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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Such diversity! But for the most part, everyone is great regardless of their background. It's really refreshing.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: Many of the rules are for our safety, not to make our lives inconvenient.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: Pittsburgh is beautiful in the spring, summer, and fall for the most part. I managed to fall in love with it even in the rain and snow. I think that's extremely admirable. The city is equipped to handle bad weather, so the school very rarely closes due to weather.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Pitt has a ton of options for kids who no longer want to deal with RAs. However, sometimes finding a decent landlord can be difficult from what I've experienced and heard.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Libraries are accessible and modern, and good places to get work done. The Hillman library has several floors and they get quieter and quieter as you go up, the highest one being an enforced zone of silence. The campus in general is beautiful. The cathedral is an awe inspiring architectural beauty. And the student lounges - placed on every 3rd floor to encourage mingling, are really nice.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Pitt basketball is amazing, and even though our football team isn't the best, everyone gets behind them. Its a really great experience going to a game with your friends.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Its so easy to get around here. You can go anywhere around the city with no problems. The fact that busses and shuttles are completely free is great. I often take the bus down the street just because its slightly faster than walking, and I don't have to pick up the tab. Also nice when its cold out.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Pittsburgh is great. Sports wise, we are amazing. We have the most Superbowls out of anyone, our hockey record is fantastic, and even our baseball team is starting to come back! Also, its such a safe city. Crime is rare here, especially on campus. Also, Pittsburgh respects its colleges, especially Pitt. Lots of people not affiliated with the University follow our sports teams, and people are proud to say they go to Pitt.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Being a CS major is great. The workload you'll have as a freshman is really light, and easy if you already know how to program. As for job opportunities, they are fantastic. If you sign up for emails from the department you will get loads of emails about cool job opportunities from employers who are specifically looking for Pitt students, and the Career and Co-Op fairs are fantastic opportunities to see what's out there. I would recommend that you go to all of those, even as a freshman. You really can get hired right after your freshman year in a co-op program.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I personally have had a pretty great experience, but I got luckier than most in terms of professors. My rating more accurately reflects the average. There are some fantastic teachers, and some that are just okay. They all care one way or another about the subject though.

3 College Freshman

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. Also, stay away from Kappa Sig, lol.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pittsburgh is a very safe city in terms of crime. The dorms all have almost excessive security to prevent non pitt students from getting into the dorms. The RAs patrol at night and help to prevent any security issues from occuring in the dorms, although the only things I've heard of were self induced problems like alcohol poisoning

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are many different restaurants on campus like Chic Fila, Subway, and many more, and of course there's always the cafeteria, but the real food is off campus at Uncle Sams, Primanti Brothers, Fuel and Fuddle (great value for late night eating) and Five Guys. All of these and more are very close to the Towers - the center of campus. These are good but expensive to eat at often. If you stick to the on campus eateries, you can always find something you like, it just gets old after a while.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Paying for parking meters and finding an actual spot to park can be tricky, however it is pretty easy to get from one place to another on campus so a car isn't necessary on campus. The farthest walk is about 10 to 15 minutes. We all get free bus transportation with our student ids, which is very convenient and used by many, and the campus is definitely bike friendly.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Anyone, no matter where you are, can get access to drugs or alcohol if they really wanted to, so while they both exist on campus, they don't have a huge affect on the safety here at Pitt as there is a very small amount of people that actually partake. The school does a good job in reinforcing the negative effects that both substances can have and all campus buildings are dry and if this is violated, there are repercussions.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Pitt Pride is absolutely the best. There are so many groups, clubs, and organizations that put a lot of time and effort into supporting athletics. You can really feel the energy led by the Pitt Band, the cheerleaders, and the dance team spread throughout the stadium at football games, and the tradition found at basketball games is a good way to keep everyone united and rooting for their team. As you walk along the streets, almost every building is decorated with school pride and so many are seen wearing school spirit on any given day.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity on campus is great. It's really cool to see different faces all the time. Since there are so many different types of people, I haven't found any difficulties in acceptance. Everyone is allowed to do things their own way and think/believe what they want.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Pitt an extremely diverse school. There are tons of different backgrounds represented here

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There is an airport, greyhound bus station, megabus station, and amtrak station all in the city and they are all very useful in long distance travel.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: The city of Pittsburgh is amazing. Everyone loves the pro sports teams and the local food is delicious. It a very diverse city with tons of stuff to do.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Love Pitt. I love the city, the sports, the people. It's all great.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Two major all you can eat cafeterias on campus. Usually pretty average but has some very good meals. Tons of on the go options too

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Lots of parties on the weekends, from the frats to apartment/house parties. Better to know someone than to just walk looking for one

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Cathedral of Learning is one of the most beautiful buildings i've ever seen. City of Pittsburgh is tons of fun and there are so many things to do.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Everyone loves Pitt, not a single person on campus feels that they made the wrong decision

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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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