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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Well I'm a girl so I'll talk about guys here. In comparison to my hometown, guys here are pretty pale but other than that, looks are a little above average. They're generally nice and friendly, although you will find total assholes thrown into the mix. If you're up at the frats or at a party, don't expect to find relationship material... I mean, it's college, what do you expect? The campus is pretty diverse so I'm sure you won't have a problem finding a guy who suits your preferences!

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I have a small disposable income but there are lots of places to eat off campus, even on a budget. On Forbes you can find just about anything you could want to eat. If you don't mind spending a bit more there are some really nice places on Craig street. They have better quality, but are more expensive. If you want cheap and fast though, Forbes Ave has many options.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: As a transfer I received some financial aid but not enough to cover the cost of tuition. Since I was new to the school I had a starting GPA of 0.0. So I couldn't apply for any scholarships through the school. I have had to take out private loans to pay for my outstanding balance. Definitely look for sources of aid outside of the school because it is unlikely they will give you an aid package that covers everything.

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4 College Junior

Weather: Pittsburgh weather is tricky. PA is such a unique place because you experience the best and worst of each season. It can be 40 degrees one day during the spring and 70 the next. The summers are awesome and the winters are great. It all depends on how much you like the snow and can stand the cold.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The public transportation is the best option here. It is free with a student ID and you can get anywhere that you need to go.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: There are a lot of dining options to choose from on campus. Anywhere from McDonalds to Panera to a typical cafeteria setting.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe; however you are in a city so you cant be stupid. As far as health, I've gotten sick so much since coming to college (which I've heard is just part of college) and Student Health here kind of sucks (its so hard to get an appt)

5 College Freshman

Local Area: I love the atmosphere of Pittsburgh and I love the city. I would totally live here after graduation if it weren't for the weather. The weather here literally makes me want to die.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of options and they are all right here - and what you can't find is a simple (free!) bus ride away

1 College Junior

Weather: Weather in Pittsburgh alternates between terrible and great, and the great is limited mainly to summer.

3 College Junior

Technology: There are many computer labs available for use on campus. That being said, they tend to fill up during peak hours and when exams draw near. You're better off if you also have your own computer.

4 College Freshman

Majors: It was pretty straight forward in declaring my major as neuroscience. You take intro classes Chem 1 & 2 and take Bio 1 & 2. Then you can declare your major.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Just met with my advisor to plan out my major. I will be declaring neuroscience as my major. The neuroscience program is one of the main reasons I came to Pitt. It is one of top programs in the nation. If neuroscience is not for you though, there are numerous other majors and schools offered at the University of Pittsburgh.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a lot of variety Oakland and the surrounding areas. They have a mix of local, regional, and chain stores.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Pitt Police are great and extra prepared after the bomb threat situation last year. Don't go to the Student Health center because they tend to mis-diagnose people and the situation will get worse. They don't give out Doctor's notes for teachers.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The generally snows lightly and often but driver's still don't know how to handle it. People complain about the rain but honestly the eastern side of the state gets both of more rain and snow.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is wonderful and free to students.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Always something to do. Public transporation is free.

2 College Freshman

Parking: There is parking on streets, however they are expensive.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus crimes do not happen often, if they do they are solved quickly.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: There is a lot going on. Buses are also free for students and they can get you to anything you might need with in 15 minutes.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are emergency phones distributed all through out the campus so if you ever feel unsafe (which I've never felt) you have swift and easy access to the Pitt Police, who will respond to your call by arriving to escort you within a matter of 2 minutes. Coming back home after studying really late in the library or from a night lab has never been a problem for me.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Pitt is a huge school with lots of diversity, so you'll find almost all sorts of guys and girls here. On another note, we're the 12th healthiest campus in the nation, so naturally you'll run into a lot of fit people here.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Pitt has some points in the year that the weather is extreme. In the summer and very early far, it gets really hot and not all of the dorms are air-conditioned so it can get very hot if you live in certain dorms. It also snows a lot and classes rarely get cancelled and when they do, it is usually up to teacher's discretion. This can be annoying because if you live in a dorm or off campus housing that is far from your classes, the walk can be rough.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pitt has an urban campus, so as students we are exposed to a lot of diversity and the city campus attracts many different types of people. There are students from many different walks of life and many international students. Pitt also has many policies in place that protect against discrimination and there are many clubs and organizations that promote tolerance and acceptance, such as the Rainbow Alliance.

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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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