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4 College Sophomore

Academics: As a Neuroscience Major.. I've taken my fair share of science courses, and being in a major in which the most prominent goal is med school, my classes and the people in them are extremely competitive. All the professor's have seemed to be aware of this and take teaching and helping us achieve our personal goals seriously. It's been great knowing that the professors actually want their students to succeed.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Always Fun – There's always something fun, but you need to find it

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Scholarships are available, but mostly for Merit students or athletes, students with decent grades don't get anything.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: LOVED IT – Pitt is great in every way! Maybe I just have school pride leaking from me, but I love the campus, have had amazing professors, met some pretty rad people and have received a stellar education!

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Good Mix – The University of Pittsburgh offers a little bit of everything from the ultra bookishly nerdy to the sexy hot rugby player. There is definitely something for everyone!! Very nice campus, lots of open lawns were both the guys and girls hang out on nice days, tossing around frisbees and sunbathing. Definitely a fun place to be whether you like chicks or dudes.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Rains All the Time – CHECK THE WEATHER ALL THE TIME!!! When the forcast says that there is a chance of rain, count on it. invest in a rain jacket, and shoes that you do not mind getting wet. plus it snows in the winter frequently, so don't forget your snowgear.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pitt is a great school. The campus is great and there are many things for a student to do, I always felt like I was apart of the school. There are many clubs to join, and the classes are great. I love it there. Hail to Pitt!

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a ton of racial diversity at Pitt! There are lots of Black, White, and Asian students, other minorities are less common though. Acceptance is extremely valued! Though there are some clubs and groups that accept only certain members into their communities (usually to celebrate a certain culture or way of life), there is no real feeling of division or separation between students. We are one body of students all reaching for a common goal, and we have often proven that we are stronger when we stick together.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Tough but Fair – The variety of courses Pitt offers are incredible (last semester I took a class on vampires!). The curriculum is tough, and the professors expect a lot from their students but that is how they understand who deserves to be there and who really doesn't care about their education. They are ALWAYS available to offer help though, and provide you with the resources to succeed (such as the math center, the writing center, or personal tutors). It's not easy but if it was- it wouldn't be worth your time.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The psychology department at Pitt is known for its outstanding research and opportunities in the community. With Western Psychiatric Institute right on campus, students can volunteer and intern there and get ahead in the tough job market. The teachers in this department are tough but fair, and the material is very up-to-date and often incorporates the newest studies and experiments (even some conducted right on our campus) that have changed and influenced the field of psychology positively.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The punishments are fairly severe, but first offenders and usually just given a warning. Though some rules simply cannot be broken without repercussions, others are more flexible (such as quiet hours starting at 11pm) and usually depend on the RA's digression. Overall, the campus has a laid-back feel. Campus cops are always roaming but they truly are there for your safety- not to get you in trouble.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Definitely Consistent – The weather has become a sort of joke to many students. Even in the #pittproblems twitter account one student posted "If i had to describe Pittsburgh weather in one word: definitely consistent". Obviously this is sarcasm. Pittsburgh is weather very polar. In the winter it's very cold and usually snow covered, and in the summer it's a solid 80 degrees. It makes for a nice surprise when you wake up and the weather is completely different than it was when you went to bed.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Great Food, Everywhere. Though the meal plans are expensive, Pitt offers tons of dinning options. From several buffet style dining halls that sell a variety of dishes (stir fry, subs, meal of the day, pizza, gluten free, salad bar, pasta bar, etc.) to our countless food vendors (that also take dinning dollars) such as Bruster's, Taco Bell, Starbucks, and Chick-fil-A to name a few, you'll never get tired of the selections.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are multiple shuttles that run all around campus that are available to only Pitt students. In addition, Pitt students can ride any public bus for free with the use of their student ids, which makes going anywhere in the Pittsburgh area, as well as up and down campus extremely easy and convenient.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I wouldn't want to go to school anywhere else. I have wanted to be a Pitt student since I was in middle school, and I'm glad I came here. When I go back home on breaks, it feels a little foreign to me because of how at home I feel when I'm at school. I've gotten involved, and I have met some amazing people along the way, and I wouldn't trade it for anything. The diversity of the campus is fit for anyone. There are so many ways that so many different types of people can fit in that it is amazing in the end when everyone comes together. Hail to Pitt

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most students have very similar interests with a lot of people, so it's not hard at all to meet people of interest, as well as hold a conversation.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Buses Are the Best Option – There are campus buses that will take you around the campus and to some locations off campus, if you live in the area these are a good option. There are also the city buses that can take you all over the city and are free with your student ID card.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Overall Nice – There are a few gyms on campus to chose from, some are bigger and nicer than others. The Peterson Center is the best, but annoying to get to because it is far and up a really steep hill, it also gets crowded. The library is also helpful, with a lot of books however it gets VERY crowded during certain times in the semester. The public library is very close and a good alternative.

3 College Junior

Technology: Crowded and Slow – Computer labs are often crowded, but there are a lot of labs on campus to choose from, so you will always find a computer. The computers are very slow and take forever to start up. You can also rent laptops and ipads from the library which is a nice alternative.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Diversity on Forbes – There are many different types of restaurants on Forbes Ave. There are places to take your parents, and cheap affordable places to eat if you're on a budget. There is also a wide variety of ethnic foods which makes for great diversity.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Good Pickings – Your accommadations would depend on what dorm you are moving into. I would not reccommend any of the towers, but it is a preference to have more space. The freshman dorms are not located all in one area so there are choices.
The campus buildings are all accessible by university shuttles or by walking easily from the heart of the campus. For example from the tippy top of upper campus it takes about 10-15 to get all the way down to the cathedral by walking.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Its Great – I like the atmosphere her on campus. The campus is culturally diverse and promotes a lot of cultural events. In regards to state cuts that number may dwindle a little but it is a very well-rounded place to study and learn. Many programs and certificates to sate your interests.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Ethernet Cable Required in Dorms – Although wifi is accessible everywhere on campus, an ethernet cable is required in the dorm rooms. This becomes a hassle if you're trying to do work with a friend in a dorm room because there's only one ethernet cable jack in each room and there's no wifi.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There Are Greeks Present – Greek life is present at Pitt and you can see them raising money for various charities on campus and hosting different events. However, Pitt isn't centered around Greek life nor is the social scene dominated by Greek life because Pitt is such a big campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Academic & Social Inside Scoop – Because Pitt is so big, you don't get a whole lot of groundbreaking news or gossip socially...just rumors. But academically, you need to establish relationships with your professors if you want a foot in the door for research opportunities, letters of reccommendation, etc. Nothing is handed to you; you have to go seek out people to help you, and Pitt offers lots of people willing to help you.

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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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