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College Senior

Academics: Great Variety and Course Selection – Love my major, allows room to choose areas of concentration based on interest.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants of Oakland – In the neighborhood of Oakland, where Pitt is located, has many different dining options. There are plenty of fast food places like McDonald's. There are also restaurants that are one step up from fast food like Panera Bread. Nicer places like Joe Mamma's and Fuel and Fuddle offer better food and they are moderately prices.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Pittsburgh, although a relatively small city, has so many activities, events, and attractions. There are museums, galleries, professional sports, and great places to eat. Many other colleges are located in Pittsburgh, too.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Co-Op Vs. Internship – A Co-op is similar to an internship except there are three required rotations, so you work for the same company more than once (or you can switch if you want.) The Co-op office helps you find a Co-op you would like to participate in. It is a paid position and very similar to an internship. As opposed to several internships, I intend to participate in the Co-op program. I do not have any concerns about finding one, because the Co-op office will help you until you get one.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Variety and Location – The meal plan that works best varies between people. I have mostly Dining Dollars, and it works great for me, but I know people who have no Dining Dollars and don't want any. I enjoy having the Dining Dollars because there's no dining halls on Middle Campus, and that's where I am most of the time. When I have been to the dining halls, I find no lack of variety. There are always sandwiches, chicken, a different entree option, fruit, salads, and many other options. The only two downfalls I would mention is the milk often not being refilled and the fact that there's nowhere to use a dining hall swipe on Middle Campus.

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5 College Freshman

Technology: Fast, Easy, Reliable – There are a multitude of different types of computers in the labs, from Linux operating systems to Macs. Every one secures users' information by deleting everything when leaving the user's desktop. Printing is never an issue since every student is given 900 free sheets to print (which is a lot) and there are self-service printers in many locations. Any laptop with the proper software on Pitt's campus can send a print job to the Self-service printer and then when that person's card is swiped at any printer, that print job shows up to be printed. The wireless connection is excellent and the speed leaves little to nothing to be desired. The dorms don't have wireless, but that's usually not an issue.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is very evident on campus, there are a lot of different things to get involved in that are not your typical soroity or frat

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshmen Dorms Are Crowded – Towers is where you want to be freshmen year but its loud and crowded. It is worth it though because you are close to everyone and make most of your friends that way. Upperclassmen housing in Bouquet and Ruskin are the best but hard to get unless you have a very low lottery number

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Market is super unhealthy, this is where you gain your freshmen 15. Go to the cathedral cafeteria instead. Get a meal plan with only a few swipes.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The bars around town are numerous and pretty awesome if you are of age. I love the club scene and the bars! Great place to meet up and kick it!

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are alright. I'm not much a dorm-life person. I would rather live at home, but at least the kids are friendly. It is a bit loud at night.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: My favorite place to eat around campus is a local favorite, Primanti Bros. Primanti's is a great sandwich and fries shop with a Pittsburgh twist. Instead of giving you a side of fries and coleslaw, they put it on your sandwich. They have a variety of sandwiches and flavors. For those who are of age, they have a decent beer selection as well. They have locations all around the city and they are pretty reasonably priced as well. For a whole meal, you're looking at around $10.

The atmosphere is very centered around Pittsburgh and the culture of Pittsburgh. You can find pictures and jerseys from various teams and culture spots dating back to when Primanti's first became a little sandwich shop. It really feels like you are dining in what I would call a little slice of "da burgh".

For the price and atmosphere, I would say that this place is the perfect place for a college student to really experience all that is Pittsburgh in all its glory and splendor as well as making you feel like you're eating a good home-cooked meal.

1 College Freshman

Parking: It's not uncommon to have to drive around the same block 3 or 4 times in a row, waiting for a space to open up. Most available parking is metered parking or garages. And most of the residential streets off-campus have permit-only parking.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: University of Pittsburgh has an extremely diverse campus. During my time at Pitt I have met so many different individuals of all different ethnicities/races, economic backgrounds, and sexual orientations who all have varying political beliefs, religions, and interests.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: As a doctoral student I am mostly using academic facilities, which are excellent. I am pleased with how many undergraduate students I see who really take their education seriously.

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3 College Senior

Local Area: Plenty of restaurants and cultural activities in the area.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Lots of Different – there is a variety of different things to do and opportunities

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: All of the facilities are accessible. If only there was a gym that you did not have to walk long distances to get to.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Could Have Been Better – I wish the process was a little smoother. The communication was a little rough between the office and the student.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The cost of off campus housing can fluctuate depending on where you want to live and with how many people. Most housing is at most 15 minutes walking distance from the center of campus so it is very convenient.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Pitt's athletic centers are full of life and students at every event, our recreation centers/gyms have everything you need and have many locations depending on what you want to accomplish. The library is on of our favorite places, it is quiet and comfortable. The campus in general has anything and everything you can think of. Pitt's campus is also only about 5 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh!

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pree Good – It's pretty good, can't complain except finding parties can be difficult sometimes, but if you know what your looking for it's a breeze. Good school, in a city, not boring.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Not Very – So long as you're not in the open you shouldn't get caught really.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: public transportation is everywhere, and you get to take the buses for free with your pitt id. they take you pretty much anywhere you need to go. plus the pitt shuttle commutes between upper and lower campuses

4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are good, especially if you're on the pre-med track or into engineering. The engineering program especially is really strong.

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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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