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Reviews 3416 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Some of the facilities at the University of Pittsburgh are great,cutting edge, innovative technology, new, etc. These buildings include all of the professional school buildings. With the exception of the Peterson Event Center, where the main gym is located, the buildings for undergraduates are kind of run down and need work.

4 College Junior

Academics: Good Foundation; but Lacks Connections/ Linkage Programs – I'm a premed student and for the most part, am very satisfied with my education thus far. The program at Pitt is very rigorous, but the professors are really knowledgable and willing to help you if you put in the effort. The only complaint I have is that Pitt lacks connections to medical schools, including the University of Pittsburgh Medical School oddly enough, and does not have any linkage programs for students pursuing medicine.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: A Little Something for Everyone – Underage kids party at house parties and frats mostly. The atmosphere is very laid back. There is an even split between students who drink and those who don't. There are usually school-sponsored events on Friday and Saturday nights for those looking to have fun without alcohol.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Not My First Choice, Not a Bad One Either – The University of Pittsburgh was not my first choice, but my top school was well out of my price range. Pitt has a good education for what you pay, and I don't regret my decision to come here.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Pitt has amazing sports. Our football team is not the greatest, but the atmosphere and marching band make up for any losses. Our basketball team is one of the best in the nation, and I believe the majority of our other sports (although not as well-known) are successful as well.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Decent but Unhealthy – Our food was not bad for the first few weeks, but then I started to see that the only healthier choices offered was salad. I like salad, but eating it every day gets old. I'd be much happier if they had some grilled options, rather than everything deep fried. They did offer different types of flavored water, which I found favorable.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: It's Challenging, but Rewarding – As an Engineering Student, I faced the typical "weeding out" phase my first two semesters of college. It was difficult to complete my work on time, and honestly I should have spent a lot more time studying. But even though I did poorly in a few classes, I feel like I really learned what college is all about - because the courses were difficult. It takes a lot of will power to be able to have five projects due in one week and avoid the temptations of hanging out with friends. You are not attending college to go to parties, so I personally was fine with the workload. However, they really pile on the work, and they make you decide if engineering is really what you want to do.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There Is Plenty to Go Around – There are plenty of apartments and houses for rent. Many of the students find places in South Oakland, which is like 10-20 minutes away from main campus, but the school has a shuttle that goes out there. The school can provide some help to find places, but not much. Cost depends on the size of the place, and how many people you are moving in with.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Forbes Avenue Has Everything – If you can't find what you want in the on-campus eateries, cafes, or take out places, Forbes Avenue is where to go. You can find Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Coffee Shops, and the best french fries in the city. You will not go hungry around campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The school of Arts and Sciences requires a lot of gen. eds. While this might seem to take time away from your major, it is a great opportunity to explore other subjects and find new interests for a possible major. This school is also amazing for science majors like biology, neuroscience, or premed.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Could Offer More – My financial aid experience at Pitt has been dificult. My first year i did not recieve financial aid though my father had just lost his job. My second year i received alot of financial aid but this was after a very difficult process where the school lost most of my forms and claimed that I never turned them in. Your best bet for financial aid is to find one person in the department who wil look out for you and contact them if you have any problems.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: There are several things that set my school apart from the others. One thing I really like is how much my school has to offere outside of classes. We have several activities that do not require academic work and that help to keep student life more interesting. My school also offers lots of options outside of partying. We always have free events hosted by our school and friday night alternatives for those who do not drink. My school does a good job of appealing to the needs of several different types of students not just one group as I have sen in other schools.

3 College Junior

Academics: I am an enlglish major with a minor in chemistry and womens studies. Because my course load is so heavy, it requires a lot of time and self discipline to do well. The writing community at Pitt is very well connected. Often our faculty are Pitt graduates and write the materials which we use for class. there are also lots of opputunities for meeting together outside of class. The writing community at Pitt is very supportive.
The science community is a little different. because the majority of those at pitt majoring in science and planning to become doctors the science program is very competative. The introductory classes act as a weed out for those who think they may have what it takes to be qa doctor. because of this the program is very difficult. What I have found regarding the science program is that after you get past the introductory classes the classes are very enjoyable and doable but it depeneds on your professor. Ecah professor has different personalities and quirks that you will see in class. Its just about learning what you must do in order to be successful in your class.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The campus is located just outside the city, and with free Port Authority bus service for all Pitt students, getting from point A to point B is convenient and easy.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Students from all over the world congregate on this urban campus. All races, nationalities, religious beliefs, and economic situations are well represented.

2 College Senior

Academics: Summer Classes – So right now I just completed my first six week semester. Oh my goodness are those things are hard. I literally had a quiz every time I walked into class.I had a minimum of 70 pages to read each night, per class. The mid term and final were absolutly insane I had to write two five paragraph essays on top of answering 4 disscussion questions (a paragraph each),and 10 short answer questions (2-3 sentences). That all had to be completed in an hour and half. I think the class average after the midterm was a C. So long story short stay on top of your homework and make sure you know whats going on. The classes go by too fast to procrastinate.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Great Assortment of Dorms – As a freshman at Pitt, you will most likely live in the Litchfield Towers (A, B, & C). The rooms are pretty small, and there are close to 40 people on each floor. However, living in towers was one of the best experiences I've had at Pitt. You meet so many people it's ridiculous. As a sophomore/upperclassman, you have the choice of a huge variety of dorms. These range from apartment style living in the heart of campus to suite style living in less-urban upper campus. The pricing is pretty average for room and board.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have heard stories about how unsafe Pitt's location (Oakland) is from many people - all of whom are parents. If you are in that same position, forget what you've heard. Pitt has its own police force (that really doesn't bother students) in addition to Pittsburgh's city police. Pitt also has many, many "safety boxes" around campus in case you need to contact police immediately. There is literally one in sight everywhere you go on campus. Now I'm not saying it's completely safe in Oakland, but if you take really basic precautions (like not walking home alone at 2am) you will be safe. Even if someone tries to mug you in that situation, just look around for the blue safety box!

4 College Junior

Academics: Excellent Business Program Inside and Outside the Classroom – The University of Pittsburgh's College of Business Administration (CBA) provides its students with an abundance of opportunities for achievement both inside and outside of the classroom. From my experience, the professors are very accessible and also excited about helping their students. If you succeed academically you are rewarded with opportunities. Pitt's CBA also has an outside of the classroom program called SIMON. Through SIMON I have been able to attend multiple career fairs, meet business executives, and even job shadow with companies such as Northwestern Mutual and PwC. I am only going into my junior year and I have had the opportunity to be a research assistant for a professor within the business school. I also already received my first finance internship from a local business started by a Pitt alumni.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather might just be the one thing that I dislike most about Pitt. Although it is warm for the first few weeks of the school year, and maybe a week or two at the end of it, most of the time it is just plain cold... It also rains quite a bit, so bring an umbrella! Snow boots are probably a good investment as well, especially because classes are rarely canceled due to snow. The only good thing about the weather is that it changes in an instant. You could go to class in the pouring rain, and leave 50 minutes later with the sun shining. But it could also happen the other way around!

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Since Pitt is in the middle of the city, parking can be hard to find...or costly. But most (if not all) classes are within walking distance, and the use of the public buses is free for students. Because of this, most kids who live on campus choose not to bring a car to school anyway. For those that do want to bring a car though, parking is usually available in the Soldiers and Sailors parking garage (if street parking is not available).

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Take It or Leave It – Greek life is definitely there for parties and events but other than that it doesn't have a huge presence. There are certainly some that have reputations that are better than others but joining or not, and to a large extent which one you join doesn't have a huge impact on social life.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Generally speaking, Pitt is a great place to go to school. If I could do it again, I would choose it again and again. There are tons of things to do (museums, plays, gardens, night life, sports, etc) both for those people who are under and over 21. Even better, however, is that many of the attractions are at a discounted price for students.

Just like in any medium to large city, there is going to be a certain amount of uneasiness when it comes to safety but if you know what your doing, and keep an keen eye there is no reason that anyone shouldn't be able to get through 4 years without a single incident. I did.

Cost of LIving is also reasonable, though the nice apartments go fast and you have to do your research to find them.

Really only two real problems spring to mind when thinking of Pittsburgh: the weather and transportation. Its more than possible to live there without a car, (there are buses which are free to Pitt students) but be ready for long waits in the freezing cold and sweltering hot. There are approximately 2 weeks are truly wonderful weather and they generally come during spring finals. If you choose to have a car the parking is both lacking and expensive, and driving in Pittsburgh is no picnic.

But, if you can get past the transport and the weather, it is really a great place to live.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Okay Dorms – I stayed in Lothrop Hall, which is primarily composed of single rooms (not roommates). I wanted it that way, but some of the guys on my floor were upset as they had wanted to live elsewhere. I liked Lothrop. Each room came with a sink, which is far more useful than I had expected. Unfortunately, it's somewhat far from the major areas of campus, so I felt psychologically disconnected at times.

3 College Senior

Technology: Great at Certain Times During the Day – The computer/printing labs are well-staffed and printouts come quickly. The internet is fast for the most part and wireless access is available anywhere on campus and many places off-campus. The best time to go to the computer labs is in the morning before 11 AM or in the evening after 5. In the meantime, you'll have to wait in line. Some students will use the computers quickly but quite a few will waste time on facebook or twitter even though there's a huge line waiting. Also, the computer lab in the Cathedral of Learning is often used by classes, which means that the door is closed. It doesn't happen that often, but it's quite irritating when it does because it cuts the number of available computers in the building in half.


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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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