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Reviews 3063 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Senior

Academics: I love being a Chemistry major here at PITT. The Department is very helpful when you are scheduling classes as well as getting involved in the department. My advisor has helped me schedule my classes so I can also receive the Polymer engineering minor, biological engineering minor and the nuclear engineering certificate here at PITT.

2 College Senior

Parking: It is very difficult to find parking on campus and around the campus buildings. There are permits that students could buy but they are far away from campus buildings and dorms.

2 College Senior

Athletics: The Basketball team is great but our football program is subpar and work needs to done on the program so the University can be on the competitive level it once was.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: South Oakland is a scum pit. North Oakland is expensive. Nothing is nice unless you're paying a lot for it, and landlords generally do nothing for you. But, there's a fair amount of off-campus housing that is close to campus, so that's nice.

3 College Junior

Weather: It rains a lot in Pittsburgh. When it's not raining, it's often overcast. Otherwise, it's a pretty temperate place. Standard Mid-Atlantic temperatures (HOT in the summer, COLD in the winter, nice in between).

I don't mind the weather, because I've always lived around Pittsburgh, but people who come from sunnier places (like Florida, LA or Denver) might get bummed out. Let's just say, people don't move here for the sunshine..

4 College Junior

Technology: Great facilities and lots of software available. Plenty of labs, plenty of Macs and PCs. Self service printing is annoying and tends to develop lines in between classes in the major buildings (like the Cathedral or Hillman Library).

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The Cathedral is beautiful and open 24/7. I love Schenley Plaza when it's sunny. It's a great place to hang out with friends and study in the sun. There are great athletic facilities at the Peterson Events Center and Trees Hall, though it would be nice if the rock wall were bigger.

I think that Pitt's facilities are overall really great, even if some of the buildings (I'm looking at you Posvar) aren't architecturally stunning.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: I love the city of Pittsburgh. Oakland is a thoroughfair for a lot of the buses going to cool places like Downtown, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Bloomfield, the Strip, the South Side and Lawrenceville. People who never leave Oakland are foolish because there is some really cool stuff elsewhere, and Oakland shopping tends to be mainstream, over priced and collegey. Also, buses are free for Pitt students!

Oakland does have a lot of food options, and the public library, Phipps Conservatory and the Carnegie museums are beautiful, free and right in Oakland's back yard!

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Not terrible, not great. Take the honors housing if you get it, because Sutherland is the newest and the nicest dorm for freshmen.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity here is very underwhelming. The vast majority is white, middle class which sort of makes minorities like me aware of themselves. Other types of diversity like orientation and geographical lack even more and might make it harder for you to find your niche. Despite this, I see a level of acceptance that I have to admire.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: The selection of courses in my major is narrow and very focused on research and theory. The program is basically designed for future graduate students. If you're looking for practical application in areas such as journalism and public relations, Pitt does not have concrete programs, but instead a few classes. Introductory classes themselves are not very intensive and lectures follow the powerpoint model.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The curriculum and intensity of your workload varies widely by major, but Pitt has quality resources for most students. If you're a humanities major, you might not feel that you're being given the attention and opportunities that you deserve unlike the engineers and science majors. Most professors approaches to teaching are very traditional and can be frustrating; however, dedicating time to study can fix all of that. My main frustration, though, is the narrow selection of practical courses within the school of Arts and Sciences.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: The surrounding Pittsburgh area is very much accepting of college students. There are a variety of activities, mostly sports, that become a part of life. There are nice stores and shops scattered throughout the city also. But, I often feel like most Pitt students make Oakland an island and don't venture out much.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: used to get it, now i dont cause they give it to all the atheletes

4 College Sophomore

Majors: i had on in philly at MetLife, it was fantastic, apply early and always network, it is extremely key!

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Business is great, be enthusiastic, i cant stress the importance of the essays here enough!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are some great restaurants in the surrounding area. However, the restaurants directly on campus that are friendly to a college student's wallet are not as impressive with their menus nor food quality. On the other hand, the restaurants off campus in the surrounding area vary in prices yet are pretty consistent in food quality. Casbah, in Shadyside, is one of my favorite places to eat off campus, and Hello Bistro is pretty reliable for salads and burgers on campus.

4 College Junior

Majors: You don't have to fill out a special application for HAA, just apply.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Once you're 21 there are plenty of bars & clubs but otherwise your best bets are Frats which can be gross or house parties with friends.

5 College Junior

Majors: I'm in HAA which is a relatively small major at Pitt. My advisory is great and because the classes are small you can really develop a relationship with your professor.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Because Pitt is such a big school, there's always something going on. The Pitt Program Council is a mosty student run organization that organizes free concerts, homecoming events, & excursions like skiing, horseback riding, & trips to Niagra Falls.

Also there are tons of clubs & organization to join so that everyone can feel involved.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: There's a program called Pittarts that gives you free tickets and dinner to all kinds of art programs in Pittsburgh. You can go to everything from the opera, ballet, old black & white movies, to school productions for free and they always feed you.

Also Pitt has started a guaranteed internship program. If you go to the workshops, they will match you with an internship so you can get work experience before you graduate.

3 College Junior

Weather: There's a lot of rain and snow which can be inconvenient if you live off campus. Also during the winter it snows a lot so you have to make sure you have sturdy winter boots. But during the fall and late spring its beautiful out.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are plenty of sororities and fraternities available for students to join at Pitt, but they don't dominate the campus by any means. Students who participate in Greek life aren't viewed as having a higher or lower status than those who don't, which is really nice. Everyone gets along regardless.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: As far as drug use and underage drinking goes, the police do get involved when they need to. If you're going to smoke, do not do it in the dorms. Other students and RA's will smell it and you will be reported and possibly kicked out of university housing. They tend to be more lenient with underage long as you're not belligerent it is unlikely that you will be reported. Most RA's are cool about it, but you should still be cautious.


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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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