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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have buses on campus for free. We have city buses for free. We also have access to other modes of transportation at a small cost. I think that our school is wonderful when it comes to transportation.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I think that any school is going to be exposed to drug and alcohol usage. The amount that is seen of it depends on the people that one surrounds themselves with. At Pitt, you are bound to notice the usage occasionally, but it's not unavoidable. They do not always enforce policies.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm currently prepping to be in the CASE program. I've already had the opportunity to be in a classroom, and I think that is awesome! The school of education at Pitt seems like they are going to guide me to a job after I graduate. I feel like the curriculum they have created makes for well-rounded prepared teachers. We will have experience in developmental psychology, early childhood education, and special education when we leave Pitt. I like knowing that I am at a school preparing students to succeed and be the best that they can be in their field.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The faculty is wonderful and being able to see the same faces in classes has been really nice. I've gotten to know my professors and the students that I will be spending the next few years with. It makes for a wonderful community in a big school. My program is unique in that it is five years, and I will leave with my masters. I think that I will go into the world of education a lot more prepared and rounded than students that are not in programs similar to my own.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: It seems to really depend on which dorm one lives in

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I've never had any problems, but there are always shootings in the news.

3 College Senior

Local Area: Dining and cultural options are excellent! however, we need better public transportation

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Wish there was more of a Greek life

3 College Senior

Diversity: Not too much political diversity

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: My sister who lives off campus has had a string of bad landlords who do not maintain the houses in good condition

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many ethnic food options here!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing is solid; the addition of Nordenburg helps a lot.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: There's not much that Pitt's campus doesn't have to offer.

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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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