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Reviews 3085 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus living arrangements are very easy to find around campus. Also, because students can ride the public city buses without having to pay (with their student ID), it is very manageable to live further from campus, but have an easy commute. The University does a lot to help students find roommates, landlords, etc., and they will also read over leases to make sure students are entering into a safe environment. Lastly, living off campus is relatively inexpensive.

5 College Junior

Majors: The University of Pittsburgh offers a wide variety of majors. Each major is designed to give the student the necessary knowledge to achieve their career goals through a sound and solid foundation.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: As a non-traditional student, I'm really not concerned with people's appearance as opposed to the education that I am paying for. The Univeristy of Pittsburgh is a very diverse culture within itself, which I think benefits the students and staff.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: There are a variety of fraternities and sororities to suit anyone's taste.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of meal options near the main campus, in Oakland. According to the meal plans, quite a few of the restaurants accept the Panther card. Panther cards are easy to fill and utilize which makes meal time convenient with many options to suit ones palate.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Most of the campus is very well kept, with individual buildings specializing in certain things, such as engineering or natural sciences. The dorms are tiny but nice, especially in Towers. Overall, I really can't complain, as I've seen way worse!

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Pitt is a decent size town with lots to offer. Also in the city are Carnegie Mellon University, which is right next-door. About a half hour away is the Kennywood, a big theme park, which is a pretty cool.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: You'll find all sorts of guys at Pitt: city boys, ravers, rednecks, and lots of good ol' country boys, too. The girls are pretty much just the same. They are incredibly hot, for the most part. If you aren't from around here, it'll take a little while to get used to the weird Pittsburgh accent.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on Pitt's campus. It is a beautiful, safe place to be. Keep your doors locked to avoid petty theft or late-night pranks. And be warned that Campus Security isn't too happy `bout drinking games, so keep your Beirut games under control.

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


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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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