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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a lot of school spirit. The basketball team has always been held in high regard. The football team is also pretty good. There is a lot of fan support on and off campus.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Very satisfied with the school overall.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: For the most part, Pitt's campus is safe. We have the Blue Light system distributed all across campus which is reassuring. Additionally, students have Safe Rider at their disposal and can call Pitt Police whenever needed.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So far, I've had a positive experience with the courses and professors here. Particularly with the honors college, the curriculum for honors classes is challenging but rewarding. I wish that Pitt would offer more honors courses because I would definitely enroll in them. Overall, most major courses have large class sizes whereas the GenEd courses have smaller classes.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I haven't had a lot of experience with the career center and their services yet; however, I know that a degree from Pitt is highly respected.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great for freshman year. It helps new students meet other people, make new friends, participate in activities, and discover what they are passionate about. Sophomore year, it is better to live in on-campus apartments. Some students might want to have a meal plan or be in proximity to their classes but don't want an RA so on-campus apartments are the way to go. However, by junior year, the dorms are not worth it anymore. Students are sick of the meal plans and would rather eat on Forbes or cook for themselves. Living off campus gives upper-classmen the freedom they seek.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big on campus. I know that coming to college, I was completely against Greek life until my friends explored all the options with me. I am now a part of a service fraternity, and I'm so happy that I joined. Greek life is very involved on campus and throughout the community. Sororities and fraternities submit teams and participate in all the large events on campus such as Relay for Life and Pitt Dance Marathon. They also put on their own fundraising events such as Greek Sing.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The University of Pittsburgh has so much school spirit which I love. From the Panther Pitt to the Oakland Zoo, students come out to support their teams and it is always a good time.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love the University of Pittsburgh. It is in the perfect location for a university. Being in Oakland, students are merely a bus ride away from downtown, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, and South Side. There is always something to do here.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Well, I mean they did invite Milo Yiannopolous to speak, and they said it was "free speech." Do with that what you will.

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1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've never wanted to leave a place as bad as I do now. Classes are fine, too large mostly and the system of Pitt itself seems focused on forcing students into noncreative "tracks" with limited opportunity to explore any other options or interests.

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2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: If you want a "career" then this is the place for you.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's fine. Nothing too crazy, just average living quarters.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Another key component to fulfilling the "successful" Pitt student image.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics are suffocating. They have large posters glorifying their athletes, and the research departments (with equally successful students) get nothing but general accolades.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Ok, so the University of Pittsburgh is really good at delivering a product: the "cosmopolitan," "experienced," "diverse," "creative," "global-thinking" students. However, this comes at a cost. Like most large universities, Pitt brainwashes its students into seeking this carefully marketed ideal of what a successful student is. Their goal is to get you onto an educational track and force feed you propaganda, like PathFinders (who openly and blatantly lie and sugar-coat the entire school), students with "H2P" instagram accounts, and other means. If you like a school that is willing to baby you into the real world under the guise of opportunity, or a school that smothers creativity and indivuality, then Pitt is it. H2P.

2 College Senior

Overall Experience: For my personal preference, class sizes are way too large. Most professors are not accessible outside of class other than for 1-2 hours a week for office hours which are usually difficult to make with other classes and a work schedule. Academically, nothing is personalized. Professors create exams and projects that can be graded quickly using scrantron or will have TAs grade and look for one specific answer for an open ended type of question.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: The school offers programs for job and internship prep such as resume and c/v help but there are not many job opportunities that the school provides for students.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Pitt police are normally patrolling the campus and immediate off campus areas. Most areas are well lit and there are usually other students walking around so you are never completely alone if you are walking home alone late at night.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: For freshman students the dorms are the quality you would expect from a state college. They are not luxurious but are adequate and extremely close to campus. Some of the upper classman housing is nicer, newer, and more spacious but located further from the center of campus.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Some greeks tend to stick to themselves and think of themselves as superior choosing not to interact much with non-greeks while other greeks think of their fraternity or sorority as a club that takes up some of their free time but should not take priority over school, jobs, and responsibilities and should not dictate social interactions. I am a non-greek but have many friends who are in greek life.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have enjoyed certain aspects of my time at this university. The academics have been challenging and this stems directly from the quality of the professor teaching the course. Certain professors go above and beyond to give students a beneficial learning experience while other professors hinder their student's learning experience.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Majority of students care about our school's teams and attend games. I feel some students are not extremely interested in sports in general. Our sport's teams have not done anything exceptional in terms of winning big games (tournament games, bowl games etc.) in my time here at the university.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are blue lights everywhere but many people are idiots

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pitt is the absolute worst place on earth unless you're straight, white and conservative.

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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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