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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Finding off-campus housing can be stressful, because the best apartments get taken quickly. In most places throughout South and North Oakland, higher quality = higher price.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: It's too expensive to eat on campus, but using Dining Dollars is a lot better than meal swipes, because there is a lot more variety available with Dining Dollars than by just eating at Market Central or The Perch.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Eating off campus is delicious, but unfortunately it's pretty expensive.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: Do well in high school, especially academically but also with extracurricular activities, and Pitt will most likely give you financial aid.

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3 College Senior

Majors: I love the biology major! It offers unique challenges through classes. I wish there were more opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities related to biology.

2 College Senior

Majors: Internships might be available, but I'd prefer to have a paid job or research position rather than an unpaid internship.

4 College Senior

Academics: A lot of majors are offered, and each department has the full spectrum of faculty - poor professors and great professors. It's unavoidable to get bad professors on occasion. Overall, Pitt has a wide range of academic majors offered and excels in certain areas of each.

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3 College Senior

Academics: Professors could be better, advising could help more with finding jobs and internships, and there could be more opportunities for undergraduate research. Being a biology major is fun, but there are so many people it's easy to get lost in the vastness of it all.

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3 College Senior

Campus Quality: Athletic facilities, the library, computer labs, and study locations are all nice but have somewhat restricted hours. There could be more facilities spread around campus, near other dorms, and they should be open later.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on the Quad is the most convenient and close to classes, but as you get farther away from the Quad the dorms generally get nicer and larger per person.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Pitt has a great urban campus with fairly reliable public transportation, and on weekends there's always something going on in the nearby neighborhoods!

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Big school, need lots of rules

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love the healthy restaurants all around.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's state, so you're not likely to get too much if your parents make decent money.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Have learned so much and been challenged,

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Good balance for premed students.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Good in comparison to some schools.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Typical college off campus housing, kinda dumpy

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I've met a wide variety of people, and all are accepted.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are some typical frat bros here, but most guys are laid-back with average looks and intelligence. Most dress causally/not preppy, but there's a decent amount of salmon shorts and polos. Girls are average for the most part, and you'll see most of them in leggings and uggs or boots in the winter.

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.

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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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