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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I am a bit biased because I do not enjoy Greek Life events, however they do sponsor some great charity events and give the campus a more college feel. Most Greek-lifers and non-greek-lifers get a long, however there can be tension if a large group of non-greek-lifers attend a greek-life party.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The athletics on campus are a huge part of the culture at Pitt. Our basketball and football teams take up most of the attention as they are usually the two most successful and fun to watch sports. Despite this the intramural sports are also very popular and a lot of students take part in them every year. Athletics at Pitt doesn't take up all of the social life, there is a plethora of activities and student groups ranging from the chess club, the debate team, the pitt pathfinders, the student choir and ensemble groups, and habitat for humanity.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The University of Pittsburgh was an exciting place to learn and grow. The class environment can be overwhelming considering how many students there can be, especially if it is an introductory course. The Professors were extremely talented and knowledgeable about the subjects they taught and made themselves easily accessible to the student body. The TA's used recitations effectively and honed in on the subject matter that was most challenging to students. Over all the experience I had at Pitt was very positive and I would recommend this school to anyone.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Classes are pretty large and take getting use to but professors are great and easily accessible

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: A lot of job postings around campus are scams

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty safe for a city setting

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Tiny, outdated rooms, for an outrageous price. I'm now staying in a furnished 1bd apartment for less than I paid for a room in towers. Ridiculous.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Good for parties but be careful of which ones you attend because some are just down right unsafe. They think they're cool but they're really not.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pitt has by far the been the best decision I've ever made

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I moved off campus because it was too small and expensive.

2 College Senior

Greek Life: I don't like greek life. I believe it promotes bad values and breaks rules.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Athletes are given special priority.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Pitt. I believe that deciding to attend was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I have made great friends, advances in my education, and love the overall atmosphere of living near a city.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think that a Pitt Engineering degree carries far in the academic world. Pitt is consistently ranked in the top 50 engineering schools in the country and I think major companies notice that.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pitt being a city school, there is some crime. However, the campus police are very active in trying to secure everything. In addition, there are emergency lights everywhere around campus to ensure everyone feels safe walking around at night.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorm atmosphere was great. My best friends lived on my floor and we are still close now and living on the same floor in a different building next year. In addition, the proximity to classes was fantastic for my dorm with no class being further than 10 minutes away. However, they are a bit expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Having only a 7 percent participation rate, the Greek Life at Pitt is not very pronounced at all. However, Greek mixers and parties are always fun, and the atmosphere on "Frat Row" is always very nice and welcome.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics at a relatively large D1 school like Pitt are always great. Football and basketball definitely garner the most attention, yet I know a lot of the students went to sports like baseball and soccer as well. The school spirit during football season is always at its peak as the "Victory Lights" atop the Cathedral of Learning light up after wins and the campus is bursting with energy.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So far I have had a great experience at Pitt. Many of my teachers in the engineering field are very knowledgeable about their respective fields. However, I do not know if I would choose Pitt again for the sole reason is that I do not like how the courses are set up and how the decision on a major was so early, but I really do love the staff and the content.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Even though I got one of the crappier dorms the dorms still were not that bad, granted I had pretty cool roommates

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I dont know much about greek life as I dont plan on joining but I have attended some of their events and gatherings and they are always nice so the fratenities and sororites are probabbly cool

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The facilities are very good and the sports games are very popular around campus

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really like University of Pittsburgh the people are cool and the environment is fun.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms are kind of small for two people and dressers and desk but it is not so bad

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I was never part of a Greek scene and I'm not planning on being in 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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