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4 College Senior

Athletics: Football isn't as big at Pitt as some schools; basketball is where it is at! Being a part of the Oakland Zoo is a must; it is the student section at basketball games. Tickets are on a loyalty system, so you have to go to other sporting events to get points. There are a quite a few different gyms around campus, and they are all very nice. Pitt doesn't have tennis courts on campus, which was sad because I love tennis, but there are courts nearby in Schenley.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Being able to get on a bus for free gives students so many options! Also, being a Pitt student gets you into the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Mattress Factory, and Phipps Conservatory for free. All of them are worth multiple trips, as they have new exhibits throughout the year. I love being outdoors, and Frick and Schenley parks are great for hiking. If you're around in the summer, there are movies in the park at Schenley. There are a few movie theaters around, too. The Manor in Squirrel Hill has the best prices. There are plenty of great places to shop around between the Waterfront and Shadyside. I have always felt safe at Pitt, so no worries there. People in Pittsburgh are friendly and helpful.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Being able to hop on a bus for free, allows students to easily find whatever they are hungry for! There really aren't many types of food that you couldn't easily find nearby. Between Oakland, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, the Strip, and East Liberty you can find foods from nearly any ethnicity for a price that suits your wallet. My favorite place around is Smallman's Deli in Squirrel Hill. (They have a student discount, too!) People go crazy for Pamela's, but in my opinion, DeLuca's in the Strip is the best breakfast around.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Personally, I've encountered very few situations of drug use at Pitt. Once in a blue moon I'll catch a hint of marijuana at a house party or here about some kid using study drugs, but other than that, I feel that it isn't very prominent.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are some gorgeous girls around here at Pitt. Go to the bar any given weekend, and they're sure to be out. Just a matter of if you've got the guts to talk to them.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Local bars (Hemingway's and Peter's) are excellent, but sometimes there is a desire to branch out to other areas such as South Side and Station Square. This is sometimes inconvenient due to infrequent busing, so sometimes a designated driver may be necessary. If you're fine with staying in Oakland, it's great, but if you like going elsewhere, it may require a little more work/planning.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some dorms are better than others, but personally, I never spent a whole lot of time in mine. No matter where you live, how good a dorm is is what you make of it (i.e. making friends around your dorm, at other dorms, etc.)

5 College Junior

Technology: Adequate computing labs, widespread service, and many places where you can print. Speed is only a slight concern in places like the library when it's crowded around finals week, but other than that, it's great.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Papers get lost in the shuffle, and sometimes the admissions aids were not helpful.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The school of Arts& Sciences is the default for most students. When talking about getting into Pitt, usually they mean getting into this school. However, some majors are easier than others. If you are any type of Bio major, get ready for a wake up call your first semester with Bio 1. It is definitely a weed out course, but it's great because if you make it through and you still love biology, then you know you're on the right path.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few good spots to eat that aren't chain restaurants off campus. However, if you want real variety Craig street is the place to go. Even that isn't exactly a gold mine but it keeps things interesting and nothing costs too much. It's also a few blocks down, walking distance, but not something you'll want to do all the time.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on or off campus. I can walk from the library or back to my dorm at any hour of the night by myself and feel perfectly safe. The shuttles to upper campus run very late too, so you can always take those if you don't want to walk up the hill alone.

4 College Senior

Academics: Our school is really strong in academics. Certain departments like Spanish and Philosophy are top ranked in the country.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The basketball team is really good. The football team is OK. Our other sports like wresting and tennis are also really good.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Most of the dorms are really nice and encourage community with the other students on your floor.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: There are a good number of places to eat on campus, but they aren't especially healthy. The restaurants on campus also close relatively early. Also, the main dining hall stops serving good food around 9 and on the weekends.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options. Lots of hidden locations to discover. It's an adventure exploring pittsburgh dining.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Overall public transportation was great. Buses, the T (subway - train) were free with a student ID. Many students have cars to navigate through the city. The location of the campus is great and offers plenty of opportunities. My only desire would be a subway (T) connection from Oakland to Downtown (to connect to the bars at south side!).

4 College Junior

Weather: It snows a lot and classes won't get canceled, but the city streets are pretty prepared for the snow, so it's not that bad. The buses are also pretty convenient and come regularly.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Pittsburgh has a lot to offer students -- the city loves watching and attending professional sports games. There are several major corporations that call Pittsburgh home, giving students great internship opportunities. It's also home to the most bars in a square-mile in the US, so there's a great nightlife as well.

5 College Student

Athletics: Sports are really big here. the games are really live and the fans are really excited and crazy. It is a big part of life at pitt

3 College Student

Drug Safety: A lot of people are into drinking and drugs mostly just marijuana

1 College Student

Parking: I live on campus and did not bring my car because it is very hard to find a parking spot in the area and permits are expensive

3 College Student

Weather: The weather is really rainy but classes are never cancelled from weather

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking at school always fills up quickly but if you get a ticket it's usually only $15 instead of the $50 you would have to pay if the city tickets you.

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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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