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5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics at Pitt are incredible. The professors expect the best out of their students and want them to work. As an engineer, the curriculum is almost set for me already before I even decide on what to pick. Registering for classes can be frustrating because some classes are only offered at one time throughout the semester, but it is pretty easy to sign up for classes. Free tutoring is offered in almost every subject you can think of and there are several places to study. Specifcally, you can go to Hillman Library, the Cathedral or even Market Central.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The Pete is our basketball court on campus. Inside, there is a gym for students to work out in and during games we have one of the best student sections in the country in the Oakland Zoo. Football games is on the other side of Pittsburgh at Heinz Field so many students don't go/leave early because its a burden for students to leave campus to go to a four hour game. The Fitzgerald Field House is where our nationally ranked wrestling team competes and many people go to that. Also, Trees Hall, where the swimming pool is located, has a gym, racquetball courts and dance studios. Other gyms are locate on campus that promote physical activity. Intramural sports are played by many people but they are often forgotten by those who don't participate in them.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Located in a part of Pittsburgh specifically designed for different colleges to be, you will meet different people from the nearby schools often. As a Pitt student, you can ride the buses and go to museums for free! There are stores along fifth for anything you need. Even so, due to the fact that its located in a city, Pitt does not offer too many parks on campus to play games at. There is Schenley Park but it is a bit of a hike to get to. The parking also is very limited and expensive since it is in a city. There are also expensive and non-expensive places to eat from McDonalds to Joe Mama's, an expensive Italian place. With regards to the professional sports teams, the Penguins offer student rush tickets to any college/high school discounted tix before the game. The Pirates can be relatively cheap, depending on the game you want to go to, but Steelers games are relatively hard depending on how good the team is.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: People party different days of the week, depending upon how they feel. Also, those who are at least 21 can do an "Oakland bar crawl," which is when people go from one bar to another along Forbes Ave. If you feel unsafe going home, you can go use SafeRider, which is a transportation service to take you home. Also, for those under 21, you can go to off-campus parties or frat houses to drink alcohol if you want to.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: No one really judges other religions or ethnicity's because each one has their own type of organizations to be with one another. I am involved with a Christian ministry and my Indian friend is a member of an Indian dance team. Other sorts of clubs like this exist at the convenience of anyone.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Since I am a freshman, I don't know too much about the off-campus process of applying for housing. From what I have seen/understand, Panther Central, the school's information services, has a list of places of campus to apply for. The proximity to campus is almost going to be about a fifteen minute walk from where ever you live. If you live in North Oakland, you can take a bus to campus, but south Oakland you must walk. Both have police patrolling them during the week and on the weekends, but the sidewalks in the winter in South Oakland are extremely dangerous since it is the responsibility of the tenants to take care of it. Also, you can live in apartment or house of some sort that can be nice or not, depending upon your choice.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The strictness at Pitt is relatively average in terms of visitation and doing things like protests. You are allowed people to stay 6 nights in your dorm each month which I think is pretty good because that's almost every weekend each month. One protest the school currently has is the non-use of plastic bags in the market-to-go, which is like a 7-11 to get food. The school allowed this protest so I don't think they are too tough on those sorts of things. With that said, Pitt is very strict about drugs and alcohol in the dorms. If caught with any sort of drugs/alcohol, you are immediately taken into custody. I have seen police in the dorms at different points throughout the semester, so they take this very seriously.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in Pittsburgh is very bi-polar. One day it wil be freezing and the next it will be warm. You never know what to expect from the weather and it sucks to walk across campus blasted with cold wind. With all of this said though, no place is perfect and you must learn to adapt and learn.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The places are all similar

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Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is certainly convenient, but the more convenient the less quality

2 College Freshman

Weather: The winter weather can be brutal and walking to early classes is not fun in the winter

4 College Freshman

Majors: I do like the physical therapy program at Pitt, however, I do feel they could offer more options in majors involving sports management and education

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: I love the sports at Pitt and so do the other students

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors challenge you to think outside the box and don't just settle for one answer, while still helping you along the way

5 College Freshman

Local Area: I love the Oakland and Pittsburgh area. There is always plenty to do

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: While drugs are visible and not necessarily enforced, I don't feel there is pressure to use these drugs

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: For being an out of state student I thought that the financial aid I received was sufficient and met my expectations

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Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus. I believe that there is a police presence and appropriate safety precautions on campus

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: We have great diversity here! Everyone comes from different places with different backgrounds. It's great getting to know people!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is prominent around campus because of the parties and events they have. People go up the hill for their parties. But if you're non-Greek, it's no big deal. We all get along!

4 College Freshman

Majors: I love being a psychology major! They offer great and diverse classes to fulfill the requirements. I'm hoping to become a doctor or vet.

3 College Freshman

Majors: To be a psychology major you have to take statistics first and be enrolled in another class beforehand. That's kind of annoying, but whatever.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: People talk about football and basketball almost religiously sometimes, it's a big part of our campus! Hail to Pitt!

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3 College Freshman

Administration: People aren't very strict about most things, except if your RA or anyone catches you drinking in the dorms.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus and student health is fantastic!

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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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