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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Part of the City – Living on campus is excellent. Most of the housing is right in the central part of the university, but you still always have to walk around. The main campus of Pitt is not in the middle of Pittsburgh, but just outside. However, it is a quick bus ride into downtown, or any surrounding place. A lot of the upperclassman dorms are farther away, so underclassmen really have the advantage.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Land of Milk and Honey – Off-campus dining at Pitt is great! There are probably 30 places to eat within a few blocks of the Union, and a few places are open until 2 or 3am. There really aren't too many types of food you can't find in Oakland, and there are even more options, including more upscale places, in other neighborhoods a short bus ride away. The University also publishes a coupon book with discounts to lots of nearby places. Personally, my favorite is the 24-hr Rite Aid, which has served me well during many an all-nighter.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Stuck in the Middle – Pitt is a big school so there is a good amount of racial diversity and even students from abroad, but it still seems like almost everyone you talk to is from Pennsylvania. I've also noticed that people tend to stick with others of their own race/ethnicity. Socioeconomically, I'd say it's pretty middle-class but there's a spectrum. Most people are pretty apathetic about politics and equally so about religion, although there are still a good number of religious groups on campus.

3 College Junior

Technology: Advanced, but Could Improve a Bit. The labs are really quite nice. I've never waited long than a few minutes for a computer, and the self-service printers are quick and easy. You can also now send things to any printer on campus, so you could send a print job to a lab on your way to your next class, which is very handy. I do wish they'd invest in better scanners, as the ones they provide you with at the lab are the old-fashioned ones where you can only do one page at a time and do not feed. The Wi-Fi is everywhere, so it's very easy to use your computer or smartphone on the go.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Common Sense Per Usual, but Very Safe – The campus is well-lit and people tend to be walking around at all times, so it feels very safe to me. There are emergency call boxes throughout, and while I was in undergrad, there were clear safety protocols and security guards at dorm entrances. I've always felt very safe walking around Oakland. It gets a bit dodgy in the residential South Oakland area. I'd recommend walking with friends if late at night as I've known of muggings happening to friends, but it's common sense and something that while unfortunate, can happen most anywhere. I've heard of few problems on campus proper and frequently walk there in the evening.

2 College Junior

Weather: Winters are Sunshine Free! Take advantage and enjoy the nice sunny days in the fall and spring because come winter, the sun RARELY comes out. The winter cloud-cover is never ending and if you have seasonal depression you will really want to think this one hard. Of course on the flip side, when spring rolls around and the sun is out on a regular basis, it's truly a refreshing feeling.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Majority of Students Are Non-Greek – Soroities and Fraternitites organize charity events for all students to participate and host frequent parties, but not being involved is okay as well. Some students like the idea of being in a tight-knit, defined community, but others do not see the appeal and both views are perfectly acceptable.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Dorm Life – All students living in an on-campus dorm must be swiped in by a guard using their Pitt I.D. If anyone wants to enter a building he/she does not live in, they must be signed in by a student who does live in that building. Also, to enter one's room, one must swipe his/her Pitt I.D. as well as enter a unique 4-digit code. These methods have ensured me that I am extremely safe on campus.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Cathedral of Learning – The Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittburgh is most likely the first building a person would notice when entering the campus. It is currently the second-tallest education building in the world, standing at 535 feet tall. This historic, beautiful building contains classrooms, libraries, and restaurants that many students enjoy every day. The Cathedral is also home to 26 Nationality Rooms, which are classrooms decorated to reflect the heritages of Pittsburgh communities. This building is truly the heart of the campus.

3 College Junior

Administration: Alcohol Policy – Pitt isn't too strict about any policies except if you get taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning, you get a citation from both the school and the local Pittsburgh police. If your friend takes you, they get a citation too. It's a little ridiculous since it encourages us not to go to the hospital when we're really sick, but it's probably the only strict policy they have.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – Everyone on campus basically looks average. Some fraternities are known for being preppy, others are meatheads, others are stoners, etc. The typical stereotypes for sororities are true as well; some are known for being slutty, others are stoners, others are just weird. Most people smoke, which I find disgusting, so needless to say, there aren't too many guys on campus I actually find dateable.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: Apply Early – If you intend to major in an Engineering field at Pitt apply for the school of Engineering as early as you can. There's a waitlist of students in the College of Arts and Sciences that are waiting for a spot in the School of Engineering to open up.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's Rough – Pitt is a state-affiliated school and only the top 5%, or so, of students get significant financial aid.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Frats have their own housing and most nearly all of the fraternities or sororities participate in service activities.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: General Review – Overall, the campus is very compact, and it is easy to get around. There are many buildings in which only one type of class is held (Chevron has science courses, Benedum has engineering, etc.) It is not hard to get around, and the resources are abundant if you need to do research or get information.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: "Off Campus Housing" almost doesn't apply to PITT, technically the housing in that area is not owned by the university and tends to be owned by landlords renting out actual houses to college students, but they are located in such close proximity to campus. The quality of these house range, but some of them can be really nice. Rent might be high, but having an entire house to a group of students is really nice

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The City as the Campus – The University of Pittsburgh's campus is unqiue due to its city nature. Although this may be untradtional, it really feels as if it was part of the city, and the academic atmosphere is great. The walks may seem far, but the architectural scenary the city creates is really nice.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Skip the Clubs – Nightlife is for the students who are 21 and older.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Stay on Campus and Eat – There are many restaurants around, but students are better off eating within the school.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: You Can Go Anywhere – Transportation is the last issue for any Pitt student. Every student has free access to all Port Authority transportation systems (it is Pittsburgh's public transportation), allowing you to go virtually anywhere, and the school conducts its own transportation to specific events such as the Pitt football games.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: SO MANY OPTIONS – There are fantastic programs offered for students who want to enter the medical field. An awesome basketball team, along with great athletic facilities. The people here are really nice and come from different backgrounds. Also, the greek life is very active, but isn't necessarily the main source of entertainment. I love PITT!

3 College Freshman

Diversity: PITT says there's a lot of diversity, but I don't believe that's the case. majority of the student population is caucasian which makes some sense. I just wish there were more ethnicities represented at PITT.

3 College Freshman

Technology: The technology and computers that PITT offers are fantastic. They work efficiently and are available in many locations. The only problem I have is that there is no wifi inside the dorm rooms.

4 College Student

Scholarships: Awesome Aid – I got a nice scholarship as an Out-of-State student. PITT offers generous scholarships for academics, merit, or athletics. Applying early is key, and make sure you take your placement tests early in High School and multiple times. PITT will take your highest test scores and consider that for financial aid. The school also offers Grants, and if you're approved for Work Study, the positions can be great career training. I, myself have an amazing position as a lab assistant in a research lab in connection with UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center).

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Dining Diversity – PITT dining is abundant. "Off-Campus" is beyond where you need to travel. All within campus limits there are TONS of restaurants. Forbes Ave is loaded with affordable options, convenient choices, places honoring our student ID Pather Funds, a variety of different cuisines. But even a short walk off of campus, to Craig Street, you will find evem more great places to grab a bite. Dining options are the LEAST of your worries. The biggest concern is WHERE to go today?

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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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