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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball and football are the two highlight reel sports but there's plenty for everyone. The Fitzgerald Field House provides a track and volleyball courts, the Trees Center has a gym and basketball court. Then there's the granddaddy: Peterson Events Center. The beautiful on campus basketball court-gym-athletic office is one of the nicest on campus buildings. The only complaint I have is the team not having an on-campus varsity football field for the games, but the school does provide busing to Heinz Field.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall I've had a great time here. So far the classes have been challenging but do-able and most of the professors have done a very good job. Plenty of on-campus help for if you're struggling in any classes. The social scene is wonderful and I have loved my dorm experience, from my friends, to the RA's to the floor experience. Overall there's no other school I would want to go to.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: As it's in a city, Pitt's crime rates are a bit higher than a school in the middle of nowhere. You'll have to get used to living in an urban area ( with panhandlers, crime, etc.). But that's just one sacrifice that you make for Pitt. I've never felt like I'm in danger here, and the Pitt police are frequently making rounds around campus. Probably 2/3 of the dorms have 24 hour security service, where you have to scan your ID card to enter the dorm.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are so many options for majors at Pitt, and all of the associated classes are generally open to non-majors should you want to branch out. The professors are really prestigious in their field, and generally teach medium-sized (~100 students) lecture classes.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pitt has a career fair twice a year, and tons of students attend. The Career Development Office has an internship guarantee that more people should really look into, because it really helps when looking for jobs. Overall, Pitt is a pretty prestigious university, especially in research fields. I'm not too worried about getting a job with a degree from here.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Litchfield Towers, the most popular housing option on campus, is pretty cramped, but a good start to college living. The RAs do a lot to unite the floor, and all of the rules are usually enforced.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Pitt is in a very difficult division, so sometimes their stats aren't the best. But the community really rallies around great sports. The facilities are professional standard and well attended, so I can't complain!

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pitt has been great. The student body is very diverse and accepting, and there's always a challenge available if you seek it out. If you like a good balance of sports, social life, and academics, Pitt is definitely for you.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I have been both outside of and inside of Greek life and either way the university has equally accepted me. I have also enjoyed every moment of participating in Greek life.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics at my division one university are definitely quite important, but the school does not focus solely on them; our academics generally come much further before the athletics of the university.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I find every bit of material within the classroom very interesting. However, outside of the classroom I find it extremely difficult to manage learning every bit of new information at one time.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Probably one of the best features at Pitt- several opportunities for jobs, internships, and research. Pitt is a major research university so if you're interested in any topic, there's probably a professor out there that is looking for students to help with research. I loved the job fairs and went to both the fall and spring job fairs my senior year. While there's all these fairs and events, you need to be the student that'll actually attend these events and learn about internships. Even though Pitt has several options, they won't just come to you.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: There were tons of classes to choose from! I never felt like, "Oh I'm struggling to pick what classes I want because there's nothing that seems interesting." It was quite the opposite for me where I felt like there were so many cool options and I just couldn't fit it all in my schedule, even with two summer semesters of classes. For potential Pitt students, I'd say they will come to Pitt and be astounded by the options there are. Class sizes vary-- if you're taking Bio 1 and Bio 2 then of course it'll be huge. But I took several psych courses like Evolutionary Psychology and Experimental Child Psychology where there were about 25 students. Quality of professors also varies and I don't have one general opinion on them other than if you're willing to take the time and learn the material, 100% of teachers will be more than happy to help.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: For the most part, I felt safe on campus or on the walk to my apartment. There were definitely multiple times, late at night, walking back that I'd get paranoid and thinking someone bad was walking behind me. There was a man shot and killed on my street, though. It wasn't anyone related to Pitt because, as I mentioned, I lived a little further so the farther away you live, the less safe it feels.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Living on campus was a good time, especially freshman year. I chose to live on campus sophomore year too because I didn't feel ready yet for the responsibilities of having an apartment and I also wanted one more year of the social atmosphere of campus housing. My room freshman year in Holland Hall was good-sized and by far bigger than the tin cans people have in Towers. Sophomore year even bigger rooms with a small living room and tiny kitchenette. I didn't feel like I needed much more out of my campus housing experience, namely sophomore year.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I wasn't in Greek life, definitely not my thing. Most sororities/fraternities have their specific reputation as the "slutty pretty sorority" or the "ugly fat sorority" or "the douche bag fraternity." I'm not all about Greek life and being a non-Greek didn't change my experience at Pitt. I thoroughly enjoyed making my own friends and not paying $500 for friends and parties

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I'm so grateful for all of my Pitt experiences; I wouldn't trade my four years there for anything. There were countless opportunities with events, internships, jobs, organizations, and volunteering. There's nothing the school doesn't have that students would want to experience. My main struggle, at least freshman year, was the class size. Teachers are harder to approach because they have such a high amount of students- it doesn't feel like you can develop a mentorship with teachers of those large-sized classes.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Athletics facilities are always kept clean and nice and are very spacious. School spirit isn't where you'd think it'd be for a 18,000-student count at a state university. It's way less than I thought it'd be.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great teachers, inclusive small classes, excellent location in Oakland. Plenty of education resources and tech. Also great advice from advisors, very personalized process. Also it has a medical school, which works out great for me as a Pre-Med student.

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2 College Junior

Greek Life: There just isn't much of a greek life here. It's not a big part of campus life.

3 College Junior

Athletics: There are some DII athletics...the swim team and hockey team are decent.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It can be hard to get the classes you need because of the declining enrollment. The professors are very kind and helpful, though.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I personally haven't had any problems, but recently there have been many attacks on/near campus which worries me.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A lot of the courses are too big and the professors seem very impersonal, but the smaller classes are more welcoming and inclusive.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I haven't had a lot of experience with them, other than career and activity fairs, but they seem helpful as long as you have a specific problem you need help with.

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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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