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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: You Will Find Something That Interests You – There are a huge number of campus and student clubs and organizations that students can choose from. They include sports clubs, academic societies, special interest groups and more. And if you don't find exactly what you want, you are encouraged to form your own student group to promote what you're interested in! Also, I have to mention that the rock-climbing wall in the gym is especially amazing.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: So Much Variety! Oakland is the hot spot for trendy, interesting and cheap places to grub. If you are craving some noodles, LuLu's is the place to go on Craig Street. If you want some cheap American fare, Fuel and Fuddle is a great place to get your fix. There are any number of delis, bagel shops, sushi stops, greasy spoons, and of course restaurants like Black Bean Cuban Cuisine, and Thai Spice Island are sure to satisfy your exotic taste buds--and for a good price too. You can always find a good drink special when you need one.

4 College Senior

Academics: Masters in Public and International Affairs – The workload for this program varies, but for the most part, it is quite demanding. The department spends a lot of time trying to prepare you for the real world, making sure that you have a handle on policy-decision-making, economics concepts, and helping you delve deeply into your specific area of interest. There are a huge amount of options to personalize your degree--for instance, you can take on a minor, pursue a double degree with the law or business school, or pursue a certificate in a specific country or region. You have to work hard, but you WILL be prepared to tackle the working world when you graduate.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Good Deals, Close to Campus, Easy Access – There are many options available for off-campus housing around the Pitt campus. Pittsburgh is a relatively good-size metropolitan city, with many different neighborhoods to choose from. I would personally suggest Lawrenceville--a very artsy, friendly neighborhood with cheap options. If you are feeling fancy, you can live in Shadyside where apartments tend to be a little more expensive, but very safe. Oakland, the heart of the Pitt campus, is also a popular option, but places get snatched up quickly, and some say it's not as safe as they'd hope.

3 College Senior

Academics: Available Courses for International Political Economy Majors M.P.I.A. Even though the major "International Political Economy" is advertised as an important component of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the program relating specifically to this major leaves much to be desired. Most of the effort seems to be placed on the "Security and Intelligence Studies" major and courses. It was only recently that a new professor was hired that completely specializes in IPE--before there were only 1 or 2.

4 College Junior

Majors: Really Enjoy My Program – At Pitt, I'm a Political Science major with a focus on international relations, and I minor in Spanish language. I'm also in the process of completing a Global Studies certificate to be paired with the political science major. It's a mouthful, but I love what I'm studying! All of the classes that I get to take are super interesting and all of the professors that I've had so far are really accessible and make the classes interesting. One of my favorite classes was taught by a guest lecturer and she had worked for NGOs around the world and was really helpful in leading me in the direction of possible career and internship opportunities. Ultimately, I plan to go on to law school and become an international human rights lawyer, so having an abundance of classes to choose from and helpful professors was a huge plus for me.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Attractive Females – Since Pitt is a big school there are a lot of attractive females and a lot of them!

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: All Busses Are Free! If you are a Pitt student, every bus on campus and in the city is free of charge! You can get anyplace anytime for free!

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Go Greek? The greek scene at Pitt is pretty big, but you don't need to join to be included on campus and to have a good time. I decided not to join a frat, and I party just as much as they do and I garuntee I have just as much fun.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Anyone can find a party to go to, but Pitt students can find a great party every weekend.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Communication a Bit of a Dud. I have to say the communication program at Pitt is disappointing. I want to be a television journalist, but there is no formal journalism program. The courses in communication are mostly theoretical and research-based, focusing more on graduate school than practical job experience skills. More practical courses are offered through certificate programs in the College of General Studies. As for finding a job in my field, while it might be harder, Pitt has a career office dedicated to getting students internships which is vital for communication majors. On another note, programs in the humanities are the weakest while engineering, medical sciences, and business reign supreme.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Pretty Average Options for Freshmen – As expected, Freshmen dorms are the lower animal of campus housing. Even so, Towers and dorms like it come with the basic amenities: gym, air conditioning, laundry, and lounges. Avoid Lothrop at all cost from what I hear. Students there, especially freshmen, hate it. Other then that, upperclassmen dorms are nicer, but all the dorms are livable and come with social opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Real Deal – For me, Oakland, home to the university, is a very safe place considering where I've lived and what I've seen. South Oakland is known to be a little sketchy. That said, besides a few incidents you hear about, students shouldn't be too concerned for their safety if they take the necessary precautions. Safe Rider is available in any case.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Party Party Party – Most of the nightlife, especially for under 21 students, centers around parties. Mostly, students start the weekend on Thirsty Thursday and continue into Saturday. There are many different options to choose from most nights whether its a frat party or house party (barring near the end of the term). If you don't drink or do that much, Pitt really doesn't offer much in the way of alternatives which can at times be frustrating.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not Too Hardcore – To be honest, Pitt does have a drug scene which you will more or less experience while living on campus. The hardest most students go is weed with drinking being more popular. In my experience, while there may be some pressure or opportunity, people will respect your choice not to take part in such things.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There's Something for EVERYONE – So, the campus isn't far from the neighborhood of South Side which literally has atleast 10 bars/club/etc withing each block if not more. Its great for the 21+ crowd. On campus there's so many events that students can go to. Clubs and organizations normally hold meetings and events at night. There are parties and mixers at the frats and house parties in south Oakland by campus. If you're looking for things that are underage friendly, most parties are. There's drinks for the 21+ crowd, but you don't have to do that and there's events like Improve night in the Cathedral and such. There's always something for someone.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Decent choices for housing but you have to look early

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Typical Freshman – As a freshman its hard to get to know your professors well

3 College Junior

Scholarships: It Is Just Ok – Many scholarships are provided for specific areas, and they do not provide scholarships for international student.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Not That Much – Most of the students in here are white, not many international students over here, which is not a good way for me to practice my learning of foreign languages.

5 College Junior

Athletics: The City Is Our Campus – People all around know that Pittsburgh is such a sport city, and the saying "the city is our campus" is quite famous, too.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The Peterson events center is the ultimate athletic center, with a big food court and a great work out center. the Libraries are also great places to do work alone or with friends. There is campus activity almost every day swell and you will wind up with about 50 free tshirts by the end of the year.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Fairly Quick – Although I did have to put in all of the standard paperwork and explain my situation, I was awarded a nice sum of money to help me through my college payments without a huge hassle .

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Everything at Your Fingertips – pittsburgh has everything you could ever want. from excellent dining and concert venues, to shopping, museums, and professional football, baseball, and hockey teams. If you find yourself bored, you are not trying hard enough to find something fabulous to do.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Are Easiest – Public transportation as well as pitt transportation is very dependable. The public buses are free with a student ID and can get you anywhere you need to go in the city, and also to the Airport and some outlying shopping plazas. On campus shuttles take you up the hill to the pete, and also to where some parties are which is useful in the cold. It can be quite tough to catch a taxi sometimes, especially at night, but if you call them most of the time they show up. there is also a late night safe rider shuttle that can be called if you need it to pick you up once the buses stop.

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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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