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Reviews 3527 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: It all depends on who you hang around and what your looking for. If you wanna hook up, go to parties. If you want relationships, go to student orgs.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I'm a dude so I can't comment too thoroughly on the safety aspect but the Health services are decent since they're run through UPMC. It's also pretty good insurance too.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: There's the good and the bad. For instance, SAE was actually given the nice backronym "Sexual Assault inEvitable". Meanwhile most frats aren't that terrible and GDIs put up with them. Sororities on campus are actually fun people to be around especially the multicultural ones although I've heard a couple horror stories from friends here and there. In general, I keep my distance but some of my best friends are sorority sisters

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Don't be too cheap. I can't stress this enough. If you need to work longer hours like me, do it. There aren't many stressors that can undo your education like housing. South Oakland isn't recommended but if you have to, make sure to visit the actual listing beforehand. If the rent is under 400/person, don't take it unless you've got a ton of positive indicators. Make sure you take elevation into account. Oak Hill is nice but that "Hill" part is quite literal. Stay away from John CR Kelly and Lobos.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: DON'T GO TO FRATS. All you will get is a hangover and tinnitus, and, if you're really unlucky, a disease). Instead, find a group of friends you share interests in common with or a campus org, make friends with them and go to THEIR parties. Trust me, there is more fun to be had around a friends circle than a fraternity, plus they tend to have decent booze since they aren't *trying* to get trashed. If the party is BYOB, just have an older friend get a handle, split the receipt, and dump half of it in a thermos. No need to rely on frat boys.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Pittsburgh is obsessed with food so it's not surprising that off campus dining is great. I'm only giving 4 b/c the best places are outside of Oakland. But literally there are no shortage of options off campus. Also, for the best pizza I recommend Caliente's in Bloomfield.

2 Recent Alumnus

Administration: This is one of the most expensive state schools in the country and they still manage to hike up our tuition!!! They built Nordy Hall for no godforsaken reason while tons of students don't get adequate mental health services and don't get the classes they need so they fall behind while the administration packs us full of more freshmen to pay off the debts they've incurred. They also have a bad rep when it comes to demonstrations and protests although they've been a bit better recently. There are so many projects to work on. Tunnels? How about tunnels so we don't freeze in the current spate of subzero winters? No we need to build yet another dorm. Rant over.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: It's pretty middle of the road as far as colleges go. Market and Perch are overpriced with poor quality ingredients in most cases. The times that they jazz it up are for the prospectives and their parents. Sodexo is also just a crappy company in general especially to their employees. If you can help it, work elsewhere on campus. The one silver lining is the Union's lower lounge and the Cathedral Cafe. These places have more of a reason to be competitive with their business since they don't get as much funny money from our dining accounts. You're better off getting a small dining plan for the times your friends drag you to Market.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: South Oakland is sh***y because landlords know that they don't have to treat their tennants with respect, and they will still get paid.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: It's good. Large parties often get really crowded though.

3 College Junior

Administration: I do feel safe, but it is at a sever cost of convenience. I buy groceries and it is so difficult because I have to sign in constantly

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Lots of variety. Healthy options are available which is nice. Difficult to find on campus eateries that are not market or fast food on the weekends.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Pitt is very all or nothing. I have two parents with jobs, a morgage, another child, and lots of hosital bills... I get nothing.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I was given a dorm that I did not choose that was single sex with no air conditioning. Panther central is slow to process requests and can be biased in housing situations. Though ammenities are nice, having security gaurds can be more of a nusance than helpful.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is a good option because you can usually find a place to pay rent year round and still pay much less than the cost of on-campus housing for the school year. Unfortunately, a lot of the available places are in crappy condition in slightly unpleasant parts of Oakland.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many options to choose from that are close by. You're mostly just happy you're not eating at Market Central!

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not involved in Greek life, but I know people who are and they really like it.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration is not strict but they don't always enforce the rules either.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Options are limited and most of them are not good. The quality and value of the meal plan is horrible.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: the gym is nice and there are lots of events on campus

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: most of the professors i've had have been great, and there is such a variety of courses offered!

3 College Sophomore

Administration: the administration has good policies but does not strictly enforce them

4 College Junior

Party Scene: There can be very lit weekends where there is always something going on, and there can also be very dry weekends where it's hard to find something to do. Overall, great party scene.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is super awesome! Pittsburgh offers a variety of both local and ethnic cuisine, and there are also great student discounts.

4 College Junior

Administration: The campus administration just wants to protect the community, and it does a great job of doing so.

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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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