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3 College Sophomore

Academics: I don't really know. I just switched my major after last semester.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: It all really varies. In some cases, the professors can make or break the class. Pitt definitely has some gems and some not so great profs.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: There is a lot to do in Pittsburgh. The transportation system is adequate, so even without a car students can explore all of the awesome neighborhoods. Oakland itself has a lot of cool places to explore and Pitt's campus is spread out and there is so much to explore.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not in a sorority but my roommate is and she really enjoys it. Greek Life isn't huge at Pitt, but it definitely has a presence. There are frat parties every weekend which are usually open to everyone. I don't feel left out because I'm not in Greek Life, and it doesn't really make a difference if you're in it or not.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: They are constantly building new dorms and revamping the old ones. Even if you live in the oldest buildings, you still have a gym, a coffee cart and usually AC. The RAs are all really nice and involved in floor activities and you will bond with your floor and your building. I had never been away from home before I came to Pitt, and I felt right at home after a few days

2 College Sophomore

Parking: It costs about $700 to park your car...and you usually have to take the shuttle to get to the parking lot. The lots aren't very convenient and I don't know anyone who utilized them - maybe because you don't need to drive to classes or anything. I'd recommend leaving your car at home.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a Pitt shuttle that is completely free and takes you around campus. Your ID allows you to use Port Authority buses that go all around Oakland and Pittsburgh. Most transportation methods are free, and having a car is unnecessary thanks to all the options for students

3 College Junior

Diversity: Pitt has a very diverse student body. Students come from countries all over the world for the prestige and academic rigor provided.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Pittsburgh is a very friendly city as are the students. I was very pleasantly surprised by the sense of community between total strangers.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: For being in the city the campus is extremely safe. There is never a time when you won't see police or security guards patrolling on campus, and there are blue security stands everywhere where you can call the police if you need them. No one can get into the dorms unless you live in that dorm or are being signed in by someone who lives in that dorm so you don't have to worry about random people being able to enter.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Some buildings on campus are new and very nice such as the Peterson Event Center Gym, but others such as the library are outdated, although still very useful with a wide selection of books. The dorms are relatively nice, and any freshman dorm other than the Towers are very spacious. Many buildings on campus are old however and need updating. The science labs are very nice as well as the central eatery on campus, Market Central.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It is a hit or miss. Some apartments seem pretty lousy, while others are kind of amazing. It just depends on how long you're willing to search and how much you're willing to pay.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Pittsburgh is a city essentially built around the university. There are so many different neighborhoods, each with their own charm. It's great. The only downside is poor public transportation.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: It is essentially a hit or miss with the cafeterias. There are certain things that are really good, but then they offer dishes that are either overcooked or bland.

4 College Junior

Technology: The are over 10 computer labs on campus, and one is 24 hrs all year not just during finals week.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Pitt gives you free public transportation, so you never have to pay to get on a city bus. Pitt also has shuttles that go through upper and lower campus and outlying neighborhoods that students live.

3 College Junior

Academics: I have heard that the Pre-Med track is quite rigorous but will definitely help you get into med school. Many of my friends had trouble in Bio 1 and Chem 1, but if you can get past the basics and work hard you will be fine. As for the class registration process , it is fairly easy. It is done online and I usually get all the classes I want. Popular study areas include biology, engineering, and business.

3 College Junior

Academics: Good school. Teachers know what they are talking about. Class sizes can be huge like 200 plus students,but only for gen ed classes. However, there are smaller classes. Pitt is great for people interested in Medicine, Engineering, and Philosophy. However note that there is no longer a journalism program and I am a Communications major and it is most theory based. There aren't any classes where you actually do production stuff and media. You most read about that stuff. So if you are trying to do entertainment and all that, I would consider another school. Lastly, there are tons of resources if you need help. They have the MAC that can help you with math and other programs like this for other subjects

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Mostly suburban white, but very diverse-minded with a variety of Indians, Asians, and African-Americans.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Not many under 21 clubs, but plenty of house and frat parties. Plenty of bars for those of age.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: There are multiple lots in which students can pay for a permit to park in however they are quite costly if you really do not need your car much. There really is no need for a car on campus since city bus transportation is included in tuition. However, if you can find an apartment with its own parking lot/driveway you'd be in luck. Most parking is street parking.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The University of Pittsburgh is a school like no other in my opinion. There are magnificent buildings on campus including the cathedral of learning, which is an amazing building to explore. I feel like I could explore the campus and surrounding area for the rest of my undergrad experience and still be interested. Exploring the surrounding area is always great to do and I have found multiple interesting spots by doing so.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There was nothing more that I loved at Pitt than being surrounded by the students of the campus. I enjoyed the events that I took place in and I really feel that Pitt makes sure as an incoming freshman you get to experience these type of events that students love. The athletic facilities are amazing along with the campus buildings and student hangout spots. I enjoyed very much being able to experience just some of what Pittsburgh has to offer and cannot wait to experience even more.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I believe that all the professors that I have come across while at Pitt do want to be there and try their best to teach their students all they can. I believe that Pitt works hard to make sure the students enjoy the classes that they are taking and that they succeed. I have had positive experiences in almost all of the classes I have taken at Pitt.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of availability, prices range but usually very expensive for good quality. Street parking is horrible. Oakland is a pretty safe environment, just like your average college campus. Look for landlord reviews online because some are horrible.

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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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