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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is the Most Popular – Everybody I know or have heard of has never had any concern with drug safety. Mostly people drink and I have not heard of any horror stories from that

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Pitt EXCEL is an engineering organization that is ran by a few staff members. The group promotes diversity and provides its members with many opportunities. They offer tutoring, peer mentoring, regular academic counseling with a staff member where you can talk to them about anything. It is a great way to network and everyone becomes part of a big family.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Safety--Not Much to Worry About – I've always felt safe on Pitt's campus. The streets are well lit for the most part, and there are emergency call points spread throughout the campus. The Pitt Police also do a great job and have patrols that go throughout the campus area. I've never had a problem at Pitt.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Great Variety but Only a Few Options – There are four main dining hall areas on campus: The Perch on upper campus, Market Central on lower campus, the Union, and The Cathedral. Market Central has everything from vegetarian options to pizza & pasta, burgers & fries, pick-your-own-stir-fry and sandwiches/wraps, as well as the typical cereals, ice cream, and make your own waffles. The Perch serves similar options, but without the stir fry. The Union has a smoothie/yogurt place, a Pizza Hut, and a chicken place. The Cathedral has quick ready-made sandwiches, veggie boxes, fruit, yogurt, and drinks, as well as Chik-Fil-A, a sandwich/bistro station, and a sushi station. There are also small coffee/baked good stations in various buildings, and Einstein Bros. Bagels places in a few of the buildings. Right next to Market Central there's also a "Quik Mart" you can spend dining dollars in and a Taco Bell that's pretty popular. Overall, I think Pitt has a lot of options for a lot of different tastes. Stick with a medium sized meal plan until you figure out your habits, or you'll end up with a lot of extra meal blocks and too few dining dollars!

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking but Thats It Mainly – drinking is common but it is highly uncommon to see anything else that is more serious

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Resources Galore – once you get into your department you become familiar with the students you'll work with and you can develope a closer bond with your professors. They will know you by name

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Engineering Co-Op – my engineering co-op was excelent. they paid very well and you have the opportunity to gain real world experience for the semester while not being completely isolated from students that are taking classes.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Everything You Need Is Available – Each lab has some variety of computers and software programs. printing is easy for black and white but they also have kiosk for paying for color prints. Wireless is quick and easy after your initial setup and the speeds are good.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Could Be Simpler – While it is fully possible to get the help you need, it seems that you have to seek it out more than them presenting the help to you

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Very Rainy and Cold – It one of the raniest, if not the rainest city in the US. Also this general region gets pretty cold in the winter, although it was a mild winter this past year

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Great Except Towers – I loved the dorms I lived in. Sutherland is a good sized dorm to share for two people with a private bathroom. Bouquet Gardens is apartment style housing in the heart of campus. If you can avoid it, do not live in Towers. They pack two people in a living space barely big enough for one.

3 College Junior

Administration: Lenient for the Most Part – Campus police are not terribly strict. I have heard most people have no legal consequences for underage drinking; the police just tell them to go home. First time drug charges normally result in community service hours.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Can Find Everything Here – Very modern, urban environment. Easy access to downtown for professional sporting events, great food, or cultural events (plays, musicals, etc.). Plenty of bars and fun people out and about at night. Also near excellent are and history museums.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics aren't always winning, but they bring a sense of pride to the students and are entertaining.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: You get a free bus pass with your student id if you choose to go anywhere around the city and most things are also within walking distance.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors Available for Extra Help – Most professors that I have come across have been really good regarding their office hours. Classes are tough so this comes as a big help.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Folks at the College of General Studies are very helpful at every step. I am currently a social sciences major with plans to transfer to a BA in social work. Course requirements are clear.

3 College Student

Weather: Being from southeastern PA, I was used to cold temperatures and cloudy days. However, living at PITT added a new element of RAIN. 24/7. There are very few days where it is nice and sunny outside, so my advice is if you come here, be prepared with some rainboots, a heavy coat, and an umbrella!

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4 College Student

Diversity: They are working hard to make campus diverse – When I first read reviews about Pitt's diversity, I wasn't too impressed. However, during the application process they really reached out to minority applicants and gave them lots of opportunities to make them welcome to the University. I not only received a full ride scholarship for minority students, but they funded a FREE trip for me to visit campus, including a one night hotel room at the Hilton! PITT is now improving its diversity by adding many culturally-oriented academic communities and MANY OCC clubs too for anyone!

4 College Student

Local Area: Can make it any size you want it! When I applied to colleges, I definitely saw myself as a city girl! While Pittsburgh is a smaller city than NYC or Boston, it definitely has the potential to be any size you want it to be. PITT does a good job of helping you find your niche on campus, whether its through exploring the city as a whole every night or staying within campus limits. You have no bounds, but you can set your own boundaries :)

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Everything You Could Imagine! The majors, minors, and certificates at the university of Pittsburgh are incredibly varied. It's a jumbled, eclectic mess that's admittedly a bit hard to sort through. However, a good advisor can guide you through, and help you see all the variety offered. Some of the main focuses at the University are Nursing, Engineering, and Philosophy, but that's certainly not all. You can manage to get a degree in anything from German to Performing Arts, if that's your particular cup of tea.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Nice Variety, but Be Sure to Do Your Research – You're in a suburb of a thriving city, Pittsburgh. So you literally are only a short bus ride away from everything from four star dining to burger chains. Closest to Campus are the eateries lining Forbes, Fifth, and their respective cross streets. There's everything from Joe Mama's, a lovely Italian/Homestyle eatery, to chains like Noodles and Co. to hole-in-the-wall Chinese joints and pizza parlors that are open all night. So ask around, do some exploring, and bring your appetite!

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Mostly White, With a Sprinkling of Minorities – The student population is mostly white, though we have quite a few Asians. There are few Hispanic or black students

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not Bad, but Not Essential – The best tip for Greek life is to either be someone inside or know someone inside. The best frats have open parties at the beginning of the year, then switch over to list parties as they recruit associate members. The shadier ones stay open for parties all year. There is some status associated with being in a frat or sorority, but it's not overwhelming. The events are fun, but you can survive without them.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Depends What You Like – The freshman dorms are definitely the worst, but it depends on the feel of the dorms that you expect. I prefer the apartment styles, which aren't available to freshman, but the dorm/suite styles are also very comfortable. I also like the community feel of the honors housing available.

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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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