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Reviews 3298 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Mostly suburban white, but very diverse-minded with a variety of Indians, Asians, and African-Americans.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Not many under 21 clubs, but plenty of house and frat parties. Plenty of bars for those of age.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: There are multiple lots in which students can pay for a permit to park in however they are quite costly if you really do not need your car much. There really is no need for a car on campus since city bus transportation is included in tuition. However, if you can find an apartment with its own parking lot/driveway you'd be in luck. Most parking is street parking.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The University of Pittsburgh is a school like no other in my opinion. There are magnificent buildings on campus including the cathedral of learning, which is an amazing building to explore. I feel like I could explore the campus and surrounding area for the rest of my undergrad experience and still be interested. Exploring the surrounding area is always great to do and I have found multiple interesting spots by doing so.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There was nothing more that I loved at Pitt than being surrounded by the students of the campus. I enjoyed the events that I took place in and I really feel that Pitt makes sure as an incoming freshman you get to experience these type of events that students love. The athletic facilities are amazing along with the campus buildings and student hangout spots. I enjoyed very much being able to experience just some of what Pittsburgh has to offer and cannot wait to experience even more.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I believe that all the professors that I have come across while at Pitt do want to be there and try their best to teach their students all they can. I believe that Pitt works hard to make sure the students enjoy the classes that they are taking and that they succeed. I have had positive experiences in almost all of the classes I have taken at Pitt.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of availability, prices range but usually very expensive for good quality. Street parking is horrible. Oakland is a pretty safe environment, just like your average college campus. Look for landlord reviews online because some are horrible.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very diverse! Especially in comparison to many other college campuses. Although dominantly white, you can find many other people of multiple ethnic backgrounds. You will also find people of varying interests and hobbies.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Great amount of variety. Pitt is located in Oakland, a somewhat urban community. There are alot of options to where you can stay, almost all of them are MUCH more affordable in comparison to on-campus housing. If Oakland is not for you, there are surrounding communities like Squirrel Hill and Shadyside that alot of students can find apartments and houses to rent. Although not as close, they are only a bus ride away.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's pretty good, especially since we get free rides on the Port Authority buses. Although you can walk to most of the places at Pitt, the PAT buses go along almost every route throughout Pittsburgh and will be able to take you wherever you need to go - free! Why the A-? It's good, but not amazing. I'm free NY and I really do believe the bus system can be improved. Very often they are either really late or really early, rarely on time.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I think the University of Pittsburgh does a good job at giving out scholarships and financial aid in comparison to many other colleges, especially private ones. Although I wish I could have gotten more, they are very generous.

3 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus isn't the best. Parkining passes are pretty expensive and stree parking is hard to find. There are plenty of parking lots though.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Riding the bus for free, getting into museums and the botanical gardens for free, getting a discount at a ton of places. The fact that we're basically the biggest school in the city and in the top 10 of everything with our professional schools (while still paying low tuition!). The love and acceptance I found here as well as the opportunities in medicine, international studies and research are unlike ANY of my friends colleges. The city is also accepting and navigable

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Though I don't go out, drink or have a life I know student life is great. There are events for everyone, the party animal and the art gallery admirer. You get in FREE to a ton of museums and the botanical gardens (which is one campus) and you catch the bus for free year round! The shuttles take you a ton of places and the University even has prebooked tickets to art events, opera and different kinds of city tour events. If you are bored at Pitt you must be trying to be bored lol

3 College Senior

Diversity: It is pretty diverse by race, religion and political affiliation but, like most colleges in the US, it is fairly "white." Also like most colleges, people are mostly liberal and democrats.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: I enjoy the weather at Pitt because there is a variety in the seasons. When it does snow the roads are clear and there is always transportation because Pitt is on the bus line. Class is rarely cancelled.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: The atmosphere is welcoming to all students in the area. It is comforting to know that there are university and city police around in case of an emergency.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Overall, there are several really beautiful parts of campus, but some of the buildings are pretty outdated.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Because Pitt has an urban campus, there is always stuff going on nearby.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Pitt provides free public transportation for all of their students! And it is all very accessible from campus. The only annoying part is having to wait for a bus when you are coming back to campus, but overall, the transportation is great.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The free access to public transportation is the best feature here. You can always get where you need to go without paying a cent, though it may take longer than driving. And there are sill pitt shuttles to get you specifically around campus, most importantly up the hill.

2 College Junior

Parking: You can usually find parking if you drive around a lot but it will take a long time and you might not find a space close to where you want to be. You will have to pay to park anywhere unless you're sneaky or park outside of the hours where the city makes you pay.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Get your booty off campus for food! There are so many options. Pittsburgh has a lot of traditional cuisine and you can definitely find a variety of food from different countries.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Frats are generally sloppy messes, but if you're into that... they can be fun haha You can also go to a bar if you're at least 21. That's the great thing about living in the city. There are a lot of options. Also, you get free busing in Pittsburgh so you don't really have to worry about that other than if you come back after they stop running for the night.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are actually pretty great. For freshmen, there are not a lot of options and it is pretty much what you would typically think of for a college dorm: small with shared bathrooms. For upperclassmen, there are more options, such as apartment style. Those ones are prettyyyy nice. There are some with actual kitchens! The thing is that they are a lot more expensive then living off campus. So if you can afford it, go on campus, but if you want to save money, look for an apartment.


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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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