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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is not big at the University of Pittsburgh, and the only reason non-Greeks care about Greek life is to get into parties, which for girls are easy to get into.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Football games are always fun to attend in the Fall, and everyone has great school spirit. Basketball is Pitt's best sport, and the games are always a blast. There are many opportunities to participate in athletics even if you aren't on varsity sports, and many students partake in this for fun. Pitt is a Division 1 school, and its sports are great and fun to watch.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The University of Pittsburgh is a great school with so many major options. The career and health centers are among the best in the nation, and everyone at this school makes it so welcoming. During Orientation Week, there are hundreds of ice breaker activities and opportunities to meet new people. Even though Pittsburgh is a big city, Pitt's layout is easy and manageable, and students get free city transportation, making it easy to go out on weekends and explore all that Pittsburgh has to offer. I wouldn't choose any other school after coming to the University of Pittsburgh and I believe it is one of the best schools in the country.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pitt is monitored by both campus police and city police so there is always a presence of security around. I always feel safe because it is a city and usually there are people around at all times. There is not a lot of talk about crimes that happen on campus. The dorms feel very secure because there is a security guard to get into almost every dorm.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Most of the class that I have taken here at Pitt have been lecture style classes. The classes usually have around 200 students in them and it is difficult to get to know your professor unless you go to office hours frequently. The courses are difficult but not too extreme. You come out of the class having learned a lot. The lab classes are usually pretty boring and long, but overall pretty easy.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pitt has a lot of different ways that they help you down your career path. I personally have not taken advantage of many of these offerings though.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I have lived in both Sutherland and Lothrop. Sutherland was great as a freshman because there was a good mix of both girls and guys to make friends with. It was great having private bathrooms. Lothrop is not as social as Sutherland was. It is usually very quiet which is nice for studying. I like that there are single rooms so that I can have my own private space. The bathrooms are usually pretty dirty though.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is not a huge part of campus, and I feel like it is becoming less and less. Many greek organizations are starting to get kicked off campus. There are no off campus houses for greeks, and the University greatly monitors the on campus greek houses and parties. Most of the Greek parties only consist of people who are in a sorority or fraternity.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics are a large part of the school since we are a D1 school. The football and basketball teams draw the largest crowds because they are the most well known. Not all students go to the game, but a large majority do. The teams are not always ranked the highest in the league, but they are continuously showing improvement.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school has been great so far. They help you to get really involved if you take advantage of all that they offer. I am involved in doing research at UPMC and am a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma which keeps me really involved in the community. I like the programs that they offer and I feel as though they will prepare me well for the future. The classes are difficult, but they are not impossible. I always feel as though I come out of a class having learned a lot.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pitt is rigorous and challenging and I think, beyond my experiences in the classroom, I have learned about time management, cross cultural communication (Pitt has a huge number of international students), and what it means to work hard to achieve goals. It is a fantastic university and I am very happy that I chose Pitt.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Social scene is pretty bad, unless you belong to a great student group. People on campus (both staff and students) seem to be kind of miserable. Campus itself is BEAUTIFUL, the perfect mix of city and campus. Food is not that great, professors are average, some of the faculty is upset about school's direction. It does get better and better each year and it should be ranked higher because some programs are fantastic, but a lot of people are miserable here. The division between smart people and those that are not-so-smart is very noticeable. Definitely not a good school for LGBTQIA+ members... students are generally not good people. Feels like another year of high school; avoid this institution.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pitt is an amazing school. I am so glad I chose to be a Panther. We have great opportunities for any and all majors. The medical school is great. The campus is conveniently located in the heart of Oakland.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The University of Pittsburgh is one of the highest ranking universities not only in the United States but also in the world. I came to Pitt because it's number 3 in the country for my major. Many schools have my major but their programs are not as great as Pitt.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pitt is a great school. The perfect size where it is pretty big so you will meet all sorts of different people but you can see the same people around a lot as well. The campus is beautiful and so is Pittsburgh. Most people that go to Pitt are pretty smart and interesting people.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Overall Experience: The people and the atmosphere there are so wonderful

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: i have lived in pittsburgh for twelve years and its an absolutely amazing city. there is always something to do here and the quality of life is phenomenal

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I enjoy the multitude of programs for study abroad. You can go almost anywhere, from South Korea to Australia to Spain to Argentina and so on. If you're thinking of studying abroad, I can guarantee that there is a program that fits your interests.

There is a good variety of food available on campus, but I am a picky eater, so there's not the biggest selection for my tastes. I wish there were more Asian cuisines available such as Korean, Japanese and Szechuan. You can get cold dumplings and sushi, but that is it as far as I know.

It would be nice if the meal plan options were able to be more customized to better suit each person. For me, there isn't one meal plan that fits me well. It's either too much or too little.

I don't particularly enjoy hearing sirens from ambulances and police cars every day, but it's something I have essentially gotten used to.

I know the cost is included in my tuition, but I like how I can use my student ID to ride buses around the city.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: When asked about my college experience down the line, I can already tell I'll be looking back with a twinkle in my eye in fond remembrance. Not for the typical college kid reasons of "I partied so hard!" or "I got away with so much trouble, I really lived!". Instead, I'll be looking back at the accomplishments I've set in track for myself, the truest of friendships I've made, and the community of academic minds I've been able to surrounded myself with from the very beginning. The University of Pittsburgh, while boasting a rather large student body, provides the small town atmosphere. Never before have I been surrounded by so many kind people and professors who truly care and give feedback as those at Pitt. The university of Pittsburgh was the only school I applied to, not because I didn't believe I could get into a "better" school, but because I believe there IS no better school than Pitt.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I think I ended up right where i belong. I love being in the city, and the campus is beautiful! I have had an overall positive experience with the professors I have chosen, and I love my dorm, floormates, RA, and roommate.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Pitt is the best decision I made. You really find where you fit in and the experience has been undeniably one of the best in my life. Classes are tough, but not unmanageable and help is there if you need it. Hail to Pitt!

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The work load is a lot different in college than it was in high school. I wish I had better prepared in teaching myself how to study and motivate myself to do work, even it it isn't graded.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I feel included here and the traditions and experiences made will be something I'll never forget all while getting a fantastic education.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: School here is great. It's right in the city so you never have to go far for anything, and you can take the free buses around when you do. Speaking of which, your student ID also gets you into local museums for free as well. The classes aren't easy but if you put effort into them you will be just fine and you'll come away having actually learned something.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The university leaders really care about the school and the student culture has a focus on academics, while having an enjoyable atmosphere.

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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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