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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: There are always plenty of events happening in PIttsburgh from plays to sports games to museums. I can always find something fun to do on the weekend. Pitt has a great Pitt Arts program that is always bringing the students at Pitt a great opportunity to experience the cultural events of Pittsburgh. I always feel safe and welcome at the University of PIttsburgh's campus. The students are friendly (for the most part) and so is most the faculty. Pitt has made my college experience great.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I'm an international undergraduate student, so there's no financial ait for us...

4 College Senior

Diversity: There's a lot of people from different views and backgrounds.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Everything on campus, from the cafeteria to the athletic center, is upgraded and modern. The facilities are regularly fixed and renovated.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Johnstown has widespread major possibilities. They may not have obscure ones like some bigger colleges but, for being a branch campus, they do have a lot to offer.

1 College Freshman

Local Area: Again, there's not much to Johnstown. Restaurants and places like Sweet Frog are really our only saving grace.

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: There's really nothing to do in Johnstown. The only options are a restaurant, a low-grade frat party, or just hanging out with your friends. There isn't much to do other than that.

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1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't that great at this school. There are maybe a few good parties a year, but that is about it. The DJ's almost always suck, and the only semi-good frat is the smallest. The largest frat house is creepy and no one really wants to go there. I didn't fail them because the fraternities and sororities do some pretty good fund raisers for community service purposes; their ideas are very original.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a good representation of different people but they do not make up a noticeable percentage of the school. We are a mostly white school with a few other groups sprinkled in.

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1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Frats and sororities tend to be looked down upon by most. We are a city campus up north.... what do you expect.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are so many dining options at the University of Pittsburgh. You can basically get anything you want to eat at any time of the day. There are also great meal plans, even though they can get a little pricey.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am slightly biased being a student athlete here at Pitt, but we have all major Division 1 sports, our facilities are incredible, and athletes get treated very well. Basketball games are absolutely awesome (we have one of the best student sections in the country), football games are fun, unfortunately games are played at Heinz field which is off campus, but there are buses that take students to the field, and less popular events such as soccer games and baseball games get several hundred students to attend. We are heading into the ACC so things are only going to get better. Hail 2 Pitt!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The University of Pittsburgh is a very challenging school, and the workload is intense. Students at Pitt have to study very hard and still may not get the best grades, but that all comes with getting a good education. You have to be challenged in order to learn!

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.

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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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