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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.

5 College Junior

Academics: As a biological science major, the department has given me so many opportunities to achieve. Pitt is a leading university in research, and there are so many undergraduate research opportunities here. The workload and courses are tough, but I've had good professors who are dedicated to their students. Pitt does a great job giving students research/internship/volunteering opportunities.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: In the city environment, there has been crime. I much prefer to walk in a group or with someone, however, I still manage when I am by myself. There has been multiple cases of theft on campus, as well as sexual assaults/rape.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol can be an aspect of school at Pitt, but they don't have to be. I know many people who choose to do neither and have great social lives. It is also not a huge aspect of life on campus, besides the weekends. Aside from that, most students are very responsible.

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3 College Junior

Administration: The worst is the visitation policies in dorms. You need to swipe/sign everyone in and out, which takes a while and can be a pain when it's a night out on weekends. You also have a limited amount of overnight guests per semester and a limit on the number of guests you can sign in at a time. It's a big hassle and takes a while.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Pitt has great bus transportation, and the best part is that it is free. This is convenient for going anywhere in the Pittsburgh area, or even catching a bus ride to class when you're running late. This also makes off-campus activities, such as volunteering, easy.

5 College Junior

Local Area: Oakland is just a short bus ride from anywhere you could want to go in the Pittsburgh area. Pitt provides free bus transportation, which is great. There is always something to do downtown, in the Southside, Shadyside, or on nearby campuses, such as Duquesne University or CMU. I wouldn't trade the city atmosphere for anything.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing dorms are overpriced for what you actually get. Many dorm buildings don't have air conditioning. All dorm buildings are very close to main campus.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: People of all backgrounds attend the university. Overall, I think the students are welcoming of all people, despite few individual prejudices.

3 College Junior

Technology: The availability of computer labs on campus is great. However, the wireless internet used in places such as the library and other populated study areas is very poor.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Football and basketball performances have been subpar, however, the students are still very supportive of all athletic teams. The Peterson Events Center is an amazing athletic facility with a great gym.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Most are accepting and open

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: Not too great, but not awful

3 College Junior

Weather: Grey and snowy during the winter

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Free public bus transportation with id card

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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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