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3 College Freshman

Administration: It's fine. I haven't had any classes yet where attendance is absolutely mandatory. Of course, going to class will help your grade, but for those times when you really don't feel like it, or you get a bad prof, it's not going to cause you to fail if you only show up primarily for exams.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm happy with my major. My professors are encouraging and I feel like I am really learning what I will need for my career.

3 College Freshman

Majors: No particular difficulties for me getting in. It is competitive though. Based on my grad school interview, only about 1/3 of applicants get accepted.

4 College Freshman

Academics: For a public school, it's a lot more rigorous than I expected.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Normally it's fine. This past winter was brutal, but out of the ordinary.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You're going to need a roommate. Price is fine if there are several of you. If you want a place for yourself, you better have the money.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are lots of people from different backgrounds here. There are lots of clubs and organizations in the area for people with diverse views.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Computers at The University of Pittsburgh are mostly readily available, however, the labs do become a bit crowded during finals week. There are also plenty of printers around campus that makes it relatively easy to print anything and pick it up on your way to class. Unfortunately, there is only one printer on campus that is capable of printing in color, which is extremely inconvenient considering the huge student body. I have only had to seek out the color-capable printer once and it was no easy task due to the printer being out of order.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics at The University of Pittsburgh are a huge part of being a Panther. However, this mostly only applies to the two biggest sports at any school: football and basketball. Student attendance and spirit seems to always be extremely high for both football and basketball games, but any other sports seem to lack student attention.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There's always a party going on and there's plenty of bars too

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The club sports at Pitt are great and are usually nationally ranked

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: Pitt has extremely cold winters and class attendance definitely decreases

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Pitt provides daily bus services, SafeRider for nights out, and charter buses for holidays

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Natural Sciences curriculum is great and the College of General Studies is very helpful

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is not very prominent at Pitt but they still hold the party scene

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety on campus is fairly good with the use of Pitt police and emergency boxes

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Strictness helps enforce rules but it also creates problems for students.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Safety definitely decreasing when moving off campus but the freedom is nice.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity on campus is huge. There are all different kinds of people from different backgrounds who also want to go different places in life.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love living on campus for the security and the convenience.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: There is always something going on in the city.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Great school spirit. Great teams. Fun games.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Harsh winters. Shouldn't let it bother you too much

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: its fine could be better

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: i didnt get enoughmoney but i got some and im thankful

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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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