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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!

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.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: You can sample Greek Life at the beginning of every semester and participate in Rush Week, it's not for everyone but there are a variety of fraternities and sororities that appeal to many people.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I've been satisfied thus far, my professors are knowledgeable and the courses are challenging.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: If you start early there should be tons of options for off campus housing, it's far less expensive than a residence hall, and depending on your needs the distance from campus shouldn't be an issue.

3 College Freshman

Technology: There are a lot of computers available, but the network is really hit or miss.

3 College Freshman

Administration: It's such a hassle to have to sign people in and out of your dorm, but it's understood that it's for safety purposes.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: There's tons to do, if you have a little cash there's always something to do.

4 College Freshman

Majors: No internship yet, but Pitt has a 100% guarantee that you will receive and internship if you go through the proper process.

3 College Senior

Academics: Some of the requirements seem to be repetitive, however, I have expanded my knowledge and skill based in order to continue my education to the next level after graduation.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Pittsburgh has many attractions; Heinz Field, PNC Park, museums, The Waterfront and much more! The city has the best sports team with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and my favorite, the Pirates! This city has a lot to offer.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I received financial aid. However, a couple of semesters I would pay too much tuition because my online inquiry was not updated by other financial aid I was receiving, and would end up getting reimbursed for my extra amount of payment.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Many students are from different backgrounds, culture beliefs, religion, sexual orientation, etc. From my observation, Pitt welcomes all students, no matter the color of their skin or their preference in significant other.

3 College Senior

Administration: I do not live on campus. I commute from about an hour and fifteen minutes north of Pittsburgh. However, policies addressing persons with disabilities or discrimination, are viewed in every course syllabus for each student to obey.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: The safety and security on campus is available, but not overbearing. Before I transferred to Pitt, there were bomb threats on the campus in Oakland. To make sure students were safe the right precautions took place by the authorities. I myself, feel safe when I am on campus. It is a safe environment and someone is always looking after you; whether it be peers, professors, campus police or university staff.

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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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