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Reviews 3460 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Junior

Greek Life: I do not know enough about greek like to comment on it. All I know is that greek life presence is minimal and most students are not associated with greek life.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus security is great. They are there when you need them but they will bust parties or report visibly inebriated students. I commend campus security for their efforts during the bomb threats last year.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of variety of restaurants. Many casual dining options have student discounts and offer dinners for less than $10. Did not score an A because there are few fine dining restaurants within walking distance of campus.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is a nightmare. There is no way to find a parking spot. ever.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Police simply tell students to leave frat houses if they're called over. Nothing serious ever happens.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Very expensive to live as an undergrad on campus. The main housing buildings - Tower A, B, & C are SO small. We also have an all girls dorm and a dorm with singles. Off campus the houses arent the nicest and they can get expensive.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Campus in my opinion is very safe, but if you move out a little towards where off campus living, it can get concerning sometimes. One must remember the campus is a city and other people besides students do live and work in the area. I generally feel safe and would walk home alone at night, but I know some others who are weary of their safety would be afraid. Campus police is out at night and would be there if needed.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Free access to the bus system - which takes you mostly anywhere around the city. Available university coach buses that travel during all the breaks and holidays to many host cities such as Philadelphia, Eerie, Harrisburg etc. Available parking if you choose to have a car at school - very cheap if you get a city parking permit ($20 for the year).

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Nice college town with plenty to do - easy access by bus (U Pitt students get free port authority transportation). Very nice gym, and SO many different groups and clubs to get involved in. There really is something for everyone. Plenty of resources and oppurtunities to assist with research, to co-op and to obtain an internship. Museums all throughout Pittsburgh are free to students as well... and the city itself has amazing cultural and much to see.

5 College Junior

Academics: I start this semester so I am not so sure what grade I would the University. Although I did choose this school on largely because of their excellence in research.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: When it comes to basketball there is no better team than ours. Just ask the Oakland Zoo, the student cheering section at the games. We are called the Oakland Zoo because Oakland is the neighborhood of Pittsburgh the school is located in, and the proud school fans get there extremely early to heckle the rival team and acts like a "zoo". When there is a very important game, the oakland zoo has been known to sleep in the lobby the night before. Talk about school pride!! One of the many reasons I am a proud Pitt Panther!

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The police are pretty forgiving but the number one rule is don't be dumb. If a cop sees you stumbling down the streets chances are they will stop you. They do raid parties quite often but all that happens is they end the party. It is great to have them around when you need them though! There is even a bus called the safe rider you can take when you don't want to walk back to your dorm late at night.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Pittsburgh is an amazing city. There is no reason not to explore what restaurants the city has to offer when your student ID serves as a free buss pass! If you are looking for something close to campus there is always the usual Chipotle, Panera bread, and Subway. If you're looking for a late dinner with friends, I suggest Fuel and Fuddle. You can't beat their half off after midnight. If you're up even later there is always $5 pizza at Sarento's Pizza. The more hip, trendy restaurants can be found on Craig Street in between the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon! My favorite restaurant in that area is Lulu's noodles, but there is all sorts of options varying from indian food to italian.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The Living Learning communities the school offers for on campus dorm living are so helpful, getting you more involved in your field of study. My freshman year I applied to the Health Science Living community and it was so beneficial for me. I had opportunities to shadow doctors, go to Q & A with several successful alumni in my field, and live with students that are taking similar if not the same classes. There are different living learning communities and I think they are great for building friendships that last while keeping up with your academics.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are two big cafeterias on campus and other than that there are several little dining areas within school buildings if you're just looking to grab a quick bite of something. So there never is a problem finding a place to eat. My only complain is not having more healthy options in Market Central and the Perch (the two main cafeterias). There is hardly any fruit ever, and fast food is at your finger tips such as burgers and pizza. Talk about Freshman 15. I do have to say the wraps and sandwiches they make are amazing with plenty of options on bread and meat and such. I do not plan on getting a big meal plan next year.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are always opportunities to get involved on campus, whether it be going to the stress free zone in the William Pitt Union to take a free yoga class, or participating in a glow in the dark frisbee tournament on the Cathedral lawn. There is never a dull moment. Need tutoring help? No problem. Students can go to the MAC to get math help, the ARC to get science help, and many more locations for other subjects. They want you to succeed! Every semester the school has career fairs with numerous representatives from big corporations that want to talk to YOU. Panther central is the go to for any miscellaneous dorm/school need which is open 24/7. There is no way not to succeed when attending Pitt and using all they have to offer.

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1 College Student

Parking: Parking on campus is very difficult and can be a nightmare, especially when moving in and out. There is no need for a student to have a car on campus.

4 College Student

Campus Quality: Pitt's campus literally is the city, and that is what sets it apart from other schools. While you have the typical "college campus" portion of the university, there are also numerous shops, restaurants, and businesses that also make it very city-like in some aspects. However, you can always escape the city life with a short walk to nearby Schenley Park. Everything you can possibly need or want is within walking distance or a free bus ride, and that is what makes Pitt unique to me.

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4 College Student

Campus Quality: The large number of academic buildings and other facilities around Pitt's campus give rise to many great places to study, work out, relax, and eat. The athletic facilities are great, and the library and other academic building offer many places to study. When the weather is nice, there are many places to hang out outside. Overall, Oakland is a great place.

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3 College Student

Weather: Pittsburgh weather is very unpredictable. You can literally experience all four seasons within a week's time. Winters can drag on, but the nice weather of spring and fall will make up for it.

4 College Student

Athletics: Athletics are a huge part of life at Pitt. Whether you're on the field or in the stands supporting, the athletics bring everyone together.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking in Oakland is atrocious. It is an urban area and surrounded by other colleges, businesses, and hospitals. It can also be very costly to park in the few parking garages.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Pitt's academics are excellent. There are many options available and as students the choice is yours. Pitt offers great exploratory programs as well. I plan to go into medicine therefore I feel I could not have picked a better school in my immediate area. Pitt offers excellent research opportunities and some are even available through work-study.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There are a good amount of computer labs available on Pitt's campus. The speed is average based on what I've seen on other campuses, as well. Each semester students get 500 pages (double sided) to print which is more than enough and sufficient. Although I would highly recommend bringing your own computer on campus. It's more efficient and convenient.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Pitt offers shuttles for students who reside off campus. There are also shuttles that travel to upper campus and hit major points on campus as well. In addition, with a Pitt student ID, students can ride Port Authority buses at no cost. We can also go on the Inclines in the city and have many other privileges.


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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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