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Reviews 3072 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Many Cheap College Places to Grab Some Grub – There are lots of places for poor college students to go including sushi, $5 pizzas (great at 2 in the morning on those nights you really need some munchies), greasy chinese, PGH-esque places, and lots of hip bars.

3 College Senior

Administration: Apartments are easy to find but it is rare to get good parking and in some places it is not safe to walk around at night.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It is at the top of cardiac hill but it is worth the walk. They are suite style dorms that make it possible to meet a lot of new people.

4 College Senior

Technology: They are quite reliable and the computer aids and technicians are very helpful when it comes to problems and needing advice.

1 College Senior

Parking: There is not a lot of parking on campus. There are several permit options, but most are very expensive. The good news is, if you live on campus or nearby, you do not need a car because there are plenty of buses and shuttles (both from Pitt and Port Authority). However, I am a commuter student and I have to buy a permit or find off-street parking and pay by quarters, which still adds up.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I explored the campus with my family and it seems that it will be very safe! I am comfortable with the security.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Extremely Informative Classes – I loved the neuroscience department at Pitt. Their classes were incredibly interesting and the professors very knowledgeable about their subject. Many of the professors were acclaimed researchers and were able to provide a depth of knowledge that really added to the class.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Transportation is overall pretty good. Public transportation is always running and can take students almost anywhere (prepaid). Having a car on campus is very difficult, though, because parking is very expensive and it is hard to find a place to put it.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: University Housing – There are plenty of dorms on campus for student to chose from. Some of the rooms are very small though such as Litchfield Towers. I lived in the Honors Community, which had much bigger rooms, but the buildings are pretty old without air conditioning and bad heating control (sometimes too hot or chilly).

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Campus Activities – The facilities at the University of Pittsburgh a very good. There are numerous on-campus groups that encompass a variety of activities in which the student can become involved. The student center and library are located centrally to the campus and are very accessible to students.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My freshman year at Pitt is coming to an end with finals about three weeks away. I made the two best decisions possible, with coming to Pitt and joining the Pitt Varsity Matching Band. College like anything else is what you make of it, and Pitt is full of wonderful oppurtunities, they are here waiting for students to take them.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Hit or Miss – In Pittsburgh it can be 85 degrees and sunny one day and then 50 and raining the next. Weather in western Pennsylvania is fairly unstable. We do receive a fair amount of precipitation, but the nice days make up for it by far.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity Sports Are a Staple of Student Life – The varsity football and basketball teams at Pitt are generally gppd, and have recently been improving further. The students are generally very supportive fans, the campus runs with school spirit on game days, the Oakland Zoo has made the Pete one of the most intimidating places to play basketball. Work out facilities which are open to all students as well are superb and accesible.

2 College Student

Administration: Obviously, punishments for drugs and underage drinking are severe. Yet somehow people get away with underage drinking all of the time. This is a problem that needs to be fixed.

3 College Student

Party Scene: The underage nightlife isn't very good. There are not very many underage clubs in Pittsburgh, and the one that exist pretty much suck. I will usually just chill in my dorm and play the guitar!

5 College Student

Athletics: Everything about the Pitt athletics program is great! Every sport has a great number of close followers, and every student has a good time. Tickets are very available and all have good student pricing.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is always something to do and you hardly pay for any of it! From the Pitt Arts Program (which provides students with the free opportunity to see plays and more at different theatre and free dinner!) to Pitt Program Council (which sponsors many on-campus activities many which are free) to the Student organization, there is no reason to ever be bored. If you do end up paying for something, at max it will be like $15.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Diverse Group of Guys & Gals – Pitt is such a diverse university you'll find almost anyone and everyone you may be looking for! From the party animal to the low-key spoken word lover.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: So Many Libraries and Things to Do in General – The facilities at Pitt are amazing! There are a multitude of libraries to choose from including the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Trees Hall is a good place to go for an intense work out or simply see what your choreography looks like in the dance studio. The Pete has a state-of-the-art fitness center which is usually packed on evenings and nights. There is always something to do on campus, no doubt about it. You just have to look for them!

5 College Junior

Transportation: The University of Pittsburgh strives to make transportation easy and painless for students. Bus transportation through out the city is included in tuition and students simply show their Panther card when they board the Port Authority system buses throughout the Pittsburgh area.

5 College Junior

Technology: The University of Pittsburgh has a variety of computer labs all equipped with printers throughout campus. From anywhere on campus you are within a 5 minute walk of a computer!

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


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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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