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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The buildings are very nice with most including build-in AC and heater. The price however is outrageous. The campus is big, so dorms are well spread, with each closer to different academic buildings.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Sports are on campus are the best!

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The dining is awesome off of campus, but for a college student it is somewhat overpriced and sometimes far away from campus.

3 College Senior

Administration: I believe the campus police is an excellent support system, but they are too lenient on the issues of drinking and drugs.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: My family and I have applied for countless scholarships to provide myself with the best education and school there is. Unfortunately, financial aid did not provide my family with any support. This really puts a damper on my schooling due to the fact that my dad has been paralyzed and retired and my mom has been trying to work over three jobs to support my sister and I who will both be in college at the same time.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: The dining options at the University of Pittsburgh are some of the best I have seen, but it is over priced and one receives the same food every day. Although this doesn't leave room for decision it forces one to choose the same choice every day. Also the dining services serve greater quantities of the processed food then the fruit and vegetables that are needed.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: To live on campus, one realizes how close they are knitted to people and the rest of society. This includes suite mates or roommates, class, recreational fitness center, and different culture markets. Next, to live one campus, one feels a sense of responsibility that was not there before. Lastly, one feels the sense of a family. For over eight months one is sharing a living space with over 200 individuals here you gain trust, friendships, and a sense of stability. This is what it feels like to live on campus.

5 College Student

Campus Housing: Pitt has great amenities that it offers it's students, such as: free wifi, cable, free sheets of paper and printers, etc.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Avoid frats (no seriously), find a good org on campus, usually they'll have parties at the beginning of the year (non-affiliated of course). Really, your nightlife experience will depend on who you hang around and frats and sports teams aren't known for great personalities.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The Baierl gym is really nice. The basketball arena is state of the art. The football program lacks some due to us not having our own stadium. The football and basketball teams tend to be pretty good, but not Top 25 good. Other sports are often overlooked.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Community does a lot for the community. Every weekend at least one organization tends to have an event. Parties are fun and frequented. There's a solid competition among five or so organizations of fraternities and sororities to be the best. There's a bit of a stigma from the non-Greeks, but it varies and is more so due to us being the minority compared to a Southern school.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a few different locales that most people go for. South Oakland isn't the flashiest but its where most of the off campus population resides. North Oakland is frequented by some, as well as "West" Oakland. Other than those regions there isn't much for Pitt students. Shadyside if you are trying for a quieter experience, but with that comes spending more money too.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a bunch of good options that students head to. It starts with Chipotle. Primanti Bros & Fuel and Fuddle are frequented options. Noodles & Company as well as Five Guys. McDonalds is the only late night option not including the pizzeria's that prey on drunk students.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Only really hear about parking violations, as well as underage drinking or smoking marijuana.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Fraternity parties tend to be repetitive, but are often a fun time and you know what to expect. South O parties can be fun because it's a mix of random people, but they are hit or miss and alcohol tends to run out quickly. There may not be as many parties as a school like Penn State, however the quality of the parties tends to be better here. Seniors often hit the bars, some of which are pretty fun. If you want to get away you can head downtown or go to the more popular South Side.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: You need to really stand out in order to receive a scholarship.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Market and Perch are what you'd expect of a University dining hall. Perch is somewhat limited in selection but Market has more options. There are plenty of places to eat that accept dining dollars on campus, such as Chick Fil A, Taco Bell, Starbucks, and Pizza Hut, plus more.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There's a good sense of community in the dorms and the rooms tend to be pretty spacious. Nordenberg Hall is a gem and was blessed to be able to live there it's inaugural year.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: There isn't a lot of variety so it gets very boring.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Lothrop Hall is mostly single rooms. It's nice because you get a place to yourself and don't have to worry about if you and your roommate will get along.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a number of Off-Campus choices but they seem to fill up very quickly. Those who start looking early have the best chance.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a Mcdonalds and Chipotle nearby, but that is about it. There is also a couple asian food joints, but they come and go every year. While there are options, the variety and quality just isn't that great.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration does a fine job at keeping students safe. They will not hesitate to keep students safe in the case of hard drugs and other dangerous items. That being said, they do not actively go hunting for drug use or underage drinking. They do have a program where if someone underage has had too much and someone calls campus police for help they will not get in trouble. They are more concerned about safety than punishments.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid process went very smoothly. There are only a couple forms to fill out and you are automatically considered for a number of scholarships. Eventually you will get a form back saying what you're eligible for and must accept or deny the awards and send it back. Very quick and easy!

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you want to go to parties you better have a lot of connections or be part of greek life. Other than that it is difficult to find open parties. Cops are very lenient and only care about noise complaints. If they show up they always just break it up. I've never seen or heard about anyone getting citations.

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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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