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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I would choose Pitt 10 times out of 10. I love having a small major within a big school because you get the one on one attention that you desire. I think, though, that it is over-priced to attend this university.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Although there is no way to completely eliminate crime from a college environment, the Pitt community works tirelessly to solve current issues as well as prevent future ones.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are a variety of courses offered at Pitt and you can always find a class that interests you. The professors are generally very helpful especially when you have a very large class size.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A degree from Pitt is a highly commended and respected degree. Pitt is an excellent university, and its graduates are respected and hold high statuses.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms at Pitt are relatively nice. My personal dorm room is very spacious and even has a walk in closet. Others, however, I know are much smaller and of lesser quality.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Everyone at Pitt was so welcoming to incoming students, and I had no problems adapting to my new life in the middle of Oakland.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I have never been a part of Greek life, but have never had any issues because of it. Pitt does not revolve around Greek life. I have many friends who have joined sororities and fraternities and have heard great things. It's much like a family. There are all-girls dormitories, which house many of the sororities, and most of the fraternities are located in upper campus.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are a large part of what Pitt is about, but the school doesn't revolve around sports. This is a calming aspect. Our football games take place at Heinz Field. Student tickets are cheap and transportation is always provided. The athletic facilities are numerous and, therefore, easily accessible. There is a fitness center in almost every dorm.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I considered three schools: Clemson University, University of Charleston, and University of Pittsburgh. There have been many ups and downs, but overall I am very fortunate to be a part of an amazing school and I wouldn't change a thing about my experience. The professors I have encountered have been very helpful and have taught me well. Pitt offers many amazing events for its students and creates a very friendly environment for new students. I grew up in a rural town, so moving to a city was a big change. There were many welcoming events to help familiarize myself with the city and how mass transit works.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is very safe but South Oakland is a sketchy area on weekend. Girls should definitely travel in groups

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The classes are fair and have many great professors. Some suck but that's everywhere. I've never seen a class I've deemed impossible

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pitt's biggest bragging point is its co-op program that allows you to essentially work while being a student, and it's a job in your major that generally leads to you hiring after school

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in Forbes Hall, I couldn't be happier. Every friend I've made here lives in this building. It's a great diverse community where everyone is taking essentially the same classes. If you need homework help you have plenty of neighbors doing the same assignment as you. Almost all the RA's, especially the one's on Floor 5, are chill approachable people. They understand what college kids want to do and turn a blind eye to harmless rule breaking. The building is very clean and has some of the biggest rooms of any on campus housing option for freshmen.

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1 College Freshman

Greek Life: DO NOT COME HERE FOR GREEK LIFE. Yes there are greeks but a) they are seen as total douches, b) most, if not all, greek housing is off campus and c) you can find plenty of better parties elsewhere. Not worth the time, commitment, or hazing

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball and football are the two highlight reel sports but there's plenty for everyone. The Fitzgerald Field House provides a track and volleyball courts, the Trees Center has a gym and basketball court. Then there's the granddaddy: Peterson Events Center. The beautiful on campus basketball court-gym-athletic office is one of the nicest on campus buildings. The only complaint I have is the team not having an on-campus varsity football field for the games, but the school does provide busing to Heinz Field.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall I've had a great time here. So far the classes have been challenging but do-able and most of the professors have done a very good job. Plenty of on-campus help for if you're struggling in any classes. The social scene is wonderful and I have loved my dorm experience, from my friends, to the RA's to the floor experience. Overall there's no other school I would want to go to.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: As it's in a city, Pitt's crime rates are a bit higher than a school in the middle of nowhere. You'll have to get used to living in an urban area ( with panhandlers, crime, etc.). But that's just one sacrifice that you make for Pitt. I've never felt like I'm in danger here, and the Pitt police are frequently making rounds around campus. Probably 2/3 of the dorms have 24 hour security service, where you have to scan your ID card to enter the dorm.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are so many options for majors at Pitt, and all of the associated classes are generally open to non-majors should you want to branch out. The professors are really prestigious in their field, and generally teach medium-sized (~100 students) lecture classes.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pitt has a career fair twice a year, and tons of students attend. The Career Development Office has an internship guarantee that more people should really look into, because it really helps when looking for jobs. Overall, Pitt is a pretty prestigious university, especially in research fields. I'm not too worried about getting a job with a degree from here.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Litchfield Towers, the most popular housing option on campus, is pretty cramped, but a good start to college living. The RAs do a lot to unite the floor, and all of the rules are usually enforced.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Pitt is in a very difficult division, so sometimes their stats aren't the best. But the community really rallies around great sports. The facilities are professional standard and well attended, so I can't complain!

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pitt has been great. The student body is very diverse and accepting, and there's always a challenge available if you seek it out. If you like a good balance of sports, social life, and academics, Pitt is definitely for you.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I have been both outside of and inside of Greek life and either way the university has equally accepted me. I have also enjoyed every moment of participating in Greek life.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics at my division one university are definitely quite important, but the school does not focus solely on them; our academics generally come much further before the athletics of the university.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I find every bit of material within the classroom very interesting. However, outside of the classroom I find it extremely difficult to manage learning every bit of new information at one time.

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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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