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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.

College Freshman

Weather: I am from the area around Pittsburgh, so I am familiar with the weather. I'm used to the rapidly changing weather patterns so it has no affect on my campus experience.

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.

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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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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