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Reviews 3075 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are always opportunities to get involved on campus, whether it be going to the stress free zone in the William Pitt Union to take a free yoga class, or participating in a glow in the dark frisbee tournament on the Cathedral lawn. There is never a dull moment. Need tutoring help? No problem. Students can go to the MAC to get math help, the ARC to get science help, and many more locations for other subjects. They want you to succeed! Every semester the school has career fairs with numerous representatives from big corporations that want to talk to YOU. Panther central is the go to for any miscellaneous dorm/school need which is open 24/7. There is no way not to succeed when attending Pitt and using all they have to offer.

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1 College Student

Parking: Parking on campus is very difficult and can be a nightmare, especially when moving in and out. There is no need for a student to have a car on campus.

4 College Student

Campus Quality: Pitt's campus literally is the city, and that is what sets it apart from other schools. While you have the typical "college campus" portion of the university, there are also numerous shops, restaurants, and businesses that also make it very city-like in some aspects. However, you can always escape the city life with a short walk to nearby Schenley Park. Everything you can possibly need or want is within walking distance or a free bus ride, and that is what makes Pitt unique to me.

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4 College Student

Campus Quality: The large number of academic buildings and other facilities around Pitt's campus give rise to many great places to study, work out, relax, and eat. The athletic facilities are great, and the library and other academic building offer many places to study. When the weather is nice, there are many places to hang out outside. Overall, Oakland is a great place.

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3 College Student

Weather: Pittsburgh weather is very unpredictable. You can literally experience all four seasons within a week's time. Winters can drag on, but the nice weather of spring and fall will make up for it.

4 College Student

Athletics: Athletics are a huge part of life at Pitt. Whether you're on the field or in the stands supporting, the athletics bring everyone together.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking in Oakland is atrocious. It is an urban area and surrounded by other colleges, businesses, and hospitals. It can also be very costly to park in the few parking garages.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Pitt's academics are excellent. There are many options available and as students the choice is yours. Pitt offers great exploratory programs as well. I plan to go into medicine therefore I feel I could not have picked a better school in my immediate area. Pitt offers excellent research opportunities and some are even available through work-study.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There are a good amount of computer labs available on Pitt's campus. The speed is average based on what I've seen on other campuses, as well. Each semester students get 500 pages (double sided) to print which is more than enough and sufficient. Although I would highly recommend bringing your own computer on campus. It's more efficient and convenient.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Pitt offers shuttles for students who reside off campus. There are also shuttles that travel to upper campus and hit major points on campus as well. In addition, with a Pitt student ID, students can ride Port Authority buses at no cost. We can also go on the Inclines in the city and have many other privileges.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pitt does a great job at keeping students safe. Their are signal lights attached to call boxes all over campus and the police are ever present.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is usually pretty depressing with gray skies most days, but you just got to make the most of it until the good weather comes around. Even on bad weather days students still make the campus experience great.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Pitt has such a great atmosphere with lots of school pride. They have a number of really good academic programs along with opportunities to get involved.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There is an excellent gym in the Petersen Events Center, and the library is very nice also.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are a lot of options as far as living on campus, no matter what year you are. Freshmen are guaranteed housing, although it is rather cramped, you get the full freshman experience.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are a ton of computer labs all around campus, they're almost always open and you can always find an open computer.

4 College Senior

Transportation: The University offers shuttles which are essentially school buses which have routes all around campus and surrounding areas for students who live off campus. These buses run from 7am until 3am, so it is extremely helpful on cold winter days or late nights. The University's tuition also covers a bus pass for the Allegheny port authority. The price we pay is an incredible discount (almost free given that we have unlimited passes). Using public transportation, students have access to the entire city from about 4am until 2am. This is extremely convenient for enjoying activities all over the city and also having the ability to more openly consider living slightly farther from campus where apartments are generally nicer and cheaper.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: For the most part everyone is physically fit, and people like to dress well when the weather's nice.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is every type of fast food place imaginable, from McDonald's to more upscale ones like chipotle. A lot of diverse food too, such as Mexican, Thai, Italian, and really anything you might be craving.

3 College Freshman

Academics: It all depends on major, but overall each discipline has strong teachers. Any natural science or engineering major will be more rigorous and challenging, but also well-respected by employers and graduate schools.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Campus police tend to leave students alone, and only appear if someone calls them in. Underage drinking is typically left alone by police.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The University of Pittsburgh is one of the top public research universities in the world. Academics are challenging, yet rewarding. Also, many professors at the University are involved with the academics being produced and many are experts in their respective fields. There are several fields that excel and there is a lot of versatility in academics, which allows for well-rounded graduates.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I give a B+ more so for the pride at the University, and not so much for the winning/ losing aspect. Sports are a huge tradition at the University, and it shows each year at our games. Around campus, you will always know when there is a Panther's game because the student body consistently sports blue and gold.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is very active, but not dominant at the University. There are over 450 clubs and organizations, so students are able to be involved with many other activities. Greek students do have a strong presence though, so if someone is interested in joining a fraternity or sorority, they will not be disappointed.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: On campus living arrangements are very nice, clean, and comfortable. My only complaint would be the price at which students need to pay.


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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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