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Reviews 3527 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is fantastic and free with Pitt ID but the upper campus shuttle isn't always reliable.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus police don't do anything and the health center is inconvenient and unhelpful.

3 College Freshman

Technology: The wireless connection probably couldn't get any worse.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The workload is awful, especially because I'm a biology major and that is the hardest major in the school. As far as academics, this school gives you the "best bang for your buck" because the sports and education are fantastic, but it's not too expensive. Biology is hard and I hate it, but it's what I need to be a doctor. Because it's such a big school, there are opportunities EVERYWHERE.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: This is our inaugural season in the ACC, so naturally everyone is focused on sports. Our rec centers are fantastic because of all of the athletes. And our school spirit is some of the best around. There aren't many places you can go around campus without hearing or seeing, "Hail to Pitt!"

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I live in Pittsburgh, so there is much more variety in all areas here because it is a metropolitan area. The cost isn't bad for it being a big city, but it could be better.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It goes back and forth, but I'm from a place with way more unpredictable weather, so I'm used to it.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: There could be more to do here but it is not too bad all together.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel comfortable walking to my dorm at 2 am, everything is well lit and close by.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There is not really a lot of financial aid. My mother works really hard and she has to do overtime, which makes her taxes go up and this makes my financial aid go down. This is a ongoing cycle.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most of the students here are Caucasians, but all that i have had the pleasure of talking to are very accepting. Some are my closest friends.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a shuttle that is free to student and it comes every hour, so that's awesome. The public transportation is very affordable, it is only 75 cents.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love my department. All of the teachers are really nice and reasonable. They treat you like an adult, so if you don't want to go to class they are fine with it, but they expect you to be ready for a pop quiz.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: They have a variety of different majors and minors offered at the school.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love living on campus, since this is a small campus almost everyone knows you. The dorms are all awesome, and there is no community bathroom.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: I don't have a car but the parking fee is only 80 dollars for a year. There are plenty of parking spaces. Freshmen can bring a car, and there is talk of building a new parking lot.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: There is a quota of 900 sheets per a semester, and if you print in the library you don't use any of your sheet limit. There are computer labs everywhere. The internet is really good, and wireless is great and strong.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: We have Sodexo and they are horrible. There is nothing healthy whatsoever, and it is very expensive. Sometimes the food is over or under cooked and the student have no say in this matter. This is something that need to be changed.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: If there is underage drinking the RA and Campus Police are really strict about busting people. It's a good thing. There job is to make sure no one gets hurt.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Like every school most of the teachers here are really nice, but then you get those who are absolutely horrible and you wonder why they even teach.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: We don't really have a lot of space to just hangout, but its not as bad as other colleges. There really is no school spirit and I think it's that way because of the set up.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: We are in the mountains so if we do have a big snow storm it really doesn't effect us because it is normal around here. Sometimes it sucks, but what are you gonna do?

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Get on the ball with scholarships early and get as many as you can because the school is not cheap.

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3 College Senior

Administration: Don't do anything stupid in the dorms because you can get expelled. If you insist on doing stupid things, then don't get caught

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It varies; some places are terrible but others are great. You just have to start searching early.


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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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