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Reviews 3064 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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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4 College Senior

Party Scene: There are a ton of things to do on campus whether you are a freshman or 21 year old. Fraternities have parties frequently. The urban campus gives students many options.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Teacher and Student Relationship – I feel that in bigger classes, such as Foundations of Biology, it was very hard to have a good relationship with the Professor, as well as the TAs. There were too many students who needed help.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Good Busing and Shuttles – I love SafeRider and the Shuttle System. Free city busing is also a big plus. it makes it easy to get to where i need to go

4 College Senior

Athletics: People seem to really like attending the athletic events and cheering on Pitt. I have never made it to a game, but I hear talk of it.

4 College Senior

Academics: The teachers are always around in their offices if you need to pop in and ask a quick question. They're willing to help and there are tons of other resources for students.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: A Hassle – My parents and I sent in all the forms and they kept sending them back asking for separate pieces of information until they had probably 7 copies of all the forms necessary. Only then did they decide that it was "complete". By then there were no funds left and I received no money from the school in my senior year after my mother and brother also started college, despite my being a deans list student. Now I am scrambling to find loans.

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2 College Senior

Campus Food: Talked About Poorly – I avoided ever having a dining plan at this school and I am glad that I did. The people seem to avoid the dining halls whenever possible and seem generally to complain about the options.

3 College Senior

Academics: Profs Enjoy Their Work – The teachers seem genuinely interested in the subjects that they are teaching. That helps to get us excited and interested in the topic, making classes run smoothly.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Love This Place! Pitt is truly a welcoming and fun university. Although far from home it's hard to get homesick with tons of fun things to do around the city and on campus every day. There's a club for almost anything, and if you find something there isn't one for, you can make it! Pitt is the epitome of "study hard, party harder". Everyone loves a good time but also knows when to hit the books.


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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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