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Reviews 3527 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Junior

Parking: Parking in Oakland is horrible in general. Pittsburgh parking authority are ruthless and will do anything to give you tickets, so make sure you pay and print out the ticket and put it somewhere visible on your dashboard. The best place to park is the tiny lot between 5th and Forbes on Oakland Ave and South Bouquet. The meters are older so they are cheaper than the newer meters.They are Pitt meters as well and rarely monitor over there.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of local restaurants and chains near by. It's always good to have panther funds on the weekends because most restaurants on forbes accept them. Students also study in places such as panera, starbucks, and so on. You can tell the restaurants around campus really cater towards the students.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of people from different countries, some of which English isn't their first language. Which is great to have that type of exposure to other cultures. But the races rarely intermingle and the University itself doesn't do much to bring everyone together.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Nightlife is pretty decent, if your 21. Good restaurants and shopping, lots of food on forbes ave and surrounding area

3 College Junior

Academics: Political science is a great major, but i know tons of other schools that have better programs. The major isn't as easy as it looks, you will have to put a lot of effort into the required courses but the upper levels are actually easier. Internships are really competitive out here so make sure you have a great GPA and Resume. I want to go to law school and the program isn't really integrated with the legal studies major/minor.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: There are a lot of options but sometimes the quality is questionable.

5 College Junior

Transportation: The campus shuttles are very reliable. The city buses are free so it is easy to get around all of Pittsburgh and surrounding neighborhoods.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you are under 21, nightlife is pretty limited. Your freshman year is going to be dominated with crappy frat parties unless you join an organization that has their own parties. Until you get a fake ID, sophomore year is going to consist of the occasional house party and dorm drinking. Even with a fake, you can really only get into MiRanch, which is pretty subpar in terms of bars. But once you're 21, nightlife in Pittsburgh is rich with bars, clubs, and many locales for you and your friends to try.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: There's actually a lot to do in Pittsburgh! You can make campus as big or small as you want it to be, and there is a lot of opportunity to go shop, go sightseeing, walk around, eat at restaurants- the possibilities are endless if you look for them!

4 College Freshman

Academics: Not going to lie, if you are a science major here at Pitt it will be demanding and tough. Professors (especially the biology department) do not care if you are going to fail, so you need to work your ass off to make the grade. However, if you go to office hours professors are usually willing to help.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Transportation is excellent in and out of the area.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: The workload is tough. There are lots of opportunities to acquire an internship here. The job prospects are great in my major.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe here at Pitt. The dorms require ID in order to have access to them. There are call buttons located throughout the campus if needed in emergencies.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Very strong academics, with knowledgeable professors and assistants.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There workload is very challenging. Fortunately the university offers tutors, the professors are available to extra assistance, and there is a club for my major that offer advice and help.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is wonderful diversity here. You can find just about any nationality represented here.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Being in the city, everywhere you park you will have to pay.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: It is really difficult to get financial aid. I have a 4.5 GPA and 1250 SAT (math and reading), as well as tons of extracurricular activities and did not qualify for any aid from the University.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: Competitive, but if you are an active student with extracurricular activities you may earn scholarships from participating, or merit scholarships from good academic standing in the College. But very competitive and hard to obtain.

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1 College Senior

Parking: The parking in Oakland is bad, during business hours. After 6PM the parking meters end, you may park for evening classes easier than in the day. The meter maids go home after 5:40PM.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The student Union houses most organizations. The fraternity row contains all major sororities and fraternities on campus. The facilities at the Peterson Center are state of the art. There are plenty social events, listed on the public calendar. Students are encouraged to join extracurricular and other groups to develop efficacy and a sense of community on campus. There is a recent push by administrators to increase student engagement.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: University of Pittsburgh has purchased several acres of real estate around Oakland. New residential housing is available to students, with updated and current facilities.

4 College Senior

Administration: The responsibility of the school is to protect the ultimate well being of the students. The policies about drinking and drugs are to prevent abuse and to ensure students conduct themselves in a professional manner to which they will be required to when they enter the "real world." Just as social responsibility is a major theme on campus with various extracurricular activities such as community service, drug abuse and drinking policies are as well.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Other than alcohol, the drug scene is not too big. There are a lot of house parties and frat parties, but other than that drugs do not take precedence.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The public bus system is paid for as long as you use a university ID, and there are many routes. If you are a commuter, the parking is awful and it's difficult to find a cheap monthly parking space. There are plenty of University Shuttles, they tend to be on time during the day but are completely unreliable at night. There is a nice "safe rider" system that you can use up to a few times a year in the event of an emergency.


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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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