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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.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Oakland is generally pretty safe. Since it is in the city there are some characters, though most of the people around are students. Would not walk alone past midnight in Oakland.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I was an out-of-state student who was offered full tuition through the Honors College. It really made a difference in my financial situation post-graduation.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Pitt has a lot of school spirit and traditions that bring everyone together. The city is very accessible to students and enhances the college experience.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are okay. Upperclassman apartments are pretty nice, but many people move off campus because it's cheaper.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: They are pretty strict about drinking in dorms but overall I didn't find Pitt to be too strict.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The science program was very rigorous. Plenty of opportunities to get involved with research or teaching.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty nice, especially where I lived my freshman year. The rooms were big and I really liked the people that I lived with.

4 College Junior

Administration: Rules on campus aren't too strict. When it comes to class & attending, it's up to you to succeed on your own terms, it's not anyone else's responsibility. When it comes to parties and that stuff, just don't be an idiot and behave.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek Life isn't a huge deal at Pitt. Some people join, some don't.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Market isn't that good, but it's food for your freshman year. Everyone goes through it... you survive.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Everything about Pitt is great... location, classes, professors, people.

5 College Junior

Majors: The pharmacy program is really difficult to get into, but the professors are some of the best out there.

5 College Junior

Academics: Classes are difficult and you have to put in your work, but the work that you put in pays off and is worth it. Professors are all really nice and easy to talk to. Even if you don't think a professor is approachable, when you talk to them one-on-one in office hours, they usually are understanding and give you whatever form of help that you need.

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5 College Junior

Academics: The program is good and very competitive.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: There are students of all cultures and religions at Pitt. Lots of students from over-seas, too.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of places to go, especially on Forbes Avenue. Most of the places accept Panther Funds, which you or your parents can load onto your student ID card.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I'd say most of the students are pretty well-rounded. People at Pitt are not only smart, but have fun and do extra-curricular activities also, while still maintaining good grades.

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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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