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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are okay. Upperclassman apartments are pretty nice, but many people move off campus because it's cheaper.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: They are pretty strict about drinking in dorms but overall I didn't find Pitt to be too strict.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The science program was very rigorous. Plenty of opportunities to get involved with research or teaching.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty nice, especially where I lived my freshman year. The rooms were big and I really liked the people that I lived with.

4 College Junior

Administration: Rules on campus aren't too strict. When it comes to class & attending, it's up to you to succeed on your own terms, it's not anyone else's responsibility. When it comes to parties and that stuff, just don't be an idiot and behave.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek Life isn't a huge deal at Pitt. Some people join, some don't.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Market isn't that good, but it's food for your freshman year. Everyone goes through it... you survive.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Everything about Pitt is great... location, classes, professors, people.

5 College Junior

Majors: The pharmacy program is really difficult to get into, but the professors are some of the best out there.

5 College Junior

Academics: Classes are difficult and you have to put in your work, but the work that you put in pays off and is worth it. Professors are all really nice and easy to talk to. Even if you don't think a professor is approachable, when you talk to them one-on-one in office hours, they usually are understanding and give you whatever form of help that you need.

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5 College Junior

Academics: The program is good and very competitive.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: There are students of all cultures and religions at Pitt. Lots of students from over-seas, too.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of places to go, especially on Forbes Avenue. Most of the places accept Panther Funds, which you or your parents can load onto your student ID card.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I'd say most of the students are pretty well-rounded. People at Pitt are not only smart, but have fun and do extra-curricular activities also, while still maintaining good grades.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are really important to Pitt, especially because of their history. Basketball is the biggest, with the Oakland Zoo being really important to school spirit.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is definitely a wide variety of personalities, so everyone should be able to find a niche.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: They are definitely serious about academics here. I was expecting Pitt to be a bit easier because it's a public school, but it's actually harder than the private college I used to attend.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Plenty of campus and city cops around. Also, there are undercover cops, so you never know if you may be sitting next to someone who is not a student, but instead a cop.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: To live on campus is always a good time because you are located right in the heart of Pitt's campus so it is easy to get to classes. The down side to on-campus living is that due to Pitt's location in the city, dorms are extremely small.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at Pitt is awesome. I rushed a sorority during my freshman year and it is hands down the best decision I could have made while at college thus far. Although it can be quite time consuming sometimes, I have met some pretty great people and formed life-long friendships with people that I would have had no way of meeting otherwise.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Pitt has a urban setting, which is high energy. There is always something going on, however, the city life can get hectic sometimes. Fortunately, if you ever need to get away from the city, Schenley Park is a short walk from campus.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a wide variety of guys and girls at Pitt. Most people tend to dress casually for class (sweats for the 8 AM classes) and there are statistics that state that the overwhelming majority of Pitt students meet their future spouse here!

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: I am fairly happy with my program (Arts and Sciences), however, as previously mentioned, the sciences are extremely difficult at Pitt, so you must have plenty of time for studying in order to succeed. It is difficult to juggle a science-related major with extracurricular activities, so you often times have to choose one: your major or other activities.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I did not encounter any difficulties or challenges when trying to get into my specific program.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I applied for financial aid, but did not receive any, so I am currently continuing to apply and look for scholarship opportunities.

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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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