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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Pitt police are normally patrolling the campus and immediate off campus areas. Most areas are well lit and there are usually other students walking around so you are never completely alone if you are walking home alone late at night.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: For freshman students the dorms are the quality you would expect from a state college. They are not luxurious but are adequate and extremely close to campus. Some of the upper classman housing is nicer, newer, and more spacious but located further from the center of campus.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Some greeks tend to stick to themselves and think of themselves as superior choosing not to interact much with non-greeks while other greeks think of their fraternity or sorority as a club that takes up some of their free time but should not take priority over school, jobs, and responsibilities and should not dictate social interactions. I am a non-greek but have many friends who are in greek life.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have enjoyed certain aspects of my time at this university. The academics have been challenging and this stems directly from the quality of the professor teaching the course. Certain professors go above and beyond to give students a beneficial learning experience while other professors hinder their student's learning experience.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Majority of students care about our school's teams and attend games. I feel some students are not extremely interested in sports in general. Our sport's teams have not done anything exceptional in terms of winning big games (tournament games, bowl games etc.) in my time here at the university.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are blue lights everywhere but many people are idiots

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pitt is the absolute worst place on earth unless you're straight, white and conservative.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The students accepted to this school that live in on-campus housing are rowdy and unintelligent.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's just like high school all over again.

1 College Freshman

Athletics: All anyone cares about is sports.

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1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pitt is the absolute worst place on earth. To begin, there is almost no diversity in every regard. Racially, the school is mostly white people from the hick suburbs of Pittsburgh or the weird small towns of Pennsylvania who think the city if Pittsburgh is large and booming. Much of the student population, especially greek life members, are very unwelcoming to students of color and view them as "other people" from themselves. There is also very little diversity in academics, as Pitt's primary focus academically is medicine and related science. The only reason Pitt is a nationally ranked school is it's science programs. Pitt pays very little attention to liberal arts and if you want to study anything that can fall into the category of art you will receive the lowest standard of education possible at this school. This on top of the horrible, poor atmosphere of Oakland and the boringness of Pittsburgh itself make Pitt arguably one of the worst places on this earth.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Registration process was a pain, but otherwise great classes and great professors.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I'm a minority woman, so I won't lie here. The school is 70% White, so expect to see mostly white students. However, there are SO MANY minority groups on campus, if you join those groups, it will feel like campus is very diversity! I joined at least three minority groups on campus, but I also join two honor societies with some diversity. Even though campus is 70% White, other cultures are greatly appreciated. I have never encountered racism on campus, but that's just coming from me.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I like the courses and professors at Pitt. The only problem is, Pitt need to change their system to help students sign up for classes. I hated that system, it's unfair to many students that neeed to get into a class but couldn't. The general education classes are always huge - 300 students. But that is typical for every university. When you take your major courses, the classes will be small - like 10 to 25 - since only major students are taking them.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Back in 2012 the internship guarantee program was started. As long as you attend all of the required sessions, meet with the career counselors, and apply for internships, you will get an internship before you graduate from college. If you choose to do nothing, you won't get an internship, plain and simple. The internship guarantee program is awesome. It really prepares students for an internship, resume writing, interviews and job hunting. I did three internships and a research fellowship while I was at Pitt. I clearly didn't have a problem getting an internship. And I got a job soon after I graduated.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Housing is okay. You live on campus because you want to build relationships, find your college best friends, not miss out campus events, and convenient to classes. Living on campus is VERY EXPENSIVE! If you can live off campus and find an apartment with a group of students, please do so! You can pay as little as $300 per month for rent OFF CAMPUS, versus $1000 per month ON CAMPUS. You have a lot of housing options on campus, but each student gets a bid number when it's time to choose housing, and if you have a bad bid number you won't have much housing options when it's your turn to pick an apartment. Seniors are not guaranteed on-campus housing, but like I said, you will definitely save a lot of money off campus. Food options on campus is pretty good, but it's expensive to eat on campus. The restaurants in Oakland are THE BEST! Chinese, Indian, fast food... you name it! On-campus meals are expensive, so you are better off eating at a restaurant in Oakland. Another way of saving money on food is do your own grocery shopping. Don't eat out all the time. There are many exercise facilities on campus, and taking the bus is free for students in Pittsburgh.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I wasn't part of Greek life so I cannot answer this question.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I love this school! I got my bachelor's degree here, and I'm returning to Pitt this year to receive my graduate degree. University of Pittsburgh offers a great education, and students graduate with great job prospectives. The application process for both undergrad and grad schools were long and tedious, but fairly easy to understand. The application fee for undergrad was cheap, while the application fee for grad school was very expensive. However, since I love this school, the fee doesn't bother me. Students that attend this school are very smart - they are top 25% of their high school class. When finals are approaching, everybody is studying! You see students study in the classrooms, on the grass, in dunkin donuts, on the bus... everywhere! If you want to go to a school that has a high standard of education and produces graduates that work at top companies, University of Pittsburgh is your answer!

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Pittsburgh Panthers is one of the top college sports teams in the country. The entire city of Pittsburgh is passionate about the Panthers. When March Madness comes around the Panthers get a lot of hype.

4 College Junior

Academics: I feel the quality of the teaching is pretty good, but I need to work hard to achieve better academic performance.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: I feel friends around me are tolerant about the political beliefs and racial diversity.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have no experience relating to that, I have never seen my friends access to the drug or alcohol.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: the quality of the course and professors are general except one course I took currently, I am satisfied with the teaching styles and class size very much.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I feel I was valued when I attended career fair but sometimes the quality of the career fair is not so good.

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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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