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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: For the average, middle-class family, finding financial aid and applicable scholarships is extremely difficult. Pitt does not give out a lot of scholarships.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: The is no need for a car because Pitt students have free access to all public transportation in the city of Pittsburgh. City buses that go straight to the airport have stops right through campus. It's really easy to navigate the city because of the ease of the buses, and it is free!

4 College Freshman

Academics: Being an engineer at Pitt is not easy. The workload is fairly large, but the rewards in the end will be worth it. All of the facilities are really nice and updated. There are also lots of opportunities for internships, co-ops, and jobs.

4 College Freshman

Academics: For the most part, the professors are really nice and understanding. A lot of engineers chose to study in the library in Benedum, the engineering building. Most other majors will study in Hillman, the main library.

4 College Freshman

Technology: It is necessary to bring a computer to college. I only used my computer during one of my classes, but it was a computer programming class. It is necessary to complete homework and other assignments because most of them are submitted online. It is not necessary to bring a printer because they are nestled all over campus and it is nearly impossible to use all of your print quota (900 units). There is wireless access everywhere on campus, but sometimes it can be slow. To avoid any wireless problems, each student is given a long ethernet cord, so connecting to the internet is not a problem. Pitt provides students with free Microsoft office, updates for both Windows and Macs, and many other software programs that may be necessary.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Being in the city, there are restaurants everywhere for every occasion! There are fancy, more expensive ones for special occasions and cheaper, causal ones for any other day. Most all of them are open late and some even offer late night half-price specials. On the weekends, you will be able to get a large cheese pizza for five dollars. Razzy Fresh is a frozen yogurt shop, and it is very delicious and very reasonable. Fuel and Fuddle is one of my favorite restaurants on campus, and it is also inexpensive and offers late-night half price specials.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There is really no need for a car on campus because as a student, you receive free access to all city public transportation. Anytime I want to go somewhere, my friends and I just take one of the many available buses. It is very difficult to find a parking spot for anyone in the city, but it is not impossible as long as you don't mind parallel parking! There is street parking available throughout most of campus, but finding a spot may be difficult. Also, the police officers are really good at enforcing parking laws.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The Panther Pit is the student section for the football games, and if the weather is nice, they'll be there for most of the game. The Oakland Zoo is the student section for the basketball games and it is one of the best student sections in the country!

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's really nice because as a freshman, you are guaranteed housing for three years. I would suggest living in a learning community, and if you're a freshman engineer, live in Forbes! Forbes Hall is home to the freshman engineer learning community, and the rooms are huge and have semi-private bathrooms. It also has kitchenettes with white boards and an entire floor for a lounge, complete with a study area, a tv, a workout room, a pool table, and an outdoor patio.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I don't really think it's very strict, but if you break a rule involving alcohol or drugs, the consequences are usually derived from state law, not school rules.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Originally, I didn't want to live in the city, but I absolutely love it! The only downside to city-living is that it can be a little dirty and smelly.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The residence hall I am in as a freshman is a nice way to get acclimated to the campus and to college life.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you don't go out and party, it can be pretty difficult to find your niche and a group of friends.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Like any other campus, there will be partying and drinking. It seems very excess here with little repercussions.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school is very diverse. The city offers a lot to the students. If I had to choose again, I might choose differently. Sometimes this school can be very overwhelming with everything, and there is not quiet on campus at all.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are students from all over the world and the country. There is a lot of diversity in the 20 thousand+ students that go here.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The variety of food on campus is unbelievable! It's delicious, but nothing beats a good home cooked meal by mom.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: There is always something to do in the city of Pittsburgh. There are big league teams and other colleges close by. This city offers a lot for young adults to enjoy.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone at my school seems to be into their own thing. The guys and girls are good-looking.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Along with having multiple eateries on campus, there are many off campus within walking distance. There is many different types of food, at a low cost, because there are so many different kinds of people at my school.

1 College Freshman

Parking: The cost for a parking pass is outrageous so I did not purchase one. The cost to park on the streets or in a parking garage is also very expensive. The streets of Pittsburgh are very busy, so it can be very difficult to find spots close to where you are going.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I applied and was accepted to an internship sophomore year, but haven't started it yet. It was a relatively smooth process but we shall see just how well it goes. My only concern is it is difficult for me to find internships unless I go through a large organization.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: The business school has a complicated application process and I have not yet completed it, but I do enjoy the classes. Some professors are very difficult to learn from, but I have not had an extreme amount of experience to base my decision off of.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is really only known for parties at Pitt. Most students ignore it for any other reason. However, Greeks are also known for sponsoring many campus events and they don't form super tight social circles so non-greeks and greeks do get along well. Greek housing is usually just normal housing as the houses aren't overly large, but the Fraternities and Sororities do have their own living communities as an option, and some tend to move to off-campus locations.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pitt is extremely diverse in religion, race, and sexuality, but there tend to be many upper middle to high class students in terms of economic status. As a more economically challenged student, I sometimes find it difficult to associate with other students simply because I cannot afford a lot of the things they wish to do in Pittsburgh, however it is relatively easy to make ends meet and people have no problem doing pretty much anything no matter what the cost.

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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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