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Reviews 3013 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: As an Economics major, there are lots of career opportunities. The Economics department at Pitt is wonderful in opening my eyes to all of the different possibilities. They are very helpful in mapping my career goals. I would like to pursue a career in Development Economics and to help build the economies of third world countries. I think that everyone in college is a little nervous about finding a job that fits perfectly into their field of interest, but with economics, I will be able to have lots of choices once I graduate.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The application process is as simple as signing on a dotted line stating that you have officially declared an Economics major. However, you are required to maintain a 2.5 GPA and successfully complete all the required courses for the major.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: the city is great with lots of restaurants and art events

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: really nice people, great city, very easy to meet people

4 College Freshman

Athletics: lots of support for the school teams and lots of people buy tickets for their games

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: there are emergency phones and a police force, but it is an open campus in the city

4 College Freshman

Diversity: you'll meet all types of people; the ethnic diversity is especially good

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: decent options, but the quality is not great

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The dorms are dry buildings and alcohol is not tolerated. That being said it is difficult to catch people. The visitations rules could be stricter. A guest can stay for three consecutives nights in a row, and you can sign in an overnight guest up to ten times a month. However, my first roommate bent to rules by having a friend sign in her boyfriend every forth night. He stayed in our small room for two and a half weeks. That was an awful experience. People should have enough respect for their roommates to limit guests to weekends and be considerate.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I see a lot of campus police around and there is a safety shuttle service, but it will only go to certain places. Even without to SafeRide shuttle, the campus is pretty safe and there are nice people to direct you. I would always be cautious, and my older brother gave me mace to carry around, but the campus is reasonable safe.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I'm really bad with money and I didn't do a lot of what I needed to at first, which dug me into a hole. I ended up at university collections crying just before Christmas break and the people there were really nice and helped me sort things out. Just remember to sign for your aid and get on a payment plan before the late fees start coming.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The Conflict Kitchen is really cool because it gives you a chance to experience the culture of a country America has conflict with at that moment, and right next to it the Asia Teahouse has great fried rice. There are your Panera Bread, McDonalds, Arby's, and other chains, but unique Thai places are around as well as other nice mom and pop places to eat. As long as you have some cash to spend, your taste buds will never be bored. And even if you don't, Joe Mama's has pasta every night that's half price after ten and I believe that Fuel and Futtle has discounted food after eleven. Also, the "O" is a must stop for fries and hot dogs.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everybody on campus excels at something, whether it's English, German, theater, science, math, or sports. It makes everybody interesting to talk to. The girls generally have some great fashion, but a lot of times show up to class in sweats and a t-shirt. Guys generally wear comfortable cloths, unless they have an internship.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The green space on campus is limited, however students get free admission to Phips Conservatory, so it isn't an issue. The Hillman Library is great, and the Carnegie library is right next too also. The campus really doesn't lack anything.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The Oakland campus is fantastic because it is definitely a college campus, but it's also really part of the city. And with the free busing, the entire city really is the campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I do have to say that the campus meal plans are expensive, and your dining dollars can go quickly. The meal swipes are nice, though, because you almost never run out of them. The food can get tiresome, but I imagine any restaurant would get that way if you ate there every day.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: For football and basketball, the entire school gets involved. Even if you just cheer on the players, it really brings everyone together.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Pitt students have Port Authority bus transportation included in tuition and free museum admission during the school year. It really is a great thing because it means any student can visit some of the local attractions for free. I really enjoyed visiting the Carnegie museum of Art and Natural History between classes. Since I didn't have to pay for admission, I didn't feel like I had to stay all day and the experiences were better since you don't feel the need to see everything in one day.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I have never noticed anyone being treated differently because of their social status, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Students are a lot more accepting in college than they were in high school. That's not to say bad things don't happen; I do know a blind girl who was harassed by a group of guys, but I hope that that is not the norm.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I would definitely recommend a campus dorm for all first year students. The close proximity to class makes starting out easy and it makes making friends simple. Activities and events to more accessible too. Although the costs of the meal plan and housing are pretty steep, the feeling of being a part of the school is worth it.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I transferred to Pitt (very good decision), but transfers don't get any scholarship money, so be forewarned.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Check out North Oakland. The prices are cheaper and the properties are in much better condition than south oakland. There are shuttles and the public buses that make up for what could be a 15 minute walk to campus.

4 College Senior

Local Area: There is always something to do! Get involved off campus, that's where all of the extra cool stuff goes on.

4 College Senior

Diversity: I have friends of all different types and from different backgrounds! Everyone that I have run into is very accepting and even interested in cultures outside of their own.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are people from many different races, ethnicities, religions, etc. on campus. Generally these groups tend to stick with each other but they get along well.


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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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