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Reviews 3448 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Pitt is an urban campus, and off-campus living is pretty much integrated with the Oakland community. That being said, violence at night is a slight possibility. However, police cars can be found virtually everywhere in the Oakland community at night, and there are emergency lights to guide you home. As a female, I've walked home ALONE at 2 am at night many times to my home in South Oakland, and while I did keep myself on alert I virtually never felt unsafe.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Personally, I love the way Greek life is at Pitt because it's not omnipresent like other schools. If you're in Greek life, then you're really involved, but if you're not involved in Greek life it doesn't make a single dent on your college experience. Being a GDI is pretty normal on campus, and many people are pretty proud of it! Of course, if you are into the Greek experience, you will get it at Pitt, but the Greeks tend to live in their own bubble. Overall, there's literally zero pressure to go Greek.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: I think if you're into having a good time without looking to get absolutely wrecked every time, Pitt is your go-to school. We certainly love to party, but I wouldn't compare us to the Penn State party scene. South O is your best bet, as house parties are ideal if you're under 21. Your experiences at the frats will most likely begin and end your freshman year, unless you join Greek life (which isn't a big thing at Pitt). Biggest recommendation is to JOIN CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS, make friends with upperclassmen and people who live off campus, and you'll definitely be invited to several parties each weekend.

Once you turn 21, house parties are also available but the bar scene is where your real partying is at. Typical go-tos are AD's Cafe, Hems, Peter's, Garage Door Saloon, and Boots. Decent-ish drink deals, nice bars but will get VERY crowded especially at certain times of the year (Homecoming, O-week/Sylly Week, Halloween, FFF).

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I absolutely am proud of my decision to go to Pitt. Truly the best school you could ask for as an undergraduate- rigorous academics, vast opportunities for research or experiential learning, lots of student orgs, a good night life. The school itself is not too big or too small, making it ideal to find your niche of people without feeling like you know virtually everyone on campus. I consider Pitt the best school if you're looking for a balanced college experience!

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: My only reservation is that I wish students who were not in the business school received the same career prep that business school students did... but apart from that it's good!

4 College Senior

Academics: Pitt is a Public Ivy, in my opinion. Top tier academics, a highly funded school for research. My only concern is that because we are such a research-centered school, many of our professors (especially in the STEM fields) are not super passionate about teaching students. It's more like a 'I have to do this to keep tenure' philosophy with our professors, which leads to more disorganization in lecture courses and a general unavailability for professors to get extra help.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have really enjoyed my classes and professors so far. A couple in particular were excellent and obviously care deeply about what they do.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The university offers the students a lot of support in the job/internship finding process.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus is pretty safe. The administration actively works to make the place a safe environment.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek life on campus is not a huge deal. I have never witnessed any snobbery related to it.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I really like the campus, which is close to some really nice museums, and the professors so far are really good.

3 College Junior

Athletics: There always seems to be something going on related to sports, and people seem interested in it. However, I personally am not involved in any sports so I feel like I can't give an accurate or fair assessment.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: While not in Greek life many friends are and they really enjoy it. The housing is provided but does not overthrow the campus.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Pitts sports following is an old, longwithstanding tradition with years of support. Alumni from every generation come back to at least one game person. School spirit is high and the student section is awesome

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pitt offers so many student events for every type of subject. There's never nothing to do. The classes are challenging but in depth and the professors look to help as much as they can. Pitt is a wonderful school with amazing academics.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: student health center could use some work but hey whatever.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great atmosphere. Wonderful degree programs. Can't ask for much more.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It is a very valuable degree that is looked upon highly from employers.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The only downside to the freshman girls in Holland is the whole no AC thing.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't really pay attention to it since I am not in it.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Games are so much fun! I enjoy getting to use some of the athletes facilities when they are not

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: just sometimes I get tired of the hustle and bustle of the city.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are services available like the shuttle and safe-rider. I usually feel safe walking home from campus at night. Or I just take the bus.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've had 99% amazing experiences with professors that want the best for you. They want to help you learn and grow as a student and more importantly as a person.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I'm confident of the workforce value of my degree from Pitt. H2P


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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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