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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.

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.

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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2 College Junior

Weather: The weather here is constantly changing. It can go from snow to sun to freezing rain in a day. It's hard to predict and all you can do is carry an umbrella and wear lots of layers.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: All different types of Greek organizations are available and open to everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: You can walk around campus without a problem during the day but woul not be out very late at night alone.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Nice variety of off campus dining with various ethnic choices.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The nightlife is not much but you tend to get used to it. There are a couple of bars and a hookah lounge but for the bars you need to be 21 or over.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is a good amount of food and places you could eat outside of the dining hall in case you get tired of their food.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Pittsburgh is a nice city with many friendly people. Pittsburgh has many fun recreational activities to do, and there are many attractions to go to. It is impossible for one to get bored with Pittsburgh, because there is always something new you can do there.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The food is great at Pittsburgh. There is much diversity in type, quality, and price. This diversity allows students to match these needs and wants to nearly any on and off campus dining in the Pittsburgh region.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: There are plenty of nightlife options for all students of all ages. The bars are readily available throughout campus, and South Side is well known for having many bars run up and down the street. The students who are below the age of 21 still have many options at the house parties and fraternities.

4 College Junior

Weather: Pittsburgh is cold and rains a lot; however, students can find a nice cozy place to study in one of the many study rooms offered by the school.

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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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