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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I have no involvement in it. The housing is poor, however, and not a big focus is on it. Mostly the dinner's and events are the biggest deals and I hear people talking about Greek life almost constantly so it has a large role on campus.

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: I do not interact with them, and when I do, they seem like the worst. However, they do seem to enjoy what they do and on gam day, most people can be seen repping my school and carrying around a very suspicious bottle of Gatorade.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school does not have great comradery or a sense of one-ness. The campus is mixed into the expanding city and everyone is either disrespectful to the people around them or just plain ignorant. The classes and professors within my field of study are amazing and I have felt as though this is the right school for me based solely on academics and not on my withering social life.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The on- campus housing is close or on campus and are nice. The only problem is that it's massively overpriced.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's nothing special. The majority of frats are being kicked off though.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is no school spirit at Pitt. It's likely because our school is mediocre at sports.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pitt was not my #1 choice school and as a result I've had a mixed experience. On one hand my professors for the most part are great and I've learned a lot. The free public bus systems with the student ID cards allows me to travel throughout the city and experience things such as Pirates games. And with being in a large major city allows plenty of opportunities career wise. However on the downside the majority of students are arrogant, liberal,ugly,and mean. I find it hard to make friends as the majority of people think they are better than me because I speak a certain way and am religious. Also, Pitt probably has the least school spirit of any major school. All the students leave football games after the 3rd quarter and basketball games are overrated. Overall Pitt's a great school and if you want a great education than go here. However the social aspects are less than subpar and are filled with ugly, mean people.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek Life is there if you want it. It's not hard to get into one, but you should choose an organization that fits you. They throw good parties and are active on campus activity.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Pitt put a lot of focus on developing its athletic programs and intramural and club sports. We have great college sports teams in the country.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: University of Pittsburgh is overall a great school for you if you like to go to a college with a challenging academic curriculum and rigorous education whilst have fun learning. The sports culture at the college and in the city of pittsburgh is deep and influential. There are numerous student organizations and clubs catering to all your interests as well as intercollegiate sports. All in all, University of Pittsburgh is a balanced school in terms of academic and social atmosphere. Student body is diverse and intelligent. The current ranking of the school is definitely an understatement of what the school is able to offer to its students. Finally, what you get from your college experience in University of Pittsburgh depends on how much efforts you put in.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are few bars/clubs on campus, and most nightlife happens far from campus or in the dorms. Buses are free so transportation is easy.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are good parties during the weekends but you have to be in Greek life to get to great parties on campus.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Being in a city helps make Pitt an extremely diverse campus. Sure, there could be more of everything, but I think that it's diverse compared to some of the other schools I've seen. There are many members of different religions, sexual orientations, and races, and most people are accepting of them.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The workload at my school is extreme. If you do not use time management well, you will feel the heavy effects of stress. It is very challenging and to get A's, it is manageable if you study and read the textbook. There are study areas everywhere on campus, and there are plenty of quiet spaces to find.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I would say that the drug scene at my school is average. Many students use drugs, especially alcohol, and get away with it, but there are some that get in trouble with the law. Peer pressure is not a huge issue unless you are part of Greek life.

4 College Student

Overall Experience: I love the school and want to work hard on staying here. I have had professors I absolutely love and asked a lot of help from, and others who seemed a bit more unapproachable. I love the variety of courses, but getting into some classes can sometimes be a hassle based on when they are offered and how some classes are only offered once all year.

4 College Student

Overall Experience: Pitt has a good name associated with it and this can be a great thing to come out of with a degree. The services offered are diverse and very helpful if utilized properly. All students are welcomed and I think this is important.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: It is the city, there will always be crime, but I have been around the area enough to feel relatively safe. Sometimes, later at night especially, I may get a little nervous, but I handle it fine.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: I personally had a really good dorm last semester. I am currently looking to live off campus and this is a huge struggle right now.

3 College Student

Greek Life: I don't pay too much attention because I have not been interested. There are a lot of good opportunities though.

4 College Student

Athletics: I personally don't attend sporting events as much as some others, but when I do I am very pleased to go and I love the school spirit.

4 College Student

Overall Experience: I love being on campus, the environment is amazing, and there are a lot of resources for any student. The staff and faculty can be hit or miss based on personal learning styles, but the advisors are very supportive and helpful.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some dorms are better than others, as is the case in most colleges. Overall though, housing is pretty nice especially at a school where land is at a premium.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Some frats and sororities do great things for the campus and community while others, unfortunately, have earned a bad reputation for partying and illicit activities. Greek life is not a large part of the Pitt experience with the exception of perhaps bid week.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Pitt has some of the greatest school spirit of all of the schools in PA. There is tons of student involvement at football games and especially basketball games, however some of the other sports do not see as much attention. The athletic facilities are excellent.

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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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