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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.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Oakland offers exceptional off-campus dining options. Forbes Avenue, which is right at the very center of Pitt's campus, is lined with chain and local restaurants to satisfy all cravings. Most prices are student-friendly with just a few pricy options. Pitt offers feee bus service to all students, so there are literally endless options for off-campus dining. Shadyside, the neighborhood bordering Pitt's campus, offers lots of local restaurants. You can also catch a bus Downtown for a fancy dinner to head up to Mount Washington to enjoy dinner with a breathtaking view of the city. The best places to check out are Pamela's for their famous pancakes, Primanti Brothers for their famous sandwiches topped with french fries, and Dave and Andy's, which is rated the best ice cream in Oakland.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not involved in Greek life, but many of my friends are. Pitt claims that only 4% of its student body is Greek, but it seems like much more than that. However, you definitely won't feel left out if you aren't a part of a sorority or fraternity. For sororities, there are no houses. There are dorms dedicated for housing and each sorority has its own floor. Many fraternities have houses off campus and there are a few fraternity houses on campus that are owned by the university.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Being a public, urban school, Pitt has lots of diversity both on and off campus. Not only is the school incredibly diverse in its student body, but the surrounding neighborhoods and ares are also very diverse. I have met people from all around the world with many different cultures and opinions.

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.

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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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