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3 College Junior

Majors: The college of business administration is intense and pretty competitive. There are generally two types of business students: the young professionals and the "ehh business sounds okay" students. You can generally tell by attire, you see a lot of suits at CBA and the students in suits are generally the ones making an effort to network and get jobs. You just have to make the effort. If you can prove to faculty that you are serious about your future, all the help in the world is available.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of guys at Pitt. I think they definitely outnumber the girls. Most of them are really into sports and stuff. A solid 80% of guys are usually wearing Pitt gear. Girls are very classy at Pitt and there is some pressure to dress stylishly. Everyone is friendly though.

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3 College Junior

Administration: I feel as if it very free form. There are typical rules, no drinking in dorms and such, but it isn't overbearing. Then again it's silly to keep alcohol in your room; there is enough of a party scene that if you want to drink you can go off campus a few blocks and drink. The rules support academic success and if you blow them off you probably won't do well, but Pitt isn't going to watch your every move.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There is enough diversity at Pitt that it isn't really noticeable. I mean a class can easily have international students, students of a variety of races, and different sexual identities. It just isn't a big deal. The majority of people are still white, but I don't think it hinders levels of acceptance.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is different. Not all the girls are wearing the same things and listening to the same music as well as guys. There are many people with many different interests and looks. Not everyone looks the same either. It is somewhat easy to make friends because there are different styles and you can choose whom you would like to talk to.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Compared to high school, the University of Pittsburgh provides a lot of diverse people. When you look around you do not see the same people. There are many cultures around and it is interesting to see because you can learn something from a stranger!

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Most computer labs become congested around certain times of day, especially when the end of the semester is looming, but gaining access to a computer has never been a real issue. There are plenty of labs on campus, each containing many computers.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking, like in any city, can be a hassle. Spacing is limited and most you have to pay for. It is highly recommended to invest in a parking permit for tickets can be easily acquired and costly.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There are a lot of teams and a lot of support for those teams

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's difficult to find if you wait too long to get it.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather isn't too bad. It just varies so you must be prepared for anything.

4 College Freshman

Administration: People don't get in trouble often and when they do punishments are light.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: These things are not really visible unless you go out looking for them.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The public buses are free, which is really convenient. During the day they come very frequently but it's much harder to catch a bus at night. The on campus shuttle between upper and lower campus is free for Pitt students and really useful.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants that are here are really good, but there aren't very healthy. There is a very wide variety.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Pitt has a variety of students, as it's a big school. There's people from all walks that are into all sorts of things-- so you'll definitely find people (friends or boyfriend/girlfriend) that's your type. Most are good looking, I'd say. Just depends where you are and what your type is!

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I just transferred here last semester, so I don't know too much. But there are clubs and bars near/on campus that people go to. There's always parties on the weekends, and even a group on facebook to join to find out about campus events or just people's parties. Most nightlife that doesn't include partying is better for 18+, but the best is for 21+.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Campus safety is superb. There are blue call buttons scattered around campus to use in the case of an emergency. They've been tested and a person comes on the phone in 2 seconds and a police car is there within 2 minutes. Also, when there were some threats this past semester, they didn't hesitate for a second to have students and faculty evacuate the threatened buildings and searched them endlessly, eventually requiring people to show student ID to enter the major buildings. (The guy was caught!)

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Usually something to do for people ages 18+, but definitely easier if you're 21.

2 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus is horrible, especially at night. Local student residents w/ cars can sometimes spend up to 25 minutes looking for a parking space and have to park far away. When it comes to going to class, the parking is also limited and also is very expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Pittsburgh is a large city with many different parts, there is oakland where the university is located. There is squirrel hill, shadyside, southside, the waterfront, strip district, down town, north shore, south shore. Just to name the ones I know about as a first semester freshman. The city offers so much, it's almost impossible to experience it all. I love big cities, but I hate the overcrowded felling that usually comes with them. Pittsburgh has the big city feel without the the masses of people...except for when the Steelers or Penguins play, then it gets crowded, but the excitement is something unique. I love this place.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The girls at Pitt are a mixed bag, you'll find many different races. you'll find girls with many different hobbies. there is a girl for any type of guy here. It's really nice. The guys are just as diverse as the girls here, it's a mixed bag.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm in the school of Arts & Sciences at Pitt and I'm moving towards the pre-med program. my workload is pretty heavy, but I have no problem with the workload because of a schedule I have established. there are many internship and job opportunities with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center(UMPC) right on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I came to The University of Pittsburgh to be in it's wonderful pre-med program. The classes themselves are great. they are challenging, but not overwhelming. Only drawback for me is the price for out of state students. I'm beginning to have problems paying and I fear I may have to drop out. This would be a shame because, past the obvious reasons, I love the classes here and I feel I can take so much from them and really broaden my horizons.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Our RA's are strict with drinking in the doorms which is good.

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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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