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5 College Student

Transportation: There is always a way to get around the campus and the city.

5 College Student

Majors: I would one hundred percent come to Pitt again if I had to make the choice again.

4 College Student

Majors: The admissions process was simple and very quick responses

4 College Student

Party Scene: If you can't find something to do in Pittsburgh you aren't trying.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Weather: Pittsburgh has crazy weather sometimes but it is always nicer than where I lived before.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Coming from a Catholic school, I saw no diversity and now I see it every day.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Technology: The computers, tech labs and tech help are all great. We get free software and free help with our computers whenever we need it. The wireless network is probably the worst wifi I've ever used. It is almost impossible to stream movies or music and sometimes, even checking my Pitt email is a 10 minute process just for the page to load. That is one thing Pitt really needs to work on.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: The school shuttle is helpful, but unreliable in the winter especially.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Coming from a small, rural town, I love Pittsburgh. There is so much to do but I don't feel like I'm about to get mugged or killed everytime I walk outside. I feel comfortable enough walking alone in the dark as well.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: I love the football games, I've heard the basketball games are better though.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in an older, all girls dorm. It has no AC, but the rooms are very large and the heat works well.

5 College Freshman

Academics: You can find just about anything in terms of academics at Pitt. I've only had one professor I didn't like so far.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I try not to use too many of my Panther Funds on off-campus dining. Forbes ave is a mix of nicer restaraunts (Joe Mamma's) and then places like noodles and company and five guys where you can get a meal for less than $10

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm in a service fraternity, but it is not part of the Greek system. There are a few sororities and fraternities that are known for being particularly snobby or rude, but besides that, its not uncommon to have a large mix of friends, some of whom are in sororities/fraternities.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Because we're a state school, I was not expecting much in the way of scholarships - however, when I initially did not receive any aid from the school, I contact the financial aid office and basically explained that if I didn't get more financial help, I would not be able to attend. Right away, I was offered two scholarships and two grants.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Administration: Strictness depends on what dorm you live in. I live in a very strict dorm, however, I also don't participate in anything that would get me in trouble, so I'm not bothered.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: We have a lot of opportunities provided to us. We have special attention giving to us, and we also have formed a little community or family that makes for a great learning environment.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: There is always something to do in Pittsburgh. Not only is there always an event but there is any kind of event in any area of interest. Pittsburgh is full of interesting things and places. The atmosphere is so friendly. Everyone loves everyone in this city.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We definitely love our sports, but we aren't insane about them. Pitt students put a lot of pride in academics and service that other schools are slightly less invested in. We spread our excitement out enough that our sports are popular but we don't eat, drink and breathe them.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: We're in a city which means that there is always something happening. I don't think that there is a crazy night life, it's just average for being in a city.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's pretty expensive. The landlords range from fantastic to scary and extremely unreliable. There are not a lot of places that offer parking and if they do it is either inconvenient parking or extremely expensive. Most areas are safe, the areas that are not are pretty well-known by students.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are places to eat everywhere you turn. There are different options of every type of cuisine. There are restaurants in every price range as well.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: The sidewalks and hills are often left sloshy and icy in the winter time. The campus rarely closes, which was rather dangerous when temperatures dropped below zero.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are campus police and security guards all over campus. I feel safe and know that if I ever don't, I can use the emergency towers on the streets.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: The computers are reliable and abundant. The network speed can often be slow if a lab is busy. There are multiple places on campus that do not have reliable wireless access. There is not a need for a personal computer, although they are convenient to have. There isn't a need for a personal printer.

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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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