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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: At its heart, Pitt can be a party school. Many parties occur for the first half of the semester, and thanks to Pitt's transportation policies, it is easy to get almost anywhere. The bar scene is common thanks to the proximity to Pittsburgh's prime nightlife area East Carson Street. After midterms, parties tend to slow down and become much more about social circles than actual nightlife.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: The wireless at Pitt is great and readily available, however the network fails a lot thanks to the amount of students that use it. Many labs are available for student use, but depending on which lab you go to or the approaching deadlines of midterms or finals the accessibility can be difficult. Printing on campus is great thanks to the network, but if you have many writing intensive courses you will quickly go over your page limit, especially with classes that do not allow electronic copies of the notes they post online.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug usage is somewhat visible, but the campus police are very strict about its use and the university has a near zero tolerance policy for most drug use. Alcohol isn't treated as strictly, and many parties occur on campus, but in the ones I have attended, if I choose not to drink people do not ostracize. Most people are understanding if you choose not to partake, and the ones who aren't really don't appear much. Enforcement by the campus police is only really rude and strict whenever someone is clearly way too over the edge or gets belligerent.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It might just be my situation, but I found financial aid incredibly difficult to deal with at Pitt. While I quickly received my financial aid that was necessary, I recently ran into financial troubles and financial aid is difficult t change to my new needs.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Many events are held all over campus, and the student life planners almost always have some event going on that students can attend. Clubs are top notch and have very high participation rates, and the athletic centers have plenty of equipment for use at all levels of fitness. The Hillman Library is an amazing library for study and research, and also features a tech center, a digital media resource, and also has a sharing system with the nearby Carnegie Library of Carnegie Mellon University.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Campus life and facilities are amazing at Pitt. Students get along, there are few problems, and the facilities are all very clean, and beautiful buildings are all over campus. The technology is top of the line for most, if not all programs, and any research program is well funded.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Pitt offers free public transit by bus to students, so anything we want to reach is doable. Also, during breaks Pitt offers distance bussing at a low rate to get home, and also most students will happily help promote ridesharing. Cars are only necessary for long distance commuters or people who want to live of campus since parking rates are far cheaper for them and they have a little more freedom to move about the city.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Overall, the campus just follows the law. No underage drinking, no drugs, etc. However, they do not just randomly arrest students from parties or anything of the like and will usually be understanding if the rules are broken so long as you are respectful. However, any belligerent actions are treated as they should be, with stricter punishment, and all drug charges are extremely serious and can lead to expulsion.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: parking on or off campus is ridiculously expensive at the University of Pittsburgh, and off-campus parking is extremely difficult thanks to actually being in the heart of the city.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Pittsburgh has moderate climate and the weather is a bit dreary.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It is smack dab in the middle of the city, how could we not have the best food and options?

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I have never actually lived in the housing, but all of my friends have and said it is amazing except for one dorm that does not have air conditioning.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There is such a variety of people on campus. I have never seen so many beautiful people or exotic interest. I was so amazed when I realized people from the same state would sound different than I did

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4 College Junior

Majors: I had to have an internship that dealt with women, as well as with psychology and Pitt helped me with that

5 College Junior

Majors: Pitt will get a student directly into the program they want into

4 College Junior

Athletics: Pitt has a lot of school spirit and pride. Everybody supports the teams, even if they aren't into that sport.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: I think my actual problem was through my parents and tax forms, not necessarily for the school. I would give anyone the advice to make sure you get to know the people from the financial aid office

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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.

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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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