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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Area Attractions – The campus is located right in the middle of the city. Thus, us college students always have food to eat, movies to watch, and stores to shop at.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Big School With Character – It's a large school, but the college is only as large as you make it. With many opportunities to form small groups to study and upper level classes tend to be smaller, it is overall a good experience. I love the buildings, especially the Cathedral of Learning and its nationality rooms, modern conveniences with neo-gothic architecture.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is free for Pitt students with their student ID, and it includes Pitt and CMU shuttles.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: If being involved in a sorority or fraternity is of interest to a student, there are many Greek organizations to choose from. They seem to have many activities, but is not the only way to enjoy friendships and social experiences here at Pitt.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are many nighttime activities for Pitt students. Besides many parties, there are activities sponsored by the dorms and clubs. There are also club sports, intramural sports and physical fitness activities in the weight rooms throughout campus. The city of Pittsburgh offers many activities like plays, sporting events, concerts art and music reviews.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most of the students I see on the Pitt campus are smiling and having fun, always friendly and helpful. The ones in my classes work very hard and are very conscientious students.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I Love My Major – the professors are nice, helpful, and I'm very satisfied

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: i mean, its pittsburgh. the weather is as moody here as a 9mo pregnant with twins mom to be. you can see 3 seasons in one day sometimes. but when its nice, its really nice.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: ugh. parking in oakland is a nightmare. it is almost impossible to find a street spot, the garages can get expensive, and parking permits through the school are way too expensive. take the bus when possible.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The facilities are great. there are plenty of options here on campus as far as gyms, restaurants, and quiet places to study.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pitt is an amazing school and the city of Pittsburgh has a lot to offer from top of the line internships to entertainment for all tastes.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You can't really get in trouble, the Pitts police are very reasonable with alchohol however the campus is very strict on marijuanna use.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: The computer labs are great but best of all is the self service printing. They give you 1000 sheets per semester which is far more than enough and you can print from any computer, even your own personal computer and all you have to do is swipe your student id at any printer on campus.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Pretty large Asian population; many African American students; mostly white students; several other races, too. Equal opportunities for all, but there's been some scandal regarding those who identify with a different sexual orientation than from birth and which bathrooms they are allowed to use.

3 College Freshman

Technology: All Over the Place – There's several computer labs all over campus equipped with Macs and PCs, but when the labs are crowded they can be a little slow. However, we can rent out the library's laptops and scanners, and we can even text a number and a computer lab and get a text back saying how many computers are open.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Arts, Culture, PARTY TIME – The University of Pittsburgh offers its students so many opportunities for cultural involvement. With all of the famous museums and attractions in the city, there is never a boring moment here. Plus, with just a swipe of our student ID we have free access to public transportation, several museums, and other activities around the city.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Get Involved – The more involved you get the better time you will have. Get involved early.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Pick and Choose – There are some really wonderful professors at Pitt, but also some who just care about their research. This is college and it's your education. Do your research to find good classes and professors and just take the classes that interest you. Even if the classes are harder, you'll get better grades because you'll be more motivated to do the work.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Hard Work – Pitt has gotten increasingly selective with its admissions. You'll have professors who expect a lot out of you. But, if you got in, chances are you can handle it. The great thing is that your peers are just as smart as you.

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4 College Student

Technology: The computers are great. There are updated with the latest technology and are always available to students. The WiFi is great as well.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek life. In my opinion, they seem immature and tend to party more than do any service activities. Again, I dont know much about them.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I Am Not Sure – I am a commuter student - I don't spend much time on campus once it gets dark, and have never utilized the transportation, nor the club scene

3 College Freshman

Academics: English and Linguistics – The English program here is very diverse and has a nice variety of classes and professors. The Linguistics department, however, is too tiny. Neither, at least to my knowledge, has that many work study or intership oppurtunities available. The work load for the English department is manageable usually

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Rains a good amount, but gorgeous when it gets warm. This year winter was pretty mild but we do have real winters.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Athletic Centers – Big gym on upper campus for everyone, some dorms have gyms. Lots of outdoor places to run.

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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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