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3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: accessable, if you didn't have a laptop you could probably get by with a thumb drive. There's internet pretty much everywhere on campus, and there is wireless printing, where you can set up your personal laptop to send documents to your account and then print at any printer simply by swiping your student ID.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: There's plenty of campus dining. In the middle of the campus is the main food area, you can get in by number of swipes, or cash, or meal plan dollars. You can also swipe other people in, which is nice. Once you're in there is a pretty good variety of things to get, included places that specialize in vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free meals. Right outside the food area, there is also a convient store/little grocery place that you can use your meal plan dollars to get necessities

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants in Oakland along Forbes Blvd. are both affordable and right on campus. There is also a huge variety of food styles, coffee shops, and convenient stores, even bars for those who are of age. Anything more pricey or "finer dining" if you want a nice evening out with great food is just a short bus ride away, which is free for students.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: A lot of charitable activities and parties

4 College Senior

Party Scene: Great city lots of clubs

4 College Senior

Local Area: Great town and lots to do

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3 College Freshman

Administration: There have been a few horror stories of people having conflicts with the police and getting written up, but they were always stupidly at fault. As long as you don't make a huge mess of yourself or something else, the police won't say anything. If you're at a party and it gets busted, be respectful of the police, they're just doing their jobs, and there's probably something else going on anyway. In your dorms, be smart and cautious. If you have something you shouldn't have, don't advertise/brag and keep it really hidden. Some RAs are stricter than others.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: The majors are very diverse and the advisors are very helpful in helping you decide and learn about what is offered. The majors and minors expo is a great way to explore what Pitt has to offer. The career services here are really nice.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't huge on campus, it's mostly there for parties. But the service sororities and fraternities are really nice and can be helpful around campus, doing good things. Whether or not you're involved in Greek life doesn't make too much of a difference. It's good if you are and if you aren't.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: The University has a very diverse student body, but relatively equal ratio of boys and girls. This has statistically shown successful in having equal numbers of boy and girls in a particular setting. Many organizations on campus allow male and females, as well as allowing for ample opportunities to mix with other students.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Computers and tech support at the University are very accessible. Tech support is very knowledgeable and will make house calls if need be. Also, there is a lot of software that students do not need to buy because it is free on-campus with a Pitt ID.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The University has a very diverse student population of in-state and out-state students as well as students from different ethnicities, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds. Also, 10% of students are international, so there are many different people to come into contact with.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a wide range of restaurants extremely close in Oakland and if you want to branch out, the surrounding areas like downtown, southside and shady side all have there ranges of food as well.

3 College Junior

Majors: There is a wide range of Majors at Pitt. For me in particular as a Film major i would prefer there be a track for people who were more interested in Production vs critical studies but overall looking at the other majors and hearing friend's experience in their field, the school does a good job. There are also a lot of activities and resources to help supplement and further your education outside of the classroom.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: There is a range of nightlife options for Pitt students. If you're 21 the variety is better but for those that are under 21, there are a small amount of clubs, house parties and frats. The frats can get old quick but the house parties are always a good option !

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The public transportation at Pitt is really good. Students with their Pitt ID can ride the public transportation buses for free as well as take the University Shuttle system. You can get almost anywhere in Pittsburgh using the buses and walking. If you ever feel unsafe at night or are in an area that is off the bus routes, there is a number you can call and a university van will pick you up and bring you back to your dorm or where ever you were going. You can call this number at any time.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms at Pitt, for the most part, aren't the best. While there are some newer buildings, most of the freshman dorms are older and have small rooms. There is a new freshman dorm that is very nice and offers great amenities that are not included in the other dorms, however the rooms are a bit small. Towers is where most of the freshman students live. They tend to have a great social environment and most of the students who live in the Towers really like it; the rooms are small though. Holland Hall is a more spacious option for freshman women. No two rooms in this building are identical because it used to be an old apartment complex but some of the rooms are very large (for a dorm room). There is no air conditioning, but after the first few weeks, it cools down enough so air conditioning isn't really needed. Holland is an all-girls dorm. Most of the upper class dorms are suite style accommodations and there are various on-campus apartments available. Most of the dorms are within a 10 minute walk from almost every academic building. The best place to be is near Towers or in the quad (basically lower campus) because that is where everything is happening on campus. The dorms on Upper Campus tend to be nicer but they are on the top of a huge hill (nicknamed Cardiac Hill); there are shuttles though to bring you up there if you don't mind waiting a few minutes.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life doesn't dominate the social scene at Pitt. The frats often have parties on the weekends and they are usually pretty welcoming towards the girls. It may be a bit more difficult for guys to get into the frat parties though once the house starts getting full. The sororities are pretty low key and rushing is not too difficult. If you go through the process completely you can almost guarantee yourself a bid for fall rushing. They are very involved on campus raising money for their philanthropies. Less than 10% of the student body is involved in Greek life, so you definitely do not have to go Greek in order to have a social life and there is no separation amongst the students between Greeks and non-Greeks.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are lots of choices on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transition is readily available and free to students.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are plenty of options.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Campus Activities Rock! There's a lot going on at Pitt, especially with all of the clubs, sororities, fraternities, organizations, and teams in the area. My top pick would be the Pitt Arts program--they take groups of students to plays, concerts, museums, and tons of other stuff for free with provided transportation. And they even feed us dinner or have a post-talk with dessert at almost all the events! I've been to operas, plays, ballets, concerts, museums, botanical gardens, you name it with the Pitt Arts program. I never would have known about most of them and I definitely wouldn't have been able to afford tickets, transportation, and food for more than a few of them on my own. The program is one of my favorite aspects of Pitt.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Pitt has interesting buildings all over campus, especially the Cathedral of Learning (or as I like to call it, Hogwarts). The dorms are modern and accessible as well. Being near the city is great, since it's a relatively short bus ride to the Cultural District, sporting events, and the like. The Carnegie Art & History Museums and Phipps Conservatory are also right next to campus. I love the variety and accessibility of the attractions around campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus is located in Oakland, which is outside of the city of Pittsburgh. All of the classroom buildings are within a 15 minute walk of each other. There are plenty of on-campus dining options, as well as off campus local places and chain restaurants.

3 College Freshman

Administration: under drinking, drugs and some event will be pretty strict. if you keep simple may not have any problem.

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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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