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4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Printing has become much better due to the ability to print from your home laptop and go to a printing kiosk and simply swipe your card. Sometimes it is not reliable but is rare. Computers are accessible but crowded during big study times, but that's true for any university.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Market central is great and exciting as a freshman. As a sophomore, it gets old and you'll wish you had more dining dollars to explore other places towards the end of the year. As a junior, you may be living off campus and excited to be able to cook your own food. But as a senior, you'll get tired of doing that and wish you had some freshman friends to swipe you into market.

Suggestion: places in Oakland accept dining dollars so load up on them.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: My school provides so many opportunities. There are a wide variety of majors that some might not even know of. My major was Emergency Medicine and I graduated as a paramedic after my Junior year was focused in training. We did clinicals all over Pittsburgh Hospitals and Ambulance Companies.

I did all of this while holding a leadership position in three different clubs. There's no limit to the options Pitt provides.

Plus, Oakland is such an awesome fun place for students at night.

3 College Senior

Majors: Pitt doesn't offer many internships through the university. I am a grader and a teaching assistant in the statistics department, so that offers me many opportunities for employment and to get to know the general population.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: My Awesome School – Even though Pitt is a very large school, I still feel like it focuses on its students. My academic counselor knows me by name, and also has taught three of my classes. He is always available to offer tips on how to find a career after school or to find an internship before I graduate. The camaraderie the counselors have with their students is exceptional.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Pittsburgh is a great city to live in. We get free bus transportation, so it is so easy to go to all of the museums and shopping nearby. There are plenty of late night places to eat, so no students go hungry when staying up late to study. There are concert venues in the city, and we have pro football, baseball, and hockey teams, which makes city life very vibrant. However, Pittsburgh does not have a pro basketball team, so the entire city roots for U Pitt basketball.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Freshman year, you tend to be stuck with dirty frat parties. As you get older, more of your friends have houses and parties tend to get much more fun as you get older.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: After freshman year, the lottery system with two separate drafts makes it next to impossible to get the dorm you want with the people you want. Despite this difficulty, you would be hard pressed to be placed in a dorm that you won't like.

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4 College Junior

Technology: Computers are easily accessible to all students in the many computer labs, some 24/7. Also, laptops, iPads, and scanners can be rented out for free. WiFi speed and reliability surely decreases during midterms and finals, but those problems are concentrated in the library.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Lots of Labs – There are so many computer labs on campus. And they are readily available to students to use. They are on both upper and lower campus and there is always staff and techs in there to help you out. There are printers in everyone and stations around campus. There are also computer kiosks that are in ransom places as well. There are both mac's and pc's so it fits what ever you are used to. The network in the dorms are Dial up mostly but there are some that you can get WiFi and i know Pitt is working to fix this problem. You get free Microsoft packages and any program you need for class can be easily downloaded for free.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Good Rules – There are rules in place but because the university is in the city you don't feel the effects of the rules at all. If you adhere to them you have a really easy time on campus. Very very few affect your social life unless you drink or do drugs but if that is the case you have to worry about rules anywhere you go. The University is strict about their punishments being followed through on but they are fair in how they treat each and every case.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug Use on Campus Is Well Contained – RA's come and check your rooms and the police are always present to keep the use down to a minimum as long as you are on campus you don't notice it at all.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Pretty Easy! If you apply into Arts and Sciences, you should have no problem declaring any major! Simply complete the required courses and apply in Thackery Hall. However, if you're trying to apply to the engineering school it can get a bit tricky.

4 College Junior

Local Area: just like a college town – The great thing about Pitt is that it doesn't have to be four hours from civilization in the boondocks to have a college town atmosphere. After all, Pitt and Oakland are almost synonymous. Most non-local frosh are timid about city life and some don't leave the campus except for Target and Walmart runs. By junior year though, everyone becomes accustomed to it. The local Pittsburghers are also pretty friendly, even in the frozen depths of winter. Those that follow college ball even come to our games on Cardiac Hill.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Decent rents, excellent transportation, bad landlords – Renting can be a hassle but if you start your search early enough you can find some great places. Landlords, as in most student quarters, aren't very hospitable. North Oakland features the best housing, period. To put it in perspective, some houses in that area are upwards of 500K. West Oakland, where I've lived, has stunning views of Pittsburgh but it's at least 100 feet higher in elevation and is right next to the hill district. South Oakland is the cheapest area with the best food and Pitt is right next door but it's also noisy and dirty. Shadyside is the most expensive (expect 650/person for a 3 BDR) but it's cleaner, more peaceful, and has better shopping. Squirrel Hill is also nice but the 10-min bus ride makes it feel disconnected from the campus.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Not much :\ – I'll give Pitt a break for being more diverse and more int'l than Penn State but there's just something about PA that makes both schools quite homogenous. Pitt does encourage a lot of co-mingling of different groups and there aren't many cliques or insular groups that form. That's really what makes Pitt feel welcoming.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Pretty good – The score I gave was for women. From women, I've heard that us guys at Pitt get a B+, mostly b/c of the 'bro' variety; not that there's loads on campus, but alas the runt of the litter squeals the loudest. Women at Pitt aren't pretentious and are generally easy-going and attractive. You can find an abundance in dietrich majors except for CS, Math, and Physics, of course. Education is mostly women. Business is mostly male. If youre in Swanson though, be prepared for an all-out sausage fest. One big problem though is diversity. Except for international students, there isn't much. But that's for another review.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So Much to Do. There is so much to do both on and off campus. The free transportation is great and the academic experience is great as well! Wonderful atmosphere overall.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Extremely Diverse – Everything about the University promotes diversity and acceptance. Very diverse student and employee population. Campus and surrounding areas provide lots of options to support this diversity.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: Punishments Are Appropriate – I've never witnessed anyone being unjustly punished. The police on campus are pretty understanding.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Affordable – For the most part apartments are more affordable as compared to other major cities. However, if you do not start early you might end up paying much more than you need to.

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: The Experience Is What You Make It – I have had mixed experiences at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work. Even though I have been taught by a few mediocre teachers, I have had the privilege of working with quite a few outstanding faculty. I have, for the most part, enjoyed my experience at the school. There are a plethora of opportunities offered by the school, however they are sometimes very poorly advertised and some of the students lack the interest and/or initiative to pursue them. Some of the school's strengths include:

(1) The Center on Race and Social Problems
(2) The Two-track programs: COSA (macro/mezzo) and DP (micro) programs
(3) The Study-Abroad Program to Cuba
(4) The Certificate Programs
(5) Access to Faculty
(6) Flexibility of Program

Some of the weaknesses include:
(1) Lack of a global focus
(2) Lack of rigor during the first semester
(3) Lack of a Policy or Global Social Work Track
(4) Courses that adequately address prejudicial beliefs, pushing students and faculty to address their biases.

The program is primarily focused on training social workers to deal with local issues, which is unfortunate as we are quickly moving towards a global society. After my first year I would suggest that the aforementioned issues be addressed so that the school can begin to reach its true potential.

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4 College Senior

Technology: Mac or PC – The PC computers are Dell and the Mac computers are great. Never had a problem.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Fast Food or No Food – It is easy to over-indulge on food with a waffle maker and taco bell on the meal plan.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Relatively Clean Campus – I honestly have only witnessed alcohol use the entire 4 years of college.

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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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