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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Pitt football and basketball are a big part of campus life. People try to earn loyalty points throughout the fall in order to get basketball tickets in the winter.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: Political science students at Pitt don't really have access to the resources that engineering/bio/chem students have. There are fewer class options, and less-experienced professors. However, there are a few that make it worth it, but keep that in mind if you're considering Pitt for a liberal arts major.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There is an internship guarantee program at Pitt, but most internships are small and located in Pennsylvania.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There's plenty of off-campus housing, but it all is pretty low quality and looks unsafe. If you have a car, living farther away (outside of Oakland--in Shadyside or Friendship) is a better option if you don't mind dealing with parking. But many students live off-campus in Oakland off Forbes, and it isn't hard to find.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pitt is pretty ethnically diverse, but you'll find that most students come from a similar economic and family background. There are very few out of state/region students, so I occasionally felt strange being from way out of state.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most freshman housing is not the best. Towers is crowded, Holland doesn't have air conditioning, and Forbes is old and loud. Sutherland is okay, but Nordenberg is definitely the best. Luckily, upperclassmen housing is much better. The suites in the quad are nice and spacious, and housing on upper campus feels new and clean. Many dorms also have small gyms or access to one very close by.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I never felt unsafe on campus. It's always well-lit, even late at night walking through Schenley Park or from the library. There are services available like safe rider that many students take advantage of, but walking is usually safe. However, Pitt is in an urban area, and I wouldn't recommend walking alone in North Oakland after dark. For the most part, Pitt's campus is very safe.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The Pete is a great place to work out, but it's not very convenient for students living on lower campus. The gyms in the residence halls are small and mostly filled with cardio equipment.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There isn't really a sense of student connectivity on campus until events like football games, basketball games, or traditions like homecoming or lantern night. The libraries are full most weekdays but usually empty on Friday and Saturday nights. Most people go out on the weekends.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most restaurants off campus are just chain restaurants. There's only one vegan/vegetarian option, but the quality is pretty low. Grocery stores near Pitt also don't carry many healthy/organic foods, so you may have to make a trip to Trader Joe's or Whole Foods if you're looking for something healthier. But there are plenty of fast food restaurants within a 5 minute walk from anywhere on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Oakland is not the cleanest or classiest place, but everyone knows it. However, you'll always find people walking around on weekend nights, so there's always something to do around campus. Pittsburgh itself is pretty empty at night unless you're in South Oakland.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Pitt is a great school if you're studying engineering or pre-med/bio/chem. It's challenging and worth the time and effort. But if you're studying liberal arts, it can feel too easy, and the professors aren't as interesting or knowledgable. However, there are definitely a few great ones, so find those and take classes from them.

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2 College Sophomore

Academics: I studied political science, and only a few professors were really helpful and interesting.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was an out of state student and received no scholarships or grants. But getting federal loans was super easy and the financial aid office was really helpful whenever I had a question.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty prevalent. There are always advertisements for Greek events around campus, but there are definitely other things to do.

3 College Junior

Administration: Some things around campus like parking and getting into the dorms is so strict and annoying. The computer systems don't really work well and you fight with the people on the phone to get someone into your building when it is not your fault it was messed up in the first place. Depending on your ra you can have a good time with safety or one the breathes down your neck and you think you'll get in trouble for everything making your time miserable.

4 College Junior

Academics: It is really easy to meet with your professors and get help when you need it. There is so much opportunities for study sessions and tutoring buildings to seek help when needed. You can find somewhere to study all around campus and get your work done.

4 College Junior

Academics: The workload is a lot but the professors are easy to work with and they try to help as much as they could. There is so much opportunities for the people in my major who have great opportunities with big companies around the campus.

College Junior

Athletics: Basketball games are huge and most students want to go to them. Other sports are not too bug and really only go if they feel like it. Football games get packed for big games but isn't really supported because the team usually isn't good.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The city is great and the campus is in the city but is still a campus. There is so much to do and see around the city, you can never get bored. The buildings are beautiful and the cathedral is something every student is proud of.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: There are so many resources and opportunities around campus for students. There are always programs going on to keep you busy and basically something for everyone to do.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It is great the amount of diversity that is around the city. Each different district has its hidden gems of restaurants that are great to eat at. There is a wide range of costs which is great for college students.

5 College Junior

Local Area: I am obsessed with the location and all of the activities around that the city has to offer. It is great that everything is easy to access and most of the museums are free to college students.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are obvious clicks with Greek life and organizations. There is a side in the library known as the "Greek side" which is basically a social hour for them. Many students utilize the bus systems to go around the city which is a really nice feature the school makes you pay for.

College Junior

Majors: I find that internships are hard to obtain at a younger age like freshman or sophomores. I found an internship through Make-A-Wish which was volunteering, but I loved it. It was great to see how non-profits work and how to really manage your resources because most is donations. I think internships should be paid if the company could afford it. They use the students to do all the tedious stuff the employees can't or don't want to do. Also student loans are a huge problem and if a student is doing an internship, they might not have the time to work to earn money.

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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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