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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Few people are looking for relationships freshman year. Hookups are very common. People tend to get their act together as a sophomore and older. Everyone dresses pretty casual; jeans, sweatshirts, sweaters. If you see a ton of people dressed up, you know it's for an event. You'll find a good mix of those who hardly work and those who work hard.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I wouldn't recommend leaving your door unlocked or walking home alone at 2am, but I would say that for every campus, not just Pitt. There are the occasional robberies, few jumpings, rarely rapes or gang violence. Pitt Police can be there in less than 2 minutes if you call from of the blue emergency lights.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Market central is the main dinning hall on campus that takes dinning swipes. At first it seems like there is a variety of options, but they don't change much and get old fast. However there are other halls that take dinning dollars like Chick-fil-a and sushi/grill stations. These are great, but are only in the Cathedral of Learning and have pretty limited hours.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus scene, especially in South Oakland, is all college undergrads. That being said a lot of landlords know there will be house parties, meaning most houses have unfinished basements and haven't been updated in years. The apartment complexes aren't much better. It's a pretty run-down neighborhood, but still feels safe because you're surrounded by fellow students and the police presence is there. Landlords are better if you're dealing with 1 person. If you deal with a realty company, it's a nightmare. On campus there are emergency blue lights.

3 College Junior

Administration: Basically, if you're going to do something stupid, don't get caught. It's not impossible to have alcohol/drugs in your room, but if it's found, you WILL be reprimanded. Signing in guests into a dorm is a pain - they have to be signed in and out each and every time you enter/leave. Larger lectures don't typically have attendance, but if the class is under 30, there will definitely be an attendance policy.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There are many groups on campus for people of all religions/political beliefs/ sexual orientation. There's always a place for you to fit in. You'll always have the assholes in the world who make fun of someone for being different, but as a whole, I have found the student body to be very accepting of everyone. There do seem to be a lot of international students.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Freshman year is the worst year for drug scene. There aren't a lot of people in Greek Life, but their presence is definitely known. They throw parties almost every weekend and that's where most freshman are going to go. However, it is definitely possible to have a social life without drugs or alcohol. Pitt has pretty much no tolerance - if the RAs catch you for noise violation, they will search (whats visible of) your room and if they see or smell anything, they'll report you.
Off campus parties are pretty common. Most of the time if they're busted, Pitt Police or Pittsburgh Police will tell everyone to go home and the owners of the house will be cited.

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4 College Junior

Majors: As a Communication Sciences and Disorders major, the program is extremely competitive. However, the professors really know their stuff and take a genuine interests in their students. The workload is tough though, especially when you also have to balance the workload with your other gen ed classes. Forbes Tower (home of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) is a really nice building and has a lot of up to date technology. However, if your class size is too big for the FT classrooms, most of the time you get moved to the Cathedral of Learning (awesome building, outdated technology).

College Junior

Majors: I have not had an internship through the University.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are decent places right in Oakland that offer a good variety. To take the bus downtown or to any other neighborhood of Pittsburgh is free with ID so that gives you more opportunities to try new places. To get to a Giant Eagle/Trader Joes/Whole Foods by bus is a pain, but that's pretty much you're only option (unless you drive).

2 College Junior

Parking: Off campus parking is cheap ($25 a year), but be prepared to have your side window broken off at some point in your undergraduate career. Pittsburgh Parking Authority IS THE WORST thing to deal with. They ticket all the time, and will always find a reason to ticket you. Don't even bother trying to fight it in court, it's not worth the stress and hassle.
On campus parking for full time students is $736 for an indoor garage, $680 for an outdoor lot. Commuters can pay $368 for an indoor garage or $340 for an outdoor lot. There are lots for off campus parking, but their prices vary.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm in Pre-Med. I just completed my first semester. So it's a little to early to say anything

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I have free transportation. Love it!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus, so it's hard for me to say anything.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Can't really say: I'm a non-Greek.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I like the fact that I can order food on-line and have it delivered to me.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I have just a vague idea because I don't drive.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Being located in Pittsburgh there is always things to do. There are parks, sporting events, shopping centers, and different events going on all within a short distance of the school.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The campus isn't too strict for many things. It is about average. Being such a large school, it would be very difficult to be so strict.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The nightlife at Pitt is very good. There are constantly University sponsored events, as well as a large variety of other activities.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The people at our school are generally the same as any school you would go to. There will always be some outliers, but for most people, they dress properly, have good relationships, and are interested in a wide variety of topics.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I've heard a lot of stories of frat and sorority people getting in trouble for drugs as well as people in dorms but not off campus. Almost everyone drinks and drugs are definitely present but not a huge huge part of the social scene.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: On campus dining is really good at Pitt. Obviously sometimes you get sick of it but that is expected.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Pitt has one of the best basketball student sections in the nation. The Oakland Zoo is phenomenal and probably one of my favorite aspects of Pitt. In addition I play intramurals and they are so so fun, the facilities are amazing. Our workout facilities are also really nice.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are always frat parties, always house parties, always bars and always clubs. There is never a dull moment on the weekends.

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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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