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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm enjoying it. There are a lot of opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I had notrouble getting in.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Sometimes problems occur, but campus feels safe for the most part.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: There is always something to do

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus and public buses are free. Parking can be tough but is available. Holiday shuttles home and back are available.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Good selection of casual food options

1 College Freshman

Weather: I hate Pittsburgh winters. It's slushy and gross and sometimes harshly cold.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I do not believe there is much strictness. I am treated as an adult here.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Although our teams may not be the best, the experiences I've had as a fan have been fun. School spirit is big.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses are available for going home, though they are a bit expensive, especially during the holidays. I usually opt for carpooling with a friend.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe when walking around campus. However, the only worry I have is about drugs. There have been several instances where people I know have been slipped substances without their knowledge and it landed them in the hospital.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many off-campus dining options, however, because I am on a meal plan as a freshman—a meal plan that costs me a fortune— I do not spend much money eating off campus.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: While I loved living in the dorms during my freshman year because of the people that I met, I am very excited to live off campus next year because of the ridiculous cost of living in the dorms. I am saving at least $500 a month by choosing to live in an off-campus house with some friends.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is great diversity here, and I've never seen an instance of discrimination because of it.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't have much interaction with Greek life at my school, besides living near Frat row. All I know about the frats is the parties that they throw and the trouble they sometimes get into.

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!

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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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