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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.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The University of Pittsburgh Fraternity and Sorority Life is comprised of 39 fraternities and sororities belonging to the Interfraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, or the Collegiate Panhellenic Association. Fraternity and sorority life communities across the nation are organizations rich in tradition and dedicated to the maintenance of honor, integrity, and the values set forth by our founders. We strive to inspire our members to be successful both as students and leaders, while fostering a strong sense of philanthropy and brotherhood/sisterhood

5 College Junior

Technology: All University of Pittsburgh students with a valid University Computing Account may use any of the six computing labs located throughout the Pittsburgh campus. Each lab is staffed by student consultants and includes a mix of Windows, Macintosh, Linux and UNIX computers. Shared scanners and laser printers are also available.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: On the weekend there's always a good party you can get into if you try a little bit or ask around. The best parties are hosted by sports teams or clubs, and those are usually by invitation, but in practice no one cares if you crash them as long as you know at least someone there

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The University of Pittsburgh Police Department is the third-largest law enforcement agency in Allegheny County, providing 24-hour protection for more than 40,000 students, faculty, and staff. We cover the 132-acre Pittsburgh campus, along with University Facilities in outlying Pittsburgh neighborhoods, such as the Surplus Warehouse on Thomas Boulevard, and the South Side Sports Complex.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Visit Pittsburgh if you're interested in an urban campus. In no way is it NYU, but it's also a lot safer. As a student you basically have the keys to the city, along with all of the events, museums, galleries, restaurants, and sight-seeing destinations it has to offer. Pittsburgh natives (aka Yinzers) are some of the friendliest people I have had the pleasure of meeting.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm a bit bias because I participate in Greek life here, but Pitt's diversity shines through every aspect of our school, including Greek life. I wasn't pressured to join in any way and I definitely don't regret my decision in doing so. There are many niches to fall into here on campus, and if Greek is your thing, so be it, but you can have non-Greek friends alike. That's just another thing I love about my school.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love Pitt. Best decision in my eighteen years. Visit it and fall in love with Oakland too-- you won't regret it. 18,000 undergrads have a mutual love for our school, and you can feel it in every building.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food could be better.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Pitt is unique with its tight campus (less walking distances to classes-- more vertical than sprawling) and the Cathedral of Learning, which you must visit AND FALL IN LOVE WITH.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There is so much to do on campus! If you aren't into nightlife, there are always programs available through different student organizations.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You won't go hungry in the Burgh. Enough said

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Pitt should be recognized for it's diversity (in a positive way) more often! I came here from a very rural, homogeneous high school, so moving here has been extremely interesting to meet people from all over the world and from every culture.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm sure there is room for improvement, but through my visits to other colleges comparable to Pitt, I feel that I've lucked out with the number of luxuries I have at school.

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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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