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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Don't give much aid, however I am receiving in state tuition

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Many options for sororities or fraternities if wanted, but no pressure to be involved

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus about 5 minutes from the university and I love it. It's so easy to get to school and its nice to have my own space.

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5 College Junior

Majors: It's great! They have everything laid out for you to successfully finish your degree plan.

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4 College Junior

Majors: There are a lot of internship options. If you go to FutureLinks on your PITT account you will find a huge variety to choose from.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: The rich history is what gives Pittsburgh such a great vibe and provides the people with great places to visit; Like the museums or old churches.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: For the most part the campus is diverse.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: As far as personal safety goes I have never felt in danger on campus.

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4 College Junior

Administration: I have no complaints about the campus strictness. If anything it makes me feel safer knowing I am being protected.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: I live right by Walnut st. which has a pretty good night life on the weekends. Lots of great bars that have a fun and safe atmosphere.

5 College Junior

Weather: I'm from Texas and one thing I noticed about Pitt is that it doesn't matter the weather! Everyone is out and about living their lives as if the weather doesn't make much of a difference.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I personally live off campus but the housing on campus is said to be fair. You have plenty of amenities at your fingertips and its significantly less than living off campus.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Everybody is filled with school spirit here!

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5 College Junior

Technology: There's plenty of computer labs on campus! I have yet to try and use a computer and absolutely all computer labs are full. They are fast and you have access to everything you need academically.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is relatively big on campus, but only in the partying scene. It's by no means a requirement to be in a frat to enjoy yourself on campus.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Pittsburgh is cold, windy, and rainy. It's not the worst city, weather-wise, but the forecasts are always completely wrong. The weather's absolutely unpredictable. Never go anywhere without an umbrella, a jacket, and relatively sturdy shoes.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Going out to bars has gotten a lot less popular because the police have cracked down on that sort of thing in other parts of the city. But basically Thursday through Sunday are drinking days, when it seems like half the campus is outside drunk.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: In general, no complaints about health and safety. Pitt's double-protected by campus and city police, so I've always felt safe on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: If you have a decent academic record in high school, Pitt will give you at least a couple thousand dollars off the bat. From there, you'll have to fight to get any financial aid, though.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most people move off-campus as early as sophomore year despite Pitt's 3-year housing guarantee.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: One of the best things about Pitt is that you get free rides on any Port Authority bus, the campus shuttle to upper campus, even the T, all completely for free. So maybe it's not exactly campus transportation, but when you have access to the entire city of Pittsburgh, who needs just a campus shuttle?

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Nordenberg Hall, the brand new residence hall, is state of the art and absolutely wonderful to live in. Towers, on the other hand, are pretty much the pits - old, dirty, and constantly having things break down. On average, though, housing doesn't necessarily fall into those two extremes. There are residence halls that are average and above average on both lower (by the academic buildings) and upper (on top of a giant hill by the frats) campuses.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: 24/7 computer labs and a 900 page printing quota are the highlights of Pitt's technical abilities. Getting the wireless to work consistently, well, not so much.

4 College Freshman

Technology: While a computer isn't totally necessary, it would take quite a bit of effort to get by without one. There are many computer labs around campus, but I've often stopped by and seen every computer taken. Printing is pretty easy. There are self service printers in a lot of campus buildings, and the 900 page/semester quota is more than enough. Internet speed can be kind of questionable though. There have been times where watching a Youtube video is nearly impossible because it takes so long to load.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are about what you would expect. The dorms are pretty pricey for their size, but they are very convenient and close to campus buildings. Signing in guests can sometimes be a bit of a hassle, but I guess that's the tradeoff for secure buildings. The social atmosphere in the dorms can be very different depending on your floormates. I know people who are friends with all the people on their floor and others who only know one or two people on their floor. Overall, the dorms are okay.

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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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