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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process itself was not a problem, however, I did not receive any financial aid despite my excellent academic record and list of achievements.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Although my workload is very heavy, I believe that the education I am getting is well worth the work. The professors are nice, easy to understand, and care about their students. They will take the time to develop relationships with their students.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: I love the atmosphere of Pittsburgh. I always feel safe, even when walking around alone at night. I love all the art in the city, whether it's in the Wood Street Galleries downtown or on First Fridays in Lawrenceville, there's always something to see, and often interesting people to meet.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation and university shuttles are free to all Pitt students!

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is a pretty common thing, but many students don't participate and have fun nonetheless! Very little peer pressure; parties often get shut down, however, because of alcohol.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: All college-owned housing (dorms and on-campus apartments) are extremely well-secured!

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Don't have to be involved in Greek life, although many people are; many service frats and sororities; no hazing policy is prevalent.

Greek life is a nice way to meet people, but it can be costly! I personally prefer to meet other students through clubs and organizations!

4 College Freshman

Weather: Lots of rain and slushy snow, so be sure to bring rain boots!

The campus is beautiful when it snows!

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Currently undeclared, but there is an abundance of advising!

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4 College Freshman

Majors: No problem getting into the School of Arts and Sciences, no problem getting started on pre-med track. Getting the classes you need if you have the last Pitt-start can be rough, though!

3 College Freshman

Technology: There are lots of computer labs available, and most campus buildings have reasonably good wifi, but wifi in the dorms is horribly slow (an ethernet cord is provided for free).

Pretty important to have a computer, as most professors expect you to have the slides either printed out or on a computer in front of you during class; laptops are also pretty vital for labs.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of places with good food within walking distance!

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Pitt gives out a number of scholarships, but the price of tuition + housing is still a bit hefty.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Love the local atmosphere! Tons of Pitt pride! Pittsburgh's districts are pretty diverse in terms of things to do and environment (residential, small town, busy city), and most of it is within a 15 minute bus ride (30 minutes at most)!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Pretty overpriced, but most college dorms are! Freshman are required to live on-campus, but there's tons of off-campus housing opportunities!

4 College Freshman

Academics: Most professors are great teachers, even though their tests are hard. All are committed to helping students learn, and work hard to implement active learning experiences.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Tons of school pride! Pretty much everyone attends at least on football game; it's tons of fun, even if you don't like football!

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Students are very accepting; there are a variety of clubs and organizations, and it isn't hard to find your niche!

College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not involved in the Greek life.

College Junior

Technology: I have never used a school computer. I use my own.

College Junior

Administration: I am only on campus for class, I commute and am rarely there.

5 College Freshman

Academics: There are so many opportunities at Pitt, and in every academic department there are wonderful and incredibly smart professors. There is also research going on in virtually every discipline, so there are always opportunities to branch out and volunteer or work in a research lab.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Its there if you want to join it, but no one will judge you if you don't.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Dorms are pretty strict about drugs and alcohol, but once you're off campus you're in the clear.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are one of the highlights of Pitt. Both Pittsburgh's pro teams and college teams are excellent and available to students, there's an athletic facility in almost every building and they're all well equipped.

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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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