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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing process is easy to understand and follow. The perks of various things increase as you go up a year and change dorms. In some instances the cost seems too much for what is given but that's based on my personal experiences (especially living in Holland)

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I definitely think that the school could do a better job with providing information about off campus housing. There is a page that lists apartments for rent and/or sublet; however, those prices are usually higher than what you could possibly find on your own. Parking is definitely an issue, there is hardly ever space, only at certain times of the day. Parking tickets are given way too often to students that usually cannot afford it.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: There are a variety of fraternities and sororities on campus who live in many different places. In some cases they live in the dorms provided, such as amos or on Frat row across from panther and Pennsylvania hall whereas some live off campus.

4 College Student

Local Area: Its city college life; you can stay on campus and be surrounded by other students and get that college feel or go downtown and have the social experience

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4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Freedom is great in apartment. Also having your own internet (although comcast still kinda sucks). Just commuting by bus is annoying (waiting, smelly unpleasant bus rides).

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5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Forbes Ave is all food. Could also take a short bus ride to many more places.

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3 College Student

Campus Housing: Towers and Nordenberg are center of campus which is wonderful. I lived in Tower B and on the weekends in the middle to the end of the year, the bathrooms got too ratchet (no cleaning services on weekends).

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4 College Student

Administration: They don't pay much attention to you until you do something bad

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I was not a member of the greek system, but this did not really affect me in any way. I knew many people who were in sororities or fraternities, and many who weren't. Social groups at Pitt tend to overlap, and parties are usually mixed groups as well. You can have a good social life whether you join greek life or not.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I was accepted into the arts department immediately with university acceptance. It wasn't necessary for me to apply separately. Separate applications exist for the nursing, medical, social work, and business schools. Friends of mine did not have issues with these application processes. Pitt tends to be holistic about application standards--good grades and test scores are somewhat important, but demonstrating well-rounded activities is closely looked at as well.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The History of Art and Architecture department is fantastic. It is small and focused, and one of the top places for art history classes in the U.S. The staff and professors are wonderful--helpful, knowledgeable, and passionate. They want you to succeed and will help you in any way they can.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Most students move to the south oakland area after moving from the dorms. The school is pretty hands-off when it comes to helping students find a place, but usually there is enough to go around, and it isn't too hard to find a place. Prices vary but mostly they are affordable, although none of the housing is pristine. Mostly these are old buildings. It looks like a sketchy area at first, but it is almost all college students and is surprisingly safe. Though its a bit run down, it has nice character to it, and a lot of great dining and nightlife options. Because so many students live here, it isn't hard to be near friends.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I never had much trouble with campus housing. The buildings were well maintained and I always felt safe. Because of the city environment, space is not plentiful and so the rooms weren't huge. They are very convenient to classes for the most part.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There is SO much to choose from, even just in Oakland. Restaurants of almost every ethnicity are in walking distance, and most are very affordable. Enough variety to make sure you're never bored. The bars are fantastic as well.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The city of Pittsburgh is very passionate about its sports, and it is no different at the university. Students love attending football and basketball games, and these events are fun even for non sports fans. Nearly everyone goes to these events.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Certain issues are dealt with very strictly, but in general these are related to safety. For instance, it is a hassle to have visitors to your dorm, but in an urban campus I appreciate the focus on student safety.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The process of applying for and recieving financial aid was simple and straightforward, and the folks at the finiancial aid office are very helpful. However, Pitt is a bit stingy with their scholarships, and I dislike the fact that athletes are highly favored.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: There are a ton of options for any kind of socialization, both on and off campus. The greek life parties are popular and well liked, and house parties are common in Oakland and surrounding neighborhoods. Generally there is a wide range of party atmospheres, whether you like a chill place to kick back or a raging dance party, or anything in between.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I haven't been on campus too long but from what I have seen there are university cops everywhere. I would say that campus is pretty safe for being in a city.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Tower B, which is one of the main freshman dorms. It's pretty much what you'd expect- not beautiful, communal bathrooms, small dorm rooms, not enough closet space. The tower itself is actually a cylinder, so each room is kind of wedge-shaped. Sutherland, which is way on upper campus, is much nicer, but the walk is so significant that it's kind of not worth it. Nordenberg is like this beautiful building and each room comes with a flat screen TV. Whatever.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: I'm native to Pittsburgh, so naturally I love the city. However, I truly think that there's always something to do. We have a LOT of bars if you're of age, and we have a few really nice concert venues. Most of the time stars like Beyonce do not tour in Pittsburgh, but smaller bands come, and Coldplay has been here before. We have an Irish festival every year, and a Greek festival, and the Three Rivers Arts Festival, which is fantastic. There are other things like that that I'm forgetting. If you're feeling touristy you can go on the Incline or something. Also, our sports teams are awesome and Pittsburghers get really into our local teams. There is definitely a lot of spirit.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Oakland is not the safest area of Pittsburgh, but Pitt takes every possible step to keep its students safe. There is a university police force and a Saferider service, which is a shuttle that you can call if you need to travel (for class or work or some other legitimate reason- this is not for if you're just drunk and need to get home from a bar) around campus in the evening or early morning. There are emergency phones throughout the campus and most areas are well lit. Unless you are walking around at an absurd time, Fifth and Forbes and the areas around the residence halls and hospitals are usually busy enough to be safe. You need your Pitt ID to enter the residence halls, and guests must present a photo ID and be signed in. Dorm room doors require your Pitt ID and a PIN to enter. Because Pitt is a bit of a party school, alcohol-related sexual assault is a problem, but the administration tries their best to prevent it. There are counseling and medical services readily available at all times- after all, there are like five hospitals on campus, including Magee, which is specifically a women's hospital. If walking around the outlying areas at night- such as South Oakland, which is a big party spot- make sure you're in a group, especially if you're a girl. I generally feel safe on campus, however, because of all the measures put in place and because most of the places I have to go to alone are in the main, busier part of campus.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are hundreds of restaurants, food kiosks, and food trucks in Oakland. There are many cheap options that fit into a college student's budget, and 95% of the places are within a reasonable walking distance (like everything on campus.) The best places are Lulu's Noodles, Pamela's Diner (pancakes are to die for), and, if you're feeling adventurous, Conflict Kitchen, which is a food stand run by Carnegie Melon University students. They serve authentic food from countries that the United States is in conflict with and provide pamphlets with information about the conflict. The food sometimes isn't delicious (try being an average American college student attempting to cook traditional Iranian food in a 10x10 food stand) but it's definitely an experience.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: My mother is a university employee so I received a full tuition remission. Combined with my federal student aid awards (loans, grants), I had enough money to cover my expenses. The financial aid process went smoothly for me.

4 College Senior

Athletics: football and basketball games are fun but mostly for tailgating

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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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