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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.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The drivers of the shuttles at Pitt are friendly and shuttles run every ten minutes or so on weekdays and almost as frequently on the weekends. While some additional stops would not be amiss, shuttles are very convenient at Pitt. The Port Authority Bus system is very useful for students, especially as we ride for free with a student ID.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are several dining rooms on campus, as well as fast food restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: As a college freshman at the University of Pittsburgh, I have not encountered any problems with the policy of the school. However, I have heard fellow students' mishaps which indicates to me that the campus strictness deters others from behaving negatively and yet operates smoothly.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Being in the city, there are plenty of places to go any night of the week.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: There is underage drinking, I don't drink so I don't know too much about that but as far as drugs I don't really ever see or hear about it and it's a pretty safe campus :)

5 College Senior

Academics: If you want to be premed like I am it's not terrible, there are clubs for premeds that are helpful and nice (POMS) and people actually want to see you succeed. You just need to ask for help

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3 College Senior

Administration: I never did anything to get in trouble so I'm not too sure but as far as cheating goes, if you cheat you are in serious trouble :)

4 College Senior

Academics: This school is amazing academic, almost all of its professional school (PA, Medical, Dental, Nursing etc) are in the top 10 in the United States! They have advisors in undergrad as well as graduate level schools to help you whenever you meet a snag! The resources available are amazing and there is no shortage of they help you can find. Maybe that's why so many PITT students are scholars?

5 College Senior

Local Area: Around Town – I am oh so in love with Pittsburgh. There are few big colleges in this small city so everyone knows about PITT, PITT students etc and treat me like I am in a college town! The city is fairly clean (MUCH cleaner than Philadelphia where I came last), the people are cheerful and down to Earth (like a Midwestern feel) and I love it here! Rains all the time, and truly only has two seasons- Winter and Summer (XD) but I love it so ? There are so many cool modern hot spots for all of you hipsers, many art museums (even the Andy Warhol!) and also has beautiful wide open places to see the landscape.

5 College Senior

Majors: Philosophy at Pitt is pretty amazing - all of the professors are very knowledgeable and helpful. They definitely know what they're talking about and their office hours have always been productive. There's a wide variety of available classes and I'm impressed with how many of the professors are seriously published and well-renowned.

5 College Senior

Transportation: the shuttle here is really good, and I LOVE the free bus pass with your student ID. You can get pretty much anywhere within the city with it and it's all free, so you don't really have a reason to drive everywhere.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Most things are kind of expensive, and the meal plans are just outrageous unless you're living in a dorm. I'll eat on campus occasionally - the pb&j's are cheap and good - but usually I go elsewhere for food. The quality is mediocre and the price isn't worth it.

3 College Senior

Parking: You can usually find a spot but it might be a little far away - the street spots tend to fill up quickly.

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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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