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2 College Student

Local Area: Not a lot of places to shop at and party at specifically on campus. Everything you need is a bus ride away, which is free but still annoying.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: Well the freshman dorms are... freshman dorms. small and not the best. Upperclassmen dorms are really nice

4 College Student

Academics: Its extremely hard but doable.

5 College Student

Technology: Computers are everywhere and wireless is pretty much everywhere that you should need it.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Drugs are available if you want to find them. Most people are druggies. Theres no peer pressure to do drugs in general but I cant speak on in small social groups.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Beautiful in the spring and summer, miserable in the winter.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There is an abundance of off-campus housing, but landlords can be hit or miss. South Oakland is popular among upperclassmen - rent is cheap and apartments are close to campus; however, the quality can be pretty low. North Oakland, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill are further from campus, and can be more expensive, but apartments are higher quality.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Public transportation around the city is free with Pitt ID. There is a public bus that travels to the airport, but be sure to leave VERY early during peak travel times. Buses quickly get crowded with students, and rush hour traffic out of the city can be brutal. Megabus, Greyhound, and Amtrak are all located Downtown and provide convenient transportation to cities such as Philly, Cleveland, DC, and NY.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: There are plenty of computer labs, but having your own laptop is a must. For me, the computer labs were helpful if I needed to access software that I did not have on my laptop, and for printing.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The chemistry major was difficult, but rewarding. Some of the professors truly enjoy teaching, while others are clearly more research-based. Once you get past the big lecture classes (namely, organic), it is easy to get to know your professors. Research opportunities are plentiful if you're interested. Undergrad teaching is also a popular option.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants in Oakland are mostly chain, fast-food places and cheap pizza. However, there are a number of good ethnic food joints and pubs with late-night specials.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Alcohol is very popular, but there is plenty to do that doesn't involve drinking. Marijuana use tends to be confined to certain circles. Personally I have never encountered any other type of drug use - I'm sure it's there but overall there is little pressure.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Pittsburgh is the ultimate college town. Though there is plenty to do on campus, the city offers many additional options. Pitt makes the city very accessible by offering free public transportation for all students. In addition, the PittArts program connects students with the vibrant cultural scene in Pittsburgh, by offering free and reduced price tickets to symphonies, musicals, plays, and museums. Pittsburgh has many neighborhoods, each with unique character. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars to check out. Pirates games are also very popular during baseball season, and PNC Park is gorgeous and very accessible.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is important to those who are a part of it, but they often have difficulty generating campus interest in their events. Overall, it's there for those who want it, but not an essential part of getting involved at Pitt.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Basketball is the most popular varsity sport at Pitt. The student section, called the Oakland Zoo, is known for being one of the most enthusiastic, spirited student sections in the country. Getting tickets can be difficult, especially for the bigger games each season. A "loyalty point" system is used, where students who attend some of the smaller basketball games, as well as women's basketball games and various other sporting events, have preferential access to the more competitive events.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is hard to find but i assume it would be worth it.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I dont go to the gym but the facilities are great.

4 College Freshman

Academics: It is great. that says it all.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I do not use off campus dining at all.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I can do all i need to do here and sneaking stuff is easy if i need to.

2 College Freshman

Weather: It is seriously cold here. Enough said.

5 College Freshman

Technology: Wifi is ridiculously fast and i love it.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a lot of noticeable stuff but i usually do not participate.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: It is expensive, but the public buses are great and so are the shuttles to take me up to my dorm.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I applied for federal aid and did not receive any, but luckily my mom works at a college so that helped a bit.


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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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