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3 College Senior

Technology: The computer labs here at Pitt are great and are very well equipped with current generation computer and programs. The labs are also open most of the day and some are open 24 hours a day which is great if anyone ever needed to finish a paper. Printing at Pitt is also great. We make use of self service printing. A student can simply download the program and print from hims laptop onto one of the many self service printers on campus. All that's needed is your ID. This decreases the amount of crowds that are at the computer labs during busy weeks. The network speed is also extremely fast. I can usually download things online at about 2mb/sec and I rarely experience any lag when I play games online.

1 College Senior

Weather: The weather doesn't follow usual patterns. Some days its a nice sunny day in the 70's and the next it could be snowing and freezing outside. Most of the days the weather is very gloomy and damp, but there are some days when it's just absolutely beautiful outside and it almost makes all the other gloomy days worth it. Almost

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I like the dorms here at Pitt, very comfortable but not some of the dorms are far from the center of the school.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Great professors and in most classes you're surrounded by kids that want to learn. Many programs are internationally recognized and there are several top 10.
Great advisors too, HAIL TO PITT

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many people of different backgrounds, however coming from just outside D.C. there are very few people of Hispanic descent. No one is unwelcome, though and I've never seen or heard of any discrimination. Everyone here seems to be pretty accepting. About 1/2 white and 1/2 collective minority groups (more than most)

2 College Sophomore

Administration: I gave them a C- because sometimes the strictness is neccessary to make every feel safe and comfortable, but it's good to know that the Pitt Police are a subset of the city police that specifically work on Pitt's campus. So unlike "campus cops" these city cops cite you when they find you drinking/beligerently drunk. If you go to the hospital you get cited. If you're seen throwing up you're taken to the hospital in ambulance and get cited. If RA's smell weed in a dorm they immediately call police and you get a room search and a citation/court summons if they find anything-no warnings. They have a strict policy about dorm drinking, depending on circumstances there's usually a 2 strikes and you're out of dorm living policy. That being said, tons of kids get away with it if they're smart about it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The facilities are old, but that being said they are clean, well kept and serve their purpose. If you want a campus that looks hip and new go to CMU, but if you want a campus that is a comfortable learning enviornment than Pitt is the best I've seen. Once you go here you learn all the quirks of the Cathedral, Union and Posvar and it makes you feel like a real part of the community. Also there are endless good study nooks.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Pitt has a great campus feeling, when you go to Pitt or represent Pitt outside of school you'll bump into alums and other students around the world who will congratulate you on your choice. (Happened to me on an international cruise) The campus has a very home-like feel and although the weather in Pittsburgh is unpredictable, the education you'll get is going to be excellent and you're going to have a great time. There is most literally something for everyone (that's what you get with a big school) and with downtown Pittsburgh just a free bus ride away you have access to everything you'll ever want. I can't imagine going anywhere else. The Pete (the athletic center is brand new and beautiful, Schenely Park is around the corner if you want a good place to run in the woods...endless good things to say

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Always something to do on campus and in the city of Pittsburgh

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: As a biology major there is a wide variety of interesting coursework available to me. There are also abounding research opportunities to gain valuable hands on experience. The professors are top notch but not always the most personal with their students. There is plenty to do on campus and around the city.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: The most challenging part for me was deciding what I wanted to do. The advisors I spoke with in the Environmental Studies and Geology departments were great! They provided a lot of information that helped making my decision easier. The process was as simple as completing a form and my general undergrad advisor sent the form in for me.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Weather can be crummy in the winter, but it's Pennsylvania so that's not a surprise. It rains pretty often too so that can get old quickly. Otherwise, the spring, summer and fall are pretty great! I love the change in seasons so the weather here is perfect for me.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: WiFi is available in all University buildings, and the network is pretty reliable. I've only had to go to a computer lab a couple times to print something and found a computer fairly easily. There is a program that the University has that will tell you where you can find available computers. I think that's a pretty handy tool.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The first finaincial aid advisor I spoke with was a bit of a jerk and dismissed me quickly, however another gentlement overheard the conversation and offered his help. He was great at answering my questions and giving me the knowledge I needed to move forward in my financial aid process. The FASFA form is easy to complete and there are several reminders from the university to complete the form, so that makes it really easy to stay on track of deadlines. I have to take out a lot of loans, but at least I know I'll be able to finish school and not have to delay my future because of financial reasons.

College Sophomore

Campus Food: I'm a commuter and I don't have a meal plan. There are tons of places to eat in Oakland in general. I see Pather Funds accepted signs everywhere, so I think that plan is really flexible.

2 College Freshman

Weather: It never stays the same kind of weather for a full day. However, it does snow every single day in the winter-- up until March and then still expect some more! It rarely gets out of the 30's throughout most of the winter so be prepared to wear a lot of heavy clotes.

College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's annoying cause it's a bunch of fresh 21 year old kids learning how to drink!! But good thing is that South Side is a 5 minute car drive. Squirrel hill/Shadyside is a little farther but still close enough and its a quieter but still a good spot. Or if you want to go somewhere nice, downtown. There's a good mix, from yuppie to gay bars. If you're under 21 Pitt and CMU does a good job at putting on mini festivals during the spring and fall.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather during the winter isn't great, it's usually gloomy. Occasionally the sun comes out but the springs and falls are usually very good, lots of sun and pretty warm. The only time the weather effects me is if it snows heavily, which it usually doesn't, since I commute to Pitt.

5 College Freshman

Majors: So many majors and certificates to choose from, and most people that I've talked to are happy with the programs they are in. I certainly am in Film Studies. I am worried about finding a career with this major, but film isn't something most people in the industry go to college for anyway, hopefully it will just give me a bit of a head-start in the knowledge department. I cannot think of anything else I'd rather study. If for some reason I ever decide it isn't worth it to try in film anymore, I can always fall back on my ASL certificate.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Downtown Pittsburgh kind of shuts down at 10:00 at night. But on the weekends there are always kids out at Pitt. The 21 and older students are always out at bars, but other students are here having fun. There are always activities for us.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Pitt has many programs designed to spread the word about alcohol awareness. I don't feel any peer pressure to use drugs or drink. The school has a no tolerance policy.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's somewhat expensive to live in Pittsburgh and a lot of the housing around campus is gross. But there are some nice places to live and Pitt has a great shuttle system that can pick you up if you live off campus.

4 College Junior

Academics: The professors here are extremely dedicated to what they do and are often passionate about it too. Some of them can be oblivious to if students are struggling though. There are many options for tutoring with most subjects and students in classes often study together, so if you are willing to work the tough curriculum isn't too bad.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Pitt has awesome school spirit. We have great workout facilities and many many opportunities to get involved with sports. Pittsburgh is a huge sports city and Pitt is no different.

4 College Junior

Academics: The business program definitely prepares you to work in the business world. They teach you specific skills and encourage mock interviews and resume reviews to prepare you for the job search. The workload can be tough, but it's doable.

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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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