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3 College Senior

Majors: Getting into the College of Business Administration with a major in Finance was fairly simple. It did not require many pre-requisites, only a few beginning courses to gain a background. The challenges of this major can be viewed as a bonus here at the University of Pittsburgh. Only five Finance courses are required for the degree, but there are several more classes to choose from that you may wish to take. There was no other specific criteria to my knowledge that was essential before declaring the major. If you are thinking of majoring in Finance, I would suggest waiting until your second year of school to make sure you enjoy that sort of class.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: There are plenty of computer labs, David Lawrence is convenient because its 24/7. At hillman you can borrow laptops/computers and there are self-service printing stations pretty much everywhere which is convenient when you don't have a printer. All you have to do is set your computer up at the beginning of the year.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It can snow one day, be sunny the next and rain the day after. The weather can be crazy and unexpected making it challenging dressing for class. On the bright side whether its snowing or sunny the campus looks beautiful.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The towers may be the best freshman dorm on campus. Although kind of small and cramped they're in the center of everything and give you easy access to everything on campus. While a lot of the dorms are old they have good locations because they are in the center of campus.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: The facilities at Pitt are top notch. There are plenty of places to work out and play sports as well as parks and other necessary things such as lawns, patios etc.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The prices are cheap, but the housing is college housing. It's old, dirty and run down but for the price you can't beat it.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a neuroscience major. I didn't have to apply specifically to the department, but I did have to take a year each of biology and chemistry in order to declare the major. Pitt's neuroscience program is one of about 30 in the country which offer undergraduate degrees, and is housed in a world-renowned research department. It is an excellent preparatory degree for a career in the natural sciences; the course load is multidisciplinary. A year of biology, a year of physics, a year of math (calculus and statistics), human physiology and five semesters of chemistry are required in addition to six neuroscience courses and two semesters of research. The major contains an automatic chemistry minor. My advice is to take AP science classes, even if you think you'll want to take them again. In your first semester you'll be taking calculus, biology and chemistry with labs, and English composition. It's always best to be over-prepared.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was actually really surprised by how little I got in financial aid. While I did get a bit, I wanted more. Make sure to apply for scholarships and such!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: In general, there are lots of options for freshman on campus. Certain places to stay are better than others but each dorm has its own perk.

1 College Senior

Weather: I would give the weather in Johnstown an F except that every once in a while the sky is gorgeous and the breezes are gentle. The rest of the time the weather is SNOW and COLD and SNOW and COLD... Then again my friends and I experienced a hurricane party and a blizzard party in a 12 hour span. How many other students can claim that?!

3 College Senior

Technology: I used the computer labs constantly. Several of the class rooms have ports so access is incredible!

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: This will be my first year living off-campus. Johnstown is older so the apartments do show some age. It's hard to find a place close to campus so you do have to look a little distance away. Most places are very affordable.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a wide variety of off-campus dining. Most places are difficult to get to unless you have a car or a friend with a car. There are quite a number of places that deliver to student housing though. Most restaurants do offer a student discount. Just keep in mind that this is an older town so most eateries reflect that in their decorating themes.

2 College Senior

Administration: Of course there are rules. There need to be rules; however, the RA's are understanding and very flexible. As we all got to know each other we developed a respect for each others habits and living needs.

3 College Senior

Diversity: My direct circle is diverse in cultures and beliefs. My campus is small and suffers extreme weather so everybody blends together in all ways. Nobody in my group excludes anybody. In short we all get along very well. Most of us were raised to understand others have different points of view and to respect that in each other. I think that reflects the attitude of the entire campus.

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: Small Town Atmosphere – Weather can get bad here. Lends to small town atmosphere which can be boring or comforting depending upon your outlook. Always something to do and people are very nice. Think this campus has excellent atmosphere for personal growth & reflection. Guess it comes down to getting out of it what you put into it.

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3 College Senior

Party Scene: Underagers can go to the restaurants & bars. Still fun.

4 College Junior

Technology: The wired (Ethernet) access to Pitt's network is amazing. If you can get a good enough wireless connection, it's pretty good also. Printing is possible from your own computer in a dorm, at work (if you're connected to PittNet), or even in the middle of that really long and boring phonology lecture. You just go to one of the computer labs or any of the other self-service printers on campus to print off your materials. As of spring 2013, you get 900 pages (counted as sheets of paper, not by sides of pages printed), black and white. If you need a color print, it costs 7 of your black and white pages to print one color page. My only complaint is that trying to log on to one of the labs' computers, can take quite a long time, so if you're late for class and forgot your laptop with the lecture notes, looks like you're going without them or you're going to be very late for class. You can get by without a computer, but it might be a little cumbersome when professors ask you to check your email every day.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: There are lots of choices and the food is generally good. There are also a ton of restaurants near by that are very affordable and good.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I lived in the dorms my freshman and met many people. There were a lot of activities on our floor and I made some lasting friendships. I recommend living on campus for the first year of college.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: It all depends on the kind of people you hang with

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The ACC is going to give UPITT a much bigger chance at PITT doing well then the big east. Cant wait for the next basketball season.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Plenty of nice people just needs to be explored, Pitt has everything you could ever want, all you need to do is look.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Plenty of drugs if you want to look for them, also if you are looking for alcohol there are stores on campus, its all about you choosing to do the right thing.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Searching for an inspiring class that also manages to fulfill general education requirements is somewhat of an art. Professors are exceptionally competent on the whole, however. While I have not taken one yet, students are able to cross-register for one course per semester in Pittsburgh universities such as Carnegie Mellon.

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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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