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Campus Quality: the gym is nice and there are lots of events on campus

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Campus Quality: I love the University of Pittsburgh

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Great architecture and labs. Amazing sporting events as well.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: We have a pretty average looking campus. The buildings aren't all too special, just average. Our architectural gem is really the Cathedral of Learning; most everyone studies here at some point, if not all the time, during their college career.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The atmosphere of the University of Pittsburgh is unparalleled. The city setting is ideal for any college student in that it provides unlimited opportunities to have fun and receive a full education.


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If you're looking for first-rate athletic facilities, you won't be disappointed by what Pitt has to offer. The Petersen Events Center, a state-of-the-art basketball and recreation arena, boasts a number of cardiovascular machines and a large free-weight area, as well as racquetball courts and eateries that work on Pitt's meal plan. This is also where important University ceremonies are held such as, freshman convocation and graduation. The Pete also hosts a number of concerts and athletic tournaments. There are additional athletic facilities that are older but also offer pools, track arenas, and other indoor practice and weight rooms. The main residence halls also have smaller gyms attached, but the equipment is older and can only be accessed by residents of that dorm.

The Hillman Library, the University's primary collection, has four floors and enough hard-copy and online volumes to make research convenient. The library staff is very knowledge and always willing to help. If you need something specific, you can access smaller, subject-orientated libraries that are located around campus. Pittsburgh' Carnegie Library is available to students and is located less than a block from the HIllman. The William Pitt Union, a recently renovated student center, offers a food court and plenty of activities. Unlike at many schools, the Union has not become a hub of student life but is starting to move more in that direction with the renovated "Nordy's Place" which houses a lounge inspired coffee bar, TV area, and the Gig's Game Center that has a number of PC and XBOX 360 games.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
132 acres
Student Centers
William Pitt Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Barco Law Library
  • Bevier Engineering Library
  • Business Library
  • Chemistry Library
  • Darlington Memorial Library
  • Dick Thornburgh Papers
  • Frick Fine Arts Library
  • GSPIA/Economics Library
  • Hillman Library
  • Information Sciences Library
  • Langley Library
  • Mathematics Library
  • Music Library
  • Physics Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Cathedral lawn
  • Hillman Library first floor
  • The Schenley Quad
  • Towers lobby
Bar on Campus
No, but there are countless bars located in Oakland.
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Cafe a la Cart in Langley Hall
  • Café Victoria in Victoria Hall
  • Cathedral Café in the Cathedral of Learning
  • Common Grounds in Litchfield Towers
  • Cup and Chaucer in the Hillman Library
  • Hill o' Beans in Sutherland Hall
  • Jazzman's Cafe in the Petersen Events Center
  • The Pennsylvania Perk in Pennsylvania Hall
  • The Side Bar in the law building
  • Thirst & 10 in Panther Hall
Movie Theater on Campus
School Slang
  • The "O": The Original Hot Dog Shop.
  • The Ashtray: The area outside of Towers; popular for students to smoke and hang out.
  • Club Hillman: Nickname for Hillman Library.
  • Hem's: Hemingway's Café.
  • Ho-Land: Nickname for Holland Hall, an all-female residence hall in the Quad.
  • Panther Central: The offices in Towers lobby for the ID service and housing/dining.
  • The Quad: Schenley Quad, where eight of the 11 residence halls are located.
  • Upper Campus: The area with all the athletic facilities, frats, and newer dorms.
  • Hating Penn State: There's been a longstanding rivalry between Pitt and Penn State, the other college football giant of Pennsylvania. Anti-PSU shirts are sold on the streets in Oakland, and anyone who compares the Pitt Panther to a Nittany Lion is asking for trouble.
  • Hating West Virginia University: The rivalry between Pitt and WVU is thanks to the schools close proximity to each other, about an hour's drive. When the schools play each other in basketball or football, the games are known as the "Backyard Brawl." The football teams' rivalry is considered to be the 14th oldest rivalry in the country. After beating WVU, Pitt students can often be heard singing an "edited" version of the famous song, "Take Me Home" by John Denver.
  • The Oakland Zoo: The official student section during basketball games; this is the place to be if you're a rabid fan.
  • The Panther: The panther was officially adopted as a mascot in 1909 for a number of reasons. Among them: The panther wasn't being used as any other school's mascot; its gold color was closest to the University's gold; it was already known as a noble animal; and, of course, the name alliterated quite well.
  • Tailgating: Be sure to get there early-real tailgating can start early on football weekends, (7 a.m. for a noon game), and it often ends long after the game at local house parties or fraternities.
  • The University Seal: Pitt's seal is a variation of William Pitt's coat of arms. William Pitt was the first Earl of Chatham and served as the British Prime Minister in the 18th century. On the seal, the three dots are gold coins, which denote the Pitt family's participation in the Crusades; the castle wall signifies the new city; the blue of the checkerboard represents Pitt's status as an Earl; and the white stands for purity, innocence, and gentleness.
  • The Varsity Walk: Between the Cathedral and the Heinz Chapel, you'll find the sidewalk lined with names, beginning in 1950, and continuing every year. This is the Varsity Walk, a tribute to students who have moved through the University with outstanding athletic and academic achievements.
Urban Legends
  • Playboy ranked Pitt's Hillman Library as one of the top places in the country to meet someone of the opposite sex.
  • The Chancellor's Suite, on the 12th floor of Bruce Hall, is haunted.
Favorite Things To Do
Take in a basketball game or work out at the Petersen Events Center. Play some basketball, volleyball or racquetball at Trees Hall. Throw a Frisbee on the Cathedral lawn. See a play at the Stephen Foster Memorial Theater. Take a walk in Schenley Park. Play some pool or video games at Nordy's Place in the Union. There are always movies being shown in the Union, check the Pitt News and the dorms for more information. Be sure to see at least one Pitt football game and basketball game during your college career. And if sports are your thing, join one of the dozens of intramural teams that are on campus. Also, the free lectures run by the Pitt Program Council usually have a strong showing.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organizations
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 74 responses

  • 19% Going out to eat with my friends
  • 18% Exploring the awesome city
  • 12% Going to South Side
  • 10% Visit my friends in other dorms
  • 9% I like to attend the Pitt Arts programs.
  • 8% Student fairs on campus
  • 6% Hanging outside of Cathy or Soldiers
  • 4% Endless concerts
  • 4% Greek activities
  • 1% See all the doctors coming out of the hospitals
  • 1% Hanging out in the Union with my student org
  • 0% Nothing
  • 0% Leave.
  • 0% Sit back and look around, Schenely Plaza
  • 0% Meeting new people and socializing
  • 0% Walking around visiting/smelling all restaurants
  • 0% Studying
  • 0% Go to sporting events
  • 0% Go to meetings for student organizations
  • 0% Community Service

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 73 responses

  • 17% The Oakland Zoo
  • 17% Sweet Caroline
  • 14% Hating Penn State
  • 13% The Panther
  • 13% Instagramming a Picture of Cathy
  • 8% Hating West Virginia University
  • 4% The University Seal
  • 3% Tailgating
  • 3% The club outdoor events in the fall
  • 3% Pitt Arts
  • 2% Hating Pike
  • 1% The Varsity Walk
  • 0% The Cathedral
  • 0% Not into traditions.
  • 0% Pitt Men's Glee Club
  • 0% Leaving (literally any chance I get)
  • 0% "Hating other schools" is an option D:
  • 0% Flagstaff
  • 0% Nothing

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 205 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 85 responses

  • 32% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 52% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 16% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 203 responses

  • 51% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 45% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 2% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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