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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.

5 College Senior

Majors: I am an education major and I had my student teaching as my internship. Most internships during your studies at a university will be unpaid. It is a learning experience and provides work experience but it not necessarily something that will be paid. If it is paid most likely there will be a lump sum at the end given to the recipient. Internships are a great resource for learning about your field and good to be put on the resume for future employers.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: This university is set off from other schools because of its location. It is truly in the heart of the city and there are so many options of nightlife and dining. The location of this university makes it unique alone with its location but there are many other factors that make it a great choice for anyone. Also the campus is beautiful and this university has a diverse group of students that are helpful to everyone around them.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: This university is set in the center of the city and there are thousands of options of more dining experiences. There are suburbs everywhere to pick from to get lunch or dinner. Also there are the calm options but also great nightlife around the area. I definitely suggest going off campus and getting some fantastic Pittsburgh food!

3 College Senior

Weather: The weather of Pittsburgh, PA has the potential to be beautiful but that is not always the case. Rain and snow are very common weather patterns but there are beautiful sunny days for students to walk around and enjoy the beautiful campus.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: The University of Pittsburgh is a city school and offers an array of night life. There are various fun activities for the college students at this university. Greek life is always a great way to meet more people.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Pitt is great for engineers, especially, I can't speak for anything besides my major besides that, though. So far, Statistics is letting me down a little ONLY because the department is very small, though it is increasing in size! The teachers know what they're doing and the classes are quality but they're hard to get into.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is definitely a drug-scene at Pitt. Every once in a while, the cops show up because someone smelled pot. Kids who do it outside of the dorms hardly ever get busted, though, and that's pretty common. It isn't an issue if you don't do it, but you might smell it sometimes.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Here, there's much much more diversity than anywhere I've ever been. We covered three continents just with kids on my floor. There's really lots of kids from all over the place and there's lots of events and activities for every different ethnic/racial background that welcome everyone! The only reason it isn't an A+ is because as far as political beliefs go, it's definitely not an even split; there are many more farther democratic students than republican.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: I don't think strictness dampens anyone's social life; kids who want to have fun can have fun anyways. RAs will call the campus police if you come back to the dorms making a scene or showing signs of alcohol poisoning, but they aren't out to get you in trouble. Parties only get busted when drugs are involved or things get particularly wild.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Many different ethnic groups, races, and religions are represented and accepted on campus. Discrimination for anything is hardly seen. Most people are pretty open

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: I love the area; Pittsburgh is just great. In Oakland, where Pitt is located, though, it is primarily college students living in the area.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Computers on campus are fairly reliable. Wireless networks and printing are not so much. Printers sometimes don't print, and wireless is not offered in all dorms and can be fairly unreliable once you have it.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a fair amount of chains, but also a lot of local places to eat. Most are affordable and pretty good. It's not hard to find what you're craving.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is popular, drugs are less so but still not uncommon by any means. I'd say about average, it's not hard to find if you want to but not hard to avoid if you don't.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: fairly easy to deal with once your fafsa and tax returns go through, but that was a challenge. overall aid package was pretty good

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Even the pickiest eater can find somewhere to eat.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are numerous bars/places to party on campus as well as off. The south side of Pittsburgh is home to all kinds of fun and is only a short bus ride from campus away. That's another thing, you can find a bus to basically anywhere in Pittsburgh.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love being in a specific program because my curriculum is directly correlated with what I want to do with my career so it makes it more interesting. From what I hear it's a great program in terms of the faculty and how they present the work. It is a lot of work especially with the required internship hours but it pays off in the end.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: You have to be accepted into the school of Health and Rehab Sciences. So far it hasn't been that tough. You are required to take prerequisites, but they were mostly classes I would have taken anyway. I will submit my application on March 15th of this year.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not had an internship yet, but I have learned that it is required within the Athletic Training field. I do not have any concerns about finding an internship and I actually look forward to getting hands on in my field. I worked along side Dr. Mittica for a while and it was a great experience in high school.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: This semester I will declare my athletic training major. This is something that I've wanted to study for a very long time, and is one of the reasons I choose to attend Pitt. The program is very good, and I hope it will be a great step on my path to ultimately work in the field of sports medicine and become an orthopedic surgeon for a major sports team.


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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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