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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of students chose to live off campus by their junior year mostly because it is convenient for them cost wise. Plus, off campus housing is very close to the main campus.

2 College Freshman

Parking: There isn't usually anywhere to park unless you already have a permit.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greeks on campus are mainly viewed as a good group of people. The Greeks do a lot for the community and can be seen leading clubs outside of their Sisterhood or Brotherhood. Being in Greek life is slowly becoming more popular at Pitt.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Pitt has so many scholarships. And, by just applying everyone is automatically considered for scholarships. This means that there is no hastle of trying to fill out scholarship applications for multiple scholarships.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are clearly people drinking at Pitt. This, though, does not mean that everyone does. People party without drinking and some people prefer to do other things besides party on the weekends. There is absolutely no pressure to drink or do drugs.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Students love going to Starbucks and there are also places such as Primanti Bros that is unique to Pennsylvania and a good place to eat every now and again.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Transport from Oakland to other areas of Pittsburgh is free to Pitt students, making it convenient to go downtown for a Pirates game or to Southside to watch a movie or shop with friends.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The facilities are superb. Pitt keeps the classrooms nice and orderly.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The campus is beautiful and there is always something to do. Plus, the library is open 24/7 from Monday to Friday so you can pull all nighters in the comfort of the Hillman.

5 College Freshman

Academics: There is a lot of work in most classes. Most of the work is readings (usually about one chapter a week). Some classes also make use of weekly homework, especially the science and math classes. The humanity classes tend to focus more on papers and tests.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Classes are harder than one would expect from a public school. With that in mind, teachers are always super helpful and love to discuss the material with students to help them better understand the material.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am glad I choose put. From the top tier academics to the kick-but sports teams, Pitt has a lot of comradery. Even though it is a big school I have never felt overwhelmed since Pitt makes a point to make sure everyone feels safe and secure while also letting students do what they want and have plenty of freedom.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people from all walks of life on campus. Everyone is pretty tolerant and many people like to learn about other people's backgrounds.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Pitt net, though not always reliable, works fairly well and the University makes a point out of trying to make sure all buildings on campus have Wi-Fi. Also, Pitt provides a lot of free software to students, which is really convenient.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: There is so much to do on campus. From watching professional athletics to partying downtown, there is always something fun to do.

4 College Junior

Parking: These lots and garages are available for staff, faculty, students, and visitors on a cash basis. All rates include City of Pittsburgh Parking Tax of 35%

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: For most people, Pittsburgh conjures up images of steel workers or the NFL’s Steelers. Those in the know might have also heard that Pittsburgh consistently ranks as one of the most livable cities in the United States, and its green initiatives, growing technology industry, and booming medical fields have made smokestacks a thing of the past. But the "City of Bridges" is also a great place for a summer weekend getaway. There's no better way to experience where Pittsburgh has been and where it’s going than with a food-focused tour through its diverse neighborhoods.

3 College Junior

Administration: Here on Pitt's Oakland Campus, our Police Department contributes to a positive college experience, by providing a safe environment, providing service, integrity, diversity, communication, and ensuring confidence in one's residence & workplace safety.

2 College Junior

Weather: During the cold months of December, January and February, Pittsburgh becomes a winter wonderland. Hat, gloves, scarf - and skis if you're adventurous - are all a must! Pack for cold and snow, but be ready for a possible mid-winter break when temperatures sometimes reach into the 50s and even 60s. Average high temperatures are in the mid-to-upper 30s.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Whether you're headed for class or going out on the town, you can get there from here. Free campus shuttles run throughout Oakland. With your Panther Card, you can also ride fare-free on all Port Authority buses, trolleys, and inclines. And when it's after hours and you need a way home, SafeRider will pick you up and drive you to your doorstep.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics seeks to be a source of pride of the University, the City of Pittsburgh, Western Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In doing so, the Department of Athletics strives to successfully compete at the highest level of Division-I-A Athletics and to be the best athletics program in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The University of Pittsburgh admits students with academic and personal promise without regard to ability to pay. Working together with your family, we will find a way to make a Pitt education a reality for you.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: he guys and girls at my school are tremendously awesome and funny. Most of the people I met are kind, smart and funny. Most of the students respects the other cultures and do not treat people badly. They treat others like how they want to get treated.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: I would say Pitt is pretty diverse - PA is a diverse state economically, politically, racially, urban vs. rural, etc. and all are pretty well represented at Pitt. You will definitely have no problem finding like-minded liberals. My daughter wanted a school that was diverse - feeling having balance at the college was important - she has met and become friendly with some very religious and very conservative people while she is a liberal agnostic.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Whatever your preference, you'll find comfort and convenience in your home away from home. We offer a wide-range of housing types to suit your lifestyle during your tenure as an undergraduate on-campus resident. Our housing environment is rich with amenities such as online network access, e-mail kiosks, study and recreation lounges, fitness centers, coffee carts, and special living communities.

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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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