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4 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life has a pretty big impact on the social scene. Definitely consider joining, but since it is only about 10% of the student population, there are many other ways to enjoy the nightlife at Pitt. Greeks are definitely a minority, but they can act exclusive. There are university owned fraternity houses on the hill, and some chapters have off-campus houses. Of the 11 sororities, all have a floor of Amos Hall, each floor houses 15 sisters... Theta Phi Alpha has a floor of Bruce Hall, and Kappa Kappa Gamma has a house just off campus.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Oakland is a city neighborhood, so it can be sketchy at times, you have to be careful. Don't walk home alone, sober or drunk. Student health services is the BEST, excellent doctors there. Visit as much as you need to.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Especially the new freshman dorm Nordy hall & the nicer upper classman dorms... really nice. Living on campus can be very convenient to get to class especially being in the quad. RA's can be dicks but thats their job. They designed the rooms to be smaller and the lounge areas to be bigger so students will leave their rooms and get to know each other.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Landlords around Oakland suck, and housing conditions are subpar. BUT everyone is stuck in the same shitty off-campus housing! It's just a part of going to Pitt, unless you live in LAGA or the Lofts, you'll be in the same boat as everyone else, paying $550/month for a dump. But that's Oakland, and we love it

5 College Senior

Party Scene: Pitt party scene is really fun, and really different from other schools like Penn State, WVU, and OSU. The parties are just as crazy, but more mature in a way... like students aren't afraid to go out and do something crazy in the city, whereas the city intimidates students from a closed off campus like PSU. Also there's so much more to do in the area, like go to the strip club, southside, shadyside, whatever! Joining Greek Life is an easy way to get involved in the party scene, but geeds definitely have their own fun too (coming from a Greek)

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3 College Senior

Administration: It all depends on who your RA is. Some RA's are really cool and don't butt into your lives-- as long as you aren't a distraction to other students and you drink, you should be no problem. Go by the general rule of don't be the drunkest guy on the street and you'll be fine.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The best & expensive places are often chains and nothing over the moon. Lots of mediocrity, and lots of the same types of restaurants. If you want diversity in food, do not look to Pittsburgh

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Land management companies do a really good job of screwing college students over.

1 College Sophomore

Local Area: Oakland has all of 5 bars and they're pretty heavily segregated PITT/CMU. Students sometimes interact, but typically don't. There's a few neighborhoods in the area that are accessible by bus. Those have significant student populations where students mix better, but volume and excessive drinking are a problem.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: unknown - I live off-campus.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Scholarships are not heavily available, but have to be sought out... Grants are very difficult to come by and State Financial Aid is only useful if your parents set up the plan and have contributed to it. Overall, somewhat to be expected given the current state of higher education expenses.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Conservative state makes for conservative administration

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Frats can be obnoxious during events and fundraisers, but most often are polite and fun at bars or around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is police presence, but almost exclusively in vehicles which are typically sedentary or harassing cars looking for DUI's. However, the campus is pretty safe during the day, especially within campus buildings. This is mostly due to the very polite street dwelling beggars. At night it's best not to stray off of Forbes/5th, as the mixed socioeconomic environment can create questionable situations.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: There is a lot going on all the time. Shadyside, Southside, Pittsburgh… all close by. Along with Carnegie Mellon, Point Park, Duquesne, Carlow, and Chatham

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: My mom did most of it but I got what I needed

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Tons off them. Most people enjoy their parties.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Variety of options but limited student discounts

5 College Freshman

Athletics: There is nothing better than singing Sweet Caroline with all of your fellow classmates after the third quarter of the football games.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the University of Pittsburgh and the Oakland area

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I love the University of Pittsburgh

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love The University of Pittsburgh

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity and the acceptance of all diversities are great on and off campus at the University

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Everything I have tried has been excellent

5 College Sophomore

Majors: It was a reasonable process


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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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