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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.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is King – Like any big school, Pitt is home to quite a bustling drinking scene. There are plenty of parties on any particular night, but you can always find friends that don't drink. Additionally, if you do go to a party, it isn't necessary to drink at a party and people do not pressure you to take part.

5 College Junior

Academics: I am an economics major at Pitt and I couldn't ask for anything more from my major. The profs are so helpful and also available for guidance at all times. The teachers are all experienced in their fields which adds a lot to class discussions. These people are so helpful and intelligent.

4 College Junior

Academics: Very Respectable Programs – The University of Pittsburgh is an incredible school with incredible academics. The classes are the perfect size and the teachers are always there to help: students are also always able to receive help through the free tutoring center. Class is always worth going to due to the fact that discussion helps specifially with exams.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe, but in the City – For a city school, Pitt is]one of the safest schools. The police force is clearly present throughout the campus. If you live in a dorm, you have to go through security in every resident hall.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Huge Melting Pot – One thing Pitt has for them is a diverse student body. There is a lot of international students attending the school. Plus, there are people from the different parts of the country, but typically a majority of the student body is from Philly (Don't ask me why!) People who goes to Pitt usually has some sort of a culture shock. Typically, most people are open to their culture, religion, and sexual orientation.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Many Options – The public transportation is the best method for getting anywhere off campus. It is for the most part reliable, but unfortunately it does not run very late. The university provides shuttles as well as a van you can call late at night that will take you somewhere on campus. Taxis are a huge hassle and not worth it. For the most part, walking will get you everywhere you need.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Variety – Pitt has a ton of great options for dining. You can find almost anything that you are in the mood for in almost any location. They also have several Starbucks kiosks all over campus. It is however expensive, but if your meal plan is large enough it should sufficiently cover your needs.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: A Good Education – Pitt provides a good and challenging education with a lot of social activities available outside of academics. The people are very nice and interesting and there is almost always something fun to do.

5 College Junior

Athletics: The athletic scene at The University of Pittsburgh is one of the most exciting pros of being at the campus. The fans during game day for any sport love their team and it brings the school together. I feel as if the team performs a lot better due to the immense fan support we have and we will continue to be a prominent school in athletics.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – Big mix of types. It is easy to find the type and style of people you like to be around and it is easy to avoid the type and style of people you do not like to be around.

4 College Junior

Technology: There are plenty of computer labs around campus with printers and alot of paper. All the essential programs you need are on there, including all Adobe ones which is a big money saver.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: On campus housing is nice, but not amazing. Basic needs are there, showers and bathrooms are clean. Off campus varies from not so nice to really nice depending on what area you live in and how much you are willing to spend.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: When It Rains It Pours – While Pitt is gorgeous in the summer months, late spring, and early fall it can be frigid in the months between and there is a lot of rain due to the 3 rivers that run through and surround the city.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: While living off campus is awesome, it is incredibly hard to find a place that is both close to the center of campus and also not too expensive. Most landlords are nice, but some are very frustrating and refuse to make any accommodations. You're best bet for living off campus is making friends with a graduating student and trying to get them to give you the lease.

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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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