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Reviews 3416 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are enough restaurants for variety, but most are very typical and expected.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Western Pennsylvania, which is known for varied weather. When seasons are changing (Fall to Winter, etc) it can become a tad wild. For three or four days it may be 60 degrees plus, but then suddenly drop down to 40 or less or a day or two. This tends to reap havoc on allergies or cause sinus problems.

The winters typically do produce a consider amount of snow, aside from the winter of 2011 which was unusually lacking. Like any school things such as the "Snowpocalypse" of 2010 would be rather devastating. However considering the city environment, it really is just much worse. The weeks following Snowpocalypse weren't exactly pleasant in terms or travel.

The cold and snow in my honest opinion aren't terribly constrictive, probably due to my bias for snow however, which I love dearly. The spring months are absolutely wonderful. Oakland is incredibly lively during the warm months. Of course it will rain, but precipitation isn't really going to just stop happening.

Overall, the weather is fair, the winters are bitter cold, but aren't going to ruin your life, unless you hate the cold. The spring and summer months are warm, and occasionally too warm. If you are looking for consistency of weather, Pitt is by far NOT a school to attend. If you can get over some weather fluctuation, then the campus scenery and life will probably be worth it.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: There are a lot of options for transportation but never are there when you really need it. As students you receive free transportation. There is no need for long-distance transportation but campus and local are well provided.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Depending on where you live the bus service can be extremely helpful for getting to and from Oakland or downtown, and even a few other places you may want to visit, like Target at Waterfront. If you do not live close to a bus line it is difficult to get to and from classes and around town unless you have a car. If you do have a car traffic can sometimes be a nightmare and parking is ALWAYS a nightmare. I have never taken a taxi but have heard that they are fairly reliable.

2 College Junior

Weather: The weather (very hot, very cold, very rainy) sometimes causes busses to be packed and then they either drive right by without stopping or are off schedule which can be an issue when you are relying on them to get to work or class. If you have to walk to class, the hills around here can be horrible with ice or snow, or even flooding with a lot of rain (which we get plenty of).

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The cathedral of Learning is extremely beautiful and famous. everyone likes to study and have class there.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There seems to be a good amount of class options and professors. Though sport is important somewhat, it is the academics that have focus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Some professors are really good, but some basic classes are taught just to be taught without any real connection to the students.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are well taught with very good professors. There is also a good range of possible classes, but not that many are offered any given semester. Unfortunately, History is not a main pull at Pitt so the History program doesn't get a lot of recognition or anything.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Lots of emergency call boxes, good Pitt police and city police presence

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pitt has a decent international crowd and many student organizations for students with various backgrounds and interests.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: As a graduate student who works full-time, I do not go out much. When I do choose to have a drink after class, it is a lot of fun and the drink prices are cheap.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Always something to do, whether drinking is your thing or not. Tons of stuff to do in the city (theater, club activities, etc.) on and off campus, as well as social events at the 7+ other universities nearby. Once you are of age, Southside offers the longest strip of bars this side of the Mississippi.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: School spirit is amazing at the University of Pittsburgh.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: There are plenty of libraries on campus or areas to study such as the cathedral of learning.

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The University of Pittsburgh Campus is a beautiful campus in the middle of the city. However, it also sits on the outskirts of Schenley Park which offers students a place to explore and stay active.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: parking on campus was one of the worst experiences i have ever had. on street parking is practically impossible to find during the day. the university does offer parking passes but those are expensive. there are parking garages but again you need a pass for most which is generally going to be expensive. so if you want to park at the university of Pittsburgh prepare to spend money and take a lot of time looking for a spot.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: the off-campus housing in Pittsburgh is very abundant. the down side though is that most are quite expensive and most are not well taken care of especially as you get in to the lower prices. they are also very close to campus as well which is very convenient, and any of the houses farther away have bus lines close by that run very frequently.

5 College Senior

Technology: There are Number of Computer Labs located in the campus of university of pittsburgh. They have high technology computers of DELL and APPLE so as to give the users a better option to be comfortable with what they use in their daily life. Even Laptops and IPADs can be borrowed for upto 8 hours for unlimited times. Free software download service is offered to the pitt students which is very beneficial. The computers are highly secured against anti virus and hacking. Numerous Self Print Stations reduces the cost of printing notes to a great value. WIFI is installed over the whole campus which is amazing to know.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Pittsburgh is a city of bridges. It is the mixture of ancient art as well as the modern culture. It is the city where 2 rivers meet and be one,which symbolizes mixing of diversity. It has a beautiful weather with frequent rainfalls. It is a green City which enhances the beauty of mountains. The night view of this city from Mt. Washington is adorable. Experiencing in Duquesne Incline is unforgettable. This city is very lively on walnut street. Kenywood Park is very nearby which is one of the favourite recreational places.The transportation is free in pittsburgh which makes a student's life very easy. Even,Pitt Safe Riders are very safe to travel at midnight.There are lots of shopping malls which offers a variety of options to shop.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Pittsburgh weather is impossible to predict. The hot is hot and the cold is cold. Expect a lot of rain.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Sutherland honors housing, and it was honestly one of best choices I've made. Yes, there is the walk up the hill but honestly it isn't that bad and the perks of living up here definitely outweigh the walk. Do not underestimate the significance of having your own bathroom - it makes you feel so comfortable and cleaning it honestly isn't a big deal at all, especially if you switch off with your roommates. The rooms here are huge compared to towers, and the hallways are really wide so you can hang out with people in the hallways and in the two lounges on the floor. Also, co-ed living is awesome because you don't get too much drama between genders and you get to meet people from the opposite gender. Also, the Perch is right there, and although it has a smaller amount of options of food it feels really homey. Also, the computer lab at the bottom of Sutherland is never crowded and its a good place to study. The laundry facilities in Sutherland West aren't ever too crowded and we even have our own gym at the bottom of the dorm. Plus living up here it is dead silent at night - you don't have to deal with any of the city noise from Forbes or Fifth. I'm really glad I decided to live up on the hill - but if living closer to classes and being in more of a central location is important to you than comfort then chose towers.

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3 College Junior

Majors: There could be more unique sorts of majors, for instance we don't offer a Women's Studies major, but we do have a certificate program.

5 College Junior

Majors: The DH program is very intense... Although so far very rewarding.. The prereq are the general for being in the medical field.. With only accepting 36 student the process is intense.... the acceptance is rolling so apply soon!!!!

5 College Junior

Athletics: PITT loves sports!!!!! The school has tons of school spirit!!!!

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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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