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Reviews 3013 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

3 College Junior

Majors: The only reason I don't Give Pitt an "A" is because they do not require that transfer students take a math placement exam. This fact led to my first semester back to school after 8 years in the Navy to be very difficult.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: They are very helpful and are open during the week. Even during the summer I was able to go in and talk to them about my financial aid and request federal work study loans.

5 College Senior

Transportation: The public transportation, along with the close proximity between housing and campus, makes traveling anywhere in Pittsburgh, or on campus, extremely easy and accessible. Also, the taxi service works great if you need to get somewhere that a bus won't take you. Great transportation system in general in Pittsburgh.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a lot of options, but you will get sick of them after your first year.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Pittsburgh rains a lot, but the school is still wonderful

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have very visible safety and have a wonderful school health system

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options, and the majority of landlords are nice and easy to work with. There are a lot of really bad apartments and houses, though-so be weary

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It really depends where your apartment is. South Oakland tends to be cheaper but not as nice, but they are still good apartments. Apartments closer to CMU are a bit more expensive but bigger and nicer, better neighborhood as well.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is very diverse. Many of my own friends are from various backgrounds. The diversity is not seen throughout the entire campus evenly, but it is noticeable.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The school has many many different major and minor opportunities as well as certificate programs. The school can guarantee you an internship at some point in your college career as long as you have complied with their standards and gone through their application progress.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The proffesors are amazing and professional and are almost always available to students. The school is ranked in the top 60 by U.S. News and is ranked 13th in the world for its pre-med program! The school has thousands of classes offered and if you do not know what you want to study, you have the ability to take a plethora of gen eds and get an idea of what you can study.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Pittsburgh was voted the number one place to live, and the university campus is a short and free 5 min bus ride downtown. The campus has a suburban atmosphere even though it has many buildings and is so close to downtown. There is always something to do and I have never been bored. The campus is small on a map, but it leaves out the off-campus living where most upperclassmen live. There are many different restaurants essentially on campus and they are moderately priced for the student population. The basketball stadium is on campus and the Penguins and Steelers both play downtown.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The police force is fair, but you have to deal with both the university, as well as the city of Pittsburgh, police force. They are not out to bust people, but if you are acting belligerent or you are doing something stupid, they will cite you or even arrest you. They are not out there to cite or arrest you, but they will not look the other way if you are doing something either

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: While Pittsburgh in general is a nice place to live, Oakland is not. For some reason, throughout history, the profession of landlord seems to draw the most sociopathic individuals into its ranks The landlords blame the students disproportionately in order to sweep their own transgressions under the floor, and they get away with it b/c there's such a need for housing. Outside of Oakland of course housing is a lot better but will inevitably be more expensive per sqft w/ a farther commute. Landlords to be wary of: avoid Lobos like the plague, Trends, Win Realty, Karmin, PGH Capital.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Every race/group are represented except for Hispanics I've only seen 2 or 3 in my 3 yrs at Pitt. There are plenty of groups and clubs that focus on minorities

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: Its overcast all the time especially during the winter and there is always some type of precipitation.It still gets plenty hot during the summer and only the newer dorms have air conditioning, so bring a fan :)

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Pitt focuses a lot on the engineering and science majors so the arts are just kinda there. With that being said the teachers are great and there is a more intimate feel for the art majors since there is not a lot of them.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Like any school there are drugs and alcohol but if you don't want to be involved there is no pressure.

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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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