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Reviews 3448 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: A few "all you can eat" places, where you swipe your card and can get as much as you want. Several other smaller convenience type places. Could have some more variety, but pretty typical "college food."

2 College Senior

Technology: There are several computer labs and printing stations located around campus, but computers are usually slow. I prefer to use my own computer for school work unless I am quickly checking emails or printing out a quick file.

1 College Senior

Parking: Parking is a nightmare. Garages/lots are exorbitantly expensive. Street permits are reasonably priced ($25 for each calendar year), but it is near impossible to find a spot (especially in the winter months). Pittsburgh Parking Authority also gives tickets for random reasons, so expect to get several parking tickets if you park on the street (even if you are parked legally, they'll make up a reason to ticket you).

2 College Senior

Weather: It rains a lot, and it's a pretty far walk to class from off campus apartments/housing.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: There's a free shuttle, and public transportation is also free (both bus and T).

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: I loved having classes and studying in the Cathedral of Learning. I loved the Gothic atmosphere and the Nationality Rooms especially.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Pitt is a great school. One of the best things about it is that it's close to a lot of entertainment and employment opportunities not associated with the school itself. It's not like other schools located out in cowtowns that have nothing to do but drink every night for entertainment.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: They are all up to date with modern facilities. Great athletic dept. With new fitness center. Also, they definitely get students involved with different volunteer activities.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not receive any scholarships from Pitt even though I was in the top ten of my class, but did not have super sat scores.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I really like the fact that the campus is close to/ in a city, but I definitely did not feel overwhelmed with the city itself. I like the sporting events along with clubs and activities to get the students involved.

1 College Junior

Parking: Leave your car at home. You really won't need it here and parking is lacking and expensive. Students can ride all public transit for free.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Pittsburgh is a thriving culinary hot spot. Immediately in Oakland you have a plethora of restaurants spanning the realm of international cuisines. In neighboring communities the restaurants just get better.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many restaurants around the area, but some of the nicer ones you may need a bus to get to.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity is rich at Pitt. This is one of my favorite things about going here. Despite all the cultural, racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation differences, it really seems like a cohesive unit where everyone gets along well.

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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Any and all types of people attend Pitt. The diversity of students is amazing and everyone seems to be friendly, intellectual, and hip no matter what ethnic background. There are many international students, as well as domestic and local students. All types and styles of clothing are worn. Social life ranges from bars and clubs to more sophisticated and cultural. Pitt really offers a great mix of just about everything, and it all blends well together!

5 College Junior

Campus Food: Pitt offers a diverse set of options for dining in spread-out locations, offering different prices and hours depending on where you are and what you want. I am completely happy.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many options for dining around campus. You can usually find just about anything you're looking for. Also, almost all restaurants are within walking distance.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are buses that take you practically everywhere, but during certain times, they can be crowded. (Students get free transportation, so that's still a plus.)

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball is hugely popular. Sitting in the Oakland Zoo is an experience every students has ti have as a Pitt student.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Port Authority city buses are all free and easy to use. Just a quick ride to the Waterfrnot, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, and other exciting neighborhoods.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There are a lot of computers around the campus. I don't usually go, but whenever I walk by a lab, it doesn't seem that crowded, so there's always a chance to use one if you need to.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of apartments nearby, and definitely a lot of people willing to room with you. Some apartments are more expensive than some, but it is how it is.

4 College Junior

Academics: Pitt has great academic opportunities. You'll get a good base in lecture, but the real learning comes from internships and hands on experience, which Pitt offers a lot of. It's a well connected university that we sometimes joke "Owns the city" (and we're kinda not joking). Hundreds of employers visit each career fair to attract Pitt students to their companies.

Work loads aren't too bad, unless you're in the Medical or Engineering schools, and a lot of people opt for studying internationally. If you're in the humanities or business or law school, you can expect small discussion based classes after the introductory levels, normally no more than 15-20 people in a class.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Pitt's campus has a great library - millions of books are available for you to read in print, and millions more online through PittCat. Actually, Pitt has multiple libraries, that can focus on specific fields, and they're located throughout campus. And if you can't find it at Pitt, then the legendary Carnegie Public Library system is literally across the street, filled with millions of more texts and resources - and membership is free.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: It's often said at Pitt that "the city is our campus" - and while that's true, we are in the middle of a thriving city, Pitt's campus itself is a small city. Oakland, the neighborhood where Pitt's Pittsburgh campus is, has a population density of over 20,000, and 100,000 people come to Oakland each day to work. Because of Pitt, Oakland is PA's 3rd largest "downtown" after Phillie and downtown Pittsburgh. There's always something to do (you have to try to be bored) and there's so many opportunities get experience in your field - everything is here for you to succeed, you just need drive and initiative.

As a city-campus though, we've got a few ugly buildings that most of us would rather not see, but in light of the Cathedral of Learning, arguably the most beautiful sky-scraper in the world, we tend to ignore them. Pitt's always updating its facilities, and even the older ones have their charm and use.


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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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