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Reviews 3416 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Pitt does an excellent job with housing. I live in Forbes hall and have enjoyed it so far. They match the right people with the right dorm.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is not everything at Pitt.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Pitt fans are passionate, but we are constantly let down when it comes down to the wire.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Excellent school. I really feel challenged and stimulated here, but Pitt has a few loose screws it needs to tighten up.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Some theft here and there; be careful and you should be fine. As for walking alone at night - I do so frequently and feel safe, but there's saferider for when you don't.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I heard Pitt is well known among employers.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Great because I got the new dorm, and its equidistant to all my classes.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pittsburgh in itself is a pretty safe city, and Oakland is certainly a safe neighborhood. Security in residence halls is very strict, which is great even though it's probably not too necessary. The worst crime I've heard of on/near campus is just petty theft, but as long as you're responsible with your stuff, that is really easy to avoid.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: For a school of around 18,000 undergrads, I expected classes, especially in my first year, to be really big. The largest class I had was about 60 students. The rest of my classes had about 20 students. Professors are, largely, really nice and seem to genuinely care about their students' success and understanding of class material. I would suggest that you stay away from professors who are completing their masters currently though. From my (limited) experience, they don't convey what they expect of you very well, and haven't found their most effective teaching style. Courses are really diverse and are easy to schedule. You have to meet with an advisor every semester. They are really helpful and discuss your progress and the additional classes that are required in order to graduate.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Sutherland West which is about a 15-minute walk from The Cathedral. I don't mind it though, because there are frequent upper campus shuttles and everything you could need is in Sutherland already (dining hall, coffee shop, computer lab, mail station, laundry, convenience store). Probably the best aspect of Sutherland is the fact that the rooms are really spacious and you either have a bathroom in your room, in between two rooms, or split with your suite mates. The only downside of residence halls is the hassle of signing people in and out, and also the abundance of mediocre food options. But what are you going to do? Bad food is an important part of the college experience.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Pitt has really nice gyms, and offers 10-week classes in things like yoga, zumba, pilates, and cycling (one hour a week for ten weeks, $30 total). The Panther Pitt (football) and the Oakland Zoo (basketball) are really big for students. We love to support Pitt teams, and they generally do pretty well! We sing Sweet Caroline during the 3rd quarter of every game, and dance with some of the band's songs. It's super fun even if you don't like sports.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Everyone who works at Pitt, from security to professors, are so kind and seem to genuinely care about the students. Pitt is in a nice neighborhood of an awesome city. There are so many really good places to eat, and Schenley Park is right down the street. Pitt also hosts a few free concerts every year--this year we had Walk the Moon and Coin. Cathy is beautiful, of course, and our 30 nationality rooms are really interesting to learn about, cool to have classes in, and really unique to Pitt. Overall, Pitt has a really great environment and is an excellent school. #H2P

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I think that the dorm security is great. Outside, though, I do not feel safe. Riding the bus is scary because we are right by the city. Sometimes I wish I saw more cops driving around at night so I could feel safer that it would be noticed if something were to happen. The homeless people on Forbes are terrifying and annoying. Overall I do not feel safe at all walking at night although nothing has happened to me or my friends yet.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As an engineer, our humanities/social science choices are limited. I wish that we had a larger range of those courses that we could take. I have had some great and helpful professors as well as some bad ones. Some professors discourage me as they talk about how we are not going to get jobs when we graduate. I sometimes wish the class sizes were smaller. Recitations would be helpful if the TAs all spoke good english. Some professors are not understandable either. Overall, I think that my experience has been fair.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think that the career center and services are very helpful. The engineering school has a strong co-op program which is encouraging because those employers have connections with Pitt and believe our students are worthy.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I like living on campus because I am close to the buildings that my classes are in. The downfall is that I have to walk uphill to them. If I wanted to live on top of the hill and walk down, I would be further away from the buildings. Parking is very inconvenient when I have friends visiting. There is nowhere to park close by and everywhere is pay parking. I do not like the lottery system for choosing where to live. When choosing where I wanted to live this year, I did not have any options that seemed great to me since I am a sophomore. I live in Towers. My room is tiny but I like being in the middle of campus.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My favorite experiences at Pitt come from all of the clubs and activities offered outside of academics. I have had some great professors as well as some bad ones who do not want to help their students at all. I would choose Pitt again if I had to do it all over because there is a lot to do around campus.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in Nordenberg as a freshman is the best option. it is super clean and spacious with a lot of perks. towers are more cramped. Upper campus is a far walk, but also way more spacious and suite style. Bruce hall is suite style and very spacious with a central location.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It isn't huge but you definitely notice them around campus. Frat parties are existent but not the biggest parties.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: School pride and spirit is awesome! the football and basketball games are my favorite part of pitt.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pitt is a great and fun environment and very welcoming. Challenging academically but worth it and manageable

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The area around Pitt is patrolled by the Pittsburgh Police, the Pitt Police, the Carnegie Mellon Police, and the Carlow University Police, so there is police activity. The area of South Oakland (near Pitt where many students live) is very dark at night and does not have many streetlights. That is my main concern.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The campus housing experience at Pitt depends on which housing you get. I got to stay in a brand new residence hall for my freshman year, so it was nice, spacious, and relatively clean. For my sophomore and junior year, I stayed in apartment housing with a kitchen, which was nice for my food allergy. The space was odd because of renovation, but the apartment was large. For my senior year, Pitt does not offer guaranteed housing, so I will move off campus.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Pitt has a tendency to favor the fraternities over the sororities, it seems, because the fraternities have their own houses while the sororities live on their respective floors in particular dorm buildings. I am not part of Greek life, but many people seem to enjoy it. Especially in my freshman year, I heard a lot of talk of people wanting to join, but there didn't seem to be a stigma to not joining.

3 College Junior

Athletics: This school offers incredible variety in athletic facilities, which makes physical activity an option for many people, both athletes and non-athletes. They include pools, a huge number of weight and aerobic equipment, and even a rock climbing wall. There are facilities in many of the dorms, but most of them are located up "cardiac hill", which might make them daunting to reach for some people. The team performance is okay-- they don't always win, but it is very exciting when they do. Many people attend the games, particularly football and basketball. The Cathedral lights up when either of those teams wins.

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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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