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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Diverse – There is a lot of diversity on campus. There are clubs for all kinds of cultures and everyone is very accepting.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Pretty Slow – The majority of computers are pretty slow and take forever to login on, but they are always available. There are plenty of computer labs and self-service printers so there is usually one open. The Cathedral labs are normally full though.

4 College Student

Campus Quality: Laundry Room Availability Rocks! The laundry rooms available for students are great. You don't even need to leave your dorm building and at the least, there is one main one in the lobby of your building.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Since the University of Pittsburgh has its own shuttles, it does help getting around campus however, it is difficult to get off campus in a hurry due to how much traffic and how quickly city buses fill up. The University offers a late night pick up service however, it is usually late and the range that it travels is not very far. For being called "Safe Rider" you have to already be within a safe distance to get picked up. I would think the point is if you were in an unsafe area but that isn't my call.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Popular – The drug scence at the University of Pittsburgh is not big at all. You don't usually notice anyone doing drugs however I'm sure there is a small group of people that do. Drinking is more popular which can be noticed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights every week. No one is pressured to drink but one may notice that a large part of the students do.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Always an Interesting Experience – I know from many of my 21+ friends that the bar scene is a good time and there are plenty of options. However for someone underage like myself, its either a house party, fraternity party, or just hanging out in a dorm/apartment. Pitt's transportation system is very well and I use it often when getting places as well as using the city's buses that students have access to through our tuition. Parties are always fun but sometimes you never know whats going on on campus and many people wander around campus looking for a party that isn't full and is crazy. Being a part of greek life, I sometimes get the scoop on parties, however I also have the choice to just enjoy a night hanging out at my fraternity house.

Pitt's nightlife is reflected in my title because no two nights are the same and sometimes you never know what you might see at a party.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received no financial aid through the university. It's very populated, and has so many different people from different parts of the world that it's hard for everyone to receive money. I suggest applying for scholarships and for the FAFSA so that it's possible to have other opportunities to receive financial aid.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: What Strictness? Due to the size of the campus, it is very uncommon for the police to bust parties, whether they be at fraternities or at off-campus houses. The university forces know that students party, and as long as someone is not being obnoxious in public, they do their best to be lax about the subject. Students are also allowed to have anyone in the dorms at any point in the day, and can even have members of the opposite sex stay overnight.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports Could Use Some Encouragement – For varsity sports, football and men's basketball both receive equal attendance and school spirit. Other than that, most sports tend to be overlooked. Intramural sports are pretty big because anyone is able to play. If we could get the students to care about other sports as much as football and basketball, then we would easily be an A+ university when it comes to sports.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Economics FTW – I am extremely happy with my major so far. The professors are so intelligent and well respected and help whenever students need it. Couldn't ask for me.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The New Windy City! Always windy in Pittsburgh! Brings fresh air to the lungs though; also, it snows pretty often. Overall pretty nice, but be prepared for the "tornadoes".

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Really Secure – For a large city, Pitt has great safety. Even though I always walk with friends, the police are diligent and keep the students safe. Great community!

3 College Senior

Transportation: Bus pass included in tuition cost. Buses pretty easy to navigate and go nearly everywhere. Biking to campus is simple and parking is a hassle but doable when needed.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Options – Tons to choose from right near campus. Bus line goes right through campus to surrounding areas conveniently.

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.

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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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