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3 College Freshman

Majors: As a molecular biology major on a pre-med track, I would say that the program is pretty good. The biology and pre-med program here is rigorous but very good. The courses that I have to take are all relevant, and I get an automatic chem minor which is great. I have a lot of extra room in my schedule so I can take it relatively easy, or try to graduate a semester early. I also have plenty of room so I can fit in another minor or do lots of research for credit. I feel as though I will be well prepared for med school.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is really run down and like a ghetto.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Lots of green space for a city. Peterson Event Center is sweet.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Great recreational sports facilities. The gym is huge. Food courts are bountiful and we have a lot of chain restaurants around, like Chic-Fil-A, Taco Bell, Chipotle, etc. Lots of stores around too.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: There is a wide variety of options wthin a short distance from Pitt. The bus system makes it easy to access all the local attractions.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of options to choose from, but parking is an issue.

4 College Junior

Administration: RA's and campus security keep a relatively tight shift on drugs and alcohol within the dorms. Partying is a problem, but the loudest and worst of them are always busted by the police. Other than heavy partying, the University generally stays out of student's lives.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus security does a good job protecting main campus. However, the surrounding neighborhoods, particularly South Oakland are a scary place at night. The buses going through campus have been known to be a safety hazard.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Pitt has wonderful racial diversity. However, their stance towards LGBT issues, especially in terms of dormitory policy, is archaic.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The nightlife at this university is fun for all ages. Fraternities hold several parties throughout the week and there's usually lots of house parties open. The two closest bars on campus are Peter's Pub and Hemingways. South Side is a short bus ride from campus and holds the most amount of bars in a square mile than any other place in the United States. Nightlife can also be clashed with Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The student life at the University of Pittsburgh is phenomenal. There's always an event going on, whether it's athletic matches on the Cathedral lawn or college basketball playing at the Peterson events center. The Cathedral of learning provides study areas for student access 24/7. Hillman library is also a common place for students to cram for quizzes and tests. There are several eat-in joints on Forbes avenue that students can get their quick fix or relax and study.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: University of Pittsburgh's location giving several opportunities both on campus and off campus. Having hundreds of clubs, there's definitely no reason a student should feel left out. Being an urban campus, students can use several means of transportation to go to sports games, clubs, museums, playhouses, and many others.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid process is super easy. Just by applying and checking a box to say you're interested, you're entered into their financial aid applicants pool. Provided you studied hard in high school, get good grades, and have a decent amount of extra-curricular activities, getting scholarships is pretty easy. Since receiving financial aid I've never had any problems requiring me to talk to the financial aid officers.

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3 College Junior

Majors: I'm in the linguistics major, which I absolutely love. The professors and other faculty are extremely helpful and friendly and the other students often participate in class and work together outside of class. Unfortunately the large number of students makes it difficult to really get to know the professors, which can hinder their ability to be helpful when applying for graduate schools or scholarships, but they're always open and available, so it is not difficult to overcome this barrier.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: Pittsburgh has several areas with shopping malls and theaters which are very quick and easy to get to. There are good restaurants everywhere and several University campuses, making it safe and fun for students. There are also several museums and parks, including Kennywood, an amusement park. The Benedum frequently has operas, ballets, concerts, and other cultural events and there are constantly baseball, hockey, or football games going on in the local stadiums.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is a pretty nice variety of places to eat on campus. Market Central is nice because it is basically a buffet and there are a lot of different options that vary by day. Sometimes it gets boring but it can be really beneficial. Other places that don't use swipes offer a great variety such as Nicola's Garden and Strutter's in the Union, and Burger King and Pasta Plus up at the Pete. I'd recommend getting a lot of dining dollars and some swipes because if you run out of swipes you can always use dining dollars for Market.

4 College Junior

Majors: The Linguistics program is really good at the University of Pittsburgh. The professors are very helpful and available and the course load is challenging but not overwhelming. I always come out of class feeling like I learned something new and with a new understanding of linguistics and languages. I do wish there were more psycho-linguistics classes available.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most houses only have on street parking and it can be very challenging to find a place close to campus

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains alot here but that doesn't affect camput life. I'm just tired of getting wet!

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: I love this city. There are plenty of hospitals, shopping and restaurants. One block off campus and you're in town. Super footbal team.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am a Greek and love it. My brothers help me with my studies and we all provide a great support structure to each other. We work hard, study alot and do alot of volunteer work for the local community.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm an accounting major and love the business school. There are so many opportunities and the staff has been so helpful to me.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I am currently an athletic training major at the University of Pittsburgh. After switching my major a few times I finally found what I wanted to do. Be warned that the science classes at pitt are very difficult since they are trying to make people fail so they don't have too many kids with high gpas for medical school. Look into programs pitt offers with a freshman guarentee these can be very helpful later on when others are trying to compete for spots.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus at the University of Pittsburgh is a joy. Although some of the dorms are more comfortable and spacious than others, most of the campus dormitory buildings are clean, secure, and convenient. Some of the better dorms include: PA Hall, Panther Hall, Sutherland Hall, and dorms in the quad area. The dorms most students try to avoid are: Tower A, B, and C and Lothrop Hall. Most of the dorms are fun. The resident assistants create safe, usually non-drinking, programs for their residents to get to know one another; so, most student's closest friends include roommates and floor mates from their freshman year. It is more expensive to live in a campus dorm than to find an apartment off campus, but it is a lot more convenient to do so. To find a good dorm, you must draft a good number in the lottery. Overall, housing at Pitt is about average and it could be better, but I think most of the university's students are satisfied.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Pittsburgh is a wonderful city. Most students at the University of Pittsburgh limit themselves to Oakland, the school's neighborhood, but if you explore the rest of the city, you will find that Pittsburgh is a fantastic place to explore. Some things to take advantage of as a student include: Pittsburgh's Cultural District, Carnegie Museums, the Duquesne Incline, and the fantastic food, to name a few. There are plenty of students at other schools and universities to interact with like: Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Robert Morris University, Point Park University, Chatham University, and Carlow University.

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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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