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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Pitt really cares about athletics, a lot. Lots of people show school spirit by going to football and basketball games, and people take a lot of pride in the school's teams. However, it seems like a huge amount of money goes to sports, to the point where it overshadows learning. And although millions of dollars are spent on athletics at Pitt, for some reason things like yoga/fitness classes aren't free for non-athletes.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall, given the chance to redo my college decision, I would not choose Pitt again. For some people this school might be a good choice, but for me the school is just too big. Classes are enormous, and teachers aren't really able to form meaningful relationships with students. It's difficult to get into the classes you need/want, especially as a freshman, and the humanities are not taken seriously at Pitt.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pitt requires almost all freshman to be swiped into their residence halls by a security guard every time he or she needs to go to his or her room. On top of that, freshmen must use their IDs to get into their room and entering a PIN number that only the student knows.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My professors are very knowledgeable in their fields. My class sizes were relatively large and mostly lecture based. Sometimes the classes were boring, but I don't expect every class to be thrilling.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pitt is one of the best known schools in the country. So when future employers or graduate school interviewers see that an applicant graduated from Pitt, they will have an idea of the excellent academic curriculum that the student had taken on and excelled in.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Although the dorms are rather small, the social atmosphere is very inviting. Not once have I felt as if I were alone or could not go to someone and discuss a problem I have.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Football and basketball games have some of the biggest student sections in comparison to other sports, and being a part of them and cheering our teams on is both exciting and intense.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I wouldn't choose anywhere else to go for my undergraduate years because my university is one of the top universities in the health sciences field.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pitt's campus is lovely and safe. South Oakland can get sketchy, but, then again, so can any place in a city near or after dark.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors at Pitt really care! I am in the engineering department, and I have noticed that the teaching staff really wants to challenge us without trying to weed anyone out. This means that they believe in our abilities and want us to go out and change the world.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pitt students really seem to find their niche in the professional world. They are hardworking and practical people who get a lot out of their degrees.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Pitt does an excellent job with housing. I live in Forbes hall and have enjoyed it so far. They match the right people with the right dorm.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is not everything at Pitt.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Pitt fans are passionate, but we are constantly let down when it comes down to the wire.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Excellent school. I really feel challenged and stimulated here, but Pitt has a few loose screws it needs to tighten up.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Some theft here and there; be careful and you should be fine. As for walking alone at night - I do so frequently and feel safe, but there's saferider for when you don't.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I heard Pitt is well known among employers.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Great because I got the new dorm, and its equidistant to all my classes.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pittsburgh in itself is a pretty safe city, and Oakland is certainly a safe neighborhood. Security in residence halls is very strict, which is great even though it's probably not too necessary. The worst crime I've heard of on/near campus is just petty theft, but as long as you're responsible with your stuff, that is really easy to avoid.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: For a school of around 18,000 undergrads, I expected classes, especially in my first year, to be really big. The largest class I had was about 60 students. The rest of my classes had about 20 students. Professors are, largely, really nice and seem to genuinely care about their students' success and understanding of class material. I would suggest that you stay away from professors who are completing their masters currently though. From my (limited) experience, they don't convey what they expect of you very well, and haven't found their most effective teaching style. Courses are really diverse and are easy to schedule. You have to meet with an advisor every semester. They are really helpful and discuss your progress and the additional classes that are required in order to graduate.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Sutherland West which is about a 15-minute walk from The Cathedral. I don't mind it though, because there are frequent upper campus shuttles and everything you could need is in Sutherland already (dining hall, coffee shop, computer lab, mail station, laundry, convenience store). Probably the best aspect of Sutherland is the fact that the rooms are really spacious and you either have a bathroom in your room, in between two rooms, or split with your suite mates. The only downside of residence halls is the hassle of signing people in and out, and also the abundance of mediocre food options. But what are you going to do? Bad food is an important part of the college experience.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Pitt has really nice gyms, and offers 10-week classes in things like yoga, zumba, pilates, and cycling (one hour a week for ten weeks, $30 total). The Panther Pitt (football) and the Oakland Zoo (basketball) are really big for students. We love to support Pitt teams, and they generally do pretty well! We sing Sweet Caroline during the 3rd quarter of every game, and dance with some of the band's songs. It's super fun even if you don't like sports.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Everyone who works at Pitt, from security to professors, are so kind and seem to genuinely care about the students. Pitt is in a nice neighborhood of an awesome city. There are so many really good places to eat, and Schenley Park is right down the street. Pitt also hosts a few free concerts every year--this year we had Walk the Moon and Coin. Cathy is beautiful, of course, and our 30 nationality rooms are really interesting to learn about, cool to have classes in, and really unique to Pitt. Overall, Pitt has a really great environment and is an excellent school. #H2P

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I think that the dorm security is great. Outside, though, I do not feel safe. Riding the bus is scary because we are right by the city. Sometimes I wish I saw more cops driving around at night so I could feel safer that it would be noticed if something were to happen. The homeless people on Forbes are terrifying and annoying. Overall I do not feel safe at all walking at night although nothing has happened to me or my friends yet.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As an engineer, our humanities/social science choices are limited. I wish that we had a larger range of those courses that we could take. I have had some great and helpful professors as well as some bad ones. Some professors discourage me as they talk about how we are not going to get jobs when we graduate. I sometimes wish the class sizes were smaller. Recitations would be helpful if the TAs all spoke good english. Some professors are not understandable either. Overall, I think that my experience has been fair.

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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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