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Reviews 3527 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Senior

Administration: I never did anything to get in trouble so I'm not too sure but as far as cheating goes, if you cheat you are in serious trouble :)

4 College Senior

Academics: This school is amazing academic, almost all of its professional school (PA, Medical, Dental, Nursing etc) are in the top 10 in the United States! They have advisors in undergrad as well as graduate level schools to help you whenever you meet a snag! The resources available are amazing and there is no shortage of they help you can find. Maybe that's why so many PITT students are scholars?

5 College Senior

Local Area: Around Town – I am oh so in love with Pittsburgh. There are few big colleges in this small city so everyone knows about PITT, PITT students etc and treat me like I am in a college town! The city is fairly clean (MUCH cleaner than Philadelphia where I came last), the people are cheerful and down to Earth (like a Midwestern feel) and I love it here! Rains all the time, and truly only has two seasons- Winter and Summer (XD) but I love it so ? There are so many cool modern hot spots for all of you hipsers, many art museums (even the Andy Warhol!) and also has beautiful wide open places to see the landscape.

5 College Senior

Majors: Philosophy at Pitt is pretty amazing - all of the professors are very knowledgeable and helpful. They definitely know what they're talking about and their office hours have always been productive. There's a wide variety of available classes and I'm impressed with how many of the professors are seriously published and well-renowned.

5 College Senior

Transportation: the shuttle here is really good, and I LOVE the free bus pass with your student ID. You can get pretty much anywhere within the city with it and it's all free, so you don't really have a reason to drive everywhere.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Most things are kind of expensive, and the meal plans are just outrageous unless you're living in a dorm. I'll eat on campus occasionally - the pb&j's are cheap and good - but usually I go elsewhere for food. The quality is mediocre and the price isn't worth it.

3 College Senior

Parking: You can usually find a spot but it might be a little far away - the street spots tend to fill up quickly.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are pretty important at Pitt. Basketball and football especially seem to merit attention, but there are other sports too. The students get pretty pumped about the games. In fact, the student section of the stadium is called the Zoo.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus. The Pitt police are usually somewhere nearby, and I personally have never run into trouble. It is a large school in the middle of a city, though. Just make sure not to go out by yourself at night; take a few friends with you.

1 College Senior

Parking: There are never any spots, the prices are outrageous, and I know quite a few people who have been ticketed for no reason. I have a car, but I never take it to campus. It's just to get me home and back.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you are interested, drugs are readily available. If you are not, they are easily avoided.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I don't really know. I just switched my major after last semester.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: It all really varies. In some cases, the professors can make or break the class. Pitt definitely has some gems and some not so great profs.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: There is a lot to do in Pittsburgh. The transportation system is adequate, so even without a car students can explore all of the awesome neighborhoods. Oakland itself has a lot of cool places to explore and Pitt's campus is spread out and there is so much to explore.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not in a sorority but my roommate is and she really enjoys it. Greek Life isn't huge at Pitt, but it definitely has a presence. There are frat parties every weekend which are usually open to everyone. I don't feel left out because I'm not in Greek Life, and it doesn't really make a difference if you're in it or not.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: They are constantly building new dorms and revamping the old ones. Even if you live in the oldest buildings, you still have a gym, a coffee cart and usually AC. The RAs are all really nice and involved in floor activities and you will bond with your floor and your building. I had never been away from home before I came to Pitt, and I felt right at home after a few days

2 College Sophomore

Parking: It costs about $700 to park your car...and you usually have to take the shuttle to get to the parking lot. The lots aren't very convenient and I don't know anyone who utilized them - maybe because you don't need to drive to classes or anything. I'd recommend leaving your car at home.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a Pitt shuttle that is completely free and takes you around campus. Your ID allows you to use Port Authority buses that go all around Oakland and Pittsburgh. Most transportation methods are free, and having a car is unnecessary thanks to all the options for students

3 College Junior

Diversity: Pitt has a very diverse student body. Students come from countries all over the world for the prestige and academic rigor provided.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Pittsburgh is a very friendly city as are the students. I was very pleasantly surprised by the sense of community between total strangers.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: For being in the city the campus is extremely safe. There is never a time when you won't see police or security guards patrolling on campus, and there are blue security stands everywhere where you can call the police if you need them. No one can get into the dorms unless you live in that dorm or are being signed in by someone who lives in that dorm so you don't have to worry about random people being able to enter.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Some buildings on campus are new and very nice such as the Peterson Event Center Gym, but others such as the library are outdated, although still very useful with a wide selection of books. The dorms are relatively nice, and any freshman dorm other than the Towers are very spacious. Many buildings on campus are old however and need updating. The science labs are very nice as well as the central eatery on campus, Market Central.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It is a hit or miss. Some apartments seem pretty lousy, while others are kind of amazing. It just depends on how long you're willing to search and how much you're willing to pay.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Pittsburgh is a city essentially built around the university. There are so many different neighborhoods, each with their own charm. It's great. The only downside is poor public transportation.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: It is essentially a hit or miss with the cafeterias. There are certain things that are really good, but then they offer dishes that are either overcooked or bland.


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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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