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2 College Senior

Greek Life: I have a grudge against Greek life in general, but so do most people at Pitt, inexplicably. Pitt students like to party in exactly the same way Greek students like to party but they just like to do it in somewhat smaller, less polo-shirt-inclined groups. Sororities still exist but don't get their own houses for some bizarre sexist reason, and are filled almost completely with shrieking white girls who LOVE their big/little. Fraternities have houses and sometimes people go to them and from what I can tell they don't rape people QUITE as much as they do at a place like UCLA or something.

3 people found this useful Report
1 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Most people at Pitt LOVE each other! Maybe that's because we all have the same interests in common: hockey, engineering, weight lifting, and (above all) BEER! We are all generically attractive, well-built white people of German and/or English heritage who like to drink a lot and shout at the top of our lungs three nights a week. If this description fits you too, come on in! The water's fine.

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Overall Experience: The title of the question is asking about my "overall experience," which was bad. Then the description asks specifically about my experience with "courses and professors," which was good. This doesn't make any sense.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Congratulations, you graduated from a reasonably reputable large public school! You are part of the enormous faceless mass of relatively-educated middle-class Pennsylvanian humanity! I'm sure you'll have no problem finding some well-paying place to do clerical work or mid-level management and live your entire life for the weekends.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are quite a few places to eat in Pitt's immediate vicinity, but they seldom break the glass ceiling of "merely tolerable" and some of them fall well short of even that. Pitt students view many of the following eateries through impossibly rose-colored lenses, but Primanti's is only delicious if you're an insane cole-slaw-n'-cheese-loving lunatic from the immediate Pittsburgh area, Quaker Steak's wings are resoundingly mediocre, and almost everything else is a worldwide chain or generic Chinese place, predictably filling and acceptable without ever once exciting any real interest. Exceptions are Conflict Kitchen, which is often quite good and does its best to singlehandedly make up for the rest of the area's lack of variety, and Spice Island Tea House, a legitimately delicious Thai/Burmese place that most Pitt students avoid because it doesn't involve nearly enough cheese and grilled chicken for them.

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2 College Senior

Campus Food: I suspect that Pitt's campus dining experience is not dramatically worse than it is at most other schools, but that doesn't mean it's any good either. Freshmen are enamored with the apparent all-you-can-eat freedom of the whole arrangement, but the novelty wears off in a couple months as you realize that you're paying larcenous prices to eat the same three or four undercooked buffet-style meals every single time. By the time you're a sophomore, Market Central becomes an object of dread. By the time you're a junior or senior, you've hopefully found a way to have nothing more to do with on-campus dining.

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4 College Senior

Academics: In my experience with the English, political science and history departments the professors are engaging, knowledgeable and deeply concerned for their student's development and welfare. Classes can be somewhat unchallenging but if you know which professors to take that's an easy fix. Overall the actual learning that goes on is pretty good.

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4 College Senior

Academics: The political science department in particular is for the most part excellent. There are some professors that draw groans and snores but in general the quality of academics in the department is strong. Most students in the department are aspiring lawyers, but despite this most of them are actually much friendlier and slightly more worldly than the average Pitt student.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing is not, overall, too objectionable. It is overpriced but that's no surprise at all these days. It is cramped but that's industry standard. There is very little in the way of peace and quiet but that's only to be expected.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Great architecture and labs. Amazing sporting events as well.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Don't wait around. Be proactive. They will not do it for you.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Hard to get and a bit expensive.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Strict where they need to be.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: You are minutes from sports stadiums and parks. Great atmosphere.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pitt has one of the best alumni associations in the US. Many job fairs occur during the year.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Being in the city of Pittsburgh there are plenty of ethnic food varieties all in walking distance.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Like any other dining hall. Food is pretty good, but could use some better hours.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: City Police officers are all around campus.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Pitt is great at the Co-Op and internship opportunities that are offered.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are so many courses to take at this university and a variety of class sizes. I love it here, and I think most people that come here would love it, too.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's nicknamed "an ivy league of public schools" ... I'm pretty sure I should be ok as far as getting a job after graduation. From what I've heard, career services are also really helpful in placing you in those positions.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: For some students, they have been able to find internships quite easily, but I think it really depends on how much effort you put into the search.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I would recommend going in undeclared on your application. It gives you a better chance of getting in (I know from experience). You can just declare your major after your first year in school.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus is really strict when they discover drug use, underage drinking, jaywalking, or alcohol in the dorms. Other than that, they are generally lenient with other matters.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is conveniently located on campus and there are a lot of housing options to choose from.

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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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