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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman live in pretty standard college dorms, as an athlete I was lucky enough to stay in the nicer dorms. There are several options for freshman and new dorms are being built for 2013. There are lots of options for sophomore year and so on but in general the houses are small and old (Oakland is an older city, there is no way of avoiding these things).

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: At this school, you will see typical frat guys and sorority girls, and pretty much average middle class people. Not a lot of "rednecks". There are tons of different interests so it would be pretty hard not to find guys and girls that share your similar interests.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking is pretty popular and on any weekend night you will see a lot of drunk people walking home or grabbing pizza at a local spot. Drugs are not as popular, though there is a good portion that smoke. There are always people that you can find out who do not drink or do any drugs to hang out with.

1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus apartments around campus (South Oakland, North Oakland) are very old, and on average in pretty poor condition. Most students start looking for apartments on craigslist and on signs around these areas just after Christmas break. Good (relative term) apartments go very fast, and if you wait too long, you will be stuck in an awful apartment. Landlords are slums and will try to charge you for every single thing wrong with the building even if it was there before you moved in. Apartments are also expensive (400-500 a month plus utilities) if you have a few roommates, singles are even more expensive. However, most students have no choice but to move off campus since housing is only guaranteed at Pitt for 3 years.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: There is a large variety of food on campus. There are a lot of fast food chains that are incorporated into the typical meal plan. However, the food that is made by the university is average, nothing special. However, with the large varieties of chains such as Pizza Hut, Sub Connection, Taco Bell, and Chick-Fil-A, everyone should be able to find something they like. I wouldn't suggest a huge meal plan because you will end up having a ton of unused "dining dollars" at the end of the semester.

3 College Senior

Academics: I am a psychology major at the University of Pittsburgh. The class sizes are large, and psychology is a very popular major. Most classes are held in the Cathedral of Learning which is gorgeous and an amazing experience to have class in. The workload is fairly easy. The professors are a mix of doctorate-level professors and graduate students. I really enjoy the graduate students because they tend to be really involved, very approachable, and will try to incorporate their area of research into the lessons.

2 College Junior

Weather: The fall and spring can be enjoyable but winter is miserable. You might see the sun twice a week if you're lucky and you can count on sub-thirty degree temperatures and a good amount of snow.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is an off-campus restaurant for nearly every kind of food you could want. Discounts are offered at a few places such as Papa Da Vinci's and Q'doba while restaurants such as Antoon's Pizza, Sorrentos and Fuel & Fuddle offer nice late-night discounts.

1 College Junior

Parking: There really isn't a need to have your car on campus since there are shuttles and you can take a ride on any city bus for free. If you do decide to bring your car out, a permit is going to cost around $25 and it can be either easy or difficult to find an off campus parking spot depending on the day and time of day. However, it is near impossible to find a convenient parking spot on campus unless it is very early or very late. $0.25 will get you about 8 minutes of parking at a meter and they are enforced heavily.

4 College Junior

Technology: Computers lab have lots of computers and printing options.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I absolutely loved my dorming freshman year experience. I lived in Tower B, the tallest of the three towers. It was very close to my classes, clean for the most part (other than occasionally on the weekends), and so easy to meet people. Tower A is the same setup as B, but C is all singles. I heard that even though many people were upset at first that they got tower C, they ended up loving their experience because though they had singles, it was still so easy to meet everyone because people always left their doors open. The only other freshman dorm that people were concerned about living in was Lothrop because it's all females and many girls weren't excited, but mostly everything turned out okay for the skeptical girls. The only thing I think the University should do better is matching up roommates, but normally everything turns out okay between both non-chosen and chosen rommates. Bouquet and Ruskin are the two apartment style dorms and they're so nice.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computers work really well and there email kiosks everywhere on campus. You can pretty much find a computer in almost every building. Sometimes the wi-fi doesn't work if you're using your laptop but if you're on a computer in one of the labs, you'll always get connection. If the network is going to be down they school is always sure to send an email saying what times internet and the network will not be available. In every computer lab are at least three printers that are very efficient. Sometimes the labs can get pretty crowded at crunch times.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: To be honest, the weather actually really sucks here. There are rarely any sunny days after the month of october until April. When you get to school in August its always beautiful outside; people are always out and hanging out. But when the weather starts to go downhill it gets really dreary. I think Pittsburgh was actually voted one of the most dreariest places in the country. It will rain a lot and then when winter hits it is horribly cold. Like the kind of cold that goes right to your bone. It didn't snow a lot this year but I hear that some winters it does and when it does, classes rarely get cancelled. But on the bright side, the winter seems to bring everyone together. Everyone stays inside because of the weather so there are a lot of opportunities to go to campus events and meet people you may not have otherwise. I know that a lot of my friendships were made because we were all forced to stay inside. What really sucks is that when you're about to leave in April, that's when the weather gets nice but everyone is stuck inside studying for finals.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys at this school are relatively attractive. It's not like they're all ugly beasts but I would say that it all depends on who you're into. There is a wide variety of guy types at school from jocks to book worms to hipsters to tools to your average joes. There are a lot of cute white guys (since that's the predominant race on campus) and some cute black guys. But there are less black guys to choose from so you might have to settle in some areas. As for girls, there are a bunch of really pretty girls. I would say its the same case as the guys, it just depends on what you're looking for. Some of the girls can have pretty faces but bad personalities and vice versa

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The police on campus aren't extremely strict about underage drinking. Being that most of the students that really get trashed tend to be the underclassmen, the on campus police don't try and arrest every drunk person that they see. Most times they see students on the weekends and more often than not, they have some kind of illegal substance in their system the police don't really care. If you're not belligerent then the police and campus security will leave you be. They may I've you a warning if you're getting rowdy but that's really it. Depending on the RA that you are stuck with, how strict they are about drugs and alcohol will really depend on the RA. I've heard stories of people who've had RAs that would drink and play beer pong with them in their rooms to people who've had RAs that were really annoying about any illegal paraphernalia in the dorms.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Not the most attractive but like to have a good time

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing is decent, not particularly amazing, however new dorms are replacing older ones. The major drawback is that room and board is extremely expensive.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It seems that at the beginning of the semester the parties are pretty good but I feel as if toward the end of the semester they start slacking in quality. Not quite sure why, it's how it feels to me. 18+ clubs are out of the question, not only are they really expensive but there's nothing else to do at them.

3 College Freshman

Academics: In the engineering school we work very hard, harder than other institutions in my opinion after having seen and heard from engineering students at other institutions. Our nursing and pre-med programs are also well known. Other than that, however, nothing else is really noticeable.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Costs are reasonable for permits, but finding a spot during the school year is next to impossible. They over-permit the area and there are a ton of random regulations the parking authority seems to pull out of thin air. Make sure you brush up on your parking law knowledge!

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Pittsburgh is apparently one of the cloudiest/most overcast cities in the country, but the weather's usually not too bad. Walking to upper campus can be a challenge when sidewalks get icy, but there's always the bus system. It can get really cold in the winter, but if we get snow it doesn't usually get too high. There's also always a week sometime in February where we get 60 degree weather instead of 20 and everyone is outside in shorts and tank tops. We have a variety of weather, so make sure to bring an umbrella, a good winter coat, and some sunblock!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Everyone I've talked to has been able to get an apartment when they searched for one. There are always a few crappy ones and some landlords who are jerks, but overall it's not hard to find a decent apartment within a reasonable distance from campus. The only real problem is parking. If you're right near campus and university housing, it's all street parking by permit and it can be a pain to find a spot sometimes. A car is great for shopping, but if you and a roommate can share one that's a much better option than you both bringing a car.

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4 College Junior

Majors: As an engineering major the teachers are very knowledgeable and personable. You can always go to them for help and clarification.

4 College Junior

Majors: As an engineering major there re too many req classes. I would like to have a little more variety in what I can take.

5 College Junior

Majors: As n engineering major it was quite easy to get an internship. There were so many emails and job/intern fairs that I completely lost count of how many there were.

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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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