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5 College Junior

Campus Food: Pitt offers almost any ethnic foods and if someone has a request, they make sure they get it. I think it is because it is in the middle of the city and that gives the university plenty of options.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug safety is great here, the only thing that the cops let slip ever is alcohol... I guess they figure it is a college and there is no way of stopping it.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love my school, the only reason why I question if I would do it again is because I cannot afford the tuition since it keeps going up.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I say okay, because I don't really participate that much, I mean I go out from time to time, but not even every week. The university does offer a shuttle and a safe ride for students who are drinking so that they don't drive. The parties are usually great and for the most part safe. Everybody has fun, but looks out for one another. Bars are great because it is a city, there are tons of bars

3 College Junior

Administration: Alcohol and drugs are definitely not allowed in the dorms so that is pretty strict, underage drinking isn't really a problem if it is outside of the dorms, unless there is a huge party or someone is getting sick or unconscious. Parking is strict because the campus is located in the middle of a city

4 College Junior

Transportation: I usually only have to take the bus, which is great because my tuition actually covers the bus fair. I have to pay nothing and just swipe my student ID to get from one end of the city, to the next

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I say it is great because I have multiple friends who participate in Greek life and they love it so much. I personally am not involved in it, mostly because I cannot afford to pledge.

3 College Junior

Weather: The summer is way too hot since it is in the city and the greenhouse effect takes place. Winter is great because the roads don't get bad like my hometown.

1 College Junior

Parking: Don't bring a car if you don't have to. There is a decent amount of on street parking, but it gets taken pretty quickly. Parking garages are another choice, but they can get kinda pricey and can be a little out of the way. Overall, parking is either difficult to find or expensive.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty typical dorms, although there was a brand new freshman housing building finished this past summer and I've heard it is really nice on the inside. Otherwise I wouldn't sweat which dorm is better than which, they are all conveniently located on campus.

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5 College Junior

Academics: The neuroscience program is fantastic! The professors are amazing, friendly, and crazy intelligent. I always feel engaged and interested in the material :). Research is also an important part of a neuro major's academic experience. There are TONS of different labs to get involved in, and it usually just takes a few emails to get involved in one. Pitt is a great place for pre med kiddos not only because of the rigor of science courses, but also the easy access to hospitals. There are top hospitals literally on campus. You can't beat that.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Professors are awesome and fantastically educated. Even in a big school setting like Pitt, one can still get to know the professors on a personal level with a little bit of effort. There are lots of study abroad options; Pitt has tons of great connections.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is free for Pitt students! I personally love it (some people complain, but it's super convenient if you're not a princess). The buses are reliable and go all over the city, and then you can take the train (for free too) into the south hills of Pittsburgh. There are also parking spaces all over for zip cars and taxis are decently easy to get a hold of.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: The dining hall gets pretty boring after a semester, but overall it's decent food. There is also a cafeish eating place where students use Dining Dollars to buy better food- including Chick-fil-a. The redeeming quality of a meal plan is that it can also be used at all the "Starbucks" scattered across campus and also Einstein Bagels in a couple buildings.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I've never had any issues with safety or health. Some things get stolen in dorms/library, but you just have to take care of your stuff and keep an eye on it and that won't happen. Just be smart. Don't be out super late at night alone and in dark alleys. However, if you do find yourself alone in a dark alley, you can always call SafeRider (free campus safety pickup service) and they will take you home to safety.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I transferred to Pitt as a junior from Allegheny College and thank goodness I did! The neuroscience program at Pitt is amazing and the research being done at Pitt is unbelievable. Better environment, education, and people!! I wish I would have transferred earlier.

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3 College Junior

Administration: Overall the dorms are pretty laid back as long as you're smart about what you are doing. One thing about the dorms is that you have to sign guests in and out, which can be a burden sometimes.

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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Pitt is a surprisingly fashionable campus! Style is very diverse in campus; I love it. Even the guys put effort into what they wear, which is nice to see for a change. Overall Pitt guys are a good looking bunch!

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is seriously its own thing. Most of the people involved in it only know people in the greek life bubble. Sorority girls are pretty typical.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: I personally haven't been to many games, but when I go they are fun!! More regular attendees love the games.

4 College Junior

Technology: Tons of computer labs and printers in almost every building. The printers are super useful because you can send a document from a computer and scan your card at any campus printer and BAM...document printed.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: If you don't look for it then you won't see it! Some people are involved, but most are not. There are PLENTY of other things to do!

3 College Junior

Weather: It's Pittsburgh weather, so make sure you have rain boots and a good jacket! It could be snowy one minute and sunshine the next, so be prepared for anything!

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Plenty of shopping and restaurants all around campus. The location right in the middle of the city is perfect, and there is always something going on. The school uses buses to take students to football games.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Overall, the on-campus atmosphere is fantastic! The dorms are kept clean and secure. It is a very social environment with a lot of events going on. It is also a very beautiful campus with interesting buildings and rooms.

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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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