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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.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I was lucky enough to get into the newest residence hall (Nordenberg) during its inaugural year. My dorm is huge and somewhat clean just because it is brand new. Our rooms came with free flat screen tvs and the ceilings are super high. However, most freshmen live in Towers which are your stereotypical gross college dorms. While their rooms are smaller and not as nice, the social scene in Towers is much better. Everyone I know who lives in Towers loves it. That being said, every dorm on Pitt's campus is overpriced and after freshman year the on-campus housing application becomes a headache.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: (UNDER 21) If you aren't in Greek life, getting into parties can be tough for a guy. Joining clubs and actually meeting people on your floor helps. There are always dozens of house parties in South O and several frat parties on any given weekend, the trouble is knowing where. For girls party hopping is common, frats usually welcome somewhat attractive females regardless of if they're in a sorority or not. Additionally, there are on campus bars which are easy enough to get into with a fake. The school is in Pittsburgh so our nightlife is better than most schools. Your Pitt ID will get you on any bus for free so getting downtown and to other schools is very easy.

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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.

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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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