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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.

3 College Senior

Academics: Few Dedicated Professors – Many professors in the Biology department are only there to do research. Therefore, many of them do not care about the classes that they teach.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Everyone Drinks – Not too many people do drugs. Weed is much more popular than any harder drugs. I don't know of anyone who does cocaine or anything to that nature.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The Options After Freshman Year! Freshman deal with Towers, Holland, and Sutherland which aren't too bad at all. There locations are good and you definitely make some great friends there but the options for your sophomore year are so much better. Bouquet Gardens, Ruskin, Panther, Pennsylvania. All of these dorms are beautiful but still convenient. You have the opportunity of living in a suite and enjoying time in a larger room than your freshman dorm.

3 College Junior

Parking: Unless luck is on your side, you probably won't find a spot right in front of your building. Most dorms do not have much parking around them (Towers and the Quad). There are options all throughout Oakland but some stay busy all day and its impossible to get a spot in a lot after noon.

3 College Junior

Administration: If It Isn't a Problem It Isn't Addressed – I have noticed that certain things like underage drinking does not received major restrictions unless it is causing a problem. For example, the towers are full of students who have been drinking on Fridays and Saturdays but unless somewhat is sick or causing a fight, the police don't bother. I understand it is impossible to stop all underage drinking so I have no problem with that way the police deals with it at Pitt. Overall I have never seem any problems with them. As for academics, I haven't noticed the police ever involved with any such matters.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of Options in Oakland – Oakland has a variety of options for food that fits anyone's cravings. Forbes Avenue has many food establishments that vary from fast food, pizza, smaller meals, to legitmate restaurants. There are also smaller places off of Forbes Avenue in South Oakland as well as Craig street in North Oakland. No matter where you are at Pitt, you will find the food you are looking for.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Many options are available for off-campus housing. Since campus is located in a city, one is usually able to find places to live with good roommates. The free transportation runs 24/7 and is very helpful for reaching classes, restaurants, etc. It is a great step for students after on-campus housing.

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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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