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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing is expensive; it forces you to choose a meal plan, even if you do not want it. Other than that, the quality of the dorms and social atmosphere is nice. I feel like I meet someone new every week in my dorm. Security is pretty strict and can be annoying sometimes, but it is there for the student's safety.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit is great! I love attending football games, volleyball games, and more!

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process is not complicated at my school, and everyone in the financial aid office is extremely helpful.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many off-campus dining options near the University of Pittsburgh! There are a variety of dining options that are easily accessible, and anyone can find an option in their price range. I absolutely love having a Chipotle and Panera right down the street from me, and there are so many other options for whatever you desire!

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The policies to sign students into dorms are very strict yet helpful. Attendance is not required in all classes, but it is very helpful to learn new information. Drinking and drug use is not allowed in dorms and the administration is strict about that aspect of students' social lives.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are options available, but most are only on the weekends.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of off-campus housing selections at my school, and there are very close to campus which is nice. The parking in some areas can be pretty limited, but some buildings have parking lots behind that can be used for residents.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: My university provides a lot of campus security precautions that students must follow, which makes me feel very safe while I am on campus. Students must always sign guests in and out of dorms. It is very reassuring knowing that everyone in my dorm either lives here or is here because they are with someone who is supposed to be here. I also never hear anything about crimes on campus!

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The University of Pittsburgh does not revolve around athletics, but they are an important part of campus life. Many students are involved with and attend football games, basketball games, and other sporting events. As for school spirit, there is always a lot to be seen at our sporting events! Our athletic facilities are very nice, and they accommodate athletes as well as non-athletes.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Pittsburgh is an awesome place to go to college, the ultimate American "city" IMHO.

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Pittsburgh has an awesome restaurant scene, check out all of the different neighborhoods and what they have to offer! There's a lot!

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3 College Senior

Athletics: Football kinda sucks and a lot of people love going to the Zoo for Basketball.

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3 College Senior

Majors: If you get denied from Pitt, apply to the College of General Studies and you will be accepted. Transfer out the following year to whatever major you want.

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life has a pretty big impact on the social scene. Definitely consider joining, but since it is only about 10% of the student population, there are many other ways to enjoy the nightlife at Pitt. Greeks are definitely a minority, but they can act exclusive. There are university owned fraternity houses on the hill, and some chapters have off-campus houses. Of the 11 sororities, all have a floor of Amos Hall, each floor houses 15 sisters... Theta Phi Alpha has a floor of Bruce Hall, and Kappa Kappa Gamma has a house just off campus.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Oakland is a city neighborhood, so it can be sketchy at times, you have to be careful. Don't walk home alone, sober or drunk. Student health services is the BEST, excellent doctors there. Visit as much as you need to.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Especially the new freshman dorm Nordy hall & the nicer upper classman dorms... really nice. Living on campus can be very convenient to get to class especially being in the quad. RA's can be dicks but thats their job. They designed the rooms to be smaller and the lounge areas to be bigger so students will leave their rooms and get to know each other.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Landlords around Oakland suck, and housing conditions are subpar. BUT everyone is stuck in the same shitty off-campus housing! It's just a part of going to Pitt, unless you live in LAGA or the Lofts, you'll be in the same boat as everyone else, paying $550/month for a dump. But that's Oakland, and we love it

5 College Senior

Party Scene: Pitt party scene is really fun, and really different from other schools like Penn State, WVU, and OSU. The parties are just as crazy, but more mature in a way... like students aren't afraid to go out and do something crazy in the city, whereas the city intimidates students from a closed off campus like PSU. Also there's so much more to do in the area, like go to the strip club, southside, shadyside, whatever! Joining Greek Life is an easy way to get involved in the party scene, but geeds definitely have their own fun too (coming from a Greek)

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3 College Senior

Administration: It all depends on who your RA is. Some RA's are really cool and don't butt into your lives-- as long as you aren't a distraction to other students and you drink, you should be no problem. Go by the general rule of don't be the drunkest guy on the street and you'll be fine.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The best & expensive places are often chains and nothing over the moon. Lots of mediocrity, and lots of the same types of restaurants. If you want diversity in food, do not look to Pittsburgh

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Land management companies do a really good job of screwing college students over.

1 College Sophomore

Local Area: Oakland has all of 5 bars and they're pretty heavily segregated PITT/CMU. Students sometimes interact, but typically don't. There's a few neighborhoods in the area that are accessible by bus. Those have significant student populations where students mix better, but volume and excessive drinking are a problem.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: unknown - I live off-campus.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Scholarships are not heavily available, but have to be sought out... Grants are very difficult to come by and State Financial Aid is only useful if your parents set up the plan and have contributed to it. Overall, somewhat to be expected given the current state of higher education expenses.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Conservative state makes for conservative administration

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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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