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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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3 College Freshman

Weather: more snow than my home. but you just wear coat and layer.

3 College Freshman

Parking: if you did win the parking may okay, but if not, will be lots of costs.
limited parking.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: it is warm, safe place. everybody is friendly but under control different event.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I've never tried but others really seem to like it

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Only from the University Honors College . And only 2 levels

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: No matter what you are interested in academically and/ or socially, you can do it at the University of Pittsburgh. Because it is a medium to large research institution, professors and students all appreciate creativity and flexibility.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: The University of Pittsburgh is a perfect balance between urban life and small tranquility. There is shopping, eating, cultural attractions in addition to parks, hiking trails, and outdoor recreation activities. It is very hard to be bored because there are always friends to meet, places to see, and things to do on AND around our campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The University is constantly upgrading facilities to give students what they want and need.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Springs and Falls are always very pleasant. Summer can be brutal because of the rain and humidity, and winter is bitter more times than not. The University does do a lot to keep campus looking beautiful though.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Holland Hall is the best! It has the most spacious dorms on campus- I have a walk-in closet! Not to mention the fact that everything is a lot cleaner when guys aren't around (especially the bathrooms). The RAs are really awesome and genuinely care about everyone being involved and enjoying their college experience. Initially, I wasn't very excited when I found out that I was put in Holland, but it turned out to be the best thing ever. Don't be fooled, there are tons of benefits to living here.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: The campus shuttle comes frequently and has many routes around the surrounding Oakland neighborhoods. With a Pitt ID you can use the public transportation free of additional charge

4 College Senior

Administration: Not Too Harsh – The Pitt Police are definitely there for the students and looking out for their best interests. The Resident Directors are pretty understanding when it comes to noise violations and drinking in the dorms. If you give them a consistent story that's not outrageous you'll most likely get out of a fine.

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2 College Senior

Scholarships: There are almost no academic scholarships available if you are not an outstanding athlete. It is difficult to receive aid if your family makes a decent living

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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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