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Reviews 3013 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: You just need to know the right people, then you're golden.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Pittsburgh in general has great food, you just have to look. Oakland is packed with restaurants, none of them being completely awful.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Everyone's been super helpful, just avoid the times when it's busy.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The campus dining halls can make you sick, but hey, it's food. But $13 a swipe is a ripoff.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some of the dorms can be rather old (Towers) and you're never guaranteed good floormates. The proximity to class and food is great though.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: When you have a meal plan, you'll hate it. Market or the Perch all the time with their food that somehow gives you extreme gas every time, Cathedral cafe smells funny and the only thing you'll really eat are sushi, Chick Fil A or the hot sandwiches, and the Union food is just okay and always crowded. The food on Forbes is pretty good with a variety, at least for your first year. But seriously, appreciate it while you can. Not having a meal plan sucks. I live off campus, struggling to afford my crazy rent so I can't afford to go grocery shopping and just HOPE little freshman will swipe me into Market. So love it while you can, I promise you'll miss it.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing for freshman is pretty much 'luck of the draw'. My freshman year, everyone got pretty much the exact opposite of what they applied for. And now there's Nordenburg Hall, the brand new sparkly freshman dorm with flat screen TV's in each suite which we did not have the luxury of my year... If you're in Towers you're in for a year of fun and a handful of new friends. I lived in Holland and my floor was a bunch of catty, borderline racist females. I didn't have the best experience, but other girls loved Holland. The RA's are generally nice there and very helpful. As far as upperclass housing, I lived in Panther Hall last year. It was spacious but extremely far. You have to take the 10A all the way up there all the time unless you're in for a daily workout to walk. Live in the Quad as much as possible until you want to live off campus, and if you live off campus visit everywhere and see it before making your deposit!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: North O is great but South O is a whole different story. Most students who live off campus live in South O so it's very convenient, but it is not the safest/cleanest neighborhood.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I am in Greek life so most of the parties I go to are parties hosted by frat guys and they are always really fun. The only thing that is annoying is that Greek life is getting destroyed by the current Greek advisor, Dr. Matthew Richardson, so it is very difficult to host a party, have a good time, and not get in trouble for the dumbest reasons.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is great because not only are their late night, fast food chain places open but there are also little restaurants and family owned places. For someone with a lot of food allergies, I never have problem finding something good to eat.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I have never had a problem with getting caught/in trouble, but I know a few friends that have and none were punished too badly. Some RAs are chill while others take their role very seriously so it depends on who you end up with. The most annoying thing is visitation and signing people in and out; I understand that it is for safety reasons but there could definitely be a more convenient way of doing it.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It wasn't hard to apply for financial aid, but I really did not receive that much money from the school.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Campus food is okay (I would recommend Cathedral Cafe if anything, and the smoothies in the union are to die for) but I usually go to eat at the places all lined up on Forbes, and it's great that a lot of them accept Panther Funds.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is very convenient to all other academic buildings as well as the shops on both Forbes and Fifth. I loved living on campus so much for freshman year that I decided to live on campus again my sophomore year. It's great because you're also so close to everyone else, no matter where they are living on campus too.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus living is great, especially for the people who do not prefer living on campus.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I do not attend parties at school. From what I heard, they are good.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The amount of off-campus dining is great. Not only are there great dining options close by, but it is only a quick drip into downtown Pittsburgh, where there is incredible restaurants.

5 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is wonderful and maintains strictness where it is needed. They let us have a fun and free college experience, while keeping it safe.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process went really smoothly. The easiest way to get financial aid is through FASFA and grants.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining halls are pretty good and give a variety at times. The best places are where you use dining dollars. The Union, the Pete, and Cathedral Cafe have the best food on campus and are incredible.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus at Pitt is incredible. It has a wonderful social component that you only get by living among other students. The prices are fair, it is really close to the class buildings, and the process is fair and easy. I honestly would live on campus all four of my years if it were possible.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most places are solid and not too pricey

3 College Freshman

Administration: It's about what I'd expect

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's hard to get because of all the paperwork

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Market/Perch varies from very good to awful daily

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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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