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Reviews 3085 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on or off campus. I can walk from the library or back to my dorm at any hour of the night by myself and feel perfectly safe. The shuttles to upper campus run very late too, so you can always take those if you don't want to walk up the hill alone.

4 College Senior

Academics: Our school is really strong in academics. Certain departments like Spanish and Philosophy are top ranked in the country.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The basketball team is really good. The football team is OK. Our other sports like wresting and tennis are also really good.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Most of the dorms are really nice and encourage community with the other students on your floor.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: There are a good number of places to eat on campus, but they aren't especially healthy. The restaurants on campus also close relatively early. Also, the main dining hall stops serving good food around 9 and on the weekends.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options. Lots of hidden locations to discover. It's an adventure exploring pittsburgh dining.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Overall public transportation was great. Buses, the T (subway - train) were free with a student ID. Many students have cars to navigate through the city. The location of the campus is great and offers plenty of opportunities. My only desire would be a subway (T) connection from Oakland to Downtown (to connect to the bars at south side!).

4 College Junior

Weather: It snows a lot and classes won't get canceled, but the city streets are pretty prepared for the snow, so it's not that bad. The buses are also pretty convenient and come regularly.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Pittsburgh has a lot to offer students -- the city loves watching and attending professional sports games. There are several major corporations that call Pittsburgh home, giving students great internship opportunities. It's also home to the most bars in a square-mile in the US, so there's a great nightlife as well.

5 College Student

Athletics: Sports are really big here. the games are really live and the fans are really excited and crazy. It is a big part of life at pitt

3 College Student

Drug Safety: A lot of people are into drinking and drugs mostly just marijuana

1 College Student

Parking: I live on campus and did not bring my car because it is very hard to find a parking spot in the area and permits are expensive

3 College Student

Weather: The weather is really rainy but classes are never cancelled from weather

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.


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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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