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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Many students attend football and basketball more than volleyball or baseball games. Sports are big and enjoyable.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Rarely attend parties. However, the ones I have attended were okay.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: One of my favorite off-campus dining options is the Union Grill. Family-owned establishment. The food is the best. Service is fast and friendly. No student discounts. Nice place for home cooking.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: I haven't had much interaction with the Administration. During my freshman orientation, I met the Dean of Student Affairs and was informed about making the University of Pittsburgh 'My School'. So, I took that advice at hand and decided to make Pitt 'My School'.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Complete your FAFSA early. Inquire, ask questions, read the University's website to learn about scholarship opportunities.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: What can I say....campus food is campus food. It all depends on the catering service (Levy, Sodexo, Aramark). It's my last choice when I'm hungry.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My first year attending the University of Pittsburgh I was housed in the Towers. This is where many freshmen are housed. It's an action-packed environment. The location is easily accessible to classes. My sophomore year I was housed in a relatively new dorm which is located on the upper campus. It is very nice. I enjoyed the atmosphere. Everyone on my floor was very respectful of each other and the noise level was not annoying. The common areas were well kept.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The parties are never too crazy, which is good. If the party is busted, the police let you go home which makes it less scary to go out and meet new people. I always have fun on the weekends with my friends, it's a great way to let go of all the stress that builds during the school week.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The options available are good for even people with food allergies, like me. However, it could be made better by applying student discounts because they can get kind of pricey.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I feel very safe at Pitt. However, some of their rules such as signing people in and out of the building can be a hassle. It causes time delays.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The houses and apartments are not always the best, they can sometimes look pretty run down. But inside, they can still be pretty great! Make sure to look into what street your house will be on. Sometimes, the houses can get pretty far from campus or be in a bad spot of Oakland. Most college students choose to live in South Oakland since it's cheaper, but that also means it is less attractive. Either way, the freedom compensates for both.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is the worst part of Pitt, I spent most of my first semester on the phone with the office because my loan would no go through, or something on their end was wrong. It was a complete headache. I wish the school would allow for more aid to be awarded because of the high cost of tuition. Unless you are extremely smart, getting a scholarship is almost impossible. However, if you want to receive any aid, it's best to apply as soon as possible with all the information needed. After you submit your application, call to make sure they received it.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I have severe food allergies that Market Central accommodates every day. The workers are great at the dining halls and remember my name and face whenever I come through. The workers always put a smile on my face!

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The cost of Pitt is very overwhelming, yet you receive such a great experience from it. You are provided with the best professors who care about your education. The vast amount of clubs and opportunities to get involved in the community make sure that you leave college a well-rounded person. The people you meet in the city are amazing and friendly. It is overall an amazing campus with an amazing education.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The WPU has the best food. Market and the perch are okay

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: South O has decent apartments

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Fuel and Fuddle is the best

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are relatively nice, especially on upper campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live in North O, it's safe, clean, and well populated with places to get food.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: You just need to know the right people, then you're golden.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Pittsburgh in general has great food, you just have to look. Oakland is packed with restaurants, none of them being completely awful.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Everyone's been super helpful, just avoid the times when it's busy.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The campus dining halls can make you sick, but hey, it's food. But $13 a swipe is a ripoff.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some of the dorms can be rather old (Towers) and you're never guaranteed good floormates. The proximity to class and food is great though.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: When you have a meal plan, you'll hate it. Market or the Perch all the time with their food that somehow gives you extreme gas every time, Cathedral cafe smells funny and the only thing you'll really eat are sushi, Chick Fil A or the hot sandwiches, and the Union food is just okay and always crowded. The food on Forbes is pretty good with a variety, at least for your first year. But seriously, appreciate it while you can. Not having a meal plan sucks. I live off campus, struggling to afford my crazy rent so I can't afford to go grocery shopping and just HOPE little freshman will swipe me into Market. So love it while you can, I promise you'll miss it.

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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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