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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: This university is set in the center of the city and there are thousands of options of more dining experiences. There are suburbs everywhere to pick from to get lunch or dinner. Also there are the calm options but also great nightlife around the area. I definitely suggest going off campus and getting some fantastic Pittsburgh food!

3 College Senior

Weather: The weather of Pittsburgh, PA has the potential to be beautiful but that is not always the case. Rain and snow are very common weather patterns but there are beautiful sunny days for students to walk around and enjoy the beautiful campus.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: The University of Pittsburgh is a city school and offers an array of night life. There are various fun activities for the college students at this university. Greek life is always a great way to meet more people.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Pitt is great for engineers, especially, I can't speak for anything besides my major besides that, though. So far, Statistics is letting me down a little ONLY because the department is very small, though it is increasing in size! The teachers know what they're doing and the classes are quality but they're hard to get into.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is definitely a drug-scene at Pitt. Every once in a while, the cops show up because someone smelled pot. Kids who do it outside of the dorms hardly ever get busted, though, and that's pretty common. It isn't an issue if you don't do it, but you might smell it sometimes.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Here, there's much much more diversity than anywhere I've ever been. We covered three continents just with kids on my floor. There's really lots of kids from all over the place and there's lots of events and activities for every different ethnic/racial background that welcome everyone! The only reason it isn't an A+ is because as far as political beliefs go, it's definitely not an even split; there are many more farther democratic students than republican.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: I don't think strictness dampens anyone's social life; kids who want to have fun can have fun anyways. RAs will call the campus police if you come back to the dorms making a scene or showing signs of alcohol poisoning, but they aren't out to get you in trouble. Parties only get busted when drugs are involved or things get particularly wild.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Many different ethnic groups, races, and religions are represented and accepted on campus. Discrimination for anything is hardly seen. Most people are pretty open

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: I love the area; Pittsburgh is just great. In Oakland, where Pitt is located, though, it is primarily college students living in the area.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Computers on campus are fairly reliable. Wireless networks and printing are not so much. Printers sometimes don't print, and wireless is not offered in all dorms and can be fairly unreliable once you have it.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a fair amount of chains, but also a lot of local places to eat. Most are affordable and pretty good. It's not hard to find what you're craving.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is popular, drugs are less so but still not uncommon by any means. I'd say about average, it's not hard to find if you want to but not hard to avoid if you don't.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: fairly easy to deal with once your fafsa and tax returns go through, but that was a challenge. overall aid package was pretty good

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Even the pickiest eater can find somewhere to eat.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are numerous bars/places to party on campus as well as off. The south side of Pittsburgh is home to all kinds of fun and is only a short bus ride from campus away. That's another thing, you can find a bus to basically anywhere in Pittsburgh.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love being in a specific program because my curriculum is directly correlated with what I want to do with my career so it makes it more interesting. From what I hear it's a great program in terms of the faculty and how they present the work. It is a lot of work especially with the required internship hours but it pays off in the end.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: You have to be accepted into the school of Health and Rehab Sciences. So far it hasn't been that tough. You are required to take prerequisites, but they were mostly classes I would have taken anyway. I will submit my application on March 15th of this year.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not had an internship yet, but I have learned that it is required within the Athletic Training field. I do not have any concerns about finding an internship and I actually look forward to getting hands on in my field. I worked along side Dr. Mittica for a while and it was a great experience in high school.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: This semester I will declare my athletic training major. This is something that I've wanted to study for a very long time, and is one of the reasons I choose to attend Pitt. The program is very good, and I hope it will be a great step on my path to ultimately work in the field of sports medicine and become an orthopedic surgeon for a major sports team.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: transportation is free for all pitt students. the buses can take you pretty much anywhere you need to go, and for the most part, are really reliable

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls--mostly--are more mature than campuses in the middle of nowhere. Since the campus life is mixed in to the professional/adult life, the guys grow up faster. There is lots of diversity--which keeps the guy/girl outlook extremely exciting. You'll find all different types of people. Only issue I would mention is that the students here are on the wealthier side, so people can be a tad spoiled.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health at the University of Pittsburgh is phenomenal. The streets are constantly cleaned by staff--as are the buildings. The campus promotes healthy eating/exercising habits. However, I only gave an A-, because parts of Oakland are subject to mugging and theft. Most of the time, the campus police intervenes to prevent these incidents from happening, but sometimes, it is inevitable in the city.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Until you are 21, there is not a whole lot to do. There are almost always frat parties but they get nasty and repetitive. Every weekend, there are university sponsored activities so if you really feel the need to get out you can try those. Once you turn 21 (or get a fake) the nighlife is great in southside and it's not too bad of a ride. In Oakland, generally, there is not a whole lot of clubbing or good parties.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are tons of people from all different backgrounds here. Yes, the majority of the student body is white but nobody really discrimates against color so you can make friends with pretty much anyone who shares your interests. There are lots of religious organizations for whatever faith you practice and in the community there are chapels, churches, and synagogues to go to. As a large university there is basically a representation from every background and in the off chance you are hard pressed to find something for your specific needs, you can make it yourself and plenty are sure to join.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus crime is very low and if it does happen seems to be taken care of right away. I would never leave my dorm room door open if I am not in the room however because thefts (and sometimes revenge) can occur when you are away however if it is only for 5 minutes everything should be fine. Walking alone on campus is perfectly fine in the daytime and at night can be a little shady so I tend to walk in groups.

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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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