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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are so many different types of people all around campus. You see every type of nationality represented here. In addition there are clubs for all different types of people as well as restaurants representative of lots of different countries around campus. There is a mosque, Greek Orthodox church, different Christian churches, and a temple all within walking distance from campus.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation around campus is so easy to use. We have an app that tracks the shuttles so you know exactly when they are coming and they cover most of campus on their routes. In addition we have safe rider which is a system that you call if you need a ride from a specific spot. The vehicles can usually hold over 6 people but are willing to just pick up one as well. Both of these are free with your panther card. In addition we get city bussing for free which is AMAZING. You can get all over pittsburgh with the swipe of your student ID. Long distance travel is easy as well as there are busses that take you directly to the airport (for free) and same with downtown to the bus stations and the amtrak station.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are small and some are not air conditioned but hey, thats college. The food is good in both dining halls and the main street in town has just about every single option you could ever want when it comes to eating out. The social scene is awesome. From frats to house parties to bars, you can't go wrong. The cost of living is low and there is a ton of off campus living so it isn't hard to find something to accommodate any number of people you have to a reasonable standard.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Campus dining has gotten much better over the past year and they are constantly making it better by adding healthier options, especially for those with dietary restrictions.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Students love attending the football games and the usually sold out men's basketball games

5 College Freshman

Administration: Strictness does not affect my academic or social life. In fact, I like some of the rules being enforced, especially quiet hours

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus, not even when walking alone from the gym at 10 at night when it is pitch black

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. Most of my classes are a two minute walk from my room and it is very convenient, especially when in a rush

4 College Freshman

Weather: It's Pittsburgh, so it is cold and windy a lot. But when the weather is nice, it is paradise. The weather doesn't usually affect me besides for the fact that I have to wake up earlier to catch the shuttle when it is raining or super cold.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are always so many parties on campus that it isn't even necessary to go downtown to have fun. There are also multiple bars on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most Pitt students are pretty attractive. People typically dress nicely for class, but people will not judge you for occasionally wearing sweats.

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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.

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.

4 College Freshman

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

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.

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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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