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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not bad. Get more dining dollars than swipes! Trust me

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: It depends what you're looking for. Pitt hasn't been great with football in a while, and while we often are expected to do well for basketball in the NCAA, it hasn't panned out that way. I would say they are fairly big, but not the top priority

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: This is a difficult question to answer because housing can vary so much. Finding something extremely close to school will probably be a little difficult, especially to get a good deal. However, Pittsburgh is a small city, so even "far" from campus isn't often too bad.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking and partying is very prevalent. If you don't want to participate, it can be hard to find something to do on the weekends. But it is hard to find a college nowadays that isn't that way I guess...

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I would say this might be one of the downsides. Luckily, almost everything within the campus is in walking distance. However, Pittsburgh does not really have a subway system or taxis. The bus system is pretty good, but that's about it.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: What a wonderful school! It has a great reputation, especially in a lot of the health sciences. There are enough people that you will find your niche, but not so many that you feel lost. Plus, you can't beat Pittsburgh

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: This is great! There are so many restaurants within walking distance of the campus--and if you are willing to drive or take the bus further into town, there are endless options. You'll be able to find what type of food you want at what price you want to pay.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a decent amount of diversity on campus, and given how close it is to CMU, there is even more diversity. I would definitely say that most minorities are represented in the school population.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: I love Pittsburgh. It is awesome how it feels like a small town even though it's a city. There are a decent number of parks available, albeit small. And you can't complain about the sporting events--there are college sports and all the Pittsburgh teams!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: At my previous school, the dining was quite poor. Almost like a rec hall. So in comparison, everything here seems like a restaurant level dining, so I'm always impressed! Of course given my frame of reference, this may not speak for everyone

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Very good. Their different buses and public transit that'll take you wherever you need to go.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone is pretty regular here.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The police is everywhere, usually there is a bar that doesn't card, that doesn't seem to be the case in Pittsburgh. If you want to drink having a friend 21+ is a must, or going to a party, but those usually get busted.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: This school is diverse if you're white! The lack of diversity among the student body has prompted various ethnic clubs such as the Korean Student Association, Black Action, Filipino Student Association, and etc. If you're used to seeing a variety of people then this school may not be for you. My high school has about 40% white and everyone else was a minority which was perfect for me, here its 80%. So far I haven't experienced any outward racism but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. As a person of color one of the reasons I was hesitant to attend this school is the lack of diversity, the latino population is practically nonexistent, and the black students are only 6%. Students of color here aren't as vocal as their white counterparts which may be because they just don't feel comfortable expressing themselves comfortably. I think what really helped me was meeting people like my self not just my race that grew up in diverse communities.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus can be a little annoying and even confusing, but hey its free. I must say that if we didn't have free transportation I would never go anywhere, but since we do its so easy to hop on the bus to get where you're going.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Theres a lot of options on Forbes and 5th, the only problem is that you have to spend actual cash. But you can never say you're sick of eating the same thing because its just not possible, there is so many places to eat from 5 guys to Indian Palace to McDonalds.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I personally do not have a big social life, but I see a lot of girls going out and having a good time. I would have to say that this school does have a lot of cliques and if you're in the right clique then you will have a good nightlife.

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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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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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