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Reviews 3448 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I give a B+ more so for the pride at the University, and not so much for the winning/ losing aspect. Sports are a huge tradition at the University, and it shows each year at our games. Around campus, you will always know when there is a Panther's game because the student body consistently sports blue and gold.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is very active, but not dominant at the University. There are over 450 clubs and organizations, so students are able to be involved with many other activities. Greek students do have a strong presence though, so if someone is interested in joining a fraternity or sorority, they will not be disappointed.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: On campus living arrangements are very nice, clean, and comfortable. My only complaint would be the price at which students need to pay.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus living arrangements are very easy to find around campus. Also, because students can ride the public city buses without having to pay (with their student ID), it is very manageable to live further from campus, but have an easy commute. The University does a lot to help students find roommates, landlords, etc., and they will also read over leases to make sure students are entering into a safe environment. Lastly, living off campus is relatively inexpensive.

5 College Junior

Majors: The University of Pittsburgh offers a wide variety of majors. Each major is designed to give the student the necessary knowledge to achieve their career goals through a sound and solid foundation.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: As a non-traditional student, I'm really not concerned with people's appearance as opposed to the education that I am paying for. The Univeristy of Pittsburgh is a very diverse culture within itself, which I think benefits the students and staff.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: There are a variety of fraternities and sororities to suit anyone's taste.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of meal options near the main campus, in Oakland. According to the meal plans, quite a few of the restaurants accept the Panther card. Panther cards are easy to fill and utilize which makes meal time convenient with many options to suit ones palate.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Most of the campus is very well kept, with individual buildings specializing in certain things, such as engineering or natural sciences. The dorms are tiny but nice, especially in Towers. Overall, I really can't complain, as I've seen way worse!

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Pitt is a decent size town with lots to offer. Also in the city are Carnegie Mellon University, which is right next-door. About a half hour away is the Kennywood, a big theme park, which is a pretty cool.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: You'll find all sorts of guys at Pitt: city boys, ravers, rednecks, and lots of good ol' country boys, too. The girls are pretty much just the same. They are incredibly hot, for the most part. If you aren't from around here, it'll take a little while to get used to the weird Pittsburgh accent.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on Pitt's campus. It is a beautiful, safe place to be. Keep your doors locked to avoid petty theft or late-night pranks. And be warned that Campus Security isn't too happy `bout drinking games, so keep your Beirut games under control.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Both guys and girls here are mostly down-to-earth and very friendly. There are a few snobs, but are easy to avoid.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Definitely some diversity. Most of who I see are caucasian, indian, asian, and african-american. The school doesn't care about color, just academic potential.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is freshly prepared from fresh, mostly locally grown/organic ingredients. The variety is as impressive as the quality of the food prepared.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather can be very hot in late summer and very cold in the winter. Definitely a four seasons campus.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation around Pitt is excellent. The university enables all students to ride mass transit at no cost, upon showing your student id.

1 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It sucks for most of the time because of the amount of rainy days. It rains more than the sun shines, especially in the winter. Classes never get cancelled unless the city mandates it which makes it really hard to get to class

5 College Senior

Diversity: I originally chose Pitt in part because of the diversity on campus and around the city.

4 College Senior

Academics: For the most part, most of my classes have been challenging and fairly graded.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: As a Microbiology major, I could not be happier with the education that I am receiving at Pitt. Sure, the Intro Bio profs could be a little better (*NEVER TAKE BLEDSOE), but the state of the art labs, and easy access to the medical community around us, makes the pre-med life a breeze. Well, as much of a breeze as it can be.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We're a DI school. We have great facilities, and great fanbases for about whatever sport you can imagine, including our quidditch team.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Many Greek students themselves do view the Greek life as a status thing, especially bc there are a number of events that they conduct exclusively for their own interaction, or public events or shows that only Greek students are allowed to be a part of or help run. Despite these few things, I don't think most non-greek students cared or were affected by Greek life. I wasn't a Greek student, but had plenty of friends who were, and still accepted me just the same. The frat parties usually let anyone in unless its a special event, so even if you're not a part of Greek life you can still know what it's about, associate with Greek students, and attend the same parties. After sophomore year, all that Greek life seemed to do was introduce those students to more people and busier lives!

4 College Senior

Party Scene: I think the nightlife is pretty versatile, regardless of age or what you're looking for. As freshman and sophomores, most people visit one of the many frat house parties up on the hill. If you live on lower campus, there are plenty of shuttles to get you around. A lot of people under 21 would also have small dorm parties, especially if they or someone they knew lived in university apartments that don't have RAs. There are pretty much always house parties as well, and by walking thru just about any of the streets right outside of the main campus (upper or lower) you are likely to find yourself at one. People are usually pretty inviting to new guests, and some will even post their parties on flyers or facebook pages. As for those 21+, there are also plenty of bars that are lots of fun, decently priced, and almost never have covers. Most of the bars are on lower campus tho.

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4 College Senior

Technology: There are plenty of computer labs on campus, one in particular that I know is open 24 hours during the school year, which ended up being really useful for those of us that are night owls, procrastinators and need something last minute, or even when your own computer is down. The university has a pretty cool self-service printing system, where you can print from any computer on which it is installed (so even your own laptop) and then simply swipe your student id at any of the numerous printers on campus to get your documents. They have even listened to student suggestions, and started placing some printers in highly used areas of campus buildings, eliminating the need to visit a computer lab every time you need to print. You can also access the wifi just about anywhere on campus. You do get a 900 page printing allowance per semester though, and while this seems like a lot, people that go print crazy did tend to run out towards the end of the semester, so be careful!


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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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