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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health at the University of Pittsburgh is phenomenal. The streets are constantly cleaned by staff--as are the buildings. The campus promotes healthy eating/exercising habits. However, I only gave an A-, because parts of Oakland are subject to mugging and theft. Most of the time, the campus police intervenes to prevent these incidents from happening, but sometimes, it is inevitable in the city.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Until you are 21, there is not a whole lot to do. There are almost always frat parties but they get nasty and repetitive. Every weekend, there are university sponsored activities so if you really feel the need to get out you can try those. Once you turn 21 (or get a fake) the nighlife is great in southside and it's not too bad of a ride. In Oakland, generally, there is not a whole lot of clubbing or good parties.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are tons of people from all different backgrounds here. Yes, the majority of the student body is white but nobody really discrimates against color so you can make friends with pretty much anyone who shares your interests. There are lots of religious organizations for whatever faith you practice and in the community there are chapels, churches, and synagogues to go to. As a large university there is basically a representation from every background and in the off chance you are hard pressed to find something for your specific needs, you can make it yourself and plenty are sure to join.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus crime is very low and if it does happen seems to be taken care of right away. I would never leave my dorm room door open if I am not in the room however because thefts (and sometimes revenge) can occur when you are away however if it is only for 5 minutes everything should be fine. Walking alone on campus is perfectly fine in the daytime and at night can be a little shady so I tend to walk in groups.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have heard from many that off campus housing can be not the best but at times is better than dorms. I have no personal experience, but do know that if you are interested you can get tours from landlords.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are small and not very nice at all but the amazing social aspect completely outweighs the conditions of the rooms. The freshman Towers are especially social and living there was the best decision I have made in college so far. I made so many amazing friends and see a friend anywhere I go on campus because I met so many people. The RA's are all extremely friendly and reasonable. I actually became friends with mine. The upperclassman dorms are spacious and the newer ones are very clean and nice. The newer dorms like Panther and Pennsylvania Hall are farther away from classes but the extraordinary conditions and space make up for the longer walk to class. Upperclassman dorms are also very social and I continued to make best friends in my dorm sophomore year.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our teams do not win all the time, but the fans are faithful and enthusiastic no matter what. There are many traditions done at football and basketball games to get the fans involved which make them a lot of fun. Game days are amazing. Students are covered in Pitt gear from head to toe all around campus whether they are at the game or not. The only negative is that the football field Pitt uses is not on campus. The football team plays on the Steelers' field which is a great experience, but you must take a bus or find a ride there. Pitt also has basically every IM sport imaginable, even quidditch and students like attending them sometimes as much as varsity sports.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If you begin searching for a house or apartment early enough it is possible to find a house or apartment, very close to campus, however the closer to campus, the more expensive the rent. The farther you get from campus, however, the less safe the area is. Many of houses and apartments are dirty and unkempt. Also I have heard of bad experiences with unreliable landlords. For example a friends' brother showed up to move into his house and another group of students was also there to move into the same house. The landlord had rented the house to two groups of people for the same time period. Despite the horror stories and messy houses, you can find a decent house at a good price but be prepared for a lot of hard work, visiting houses and questioning landlords.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: THere's a big variety right around campus and downtown. Pitt is surrounded by neighboring colleges and has a good amount on international students, so that helps bring an array of options. There's coffee shops, ethnic (Mexican, Peruvian, Indian, Chinese, Italian), lotsss of pizza shops, a few "nicer" places for a good date on campus, a good noodle place, some places like diners, Chick-Fil-A, fast food, donuts, Primanti Bros, wings... so lots to choose from. If you join GrubHub you can even get most delivered to you. Most are decently priced or have deals on certain days, a few have student discounts.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Very poor nightlife options for those under 21 who do not wish to drink.

4 College Junior

Majors: Nursing program is awesome! Very hard work with lots of studying. Curriuculum is better than most colleges. All classes in same building. Easy to get a nursing aid job to increase experience since there are so many hospitals around.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: Always something going on! Never get a chance to get bored. You can go to so many different places to see culture and arts but you can also escape to a park or find a place to shop.

3 College Junior

Weather: Summers are hot! Other than that, always raining or snowing. Great if you love snow in the winter.

3 College Junior

Parking: Off street parking is very crowded if living off campus. It is pretty much impossible to drive to class unless you want to pay at a meter or get a ticket.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are a big part of Pitt. Fans are everywhere, there's always an event to attend, and there's school spirit everywhere. Anyone can find their fill of sports here.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I've only done one semester, but the academics are solid. There's plenty of classes that should interest many, the teachers seem knowledgeable so far, and the classwork seems to be fair. If you take the work seriously, you shouldn't have a problem here.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants in Pittsburgh are very good, and in Oakland - the part of town the University of Pittsburgh is in - are pretty good. The quality is not any different; they are geared toward college students.One issue could be that many popular, national restaurants do not participate in national deals. Also, many only accept cash, not credit or debit. There are many options to overcome this.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Before I can enter the major I want, Chemical Engineering, I am required to do certain classes to make sure I am prepared to go into that major. I suppose this is a good idea keep people from dropping out of classes they were not prepared for.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: We have so many clubs and activities on campus! There is so much to do and see too. Pittsburgh is rated the most livable city because of it's nice people, beautiful landmarks, and activities/attractions.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Some students drink, even if they're under 18, but there are so many (free) things to do on the weekends!

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Never have I felt unsafe at school. Campus security is provided by Pitt Police. They're really take pride in ensuring all students' safety (on and off campus).

5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are well-educated and have lots of experience in their field(s) of study. They really care about your academic success.

5 College Freshman

Administration: The police are extremely strict. If you do the wrong thing, there is a decent chance you will get caught. I like that they are strict because there is so much drinking going on and I think that the students need to know that it is not acceptable to break the law.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love that Pitt always has something to do on the weekends. There are always parties to go to, but I love that I have other options.

4 College Freshman

Academics: At the University of Pittsburgh, to go for a pre-medical major is very popular but the city is also very equipped to provide students with science labs and facilities, job opportunities, internships, and research opportunities through UPMC. I am also very impressed with the university's opportunity to provide undergraduate students with the chance to work with professors and other professionals in the research field. This is not only in the medical field, but also with international affairs, anthropology, and many other topics. Being a neuroscience major, the university has a rich history in medical advancements and it is a great place to get started in the medical field.

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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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