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5 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are really important to Pitt, especially because of their history. Basketball is the biggest, with the Oakland Zoo being really important to school spirit.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is definitely a wide variety of personalities, so everyone should be able to find a niche.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: They are definitely serious about academics here. I was expecting Pitt to be a bit easier because it's a public school, but it's actually harder than the private college I used to attend.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Plenty of campus and city cops around. Also, there are undercover cops, so you never know if you may be sitting next to someone who is not a student, but instead a cop.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: To live on campus is always a good time because you are located right in the heart of Pitt's campus so it is easy to get to classes. The down side to on-campus living is that due to Pitt's location in the city, dorms are extremely small.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at Pitt is awesome. I rushed a sorority during my freshman year and it is hands down the best decision I could have made while at college thus far. Although it can be quite time consuming sometimes, I have met some pretty great people and formed life-long friendships with people that I would have had no way of meeting otherwise.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Pitt has a urban setting, which is high energy. There is always something going on, however, the city life can get hectic sometimes. Fortunately, if you ever need to get away from the city, Schenley Park is a short walk from campus.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a wide variety of guys and girls at Pitt. Most people tend to dress casually for class (sweats for the 8 AM classes) and there are statistics that state that the overwhelming majority of Pitt students meet their future spouse here!

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: I am fairly happy with my program (Arts and Sciences), however, as previously mentioned, the sciences are extremely difficult at Pitt, so you must have plenty of time for studying in order to succeed. It is difficult to juggle a science-related major with extracurricular activities, so you often times have to choose one: your major or other activities.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I did not encounter any difficulties or challenges when trying to get into my specific program.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I applied for financial aid, but did not receive any, so I am currently continuing to apply and look for scholarship opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a wide variety of options to choose from when it comes to off-campus dining. There are restaurants all over the place so it's never difficult to find a place to eat. Unfortunately, it can become difficult to come across healthy options, such as fruit and vegetables.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Pitt has many majors to choose from, which brings in a wide array of students to campus. It is known for many of their programs including their business and nursing program, but their science program (which they pride themselves in) is much too difficult. Many students struggle to succeed in Pitt's sciences.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: As a psychology major, I am extremely passionate about the human brain and the psychology behind it, but any science-related major at Pitt does require a lot of time and energy. You must quickly learn to organize your time and priorities because a lot of expected of you.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There seems to be a lot of off-campus housing options, however, many of the options are not available to undergraduates or anyone under 21, which limits students. Additionally, many housing options are simply houses that are divided and converted into apartments, which brings their security and safety into question. For what you are given, housing in Oakland is overpriced for the most part.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Overall, security is fairly good, but occasionally you will come across the dorm security guards that just let anyone and everyone into the dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a lot of options to choose from at Pitt, however, you do tend to see a lot of repetition at Market. There's always chicken, fries, pizza, etc. There will be specialty meal options to choose from, but those are often limited.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Registering for classes can be stressful

Most professors are good and always willing to help

There are classes offered on every subject

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The Cathedral of Learning is the most unique building on campus

Dining halls are not the best

Always something interesting going on

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Students love their school and are always showing their Pitt pride

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some houses aren't very safe to live in so you have to do a lot of research

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Pitt! The students are great and classes are pretty good. There is always something to do with your friends and living in Pittsburgh is the best!

4 College Sophomore

Administration: They aren't very strict if you follow the rules

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some dorms like Nordenberg and upperclass options are great, towers is not nice

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Pittsburgh is a great city with something always going on with sports, arts, etc.

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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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