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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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3 College Freshman

Majors: It is very rewarding but also very frustarting to be a molecular bio major. You definitely learn a lot in the general bio and chem classes, but the fact that they are weed out courses--especially for bio 1-- is incredibly difficult. You could be a perfectly good student and still receive bad grades in these classes because you are not good at multiple choice questions or you end up being in a class full of guaranteed med school students (who will cut your throat to get a better grade than you). The workload is immense and however much you think you should be studying, you need to study more. There are tons of opportuinites for research and volunteering through the school and UPMC. You need a lot of determination to get through this program because the faculty will try to weed out as many people as possible but if it's what you really want to do, keep going! You will figure out the system.

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3 College Student

Weather: I like cold weather so winter isn't a problem and fall and spring are beautiful. Summer can get too hot and humid though

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3 College Student

Technology: Computer labs are pretty good with a mix of apple and windows though software availability isn't really consistent throughout.

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4 College Student

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on Pitt's campus. Police presence is good and lots of buses to/from campus so there's not a lot of loitering.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus, even late at night. The dorms have 24-hour security guards. The surrounding neighborhoods are quiet and the only trouble/noise generally comes from other students after a night out drinking.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: The police and administration are fairly strict about underage drinking and drug-use. The administration are also very strict about academic integrity and cheating in classes is taken very seriously.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There aren't many places available for parking, so buses are a huge part of Pittsburgh. It's very easy to figure out which bus to take using the computer or smart phone, and buses come very often so you have many options. The buses normally arrive a couple minutes late.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't a huge thing, but if you want to join, there are many options. In my opinion, the fraternities act completely normal to other guys and girls not in Greek life, but sorority girls sometimes act as if they're better.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Coming from upstate New York, I'm very used to snow without school getting canceled. When I went to Pitt, I knew that I was in for long Winters and not too warm weather. It is definitely warmer than home, so I'm very content. Just bring lots of warm clothing!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are police many places in Pitt, and I feel extremely safe there. There are things called blue lights all over, which are these blue lights that you can hit if you feel unsafe and a police officer gets there as soon as possible. They are always in vision from anywhere you are!

3 College Junior

Parking: For parents/friends/prospective student visiting: Around busy times of the year like move-in, graduation, and around breaks, it is really hard to find parking, but any other time, you can usually find a spot without driving around for too long. Most spots are metered, but are free evenings and Sundays. Don't ever try to take a chance and park somewhere illegally or not pay for a meter though, because there are Pittsburgh Parking Authority people everywhere and they WILL give you a ticket.
For students: Don't bring your car to school! Permits are expensive and student parking locations are very inconvenient/far away. You can ride all the public transportation for free with your Pitt ID.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking in Oakland is horrible in general. Pittsburgh parking authority are ruthless and will do anything to give you tickets, so make sure you pay and print out the ticket and put it somewhere visible on your dashboard. The best place to park is the tiny lot between 5th and Forbes on Oakland Ave and South Bouquet. The meters are older so they are cheaper than the newer meters.They are Pitt meters as well and rarely monitor over there.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of local restaurants and chains near by. It's always good to have panther funds on the weekends because most restaurants on forbes accept them. Students also study in places such as panera, starbucks, and so on. You can tell the restaurants around campus really cater towards the students.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of people from different countries, some of which English isn't their first language. Which is great to have that type of exposure to other cultures. But the races rarely intermingle and the University itself doesn't do much to bring everyone together.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Nightlife is pretty decent, if your 21. Good restaurants and shopping, lots of food on forbes ave and surrounding area

3 College Junior

Academics: Political science is a great major, but i know tons of other schools that have better programs. The major isn't as easy as it looks, you will have to put a lot of effort into the required courses but the upper levels are actually easier. Internships are really competitive out here so make sure you have a great GPA and Resume. I want to go to law school and the program isn't really integrated with the legal studies major/minor.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: There are a lot of options but sometimes the quality is questionable.

5 College Junior

Transportation: The campus shuttles are very reliable. The city buses are free so it is easy to get around all of Pittsburgh and surrounding neighborhoods.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you are under 21, nightlife is pretty limited. Your freshman year is going to be dominated with crappy frat parties unless you join an organization that has their own parties. Until you get a fake ID, sophomore year is going to consist of the occasional house party and dorm drinking. Even with a fake, you can really only get into MiRanch, which is pretty subpar in terms of bars. But once you're 21, nightlife in Pittsburgh is rich with bars, clubs, and many locales for you and your friends to try.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: There's actually a lot to do in Pittsburgh! You can make campus as big or small as you want it to be, and there is a lot of opportunity to go shop, go sightseeing, walk around, eat at restaurants- the possibilities are endless if you look for them!

4 College Freshman

Academics: Not going to lie, if you are a science major here at Pitt it will be demanding and tough. Professors (especially the biology department) do not care if you are going to fail, so you need to work your ass off to make the grade. However, if you go to office hours professors are usually willing to help.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Transportation is excellent in and out of the area.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: The workload is tough. There are lots of opportunities to acquire an internship here. The job prospects are great in my major.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe here at Pitt. The dorms require ID in order to have access to them. There are call buttons located throughout the campus if needed in emergencies.

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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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