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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is pretty good at Pitt. Your pitt id acts as a bus pass, so you never have to pay bus fare. The buses usually come on time!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Pitt is known for its research. It presents its students with many research opportunities, starting freshman year. UPMC is huge and also gives many students opportunities for students to volunteer and shadow.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: We have a "dining dollars" and "meal swipes." The swipes can get you into the dining halls, which are okay in my opinion. You can get sick of the food quickly and only sometimes do they have something really good. The dining dollars is better in my opinion and can be used on "real food" at places like Burger King and Chickfila.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's good. We have a health center for students that's covered by our tuition and a pharmacy for medicine.

5 College Freshman

Majors: There are plenty of opportunities to get real-life experiences in whatever you want to do in the future. Pittsburgh is a city and has much to offer and Pitt itself is a major research school.

5 College Freshman

Technology: Plenty of computer labs with up to date technology.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Sororities get a wing in a dorm whereas frats have their own houses. Frats are really dirty at parties. I hear a lot of people easily got into sororities, although I personally never tried.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: A lot of places to eat and a lot of things to do. However, little of this is covered by the university and must be paid for out of pocket.

4 College Freshman

Academics: So hard! But in a very good way, you definitely learn a lot.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshmen dorms do suck for the most part, but the upperclassmen halls are better. And you can always choose those apartment-styled housing instead.

4 College Senior

Academics: I think that the academic level of the school is great. The courses are difficult and rigorous but that's because the professors here want to see their students learn and not just get by. The university hires teachers that are passionate about their subject and that passion can be inspiring to the students. Of course there are some bad teachers, but the overall level of academics of the school is beyond superb.

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.

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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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