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Reviews 3016 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was an out of state student and received no scholarships or grants. But getting federal loans was super easy and the financial aid office was really helpful whenever I had a question.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty prevalent. There are always advertisements for Greek events around campus, but there are definitely other things to do.

3 College Junior

Administration: Some things around campus like parking and getting into the dorms is so strict and annoying. The computer systems don't really work well and you fight with the people on the phone to get someone into your building when it is not your fault it was messed up in the first place. Depending on your ra you can have a good time with safety or one the breathes down your neck and you think you'll get in trouble for everything making your time miserable.

4 College Junior

Academics: It is really easy to meet with your professors and get help when you need it. There is so much opportunities for study sessions and tutoring buildings to seek help when needed. You can find somewhere to study all around campus and get your work done.

4 College Junior

Academics: The workload is a lot but the professors are easy to work with and they try to help as much as they could. There is so much opportunities for the people in my major who have great opportunities with big companies around the campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The city is great and the campus is in the city but is still a campus. There is so much to do and see around the city, you can never get bored. The buildings are beautiful and the cathedral is something every student is proud of.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: There are so many resources and opportunities around campus for students. There are always programs going on to keep you busy and basically something for everyone to do.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It is great the amount of diversity that is around the city. Each different district has its hidden gems of restaurants that are great to eat at. There is a wide range of costs which is great for college students.

5 College Junior

Local Area: I am obsessed with the location and all of the activities around that the city has to offer. It is great that everything is easy to access and most of the museums are free to college students.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are obvious clicks with Greek life and organizations. There is a side in the library known as the "Greek side" which is basically a social hour for them. Many students utilize the bus systems to go around the city which is a really nice feature the school makes you pay for.

4 College Junior

Diversity: I think we have a school that its well diverse with foreign exchange students and professors.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: If you're in it you love it. If you're not people think the Greek community is super annoying

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining experience at the university of Pittsburgh is great

4 College Junior

Academics: Mechanical engineering is a fairly difficult major. The workload is average but the curriculum is difficult and challenges students. The facilities are great and allows students to learn hands on.

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5 College Junior

Academics: The professors are great and always are willing to help! the curriculum is great and challenges students through the ABET approved material. The registration process is easy enough as long as you have time to do it. The work load isnt overbarring.

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5 College Junior

Majors: My program, Mechanical engineering, is a great program for the state! It is highly respected and its very easy to have a job lined up after college for yourself! And alot of the employers are former graduates so its very easy to get hired in a good company with great pay.

4 College Junior

Majors: Getting into the program is the easy part, staying in is the hard part! this degree isnt easy and can cause some problems for students. The classes are heavy math and science based so not everyone can be great at these areas. Every degree is special and difficult in its own way.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Its a safe and healthy campus. When one virus comes across our campus alot of kids end up getting it but the teachers and staff are very helpful and try to minimize the chaos. There isnt a lot of campus crime at all, the safety of being in your dorm is great! Anyone can call campus police and they respond relatively quickly and help in every situation. Even minor little things get called in all the time and the campus police always do their job.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: At Pitt, you can pretty much so anything you want. Lots of the majors allow you to individually plan an academic path that models your career goals. Pitt also has an internship guarantee program so that no matter what your major or interest, you are guaranteed at least one internship in your field by the time you graduate.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The Petersen Events Center on upper campus is the main athletic center. It is equipped with lots of machines, racquetball courts, basketball courts, a dance studio, and free weights. There are also fitness centers in each dorm building that are only accessible to students living in that dorm. There is also a swimming pool at the Trees Center on upper campus that is open to all students. The William Pitt Union is the student center and has an information desk, offices for clubs, and a food court in the basement. It also has a "stress-free" zone where you can go to relax and forget about your studies for a while.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There aren't many really attractive guys. They're there, but you have to look for them. Guys dress in all different ways depending on the activities they're involved with. Greeks dress preppy and athletes dress in athletic clothing. There aren't too many people in committed relationships, but there are people who have found serious boyfriends and girlfriends.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: For being in an urban environment with lots of non-students around campus, Pitt is very safe. We have 24/7 security guards working each dorm building and students are not allowed in without being signed in. We also have "blue boxes" around campus that you can click if you feel like you are in danger and a police officer will be on the line with you and talk with you until another officer arrives at the scene.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Pitt Athletics are amazing. The main sports that are paid the most attention are football and basketball. Students get very into each game and display exceptional school spirit for both home and away games. The "Oakland Zoo" (the nickname for the basketball student section) is nationally recognized and is an incredible experience. Our football team plays at Heinz Field, the stadium for the Steelers. This is off-campus and requires a bus ride to attend. After the third quarter of every football game, the student section sings "Sweet Caroline."

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Being in an urban environment with lots of students moving in and out often, the off-campus housing is alright. Most people that live off-campus live in houses in South Oakland that can be pretty run down. However, even though they aren't the cleanest, they get the job done and provide a place to live at a fairly affordable cost (much less than on-campus housing options.) Most are in close proximity to campus, but some options can be a 15-20 walk from classes. Parking is difficult but unnecessary.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Pittsburgh is a great city to live in, especially on a budget. The cost of living is very low and easily affordable for students. Your Pitt student ID gets you free access to tons of museums and attractions. Downtown always has different events going on and many students attend those. At Christmastime, the entire city is decorated for the holidays and they have fireworks over the bridges. Pitt students also have access to discounted Pirates and Penguins tickets and the bus ride to those are free! Shopping is also great. There aren't many shopping areas in Oakland, but South Side offers lots of brand name stores and Shadyside's Walnut Street has lots of local and brand name stores.

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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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