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Reviews 3527 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: South Oakland, where most of the off campus housing is, is not a good or safe place to live. The houses themselves always smell and look dirty. They're not nice at all, yet the landlords charge outrageous rents because they know that all of the 40000 college students want off campus housing. It is very close to the school and public transportation, so in that regard it is good.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food around campus is fantastic. It's not too expensive, but with a college student's budget, everything is expensive. The sheer variety of restaurants is what makes Oakland a great place to be in. They also accept Panther Funds which lets students not use their own money to buy off campus food. Everything is delicious, as it always is in Pittsburgh.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Similar to other schools in that they will not tolerate any violations of policy if they find out. The best way to avoid repercussions is to keep noise to a minimum and do anything you're doing in the privacy of your own room.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The advisors are a huge resources. They helped me tremendously figuring out what exactly to so to het the most out of my financial aid.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It all comes down to knowing the right people. All the major parties go on in South Oakland. You might end up at a party that ends with you holding your friend's hair back as she pukes into a toilet, in a house packed full of people like a can of sardines. Or you might have the night of your life, spending it with some of your best friends and just enough strangers to make it a party. Networking is key to get in on the good parties. However, there's no shortage of random parties, and finding one is as simple as walking down the street at 11 pm. Parties are always nice stress relievers after a long week studying.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: As college students most people are confined to eating in the main dining hall, Market Central, for financial reasons. The food isn't terrible, and rotates every day. However, the more you eat the food there the more you realize just how disgusting it . That being said, if you have the money, you can go to off campus to eat. There are many restaurants, from chains, to mom-and-pop hole-in-the-wall type places. All of the restaurants have great food. If you make use of Panther Funds you can use them at some off campus dineries as well as on campus ones.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I don't frequently eat off campus, but there are a decent amount of places near the school. The places I have been to generally have decent prices, but not great. Quality varies between establishments and individual items at the same place. Some things are quite good and highly recommended, but others are like eating paper.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: In my experience, professors are generally very lenient, and resident assistants vary. Professors either have no attendance policy or a rather lenient attendance policy. Many of them accept late work, especially if the student can provide an explanation. On my floor in my dorm, people are frequently loud late at night. Normally this does not bother me, but it does occasionally, especially if it goes on for quite a while. As far as I'm aware, my RA has never intervened, and has even occasionally contributed to the late night noise. The visitation policy is a bit excessive. I was informed once that I had violated part of the visitation policy, and the only thing I can come up with is that I did not escort my guest to the bathroom at 2 a.m.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid covered all of my tuition for my first year, but much of the rest went uncovered. In my first year at this school, I have already had to take out two loans, and I am still struggling to cover everything. To avoid being in school for an additional year, I have to take a class over the summer. For a single class, I am looking at over $2,000 with no financial aid available.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: While there may be a decent amount of options for people with an unlimited diet, this is not the case for me. I have health issues that severely limit what I can eat, so I'm limited to the exact same meal every day. I also frequently find that my food has been contaminated by items that I cannot eat or that I am allergic to. I honestly do not think that I will ever be able to eat a wrap again after leaving school. Another down side is that if you go at a popular time, it becomes very difficult or impossible to find seating. I normally try to go during less popular hours, but some days it is simply unavoidable. It is certainly not worth the amount that is charged, but at least it isn't worse.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I currently live in a single dorm, which is nice for privacy and security. However, it can be exceedingly difficult to meet people, and I can go for several days without seeing other people on my floor. I feel like the cost, which breaks down to about $200 a week, is quite excessive for a small room and a communal bathroom. While it is nice that there is a laundry room in the building, I frequently prolong doing my laundry because of the cost. The washers and dryers are very small, and to get clothes fully dry, I would need to run the dryer at least twice. The simplest way to improve my opinion of housing would be to make laundry free or included in housing fees.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: There are many options on and off campus close by to enjoy a variety of healthy and delicious food options.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: It's off-campus housing. Decent and you can make good use of it, but it's not anything fancy.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: It's mostly catered to college students, so the prices are low. There is also decent variety in spite of that with decent quality. It's not great, but it's not bad.

3 College Student

Administration: The administration usually errs on the side of strictness, but that is their job so I can't really blame them. I wish they would relax some policies though.

3 College Student

Scholarships: I haven't had much need to apply for too many scholarships or funds, but the ones I did apply for weren't so bad and I received a few loans. It's just annoying having to spend so much time filling out forms.

4 College Student

Party Scene: There are plenty of frats you can go to, though this is usually just underclassmen. The best parties are really those that are with friends though, so you really just need a friend with a house which isn't hard to find.

3 College Student

Campus Food: Market is pretty good and you can always get underclassmen to swipe you in. Other options are decent quality, especially when you consider it is essentially a cafeteria.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: The lottery process is fair and there are plenty of on campus housing options that are right next to classes. Even though some are up a hill, there is a bus that drives up there and there are escalators part of the way up. You also have free access to the gyms and other sports areas, plenty of areas for residents to interact and the RAs have events for their residents fairly often.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of options for food in Oakland. Due to Pitt being in a large city you can pretty much find whatever you happen to be craving.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The only financial aid I have received from this school is because I have been a full time employee for over 3 years. I get an education benefit that is only good towards a portion of 6 credits a semester.

5 College Junior

Academics: Said it too many times, but I love this school

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2 College Junior

Diversity: let's just put this out here... Pitt is 84% white, so only 16% of the student population is a minority. Most students come from areas where the population if maybe 95% + white and think that PITT is incredibly diverse, but to me it's just the opposite. It's odd being a minority here. Some people treat it as nothing and that's great, but others treat and act as if im some sacred piece of meat.They put me on this minority shelf, even though I grew up in America speaking English and listening to the backstreet boys and watching Lizzie McGuire like any other kid. But, I may just be naive to how people haven't experienced diversity as much as other may have.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: I know we may not have the best sports team, it's still a great expereince to be apart of a school that gets excited about sports. I went to a school presiously that had little to no school spirit, so this is a massive improvement. Football is fun and cheap, so is basketball. It's also fun to go to less popular sporting events like gymnastics and they're free for students.

4 College Junior

Academics: I love my school and I love my program. The business school is really great and prepares you well for your future. It's my second semester and I am already involved in so many different activities that I love and I have an internship in the city. The workload can be a bit heavy, but I wouldn't expect anything less. I would be scared if classes were incredibly easy, then my tuition would be going to nothing. The business, engineering, science, and law facilities are gorgeous (that's where all the money comes from). I just hate that I have to take a philosophy class, but we all have to be "well rounded".

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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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