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2 College Junior

Parking: You can usually find parking if you drive around a lot but it will take a long time and you might not find a space close to where you want to be. You will have to pay to park anywhere unless you're sneaky or park outside of the hours where the city makes you pay.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Get your booty off campus for food! There are so many options. Pittsburgh has a lot of traditional cuisine and you can definitely find a variety of food from different countries.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Frats are generally sloppy messes, but if you're into that... they can be fun haha You can also go to a bar if you're at least 21. That's the great thing about living in the city. There are a lot of options. Also, you get free busing in Pittsburgh so you don't really have to worry about that other than if you come back after they stop running for the night.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are actually pretty great. For freshmen, there are not a lot of options and it is pretty much what you would typically think of for a college dorm: small with shared bathrooms. For upperclassmen, there are more options, such as apartment style. Those ones are prettyyyy nice. There are some with actual kitchens! The thing is that they are a lot more expensive then living off campus. So if you can afford it, go on campus, but if you want to save money, look for an apartment.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Pitt has a trade off in some ways, in terms of its off-campus housing. Rich neighborhoods with outrageously priced houses border Pitt's campus, but there are other, cheaper houses to be found in places like South Oakland and Park Place. The trick is to start looking early. The earlier you look, the more options you will have.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The beautiful Cathedral of Learning at Pitt unites the entire school as it towers over the rest of the campus. Pitt has great science facilities with plenty of lab rooms as well as spacious lecture halls. Although Pitt is built on the side of a hill, its many buildings and events centers make it a great school with plenty of resources

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Although Pitt is a big university, there is little that unites each and every Pitt student with one common interest. But that is because Pitt is diverse in its resources and activities in the student life as well as in its students. Every person will most likely find friends and events that suit their interest at Pitt. This renowned research school is as scholastically challenging as it is fun.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Due to the urban campus setting, there is plenty of protection for the students without it being a burden.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am in the Arts and Sciences school currently at Pitt and I have found that It has been wonderful at exposing me to different career options and possibilities.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There are plenty of computer labs across campus and the printer quota that each person is initially allotted is large enough for all of your printing needs.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not receive any financial aid due to my late application. The whole process was fairly simple but apparently I was too late and they had given away more of the financial aid already.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: The professors are pretty awesome. As with all things, there are exceptions (s****y professors). There are some pretty goofy requirements for the core curriculum but I believe the core is determined by the State of Texas and not the college. I attended both the Central Park and Spring Creek campuses, both of which are in nice areas and are very nice facilities. I would absolutely recommend Collin as a good starting point for high school students looking for a low cost way to get started on a Bachelor's degree and it is also friendly to older people seeking further education. I've truly enjoyed my time here and feel that I received an education of great quality. One more thing, it is one of the cheapest colleges to attend in Texas.

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: There are always things to do, but some times you just end up doing the same things. It doesn't really matter though because those same things are pretty fun.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: There are always plenty of events happening in PIttsburgh from plays to sports games to museums. I can always find something fun to do on the weekend. Pitt has a great Pitt Arts program that is always bringing the students at Pitt a great opportunity to experience the cultural events of Pittsburgh. I always feel safe and welcome at the University of PIttsburgh's campus. The students are friendly (for the most part) and so is most the faculty. Pitt has made my college experience great.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I'm an international undergraduate student, so there's no financial ait for us...

4 College Senior

Diversity: There's a lot of people from different views and backgrounds.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a good representation of different people but they do not make up a noticeable percentage of the school. We are a mostly white school with a few other groups sprinkled in.

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1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Frats and sororities tend to be looked down upon by most. We are a city campus up north.... what do you expect.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are so many dining options at the University of Pittsburgh. You can basically get anything you want to eat at any time of the day. There are also great meal plans, even though they can get a little pricey.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am slightly biased being a student athlete here at Pitt, but we have all major Division 1 sports, our facilities are incredible, and athletes get treated very well. Basketball games are absolutely awesome (we have one of the best student sections in the country), football games are fun, unfortunately games are played at Heinz field which is off campus, but there are buses that take students to the field, and less popular events such as soccer games and baseball games get several hundred students to attend. We are heading into the ACC so things are only going to get better. Hail 2 Pitt!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The University of Pittsburgh is a very challenging school, and the workload is intense. Students at Pitt have to study very hard and still may not get the best grades, but that all comes with getting a good education. You have to be challenged in order to learn!

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman live in pretty standard college dorms, as an athlete I was lucky enough to stay in the nicer dorms. There are several options for freshman and new dorms are being built for 2013. There are lots of options for sophomore year and so on but in general the houses are small and old (Oakland is an older city, there is no way of avoiding these things).

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: At this school, you will see typical frat guys and sorority girls, and pretty much average middle class people. Not a lot of "rednecks". There are tons of different interests so it would be pretty hard not to find guys and girls that share your similar interests.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking is pretty popular and on any weekend night you will see a lot of drunk people walking home or grabbing pizza at a local spot. Drugs are not as popular, though there is a good portion that smoke. There are always people that you can find out who do not drink or do any drugs to hang out with.

1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus apartments around campus (South Oakland, North Oakland) are very old, and on average in pretty poor condition. Most students start looking for apartments on craigslist and on signs around these areas just after Christmas break. Good (relative term) apartments go very fast, and if you wait too long, you will be stuck in an awful apartment. Landlords are slums and will try to charge you for every single thing wrong with the building even if it was there before you moved in. Apartments are also expensive (400-500 a month plus utilities) if you have a few roommates, singles are even more expensive. However, most students have no choice but to move off campus since housing is only guaranteed at Pitt for 3 years.


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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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