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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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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: My major, Applied Developmental Psychology in the School of Education has a built-in internship program during your senior year that gives an excellent opportunity for real-world experience that a lot of undergrad students don't get to have.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: As a freshman most of the options are pretty small rooms, except the new Nordenberg Hall which is state-of-the-art in every aspect. There are music rooms on each floor with recording equipment and sound-proof walls, an open terrace on the 4th floor and a market and student health services on the bottom floors.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Athletic facilities are top-notch. A lot of alumni donate plenty of money and our gym facilities are really nice too. The main dining hall is fairly new and has a lot of choices and is usually pretty clean

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I haven't used this service, but I have heard good things.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of choices around Pitt to eat. Therecarecalso many types of cuisine o choose from.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Varsity sports at the University of Pittsburgh are a big part of campus life, especially during football and basketball season. Unfortunately some of the big sports (football and men's basketball) overshadow the many other varsity sports that athletes participate in on campus.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: Meal plans at Pitt accommodate a variety of eating habits. The food in the dining hall is decent and the kiosks and food stands are always open at key hours.

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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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