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Reviews 3013 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Good but Limited – Pitt dining is not terrible, but dining halls offer a very limited menu. There are only two on campus that accept "Dining Passes," which offer an all-you-can-eat buffet to students that are open until midnight every night. I definitely got tired of the food offered at the dining halls because they serve the same things every day. In terms of using you "Dining Dollars," which work at several places on campus and work the same way as cash, there are many more options. These range from sit-down restaurants to coffee carts located at various locations on campus. Pitt does not offer a lot of meal plan options for freshmen, and the ones that they do offer are huge. I would suggest more Dining Dollars than Dining Passes, because you WILL get sick of eating Market Central every day, and not as big of a meal plan as an upperclassman if you choose to get a meal plan.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Getting a scholarship from Pitt is very difficult unless you are in the Honors College or an athlete. I received no financial aid from Pitt. All that they offered me were Stafford Loans. If you need financial aid, it is better to apply for FAFSA and other scholarships that are not Pitt related. We do have a decent financial aid office, and they are very helpful, but you must meet a financial standard before you can be considered for aid or for work study.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The Nightlife in Pittsburgh is awesome! There is so much to do, whether you want to go to a party, bar, or just go shopping. There are shuttles to take you to all of the frats, which is nice because they are up "Cardiac Hill." If you want to go to a bar, there are a few options on campus, but most people tend to venture to places like Southside. As far as under-21 clubs go, there is one at Station Square which you need to ride a bus and the T train to get to. Many people tend to go to house parties, because they are free and not as crowded and hot as frats.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety and Security – The Pitt Police have done a wonderful job of keeping students safe. After dealing with a semester of non-stop bomb threats, I think that all students would agree that the Pitt Police did a wonderful job of thoroughly searching every building that had a bomb threat and keeping everyone calm during each one by having evacuation routes planned out. Although Pitt is an urban campus, I feel very safe anywhere I go. Campus crime is an issue because, again, we are an urban campus, but the Pitt Police do their best to keep crime under control.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Excellent Security – The security on Pitt is very good. I often see officers on patrol, and there are emergency telephones in sight almost everywhere you go. They send out emergency alert messages as well, which keep students and faculty informed.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Pitt is huge on diversity. I have met people from all over the world, of all religions, of all the possible sexual orientations. The best thing is that generally everyone is acceptance. What's better is that if someone doesn't like you, they tend to ignore you, rather than bully or annoy you.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The Buses are unbelievable at Pitt. There is a local shuttle that runs all around the campus every ten minutes (usually on time), and the local city buses are free for Pitt students. However, our SafeRider service is a little disappointing as they only travel within campus.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is pretty big for parties and some community-based activities, but in no way do you have to be Greek to enjoy Pitt. There are enough parties/volunteer opportunities elsewhere. Furthermore, there isn't a big dilemma with a "clear-cut separation" among Greeks and non-Greeks - everyone gets along. Finally, Greek housing is limited, so most members usually live on Campus housing and/or off-campus housing.

4 College Student

Campus Quality: There are loads of sports ranging from all levels of competition. Basketball, soccer, tennis, quidditch; you name it, we have it.


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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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