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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a Mcdonalds and Chipotle nearby, but that is about it. There is also a couple asian food joints, but they come and go every year. While there are options, the variety and quality just isn't that great.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration does a fine job at keeping students safe. They will not hesitate to keep students safe in the case of hard drugs and other dangerous items. That being said, they do not actively go hunting for drug use or underage drinking. They do have a program where if someone underage has had too much and someone calls campus police for help they will not get in trouble. They are more concerned about safety than punishments.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid process went very smoothly. There are only a couple forms to fill out and you are automatically considered for a number of scholarships. Eventually you will get a form back saying what you're eligible for and must accept or deny the awards and send it back. Very quick and easy!

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you want to go to parties you better have a lot of connections or be part of greek life. Other than that it is difficult to find open parties. Cops are very lenient and only care about noise complaints. If they show up they always just break it up. I've never seen or heard about anyone getting citations.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: At first, the food seems very great. Market has seemingly unlimited selection of pizza, burgers, etc. However like most college campuses, the food gets very repetitive. No one wants to eat the same thing everyday, and Pitt does not have the best variety.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Being a larger school, the dorms are not five-star hotels. That being said they are very clean, relatively new, and include heating/air conditioning. There are many LLCs(Learning Living Communities) that aim to match you with people of similar interests. Basically, if the social atmosphere is something you value, it is easy to take part in. However, these are not mandatory so if you would rather stick to yourself this is also an option.

The housing process is pretty standard and easy. I have never encountered any problems selecting a dorm. There are many options and all have upsides and downsides and have not heard of anyone really being disappointed. No one dorm is much worse than the others.

4 Niche User

Overall Experience: The school is really involved in making sure kids are enjoying themselves and are supported. Campus life is amazing-- lots of events and fun things to do. I think students are really happy here.

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4 Niche User

Athletics: The Peterson is so nice-- one of the best gyms I've been to.

3 Niche User

Off-Campus Housing: There are definitely a wide-variety of off-campus options, but the prices are overinflated-- landlords and housing quality is generally poor.

4 Niche User

Off-Campus Dining: I really appreciated the breadth of restaurant choices in the area.

4 Niche User

Administration: I didn't feel like there were any significant limitations affecting my everyday life

4 Niche User

Scholarships: For an in-state student, Pitt's financial aid is really good. I got a decent chunk of money and know several people who basically had full-scholarships.

4 Niche User

Party Scene: The great thing about Pitt is that the party scene isn't the end-all-be-all-- yeah, it'll fit the bill if you want to party, but I wouldn't consider the party scene the greatest ever. That being said, it is still really good-- for the most part, people are friendly and welcoming and just want to have a good time.

4 Niche User

Campus Food: I really appreciate the large amount of coffee carts

4 Niche User

Campus Housing: Some of the older dorms show their age, but I think in recent years the housing options have become really good-- dorms are spacious and accessible, near all campus buildings, and the social atmosphere is nice.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've heard a lot of horror stories.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I try not to eat out much, but there's a lot to eat.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The administration are good and helpful, long way to go, though.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I need to go to the office and beg or I will cry.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Market can be gross sometimes; it's all up to chance.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms in the quad are unique and spacious.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a lot of great restaurants on Forbes Ave: Primanti's, Pamela's, Noodles & Co. The food served in Market really isn't all that bad, either -there are just few options at times and that can be frustrating. We're usually limited to pizza, a wrap bar, salad bar, stir fry, omelettes, and hamburgers. The Cathedral Cafe does come equipped with a Chik Fil'A, however, which is a nice touch. The workers cross-campus are all very friendly, and make the experiences of eating in the dining halls enjoyable enough.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's a rather old building and there's no AC. Our rooms are heated by radiators that are either extremely hot or off. The RAs really do try to get us all involved, though, so I believe there is a good social atmosphere even if not many people attend events. Everyone is generally friendly enough and maintenance workers reply to requests relatively quickly.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is not as bad as it could be. If you are used to delicious home cooked meals then you will be disappointed, but if you have low standards you will think it is great. Living on campus as a freshman is not awful, but it is not like home.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The cost is decent, its easy to get to and there are tons of variety. The only thing is that there are very little to no student discounts.

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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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