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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.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There have been many many drug busts and sexual assaults. Police officers walk in to look at students partying inside the frat houses but will not break the party up half the time. There is no support for students who are assaulted by fraternity brothers or at their parties.

2 College Junior

Diversity: I have met all the black people at my school with about 15000 students and I can count the amount of hispanics I have seen, not met, just seen on one hand. Enough said...

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3 College Junior

Administration: They kill the party vibes every once and a while but if you're smart about your parties and don't drink in the dorms with your door open, you'll be good to go.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: I wish there were more clubs for 18+ but most of the clubs and bars are 21+ and their ragers and close to get to which is nice.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: They should have more scholarships considering they are trying to attract more out of staters

4 College Junior

Transportation: I love that all public transportation is free. I wish campus transportation offered transport to areas that are harder to reach on the city buses.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Pitt recently opened up some new resident halls which are exceptonal, the only reason I only gave this category 4 stars is due to the older buildings with smaller rooms and dated decor.

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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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