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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid covered all of my tuition for my first year, but much of the rest went uncovered. In my first year at this school, I have already had to take out two loans, and I am still struggling to cover everything. To avoid being in school for an additional year, I have to take a class over the summer. For a single class, I am looking at over $2,000 with no financial aid available.

College Sophomore

Party Scene: I do not go to parties. I make an attempt to either not be on campus or not leave my dorm when people are likely to be partying.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: While there may be a decent amount of options for people with an unlimited diet, this is not the case for me. I have health issues that severely limit what I can eat, so I'm limited to the exact same meal every day. I also frequently find that my food has been contaminated by items that I cannot eat or that I am allergic to. I honestly do not think that I will ever be able to eat a wrap again after leaving school. Another down side is that if you go at a popular time, it becomes very difficult or impossible to find seating. I normally try to go during less popular hours, but some days it is simply unavoidable. It is certainly not worth the amount that is charged, but at least it isn't worse.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I currently live in a single dorm, which is nice for privacy and security. However, it can be exceedingly difficult to meet people, and I can go for several days without seeing other people on my floor. I feel like the cost, which breaks down to about $200 a week, is quite excessive for a small room and a communal bathroom. While it is nice that there is a laundry room in the building, I frequently prolong doing my laundry because of the cost. The washers and dryers are very small, and to get clothes fully dry, I would need to run the dryer at least twice. The simplest way to improve my opinion of housing would be to make laundry free or included in housing fees.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: There are many options on and off campus close by to enjoy a variety of healthy and delicious food options.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: It's off-campus housing. Decent and you can make good use of it, but it's not anything fancy.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: It's mostly catered to college students, so the prices are low. There is also decent variety in spite of that with decent quality. It's not great, but it's not bad.

3 College Student

Administration: The administration usually errs on the side of strictness, but that is their job so I can't really blame them. I wish they would relax some policies though.

3 College Student

Scholarships: I haven't had much need to apply for too many scholarships or funds, but the ones I did apply for weren't so bad and I received a few loans. It's just annoying having to spend so much time filling out forms.

4 College Student

Party Scene: There are plenty of frats you can go to, though this is usually just underclassmen. The best parties are really those that are with friends though, so you really just need a friend with a house which isn't hard to find.

3 College Student

Campus Food: Market is pretty good and you can always get underclassmen to swipe you in. Other options are decent quality, especially when you consider it is essentially a cafeteria.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: The lottery process is fair and there are plenty of on campus housing options that are right next to classes. Even though some are up a hill, there is a bus that drives up there and there are escalators part of the way up. You also have free access to the gyms and other sports areas, plenty of areas for residents to interact and the RAs have events for their residents fairly often.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have never looked into off campus housing at Pitt because I am married and bought a house in 2013 well outside the city limits.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of options for food in Oakland. Due to Pitt being in a large city you can pretty much find whatever you happen to be craving.

College Junior

Administration: I am not familiar with the school policies since I do not live on campus and spend approximately 5 hours a week on campus to attend my classes.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The only financial aid I have received from this school is because I have been a full time employee for over 3 years. I get an education benefit that is only good towards a portion of 6 credits a semester.

College Junior

Campus Food: I do not purchase food on campus. I am a part time student with a full time job. I live in my own home and get my meals there.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus therefore I can not rate anything about campus housing.

5 College Junior

Academics: Said it too many times, but I love this school

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2 College Junior

Diversity: let's just put this out here... Pitt is 84% white, so only 16% of the student population is a minority. Most students come from areas where the population if maybe 95% + white and think that PITT is incredibly diverse, but to me it's just the opposite. It's odd being a minority here. Some people treat it as nothing and that's great, but others treat and act as if im some sacred piece of meat.They put me on this minority shelf, even though I grew up in America speaking English and listening to the backstreet boys and watching Lizzie McGuire like any other kid. But, I may just be naive to how people haven't experienced diversity as much as other may have.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: I know we may not have the best sports team, it's still a great expereince to be apart of a school that gets excited about sports. I went to a school presiously that had little to no school spirit, so this is a massive improvement. Football is fun and cheap, so is basketball. It's also fun to go to less popular sporting events like gymnastics and they're free for students.

4 College Junior

Academics: I love my school and I love my program. The business school is really great and prepares you well for your future. It's my second semester and I am already involved in so many different activities that I love and I have an internship in the city. The workload can be a bit heavy, but I wouldn't expect anything less. I would be scared if classes were incredibly easy, then my tuition would be going to nothing. The business, engineering, science, and law facilities are gorgeous (that's where all the money comes from). I just hate that I have to take a philosophy class, but we all have to be "well rounded".

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5 College Junior

Local Area: Pittsburgh isn't NY or LA, but I love it and I live in LA. It's a nice city with lots of stuff to do and places to go, you just have to venture away from the campus bubble once in a while. It's a great place to have your college experience.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is a huge market for student housing in south and north oakland, and a lot of students are taken advantage of because of that. However, it can be much cheaper that living on campus. The places are usually old and rundown, but if you look you can find some decent places to live.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of drunk food, and good drunk food. Although, Pittsburgh lacks a lot of diversity. I mean since Pittsburgh is mostly white, the quality of ethnic food is pretty low compared to places like Los Angeles or New York City. However, it's enough to survive on.

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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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