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Reviews 3075 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is very convenient to all other academic buildings as well as the shops on both Forbes and Fifth. I loved living on campus so much for freshman year that I decided to live on campus again my sophomore year. It's great because you're also so close to everyone else, no matter where they are living on campus too.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus living is great, especially for the people who do not prefer living on campus.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I do not attend parties at school. From what I heard, they are good.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The amount of off-campus dining is great. Not only are there great dining options close by, but it is only a quick drip into downtown Pittsburgh, where there is incredible restaurants.

5 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is wonderful and maintains strictness where it is needed. They let us have a fun and free college experience, while keeping it safe.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process went really smoothly. The easiest way to get financial aid is through FASFA and grants.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining halls are pretty good and give a variety at times. The best places are where you use dining dollars. The Union, the Pete, and Cathedral Cafe have the best food on campus and are incredible.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus at Pitt is incredible. It has a wonderful social component that you only get by living among other students. The prices are fair, it is really close to the class buildings, and the process is fair and easy. I honestly would live on campus all four of my years if it were possible.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most places are solid and not too pricey

3 College Freshman

Administration: It's about what I'd expect

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's hard to get because of all the paperwork

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Market/Perch varies from very good to awful daily

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some buildings are awful but the newer ones are nice

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Heard that it is worth the price you have to pay. But then you have to take the taking the bus into you early morning schedule

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You can find almost all big cuisines here (asian, american, european...) but the choices are limited and the quality is usually bad.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: While house party are pretty lame and dorm noise code is very strict, there are a lot of bars near the scool.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: I don't think anything is affecting the student's life

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: International students do not qualify for any kind of aids or scholarship

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The chef takes students order, so if you want something, email him and her might put that on the menu. But the tastiness is not guaranteed though.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live in Tower C and the single room felt like a prison cell at first. As you get used to it, it's not bad anyways, but the amenities provided here is awful, no microwave for common use, therefore no kitchen of any sort, and the blanket they provided was thin as a paper. It did not live up to the price that students have to pay, but it is very close to everything else.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have yet to live off campus, but it's okay from what I hear. If you can get it.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of options on Forbes and Fifth, but it gets old really quickly. It's better to get housing with a kitchen and cook for yourself.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't go much, but when I do it is fun. Going to parties in dorms is a terrible idea. You will probably get yelled at by an RA for noise violation at the very least.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Signing people in and out and the visitor policy is a huge hassle. I have friends in classes that I can only meet to work with late due to conflicting schedules, and I can't just have them as "overnight guests" all the time. It makes collaborating with them very challenging.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got 2200 on my SAT and was still not eligible for aid. That's stupid.


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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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