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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Both guys and girls here are mostly down-to-earth and very friendly. There are a few snobs, but are easy to avoid.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Definitely some diversity. Most of who I see are caucasian, indian, asian, and african-american. The school doesn't care about color, just academic potential.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is freshly prepared from fresh, mostly locally grown/organic ingredients. The variety is as impressive as the quality of the food prepared.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather can be very hot in late summer and very cold in the winter. Definitely a four seasons campus.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation around Pitt is excellent. The university enables all students to ride mass transit at no cost, upon showing your student id.

1 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It sucks for most of the time because of the amount of rainy days. It rains more than the sun shines, especially in the winter. Classes never get cancelled unless the city mandates it which makes it really hard to get to class

5 College Senior

Diversity: I originally chose Pitt in part because of the diversity on campus and around the city.

4 College Senior

Academics: For the most part, most of my classes have been challenging and fairly graded.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: As a Microbiology major, I could not be happier with the education that I am receiving at Pitt. Sure, the Intro Bio profs could be a little better (*NEVER TAKE BLEDSOE), but the state of the art labs, and easy access to the medical community around us, makes the pre-med life a breeze. Well, as much of a breeze as it can be.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We're a DI school. We have great facilities, and great fanbases for about whatever sport you can imagine, including our quidditch team.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Many Greek students themselves do view the Greek life as a status thing, especially bc there are a number of events that they conduct exclusively for their own interaction, or public events or shows that only Greek students are allowed to be a part of or help run. Despite these few things, I don't think most non-greek students cared or were affected by Greek life. I wasn't a Greek student, but had plenty of friends who were, and still accepted me just the same. The frat parties usually let anyone in unless its a special event, so even if you're not a part of Greek life you can still know what it's about, associate with Greek students, and attend the same parties. After sophomore year, all that Greek life seemed to do was introduce those students to more people and busier lives!

4 College Senior

Party Scene: I think the nightlife is pretty versatile, regardless of age or what you're looking for. As freshman and sophomores, most people visit one of the many frat house parties up on the hill. If you live on lower campus, there are plenty of shuttles to get you around. A lot of people under 21 would also have small dorm parties, especially if they or someone they knew lived in university apartments that don't have RAs. There are pretty much always house parties as well, and by walking thru just about any of the streets right outside of the main campus (upper or lower) you are likely to find yourself at one. People are usually pretty inviting to new guests, and some will even post their parties on flyers or facebook pages. As for those 21+, there are also plenty of bars that are lots of fun, decently priced, and almost never have covers. Most of the bars are on lower campus tho.

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4 College Senior

Technology: There are plenty of computer labs on campus, one in particular that I know is open 24 hours during the school year, which ended up being really useful for those of us that are night owls, procrastinators and need something last minute, or even when your own computer is down. The university has a pretty cool self-service printing system, where you can print from any computer on which it is installed (so even your own laptop) and then simply swipe your student id at any of the numerous printers on campus to get your documents. They have even listened to student suggestions, and started placing some printers in highly used areas of campus buildings, eliminating the need to visit a computer lab every time you need to print. You can also access the wifi just about anywhere on campus. You do get a 900 page printing allowance per semester though, and while this seems like a lot, people that go print crazy did tend to run out towards the end of the semester, so be careful!

3 College Junior

Transportation: Students use Pittsburgh's public transportation busses for free during semesters. The busses are always running throughout campus and very convenient to take places. However, this transportation is also available to the public, and it is not always clean. It is also very crowded at times.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Amazing. There are a million options just in Oakland. You can walk 5 min and either be at a taco stand, indian restaurant, Mediterranean place, japanese, korean, vietnamese, bars, pub food, panera, chipotle, ice cream, froyo, etc. And when you're feeling fancy, downtown, shady side and mt. washington have great places for dinner. Also downtown has great lunch places, if you end up with an internship or job there like I did.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: They have a lot of variety. The on campus food isn't always the best but after eating it day in and day out it will get old. It happens. They started doing grilled chicken at Market and that was the best thing that has ever happened to that place. It's amazing. Plus there is also a type of money you can put on your ID that you can use at Panera, Chipotle, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: This of course varies widely. I've had some amazing professors and TAs and some not so amazing. Overall I think the academics are very good and I often found things I learned in one class overlapped very nicely with things learned in other classes.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The business school is good. They give you many opportunities to talk to actual company recruiters. Freshman only study abroad program was an amazing experience. Lots of jobs and internships in the area that are useful for future careers.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I never received any scholarships or financial aid but many students receive financial aid and from what I hear it is a pretty easy process.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Pitt has a bunch of pretty new dorm that have been built and currently there is more being built. You have a decent amount of room, especially for being in a city-type environment, but there are a lot of different options. Most dorms will be within 10 minutes of any class walking.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Pittsburgh's off-campus housing in Oakland is great. It is like you're own little community away from the hustle and bustle of Fifth and Forbes street. You would not believe for how many students that go to school at Pitt, how many of your friends you will see walking around in South O (where most people live off-campus).

3 College Senior

Administration: They really are not strict at all, just kind of do what what you want as long as you're not disturbing or harming anyone. Cops really won't stop you if you're drinking unless you're way over the line and acting stupid. Other than that, as long as you're not clearly breaking the law they are pretty relaxed.

3 College Junior

Majors: This is a very difficult question to answer Some internships are paid, some are not. Some last 10 weeks, some last a year (full time in summer, part time during the school year).

I was very fortunate to find one that allowed me to take what I learned in school and apply it to the real world (as well as it can be applied).

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3 College Junior

Majors: Would I do it again? Probably. Would I have planned better? Definitely. I should have planned my finances better, and taking law school prep courses could have helped me keep my scholarship.

3 College Junior

Majors: Pitt Law varies depending on your first year section. The professors can vary from great to horrible, and that can have an effect on your grades and successes for the other two years of the program.
On the positive side, however, they have made some major strides in networking, so I hope to leverage that to help me find a good job.

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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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