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5 College Freshman

Academics: Pitt has rightfully earned a reputation of excellence. The classes here are challenging without being overwhelming. We have a huge curriculum it is very easy for students to find courses suited for their skill set. The science classes, especially bio, are particularly challenging. Many people come in pre-med and leave somewhere in the business school. First semester is a wakeup call for many, but it is not hard to transition and get used to the challenge.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: My family is not wealthy by any means and I received no aid.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is very prevalent. On weekends there are many options for going out including frats and house parties in South O. There are always drunk kids hanging around Towers on weekends. But alternatively, the school hosts many non-alcoholic events if drinking isn't your thing.

Drug usage is not as common. If you want to do drugs, you will find others who do as well but the same goes for non-drug users. There is no pressure to do anything you are uncomfortable with.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Pretty diverse in the kinds of relationships people have. Plenty of hooking up and other casual encounters. But there are also a good number of students in relationships, mostly with other Pitt students.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I can't imagine myself at any other college. Classes are great, and most students are very motivated. The campus is incredible. City life is exactly what I want. Going Greek has given me so many more opportunities.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: As a freshman, your options (from worst to best) include: dorm drinking, wandering Oakland for house parties or open 'frat' parties, getting invited to house parties, Fraternity parties (assuming you're Greek or get invited).... Above 21 (or with a decent fake) there are a lot of great bars and clubs around Pittsburgh to go to.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Academic opportunities easily surpass even some of the highest regarded private schools...

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Perfect Greek atmosphere. Most Greeks are very classy. Only 10-20% of students are Greek but they hold 70% of all leadership positions on campus...Hazing has never been a problem. Girls are safer around fraternity guys than with non-affiliates.. The better houses don't have open parties very often because they don't want or need a flood of strangers at their events.. I'd recommend looking into fraternity life as a male; females don't benefit as much from sorority life, but should at least check out rush... Most Greeks are very ambitious and focused on school; they also have the ability to make the most of their weekends on top of being successful. Bottom-line, non-affiliated students just don't have the same opportunities. Best evidence is that after a semester of pledging, even a freshman brother will act more mature and respectful than most upperclassmen GDIs...

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The sky is the limit, you're in a city, anything you could want is there.. $5 pizza and half-off at Fuel and Fuddle are the first places I take visitors.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Free bus fare is amazing. Port Authority buses will get you to anywhere you'd want to go around the whole Pittsburgh area. Campus buses are always very convenient... Safe-Rider is always pretty helpful, never used it myself though.

5 College Freshman

Majors: One of the most outstanding premed schools in the country. SO MUCH RESEARCH IN PITTSBURGH

5 College Freshman

Majors: Advisers are great. Professors have always been helpful... everything is available to you to do your very best.

5 College Freshman

Technology: 24 Hour Tech Support.. Tons of free software.. and I almost never even have to use 4G on my phone because Pitt wifi covers almost everywhere.

4 College Freshman

Weather: This past winter was really harsh, but the warmer months are beautiful. You get all four seasons.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aide isn't the best because its a public school, but tuition is already a bargain for the level of education you're receiving.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Respect your RA, they don't want to write you up. Put all of your booze out of sight if your dorm drinking if they knock and be polite.. You can get caught fairly easy smoking the reefer in the freshman dorms.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: I love Pittsburgh so much, and especially Oakland. I'll always be Philly at heart, but if I didn't have to go home for work, I'd live here year round.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Students tend to be mid-high middle class. A lot of ethnic diversity. Almost everyone is pretty damn accepting.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not that much hard drug use anywhere.. Police don't harass anybody for the most part as long as you're not being a problem in the street.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Most of Pitt's varsity sports are very successful. Now in the ACC which is great. Football should be on the rise the next couple years.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Almost all of Oakland's many apartments are filled with students. Creates a great community. Typical city living conditions.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Never had any real problems with safety on campus. Its still a city, so I'm always sure that the girls I'm with don't walk home alone, but that's about it.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Keep Pitt Police's number on your phone, you'll be fine!

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Being pre-med is tough, but rewarding

4 College Freshman

Administration: Unless you're obnoxiously drunk and a danger, you're fine!

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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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