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Reviews 3527 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Our university is considered to be one of the best in the country regarding research and medicine.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Student centers are nice. Lots of places to eat and hang out. Libaries are conveniently located.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is convienent to school and fairly decent.

3 College Senior

Administration: Never had any problems, not really a free for all either.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: hey if you know the right people, it's great! If your gonna walk around for 2 hours to find a party, that's your problem. Superhouse is where its at.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: There are road side and parking lots but the spaces fill up quickly and the lots are quite costly for a college student.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Freshman year is a drag as an Engineer. You take basic courses that are meant to weed out people who aren't able to manage their time well. But once you complete boot camp, you are able to take classes within the major of your choosing.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: It depends on your RA if your living on campus. Living off-campus, however, police generally don't show up unless a complaint is made. You don't bother people then they won't bother you.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: I received a little financial aid, but there are very few academic scholarships given by the university.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: Oakland is a nice little piece of Pittsburgh, where there are tons of college students but also a lot of families and places that make it feel a little less urban.

2 College Junior

Weather: Pretty average for the north east, but it does rain a lot and always seems to change its mind.

4 College Junior

Athletics: There are tons of club sports that are available if you are interested in less-committed teams.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The engineering majors at the University of Pittsburgh are very strong, which is the main reason on why I chose to attend, however the other majors don't have very high rankings on the national scale.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are many options open to the public, however the quality of the dining isn't anything spectacular. The main dining hall has many different food options, but none of them are anything special.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had a co-op, which is like an internship for engineers. My university offers plenty of co-ops with a ton of variety. The pay is variable, but, from what I've heard, the pay is often very good. I don't have many concerns finding a co-op.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm in a very challenging and rewarding program which i would repeat if I had another opportunity, I would change my studying habits, however.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are alot of apartments close to school open.

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).


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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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