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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have yet to live off campus, but it's okay from what I hear. If you can get it.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of options on Forbes and Fifth, but it gets old really quickly. It's better to get housing with a kitchen and cook for yourself.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't go much, but when I do it is fun. Going to parties in dorms is a terrible idea. You will probably get yelled at by an RA for noise violation at the very least.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Signing people in and out and the visitor policy is a huge hassle. I have friends in classes that I can only meet to work with late due to conflicting schedules, and I can't just have them as "overnight guests" all the time. It makes collaborating with them very challenging.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got 2200 on my SAT and was still not eligible for aid. That's stupid.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's okay. Too pricey. Everything in Oakland is really expensive. If I go to Rite Aid on Forbes, I expect to pay $6 for a tiny box of cereal, but at least I get reward points. At quick zone, I don't even get that

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms vary greatly. Towers seems generally unclean and poorly maintained even though the cleaning and maintanence staff do a great job. Forbes hall and several other halls are much more updated and seem much nicer overall. They have better amenities.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Not very strict. They make sure everyone knows the rules, and if you get caught its on you

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: You don't formally apply for financial help at the school. When you apply for admissions they place you in whatever category they feel necessary.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There is an upper and lower campus. Upper campus has newer residential halls, and better facilities, also has more of a campus like feel. lower campus theres a quad area with no air condition, but its close to everything. Once you are a senior you are on your own and basically have to live on your own in South Oakland. The best lower campus housing is Bouquet Gardens or Nordenberg, and in upper campus its Panther Hall.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus is definitely cheaper than on-campus housing but if you thing about the convenience, in my opinion, the on-campus housing is the way to go. Yes there is more freedom and more flexibility but it does not really matter for me.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Go to Chipotle and Panera. They have good food. I don't and am not aware of the student discounts whatsoever. If there is I must be missing out. The food is as usual, expensive but they are still going to make money as we, college students, have no other choice sometimes but to go to off-campus dining.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The parties are I think fine and as alcohol is often involved I rarely go to parties. I don't want anything to have a negative effect on my overall education at Pitt.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Pitt, I must say has a pretty good amount of rules not too much and not too little and if you just you know stick to the rules you should be fine. They are there to help you and to be honest, they are not strict at all for me.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Fill the FAFSA really fast and get ahead of yourself and do it early and you should be fine. The people at the financial aid office are really nice and I must say it was a PROCESS, but it worked out for me in the end. Just email them constantly and they are happy to answer questions at least the person that I had was great!

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Market food is pretty repetitive so I rarely went there to be honest and I had a lot of swipes left after the end of the semester. Restaurants on Forbes are the best - Panera, Chipotle and whatnot. Yes, everything in Market-To-Go is really overpriced but it's there and convenient so I had no other choice but to go there. There is an adequate amount of place to sit in dining halls.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived in a single room with no roommate and it worked for me. The social life was good and I made a lot of friends on my own floor and also in classes. The housing process I must say was a mess. Apparently we have this lottery process which was pretty complicated but the people at the front desk were very helpful with explaining the whole thing so I did get a hang of it. The toilet and bathrooms are cleaned almost everyday and are relatively clean. The housing like other college residence halls, is expensive for a pretty small room.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Many good options, if only it's cheaper

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Just like any other colleges, nothing special

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Professors strict on academic policies

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Does not offer enough financial aid.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Dining hall food can be good, but also very boring at times. Weekends basically serve the same thing the whole semester. The dining plan is just way overpriced for what it servers.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The buildings are very nice with most including build-in AC and heater. The price however is outrageous. The campus is big, so dorms are well spread, with each closer to different academic buildings.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Sports are on campus are the best!

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The dining is awesome off of campus, but for a college student it is somewhat overpriced and sometimes far away from campus.


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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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