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Reviews 3418 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Not Very – So long as you're not in the open you shouldn't get caught really.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: public transportation is everywhere, and you get to take the buses for free with your pitt id. they take you pretty much anywhere you need to go. plus the pitt shuttle commutes between upper and lower campuses

4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are good, especially if you're on the pre-med track or into engineering. The engineering program especially is really strong.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Lots of Buses – There are lots of buses and other means of transportation from the school. Its very good, and we get to use it for free

3 College Freshman

Parking: Difficult to Park – Its difficult to park on the streets and garages are expensive. But there is always somewhere

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is a greek scene for parties, but there is so much else going on that it is not needed to have fun. You can join or not, either way you will always have something to do.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is great! Not only is there the port authority bus system that runs throughout the city and outside of pittsburgh but the university it self has a shuttle that travels around campus, and there is also safe rider that runs almost 24 hours to make sure that the campus is always safe and keeping students out of trouble.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many different races and cultures at this university; there are three girls on my floor from China!

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: From what I have seen the houses are very nice but there are a few sketchy areas that don't seem very safe. There are more of the better homes than worse homes. The prices are reasonable.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Although student life at pitt is very good, even many of the higher level classes aren't very challenging. Dorm life kind of sucks because they have so many students that they dont match roommates up very well. also the school is VERY sports focused.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Nobody Has Cars – if you are an underclassmen or if you live on campus there is no reason to have a car

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love almost everything about the school. All my classes (save one) have been excellent and the professors were always helpful. I love being near the city and the way the school is set up so I can take full advantage of the city life. I love the use of free transportation provided so I can experience all my surroundings. And I love the environment of my school because it does actually feel like a community.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Pitt has a great reputation but it's not hard to do well with a reasonable amount of effort and there's not a really competitive atmosphere. I think it does a pretty good job of being big enough to give students plenty of options and opportunities without being too big- now that I've been here for a year and have started taking classes in my major, I feel at home at Pitt. It's also really nice that campus is in an urban neighborhood, very close to basically everything Pittsburgh has to offer, but there are also quiet parks and greenspaces to escape to. Academically, Pitt has a huge number of majors, minors, and certificate programs, so it's a great school for anyone who is undecided or has lots of interests. There are also plenty of on-campus job options, lots of clubs, and really cool gym classes. Pitt students also get to use public transportation for free and get discounted tickets to the Symphony, the Opera, and plays. The only really annoying thing about Pitt is that the party scene is so big; it's hard to find too many people who do anything else on weekends.

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.


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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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