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Reviews 3527 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not really my thing but it looks fun and like people involved make a lot of friends.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I enjoy going to the games but so much academic preference is given to the athletes and that isn't the reason they chose Pitt. They chose Pitt to play division 1 sports -- not necessarily for their education.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Pitt. But I do feel that it is overpriced for the quality of the education that I receive and the quality of life on campus.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The University of Pittsburgh is not only in, what I consider, a great location, but is constantly bustling with passionate professors and intelligent conversation. The amount of research that goes on at Pitt is only second to the access undergraduates have to participate in the very same labs. This is something that I really appreciate.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: PITT police are always around as well as Pittsburgh police. When you call they are there in a reasonable time and are always ready and willing, They make sure all of us are safe. There aren't many crimes or violence on campus.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: CLASS IS HARD! especially coming from a small high school and not learning much. Active learning is so important and studying everyday and taking smart notes will really help. This is a research school so the science and engineering courses are great!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I want to become a doctor so graduating from PITT pursuing pre-med looks great! I will be really prepared for the MCAT's and hopefully do big things.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived in Towers so it was pretty old. They could work on the cleanliness and time they take to clean. I am living in Ruskin Hall which is apartment style so we are responsible for the cleaning which I think I will like much better.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There aren't many black sororities and fraternities but there are a bunch of average college sororities and fraternities. If greek life is something that you want your college experience to revolve around, PITT is not the biggest on them. If you aren't apart of greek life, no one will treat you any differently.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I absolutely love the athletics here at PITT, especially the basketball and football teams.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far, I love Pitt. The environment is great and there are several opportunities and chances for everyone to do research and it really sets you up for success. The advisors are very helpful and supportive and there is a variety of courses to choose from to really explore and figure out your interests and what you want to do for the rest of your life. Diversity is something Pitt really does need to work on.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The neighborhood of South Oakland, which is where many students move off campus, is generally unsafe. A lot of my friends have been robbed there. However, if you are walking home alone in South Oakland at night, you can call a SafeRider, which is a free resource for all students that will take you anywhere on campus from 7 pm until 5 am.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love how passionate and smart all of my professors have been so far. Most of the courses are also interesting.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is a great program called Internship Guarantee which definitely hooks you up with an internship as long as you complete a set of workshops.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived in Bruce Hall my frshman year and I had my own bathroom, living room, and a kitchen. Best experience ever. However, Bruce lacked in the social aspect.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek housing is available for both fraternities and sororities; however, only fraternities are allowed to have houses. Sororities are housed in a suite due to an outdated law in Pennsylvania which prohibits more than 10 girls living in one house because then it would be considered a brothel. Very sexist, I know.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: There is so much school spirit at Pitt. From the Oakland Zoo to tailgaiting before football games, fan support is huge.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the campus because of its combination of the city and a college atmosphere. I also love all the academic facilities and the professors.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics at my school are great and draw a lot of student support. This is especially true for basketball and football. Sporting events are great way for students to show our Pitt pride.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pitt is amazing because of the sense of community!

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Pitt offers a lot of busses and things, but once you get off campus into south oakland, it can be a little scary

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Definitely getting my money's worth! This school is teaching me a lot and making me a better student

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: It depends which building you live in. Nordenburg and Bouquet are nice

4 College Junior

Athletics: I wish people had a little more school spirit

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are so many opportunities here for any major


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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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