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4 College Freshman

Administration: I think that the strictness level is at a good level. It could be a little better but I am not complaining.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in Pittsburgh is cold! However, I like the snow and wearing my nice furry hat outside when it gets cold.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: The atmosphere is pretty great. I love the University of Pittsburgh.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I know of a few kids on my floor that got in trouble this year for drugs, but RAs don't go around trying to get kids in trouble.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Always carry an umbrella and invest in rain boots. And a warm winter coat.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There's tons of computer labs. I have never had any trouble finding an empty computer. Printing is easy and even with an English class this semester, I was no where near the printing limit. The wifi is iffy sometimes, but I've never had any trouble with it.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: You get sick of the dining halls halfway through your first semester, but the rest of the food isn't that bad. Two words: dining dollars.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Whenever I have to go somewhere, I always just take Port Authority. It takes a little longer than taking a taxi would, but it's also free.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Pittsburgh is a great city. There's always something to do, either in Oakland or in one of the neighboring boroughs. I've never been bored on a weekend. It's so easy to get on a bus to the waterfront or to Shadyside and it's super easy to find stuff to do.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm a part of Greek life, so I'm a little biased, but I don't think it has any huge effect on the dynamics on campus. Most parties are held at frats, but you can find parties other places too, even though they might be a little further from campus. I have plenty of friends that aren't in Greek life, but it did defiantly help me meet people I wouldn't have met otherwise.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Because it's the city, having a car on campus isn't really necessary, especially if you are a freshman. The buses make it easy to get anywhere, although it might take a little longer. I think it's upwards of $700 to have a car on campus for the year, so I don't think it would really be worth it.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The presence of campus police is visible every day. There is a sort of office for them in my dorm, and I rarely see it empty.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Campus dining is very good. There are several options on campus and very convenient.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Pitt Police are awesome and they are very nice. Health services is really hit or miss. There are some really dedicated doctors and there are some people just waiting to leave, but any experience I have had has been very positive.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I had the best four years of my life and I would choose Pitt every time around! There is so much to do on and around campus as well as ample professional opportunities.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Scholarships are very competitive at the University, so if you have the scores: great; if not, you better look for other options.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking on campus is tough; it is expensive for a campus permit and almost always full. Parking off campus is reasonably priced, but spots are sometimes tough.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Being in the city of Pittsburgh allows for students and professors to take advantage of the city in addition to the numerous options already provided on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: The University does a great job of making sure students can have fun and express opinions, but in a safe and secure manner. The Pitt Police are awesome!

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: In terms of admissions, you apply to the school you are interested in not the major. As long as you do the requirements and pass the pre-reqs to get into a specific major, you are able to enter into that area of study. There is no cap on the number of students in a specific program.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The Spanish department was great. There weren't an overwhelming amount of student in the department nor was I the only one. There is a lot of diversity within the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Because the University is an urban campus, it allows for a lot of great opportunities to get out of our immediate campus area and explore the city.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Pitt is often referred to as a "public ivy" and that very much shows in the academic produced and the professors that teach those academics.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Being a Pitt student in the city is very easy because you are able to travel almost any where without having to pay fay- even the airport and/ or downtown.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in Pittsburgh is all over the place. One day it will be in the high 70s and then three days later it will snow. In the summer it gets fairly warm, in the upper 80s or 90s. In the winter it gets very cold, sometimes below zero, and it snows! I absolutely love the snow and the cold, so I do not mind it. It can also be very rainy, but there are many beautiful, sunny days as well! Pittsburgh definitely has the whole 4-season experience.

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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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