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2 College Senior

Diversity: I'm new to Pitt (not freshman), but i feel Pitt students seem they dont wanna be friends with me because im asian.and actually i dont really have friends to hang out on weekends at all.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Pitt offers a General Management major through their school of business. For the major you choose two concentrations, such as Human Resource Management and Marketing. This allows you to broaden your knowledge of business and really see how concepts connect throughout a business organization. While the business majors here have labels, they honestly prepare you for anything. You have to take core business requirements and those prepare you completely for a business environment.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: There is a lot of student life. There are so many clubs to join and most are very welcoming. No matter what your interest is you can find someone else who shares it and there is probably a club of 30 people that share it too. Since the campus sits on two busy avenues you can choose to hang out on campus or walk a block and hang out at Caribou Coffee or Starbucks. A lot of fun events are offered and most of them have free food too!

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Pitt is an awesome mix between classic architecture and modern facilities. We have this big, gorgeous Cathedral of Learning which is great to study in but there there are computer labs and technical lecture halls that are more up to date. The College of Business Administration (CBA) is top notch. It is not just about classes and requirements; they want you to go out and get real life experience through internships. Networking through alumni is also recommended. CBA also hosts and annual career conference which is essentially one of a kind. You get to lunch with recruits, network, and get your resume out there.

Another great aspect of Pitt is access to local art. The Pitt Arts program takes students to shows and exhibits for FREE. In my financial position, I can't afford to go to the opera, but the school pays to take students to see performances. Also, your student I.D. gets you into many local museums for free (Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History, Andy Warhol Museum etc.)

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Pitt is in the middle of a city, so of course there is a drug scene. However, it's also big enough that if you aren't into that it doesn't touch you. I'm sure there are people out there smoking pot and taking prescription drugs, but if you don't want a part of that there are tons of groups for you. There is a lot of alcohol and parties on the weekend, but no more than any other college. I have never experienced pressure to drink or anything like that.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: You can find a little bit of everything but the vast majority of students are white.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The athletics is a major part of Pitt pride. so many students go to games and become really involved with them. there are also so many places to go to eat and hangout with friends and all of them are so close to you! Another big plus is having the cathedral, its a Harry Potter fans dream because it looks like hogwarts!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are really nice once you get used to them. Holland Hall is where I live and it is an all girl dorm, which kinda sucks, but you get used to it. Also Holland has no ac so until it gets cold out its really hot . The location of the majority of dorms are wonderful though. You wont have to walk further than 10 minutes to get to class so its really nice. The cost can be pricey but scholarships are available.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys are very nice and are willing to talk but the girls are more reserved and hard to talk to

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There aren't very many clubs for people under 21, but there are still plenty of fun parties!

5 College Junior

Technology: They have several computer labs, included printing costs for a certain number of pages (1000 I think), and in there computer labs, there are very new and up to date Macs and PCs. There are also hole punches and staplers at every one (very necessary for printing stuff for school!) The internet in the labs is pretty good, but in my dorm we don't have wireless, and the LAN is slightly annoying/unreliable (but my dorm is almost on another campus). All the main dorms have wireless.

5 College Junior

Local Area: It's a very friendly atmosphere, everyone seems to want to help. Though it's in PA, there seems to be a lot of southern hospitality. Also, it's a big city with a small city feel. There is tons to do, your school ID gets you into tons of cultural places (museums, the Botanical Gardens, etc.) for free, as well as riding public transportation for free! There are tons of restaurants close to campus and it's all delicious!

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.


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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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