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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I definitely think the dining is great off campus. All of the pizza places nearby do a 5$ after 2am deal which is awesome. Fuel and Fuddle is delicious and is half price after 11pm. There's frozen yogurt shops everywhere, Chinese restaurants, a Panera, a Subway, McDonald's, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties are not too difficult to find, and the on-campus fraternities are usually good bets. Guys can expect to pay $5, but girls are free. There are plenty of established weekly locations where you can find a good party, and the bar scene for those over 21 is excellent.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants abound, and the on-campus dining is quite good, with plenty of options and good meal plan structures.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Quality and value for money are top-notch at Pitt. Excellent professors abound, they use their graduate student resources extremely well, and very few programs are weak or even average - i.e. everything is generally above average to excellent. Notable programs include: all medical fields, Latin American Studies, Bio-Engineering

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: You cannot beat Pitt for facilities. Very good dining, great buildings and lots of them, amazing architecture, and well-placed building locations for each major. The Cathedral is truly a sight to behold.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The convenience factor for living on campus is definitely worth the money.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The only drugs you will find that most students use at Pitt, if any, are the "safer" drugs such as alcohol and marijuana, with the occasional Adderall. Very few, if any, hard drugs.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Pittsburgh weather is nothing to sneeze at, but the University always ensures sidewalks are cleared by 8am. Classes are rarely cancelled, and expect long walks between some of them.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: If you live on campus, or even nearby, you essentially don't need a car. The University provides free Port Authority busing to all students. Parking permits are offered, but they are expensive for a year. Most off-campus housing comes with a parking space. Oakland parking permits are very inexpensive.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I really don't partake in the night life. I am a commuter.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Many friendly people, but also a lot of them are richy-rich kids. Annoying with no idea of reality without mom and dad paying for things. Like I said though---a lot of nice people too.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: It's really nice in the spring and fall, but winter is pretty rough

3 College Freshman

Local Area: It is very safe on and off campus. There are plenty of places to eat, some places to shop, and some parties.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are plenty of different races including African-Americans, Caucasians, and Asians.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Chemistry is a fun major! The classes are very tough, but they are fun and challenging.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many different options. Eventually, these options get a little old and you are craving something new.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Workload is a little more than I expected, but it would be that way at any college. The academics are challenging, enough to keep me interested at all times.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food on campus is very very average and plain. There is nothing like a home-cooked meal. There are two main dining halls: Market and The Perch in Sutherland Hall. Market is larger than Sutherland and both dining facilities serve similar items, but Market tends to have a lot more variety. The food is not bad, it just gets old after being served similar items day in and day out.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: In Pittsburgh, you have people from all sorts of walks of life. You can find any race, besides Native American, on campus. And you can find an attractive guy or gal with various personalities. The university is so large that you can meet your match, no matter your interests.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: At Pitt, there are plenty of computer labs for students to use. There are also a lot of self-service printers accessible to all students. Undergraduate students are given 900 pages of free printing per semester to use. The wireless network (PittNet) is accessible thru all campus buildings and most surrounding cafes, buildings, etc. I have only heard a student having problems with the campus network once; therefore, I consider the speed and reliability of the network to be great and well above average.
I would recommend that a student coming into the university to bring his/her own computer/laptop and a printer, although it is not necessary. Classroom tasks can be completed with the campus systems, but it's just more convenient to have you own, especially around midterm and final exam periods.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The whole student population on campus is very diverse and is well received in a respected fashion by the whole community.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing options are quite versatile, yet the availability of such options can become limited at times due to the relatively higher pool of upperclassmen wanting to stay off-campus.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Being that the university is in the Pittsburgh area, the weather tends to fluctuate quite bit around the year, reaching extreme as well as moderate degrees of change.

3 College Freshman

Majors: As a molecular biology major on a pre-med track, I would say that the program is pretty good. The biology and pre-med program here is rigorous but very good. The courses that I have to take are all relevant, and I get an automatic chem minor which is great. I have a lot of extra room in my schedule so I can take it relatively easy, or try to graduate a semester early. I also have plenty of room so I can fit in another minor or do lots of research for credit. I feel as though I will be well prepared for med school.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is really run down and like a ghetto.

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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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