will take you home after a night out. I feel very safe here.

3 College Senior

Parking: No Car Needed – There is no need for a car at Pitt. With a Pitt ID you have access to public transportation that will take you anywhere in the city: to malls, theaters, shopping centers, grocery stores, etc. Pitt also has its own transportation system of buses that circle around the urban campus every 30 minutes -- day, night and weekends. Some parking fees are expensive due to the hospitals, medical centers, etc. in the area.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: We have both on and off campus greek housing. Greek Week is fun and pretty competitive.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Market Central Is an Improvement – While Market Central in Towers is an improvement, students can find a lot of places to eat on campus. Hemingways, The "O" and pancakes at Pamela's are nice places with good food. A medium meal plan is best because you will find many restaurants with decent food options. Pitt's dining dollars are accepted by a variety of fast food places, but it's easier and more flexible to purchase a smaller meal plan and have the option of lunch in one of the on-campus restaurants -- although the sit-down restaurants do get crowded around the lunch hour.

4 College Senior

Weather: Wet or Dry – Wet or is just like home. Hot or is just like home. Snow or is just like home. Sunshine or is just like home. Basically, I feel quite at home!

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: A Place to Lay My Head. The towers offer an adequate on campus living option.
Sweet style living available up the hill...available to freshman provides an enticing arrangement especially for someone like myself who is enrolled int eh School of Engineering. The sweet style living is a convenient location tot he Swanson School of Engineering. I hope I am fortunate to score this option for my first year.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Good Eats – Dining availability provides numerous options. Transportation accessible. Ethnic options above average. Many within walking distance. Family friendly. Student friendly.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I've Only Been to Two Universities – I don't think that my opinion is fair on this topic being that I don't know much about the other universities. However, I will say theres way more to do here than there was at Purdue University.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I Dont Do Much Partying – I'm an engineering student who works and has a child, so I don't get out much at night. But there is excellent transportation from campus to local areas with great night life.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Expensive Food on Campus – There are plenty of restaurants on campus because there are plenty of businesses and it is a major hospital area. However, all of the food is priced higher because it is on campus and the food in our cafeterias is even more ridiculously priced.

3 College Junior

Athletics: School spirit is pretty good – School Spirit is pretty good at Pitt. Basketball is definitely the more popular sport but football games are fun also. There is no football stadium on campus and going down to heinz field can be annoying at times.

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2 College Junior

Diversity: The campus is not that diverse – Overall, the campus is not that diverse, but there are many student organizations you can join if you would like. Pitt is not a very political campus, but if you are politically active, there are plenty of student organizations to join.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Pitt does not provide housing for four years, so if you want to move off campus, start looking early for housing. Housing in South Oakland is not very difficult to get, but beware of some landlords who don't really care about their properties. Also, bring a checkbook whenever you go to see the house, because they will get taken up quickly.

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1 College Student

Parking: Parking is not a problem if you only need to be on campus for a couple hours. Keeping a car on campus is expensive, with parking permits being upwards $600 per semester.

3 College Student

Administration: Guards Overwatch Every Move – There are guards at the entrance to every residence hall monitoring when visitors come, they must be signed in. Alcohol must also be registered with the guard and the amount per week is monitored.

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4 College Student

Technology: Easy Access Computer Labs – The computer labs are very accessible. There are many located all throughout campus and some are open 24 hours. There is almost always an open computer. The wireless internet is very reliable all over the campus.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I Love This Place – I am a transfer student and only in my first semester at the university, but this place is everything and more than what I was looking for. I was previously enrolled in a college town atmosphere and it was awful. The amount of things to do in a city, even a smaller one like the 'burgh, are incredible. Anyone looking for a good time can find it. I also enjoy my selected majors and firmly believe that my education will help me get to where I am going. I love this school, and doubt my answer will change in two years when I graduate.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The Pools Are Convenient – For those of us that do not like to spend our days in the gym exercising, there are a couple of indoor pools on campus that students are able to use. I prefer a good swim to a gym any day.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: People Are Friendly – I have spent time in the city of Pittsburgh in the past and always marveled at how it was an eastern city with a midwestern charm. People here are much friendlier in general than those in New York, Philly, Boston, or Baltimore/D.C.

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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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