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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms at Pitt are guaranteed for all freshman. They provide nicer housing for honors college students with suite style living, but it doesn't really matter since there really isn't a "bad dorm" on campus.
The housing system itself really needs some work. I transferred into Pitt halfway through my sophomore year with a 4.0. I was fortunate enough to find an open room in the apartment style residence, but it's the only chance I'll have to live on campus. Pitt is very strict with housing guarantees. If you are transferring from another university, there is a very good chance you won't be living on campus, regardless of your grades. I understand they want to put their current students first, but I feel that we should all be looked at the same, regardless of whether or not we transferred in.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Being in the english writing program is an honor. I love my experience so far because my teachers are really helpful with giving me the constructive criticism I need to become a better writer. The workload is heavy at times, only if you put writing your 20 page story off until the last minute. Like any other program, the workload isn't bad if you divide your work well and stay on top of it. The concerning part about this program is there aren't many writing internships available, let alone paid ones. After meeting with my advisor, he was very reassuring when it came to discussing a possible internship. He gave me many options: ones around Pittsburgh or even in Los Angeles. The best part about the internships was they were all paid!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics are huge at Pitt, especially basketball games. Even if the game isn't huge, the students are very supportive and willing to go. The nice thing about events at Pitt is you don't feel like you have to go to every single game. There's no pressure! School spirit at Pitt is incredible because of how supportive the fans are. Facilities are really nice and a fun place to work out.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The English Writing program at Pitt is amazing. I'm learning more than I could've imagined. If I could do it all over again, I definitely would. My goal is to become a screenwriter, but if I don't reach my goal, I will be happy with my career path as long as I'm writing. My main concern is the field is very competitive.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm leaning toward a Statistics major, and I really enjoy Pitt's Stats faculty. The only downside is that the program is small at Pitt.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather seems to change daily at Pitt. The other day it snowed and today all I needed to wear was my hoody.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There's really good fan support for the football team and basketball team. The Petersen Events Centers is awesome, and it's fun to go to Heinz Field for football games.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is pretty solid. So many places to eat right off Forbes Avenue so it's practically right on campus. From Chinese to Mexican to American food... There are plenty of places to eat so you shouldn't have a problem finding something you like.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I mean, it's no Los Angeles or Miami, but I generally love the nightlife here at Pitt. People are always throwin down, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, whether it be frat parties or house parties. If you wanna hit the bars, go to Southside, it's a great time. People from Duquesne, Point Park, Carlow, and CMU come party at Pitt so you always see different faces around. You could also hit up CMU parties since our campuses are right next to each other.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The Pitt Police officers are chill. You can walk into Towers Lobby (one of the resident hall entrances) pretty obviously drunk and they won't say a word. They hold full conversations with you and joke around too. But if you are belligerently drunk or passed out, then they will issue an underage, which I believe is understandable. Getting caught with alcohol in a dry building isn't too bad of an offense either. You get a letter sent home, a fine, and a mark on your record, but you won't get kicked out of your building. Pitt students know how to have a good time and not get caught, the strictness isn't a problem at all.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Great campus with technology! I use my laptop at home but I can get on when I need to and have no issues.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The Pitt sports are ranked as one of the best sports team in the USA. The students are the strongest fans. The Oakland Zoo is ranked #1 fan in the nation.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is certainly cheaper than on-campus. There are some discounts offered at the more popular restaurants and fast-food joints on Forbes Ave. Also, these places are all very close to classes, so they are convenient to go to between classes.

1 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus is extremely limited and unpredictable. Garage passes have ridiculously long waiting lists and meter parking is hit-or-miss. The city did, finally, change the meters to accept credit cards now, which is great if you don't have any change. It is however, as a commuter, better to ride the bus into Oakland if possible. I commute from Cranberry (40 min drive) so I have to allow an extra half hour to hunt for parking and walk to class from across campus in order to be on-time.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking's alright but it is a city area so spaces are limited. Soldiers and Sailors Parking Garage is generally the best, since it' bug and ventrally located, but sometimes you're lucky enough to find spaces on the streets. Everywhere you park is metered or required a pass (which you pay for at a pay machine on the sidewalks).

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Market central and the Perch are the two main cafeteria halls. Two words, MARKET SUCKS. I literally can't bring myself to eat there and it's usually the only in Camus dining place open on the weekends. But I have to use up my meal plan so I force myself to go at least once a week. The Perch has better quality food but it's up the hill (10 minute walk in the snow is not my thing) so I hardly go. Quickzone is like a mini 7-11, it's chill. Plus you can eat at the Union and at Cathedral so when you choose your meal plan, get more dining dollars than cafeteria swipes!

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Well I'm a girl so I'll talk about guys here. In comparison to my hometown, guys here are pretty pale but other than that, looks are a little above average. They're generally nice and friendly, although you will find total assholes thrown into the mix. If you're up at the frats or at a party, don't expect to find relationship material... I mean, it's college, what do you expect? The campus is pretty diverse so I'm sure you won't have a problem finding a guy who suits your preferences!

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I have a small disposable income but there are lots of places to eat off campus, even on a budget. On Forbes you can find just about anything you could want to eat. If you don't mind spending a bit more there are some really nice places on Craig street. They have better quality, but are more expensive. If you want cheap and fast though, Forbes Ave has many options.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: As a transfer I received some financial aid but not enough to cover the cost of tuition. Since I was new to the school I had a starting GPA of 0.0. So I couldn't apply for any scholarships through the school. I have had to take out private loans to pay for my outstanding balance. Definitely look for sources of aid outside of the school because it is unlikely they will give you an aid package that covers everything.

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4 College Junior

Weather: Pittsburgh weather is tricky. PA is such a unique place because you experience the best and worst of each season. It can be 40 degrees one day during the spring and 70 the next. The summers are awesome and the winters are great. It all depends on how much you like the snow and can stand the cold.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The public transportation is the best option here. It is free with a student ID and you can get anywhere that you need to go.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: There are a lot of dining options to choose from on campus. Anywhere from McDonalds to Panera to a typical cafeteria setting.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe; however you are in a city so you cant be stupid. As far as health, I've gotten sick so much since coming to college (which I've heard is just part of college) and Student Health here kind of sucks (its so hard to get an appt)

5 College Freshman

Local Area: I love the atmosphere of Pittsburgh and I love the city. I would totally live here after graduation if it weren't for the weather. The weather here literally makes me want to die.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of options and they are all right here - and what you can't find is a simple (free!) bus ride away

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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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