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3 College Freshman

Administration: The administration are good and helpful, long way to go, though.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I need to go to the office and beg or I will cry.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Market can be gross sometimes; it's all up to chance.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms in the quad are unique and spacious.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a lot of great restaurants on Forbes Ave: Primanti's, Pamela's, Noodles & Co. The food served in Market really isn't all that bad, either -there are just few options at times and that can be frustrating. We're usually limited to pizza, a wrap bar, salad bar, stir fry, omelettes, and hamburgers. The Cathedral Cafe does come equipped with a Chik Fil'A, however, which is a nice touch. The workers cross-campus are all very friendly, and make the experiences of eating in the dining halls enjoyable enough.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's a rather old building and there's no AC. Our rooms are heated by radiators that are either extremely hot or off. The RAs really do try to get us all involved, though, so I believe there is a good social atmosphere even if not many people attend events. Everyone is generally friendly enough and maintenance workers reply to requests relatively quickly.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is not as bad as it could be. If you are used to delicious home cooked meals then you will be disappointed, but if you have low standards you will think it is great. Living on campus as a freshman is not awful, but it is not like home.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The cost is decent, its easy to get to and there are tons of variety. The only thing is that there are very little to no student discounts.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration doesn't seem, to me, very unfair. Academically, they are a lot of help and are willing to work hard to help a student. Socially, I do not know, for I am not involved in the party/drinking scene. Overall I think the administration is good.

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I am a Pittsburgh student, and I almost got no scholarships. After multiple talks with the financial aid office, I finally was able to get slightly less than what I need. It was horrible to go through, and I still don't have enough. I heard more out of state students receive more coverage, and when I asked financial aid, they claimed they didn't give me more because I was in Pittsburgh and could have the Pittsburgh Promise, which is financial for Pittsburgh students who attend public school. I didn't receive it since I went to a Pennsylvania state school, and it still took convincing to receive financial aid.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene isn't too huge to me; I don't party, but my friends do. There seems to be parties all over campus, but I wouldn't know where they are. It seems to be fun for my friends, so I don't think the parties are too over the top.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is decent, but having the same food everyday doesn't work. Also, the perch does try to make food healthy, but many times it is prepared improperly and the taste isn't good. The quick zone and market to go are way overpriced as well. It would be better if the food at market/perch changed and prices went down in quick zone and market to go.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It is a decent place to live, however, it isn't at the same value as students pay. Towers A, B and C are probably the least great places to live. Upper campus dorms are very nice, but it would be nice if the buses would run more often.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You have to look and find what fits you

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: there are a lot of options

4 College Sophomore

Administration: I think they do a pretty good job

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: i wish i had a little more than i received

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: You gotta find a good group of people to be with and thats what makes it

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is a lot of variety and if you go somewhere other than market or the punch its really not that bad.. sometimes there are even good things at the market and purch

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live in bouquet and it is really nice!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the off-campus housing is mediocre at best. It is expensive enough to be nice, but it's not. Some of the landlords are really bad, some are ok. South Oakland isn't really the safest place to be, but we get over it.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We often find ourselves hungry and not feeling anything on or near campus. Also, the food places close very early.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I've been to a lot of parties here, only two have been broken up by police. RA's can be strict, but some are very lenient. It's luck of the draw on that front. The guest sign-in policy is really annoying because the technology is dated and it's very slow.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's ok, but it's not what I expected from college. The parties are overly crowded and often cost money, and we often find ourselves going to them because there is just nothing better to do.

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's honestly pretty disgusting. There are very few options and no variety in the dining hall, Market Central. The thought of going to Market actually makes me feel sick sometimes. Also, everything closes really early.

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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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