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3 College Junior

Parking: Parking at school always fills up quickly but if you get a ticket it's usually only $15 instead of the $50 you would have to pay if the city tickets you.

1 College Junior

Parking: With the proximity to other colleges and universities and all of the hospitals and museums in Oakland, parking is very scarce. Having a car on campus may be more trouble than it is worth, walking is recommended.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Generous financial aid packages, however, failed to provide notification that there was an issue with my financial aid package. Recommend making copies of all forms submitted and maintain contact with the financial aid department to ensure award disbursement.

4 College Freshman

Majors: My program only has two or three required courses, that are very in depth and helpful. The application process is convenient and easy.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are always police present on weekends, which makes me feel a lot safer. Sometimes when they are called via the Pitt Police number, they are very slow at responding.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: There is hardly any financial aid for students like me.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are enough restaurants for variety, but most are very typical and expected.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Western Pennsylvania, which is known for varied weather. When seasons are changing (Fall to Winter, etc) it can become a tad wild. For three or four days it may be 60 degrees plus, but then suddenly drop down to 40 or less or a day or two. This tends to reap havoc on allergies or cause sinus problems.

The winters typically do produce a consider amount of snow, aside from the winter of 2011 which was unusually lacking. Like any school things such as the "Snowpocalypse" of 2010 would be rather devastating. However considering the city environment, it really is just much worse. The weeks following Snowpocalypse weren't exactly pleasant in terms or travel.

The cold and snow in my honest opinion aren't terribly constrictive, probably due to my bias for snow however, which I love dearly. The spring months are absolutely wonderful. Oakland is incredibly lively during the warm months. Of course it will rain, but precipitation isn't really going to just stop happening.

Overall, the weather is fair, the winters are bitter cold, but aren't going to ruin your life, unless you hate the cold. The spring and summer months are warm, and occasionally too warm. If you are looking for consistency of weather, Pitt is by far NOT a school to attend. If you can get over some weather fluctuation, then the campus scenery and life will probably be worth it.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: There are a lot of options for transportation but never are there when you really need it. As students you receive free transportation. There is no need for long-distance transportation but campus and local are well provided.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Depending on where you live the bus service can be extremely helpful for getting to and from Oakland or downtown, and even a few other places you may want to visit, like Target at Waterfront. If you do not live close to a bus line it is difficult to get to and from classes and around town unless you have a car. If you do have a car traffic can sometimes be a nightmare and parking is ALWAYS a nightmare. I have never taken a taxi but have heard that they are fairly reliable.

2 College Junior

Weather: The weather (very hot, very cold, very rainy) sometimes causes busses to be packed and then they either drive right by without stopping or are off schedule which can be an issue when you are relying on them to get to work or class. If you have to walk to class, the hills around here can be horrible with ice or snow, or even flooding with a lot of rain (which we get plenty of).

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The cathedral of Learning is extremely beautiful and famous. everyone likes to study and have class there.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There seems to be a good amount of class options and professors. Though sport is important somewhat, it is the academics that have focus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Some professors are really good, but some basic classes are taught just to be taught without any real connection to the students.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are well taught with very good professors. There is also a good range of possible classes, but not that many are offered any given semester. Unfortunately, History is not a main pull at Pitt so the History program doesn't get a lot of recognition or anything.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Lots of emergency call boxes, good Pitt police and city police presence

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pitt has a decent international crowd and many student organizations for students with various backgrounds and interests.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: As a graduate student who works full-time, I do not go out much. When I do choose to have a drink after class, it is a lot of fun and the drink prices are cheap.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Always something to do, whether drinking is your thing or not. Tons of stuff to do in the city (theater, club activities, etc.) on and off campus, as well as social events at the 7+ other universities nearby. Once you are of age, Southside offers the longest strip of bars this side of the Mississippi.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: School spirit is amazing at the University of Pittsburgh.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: There are plenty of libraries on campus or areas to study such as the cathedral of learning.

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The University of Pittsburgh Campus is a beautiful campus in the middle of the city. However, it also sits on the outskirts of Schenley Park which offers students a place to explore and stay active.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: parking on campus was one of the worst experiences i have ever had. on street parking is practically impossible to find during the day. the university does offer parking passes but those are expensive. there are parking garages but again you need a pass for most which is generally going to be expensive. so if you want to park at the university of Pittsburgh prepare to spend money and take a lot of time looking for a spot.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: the off-campus housing in Pittsburgh is very abundant. the down side though is that most are quite expensive and most are not well taken care of especially as you get in to the lower prices. they are also very close to campus as well which is very convenient, and any of the houses farther away have bus lines close by that run very frequently.

5 College Senior

Technology: There are Number of Computer Labs located in the campus of university of pittsburgh. They have high technology computers of DELL and APPLE so as to give the users a better option to be comfortable with what they use in their daily life. Even Laptops and IPADs can be borrowed for upto 8 hours for unlimited times. Free software download service is offered to the pitt students which is very beneficial. The computers are highly secured against anti virus and hacking. Numerous Self Print Stations reduces the cost of printing notes to a great value. WIFI is installed over the whole campus which is amazing to know.

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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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