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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.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I Haven't Heard of Much – Underage drinking is probably the most seen entry into the police blotter, and honestly they just get written up and fined. I haven't really heard of any major punishment, but I think that's because the school is in a city so the police have bigger priorities.

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.

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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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