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Reviews 3563 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The courses offered are extensive and professors seem to be accommodating for the most part.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think a degree from Pitt can open doors to many graduate programs and job opportunities in the future. I know i was able to get an internship last summer because of my somewhat competitive schooling.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Personally Greek life has opened so many opportunities to get to know diverse people as well as get involved in Pittsburgh's communities through philanthropy events.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are always interesting at this school

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school has really exceeded the expectations I had for college. The academics are difficult yet fair, and there are a plethora of opportunities to get involved on campus. Hail to Pitt!

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Choosing a college with prominent athletic programs was hugely important to me, and I found that here at Pitt. Some of my favorite memories of my undergraduate career are the times I've spent in the Oakland Zoo during basketball games. That being said, if you're not that into sports, you won't feel alienated at Pitt. There's truly something for everyone.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Great housing in Nordenberg! Everything is fairly spread out though.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The campus is beautiful and the students are friendly.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not bad the gyms are huge and all over.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: School part is very good. Not a huge party scene, you really need to know the right people.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I am active in multiple intramural sports. Pitt offers an array of sporting opportunities, from rock climbing to basketball to Frisbee golf. If students want to be physically active, there are a million ways to get involved. I personally have had no problem being physically active. There are a plenty of club-level activities as well, for students wishing to join a team that lasts more than one season. Also, for people wishing to get behind a team, out football and basketball programs are pretty big, always drawing thousands of students

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I give Pittsburgh 5/5 stars. First of all, I would like to say what students put into their schooling is what they get out of it. I have friends who put in little effort and do not get as much out of college as I do. The reason I am giving Pitt 5 stars is probably a result of myself putting in a lot of effort. I am active in an array of extracurricular activities and work hard in my schooling. Because I put in a lot of time/effort, I get a lot out of my education. My involvement in clubs has taught me just as much, if not more, than I have in class. I find professors who see students working hard in their education to be very willing to help their students out. I regularly correspond with multiple professors, and they all treat me as an equal. They give me advice outside of the scope of school and I think that is priceless.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Alcohol is pretty much standard at Pitt, given the amount of bars located on campus (one is just below the freshman dorms), as well as beer/liquor distributors, a large majority of Pitt students have consumed alcohol or do so regularly. The police are pretty lenient with alcohol so long as you aren't dumb (i.e throwing up blatantly outside or walking around with an open container). Citations aren't a common thing on campus. However, if you don't want to drink there are LOADS of other things to do. Again, the typical Pitt student does not drink every day of every weekend, or even every weekend at that.

Marijuana is also pretty present on campus, at least given my own experiences. Many south o parties feature at least one room where people are smoking up, and if you haven't entered a South O apartment or house that didn't feature a bong sitting on the table, then you probably did not go out often. You'll find the same at most frat parties if you go into where the guys actually live. HOWEVER, the rule is 100% if you don't wanna partake, you don't have to. I have never seen anyone pressured into marijuana, and I've never seen anyone get chastised for not having smoked MJ before. It's around, but there's very little pressure to smoke as compared to drink.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: The thing is, most Pitt students are from Pennsylvania, which is a very non-diverse state apart from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Many of its students come from either the suburbs or the middle of nowhere, meaning that they've only ever encountered white people. I actually met a student that told me that their first encounter with someone of Jewish heritage was on campus, which is shocking to me. This usually translates to a rather small minority population at Pitt. BUT, what I found so surprising is that despite our homogenous student population, the vast majority of students are progressive and fight hard for gender and racial equality. I've come across very VERY little instances of intolerance, and everyone seems to want to diversify their school.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: Pitt pride is big on campus: everyone knows the football traditions (Sweet Caroline!) , most of us have had our taste of the Oakland zoo, and tailgates are always a great time! Pitt football can disappoint sometimes, but Pitt Basketball is ALWAYS lit. Go Panthers!

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Pitt is an urban campus, and off-campus living is pretty much integrated with the Oakland community. That being said, violence at night is a slight possibility. However, police cars can be found virtually everywhere in the Oakland community at night, and there are emergency lights to guide you home. As a female, I've walked home ALONE at 2 am at night many times to my home in South Oakland, and while I did keep myself on alert I virtually never felt unsafe.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Personally, I love the way Greek life is at Pitt because it's not omnipresent like other schools. If you're in Greek life, then you're really involved, but if you're not involved in Greek life it doesn't make a single dent on your college experience. Being a GDI is pretty normal on campus, and many people are pretty proud of it! Of course, if you are into the Greek experience, you will get it at Pitt, but the Greeks tend to live in their own bubble. Overall, there's literally zero pressure to go Greek.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: I think if you're into having a good time without looking to get absolutely wrecked every time, Pitt is your go-to school. We certainly love to party, but I wouldn't compare us to the Penn State party scene. South O is your best bet, as house parties are ideal if you're under 21. Your experiences at the frats will most likely begin and end your freshman year, unless you join Greek life (which isn't a big thing at Pitt). Biggest recommendation is to JOIN CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS, make friends with upperclassmen and people who live off campus, and you'll definitely be invited to several parties each weekend.

Once you turn 21, house parties are also available but the bar scene is where your real partying is at. Typical go-tos are AD's Cafe, Hems, Peter's, Garage Door Saloon, and Boots. Decent-ish drink deals, nice bars but will get VERY crowded especially at certain times of the year (Homecoming, O-week/Sylly Week, Halloween, FFF).

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I absolutely am proud of my decision to go to Pitt. Truly the best school you could ask for as an undergraduate- rigorous academics, vast opportunities for research or experiential learning, lots of student orgs, a good night life. The school itself is not too big or too small, making it ideal to find your niche of people without feeling like you know virtually everyone on campus. I consider Pitt the best school if you're looking for a balanced college experience!

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: My only reservation is that I wish students who were not in the business school received the same career prep that business school students did... but apart from that it's good!

4 College Senior

Academics: Pitt is a Public Ivy, in my opinion. Top tier academics, a highly funded school for research. My only concern is that because we are such a research-centered school, many of our professors (especially in the STEM fields) are not super passionate about teaching students. It's more like a 'I have to do this to keep tenure' philosophy with our professors, which leads to more disorganization in lecture courses and a general unavailability for professors to get extra help.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have really enjoyed my classes and professors so far. A couple in particular were excellent and obviously care deeply about what they do.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The university offers the students a lot of support in the job/internship finding process.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus is pretty safe. The administration actively works to make the place a safe environment.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek life on campus is not a huge deal. I have never witnessed any snobbery related to 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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