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5 College Freshman

Local Area: I love the Oakland and Pittsburgh area. There is always plenty to do

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: While drugs are visible and not necessarily enforced, I don't feel there is pressure to use these drugs

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: For being an out of state student I thought that the financial aid I received was sufficient and met my expectations

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus. I believe that there is a police presence and appropriate safety precautions on campus

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: We have great diversity here! Everyone comes from different places with different backgrounds. It's great getting to know people!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is prominent around campus because of the parties and events they have. People go up the hill for their parties. But if you're non-Greek, it's no big deal. We all get along!

4 College Freshman

Majors: I love being a psychology major! They offer great and diverse classes to fulfill the requirements. I'm hoping to become a doctor or vet.

3 College Freshman

Majors: To be a psychology major you have to take statistics first and be enrolled in another class beforehand. That's kind of annoying, but whatever.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: People talk about football and basketball almost religiously sometimes, it's a big part of our campus! Hail to Pitt!

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3 College Freshman

Administration: People aren't very strict about most things, except if your RA or anyone catches you drinking in the dorms.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus and student health is fantastic!

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The selection of classes and diversity are great!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I love the city run buses! They go everywhere!

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm in the brand new dorm and I absolutely love it!

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a good mix of restaurants near/on-campus. Many of the restaurants on the main part of campus will take panther funds. You can find pretty much any type of cuisine you want in Pittsburgh; indian, peruvian, mexican, french.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: There's something for everyone in Pittsburgh. Orchestra, musicals, comedy, dancing, sports, bars, fitness, ethnic cuisine.

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5 College Freshman

Technology: Several OSs to choose from, Windows, Mac, or Red Hat. You get 900 pages of print per semester. You can use the quote to print color pages (1 color pages = 7 pages from your print quota). I've never had a problem with any of the labs being too crowded to get a computer.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Plenty of bars on the southside.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Pitt's student body is literally so average when it comes to physical appearance. There are more pretty girls than there are attractive guys. There are honestly so few attractive guys living on campus that anyone slightly above average will have no problem finding someone to hookup with.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Security is only slightly more strict than I think it needs to be. Students are required to sign in guests before entering the dorm which can be annoying and inconvenient. Many students drink in the dorms but will not get in trouble if they are smart about it. Students only get written up if they are loud or have an obnoxious amount of people. While you are allowed a certain number of strikes for alcohol, there is a zero tolerance drug policy. Overall, I have felt nothing but safe in Oakland even at night.

3 College Freshman

Weather: In Pittsburgh we say, "if you don't like the weather, wait 20 minutes, its bound to change."

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Pittsburgh is the best place to go to school and Pitt is the best it has to offer bar none. There is literally always something to do in the city and thanks to our free bus pass, getting around is super convenient (Pitt is the only school in town with this opportunity). The Oakland neighborhood is also very safe and filled so many restaurants that you never actually have to leave. Because Pittsburgh is a moderately sized city, it attracts big name concerts and speakers so there is always something to do.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: There are campus shuttles en route throughout the day with several convenient stops. I don't know a Pitt student who doesn't owe their life to the 10A. Additionally, Pitt students get free access to Pittsburgh city buses which makes getting downtown very convenient.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Supposedly Pitt's entire campus is hooked up to wifi... My phone connects in three buildings and even then it goes in and out. My laptop gets some wifi everywhere I need it to, but it can be slow and unreliable: especially in the library. Even though the school provides wifi in dorm buildings, I recommend bringing an Ethernet cable.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks have very consistent social calenders with I sort of envy just because they never have to think about what they're going to do a given weekend. Frat guys think non-frat guys are savage. Non-frat guys think guys in frats are pretentious. But obviously there are others who could care less about letters. I definitely prefer guys in frats to girls in sororities. Every sorority girl I know thinks, acts and dresses the same. While I would never discourage anyone from rushing, it was not for me. My social life is fine without letters telling me who I can and can't hangout with.

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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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