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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Pittsburgh is a great city to live in. It is the town of Steelers and Penguins. In the city of Pittsburgh, there are many colleges including Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, University of Pittsburgh, Carlow University and more. Because there are plenty of colleges, the students are always interacting with other college students. I have many friends who are not from my school and we spend time by going to Steelers game or Penguins game.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I do enjoy my major and program. I think it is definitely hard program but the professors make it keep interesting. I learn a lot of materials by going to the lectures and talking to the professors. The professors are willing to spend a lot of time with the students so I try to use the time as much as possible.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: In Pittsburgh, most of the places can be reached by taking a bus. For the students at University of Pittsburgh, they do not need to pay the fees for any kind of buses because all the fees are included in the tuition. Buses are always helpful for the students who are living off-campus. Thankfully, the buses are a reliable source to get around the city. My school also provides its own bus system. This system takes to North Oakland, South Oakland and Oakland area. It is another reliable source to get around the city.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: My major is microbiology. My school, University of Pittsburgh, is well known for biology department and medical department. Because of the strong fame, my school offers a great and hard education for the students who are willing to study in the biological or medical fields. The education is definitely hard but the professors are always willing to help the students.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors and teaching-assistants are always willing to help the students who need help understanding the materials. My school provides a plenty of study sessions so the students who need help can always stop by and learn the materials that they have trouble with. My school is focused on multiple areas but the popular fields are biology, engineering, philosophy and business. Because of the popularity, my school has great professors in those kind of fields.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not in the Greek life but most of my friends are in the Greek life. They are not the stereotypes of the fraternity people. They are respectful, funny, kind and nice. Also, the University of Pittsburgh manages the Greek life well enough that most of the people who are in Greek life has to meet certain GPAs. Moreover, the people in Greek life makes multiple events to help the community.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have seen some students drinking and using drugs but this scene is quiet unusual. Because the University of Pittsburgh is educationally focused institute, most of the college students spend their time spending. Also, most of the students are not interested in drinking or using drugs to enjoy their free time. My friends and I always have great time by watching movies, going out to the restaurants and camping without drinking or using drugs.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my school, University of Pittsburgh. First thing I love about my school is that it is in the city of Pittsburgh. Most of the universities are far away from the big cities. However, my school is built in the city. Second of all, my school is full of great people. I have not met anyone who is mean or disrespectful in my school yet. Most of the person I have met are kind, helpful and loving. Third of all, my school provides a great education. The professors and teacher-assistants are extremely passionate of teaching and always willing to help the students. This is why I love my school.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking has never been an issue for me since I do not own a car in Pittsburgh. However, I heard many problems about the parking. Usually, the students do not have a hard time to find the parking spot but the price of parking is outrageously expensive. I believe the price should be fixed for the poor college students.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: At the University of Pittsburgh, the computer labs are great. The university provides a plenty of computer labs for the students who need the computers. Also, the school provides a plenty of quota limits that most of the student don't get to use all of them. Speed is the only problem that most of the students have problem with. Especially in the Cathedral of Learning and Hillman library, there is an essential need to fix the internet speed. It is usually very slow so I believe it needs to get repaired.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Despite the cons, I love Pitt.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: We live in the city. Parking sucks. But the buses are free for us.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: I love the sports teams, and everything is very accessible.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Variety of facilities! Great programs and a lot to learn and do.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: A lot of people participate.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The amount of strictness for visitation in dorms is ridiculous and a lengthy process.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Peer pressure is low. Friday and Saturdays, you can often see parties and drunk students, but the school is starting to crack down on the blatant visability.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: My program is challenging, one of the best in the country.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There is so much variety, and most of the professors are very helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Definitely need your own computer....watch the printing quota, it can be eaten up fast.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Parking's not great because we're in the city (same with safety), but great for students.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I had no problem getting into our program, but I know several students who did. The essay is what I think got me admitted....I wasn't very medically-based in high school other than what I expressed in my essay. GPA in HS is also important too. (And volunteering!)

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Unless you are the valedictorian or 2nd in your senior HS class, you most likely won't get a scholarship, even if you are a legacy, etc. I received no scholarships from Pitt's Financial aid office even though my EFC was very very low and I was very high in my HS class with a good GPA.

The School of Nursing, however, does arrange to get money for students through scholarship funding...it's just hard to get and very little despite the immense need some students show.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football is overrated. Other sports are underrated. Hard to find athletic classes/clubs that aren't expensive or untimely.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The doors in my dorm don't lock properly half the time. Security getting into the building is lax, but still seems to take 5-10 minutes to sign someone in. RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE for very little amenities.

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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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