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University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) Reviews

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  • 07/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 out of 44 people found this review useful. 1 of 203

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who likes a big school, exciting place to live and different types of people. If you like sports, Pitt is a great place to be! If that's not your thing, there are so many other activities you can be involved with, so don't worry!

    Tips for prospective students

    While living in an exciting area definitely has its perks, the most important thing to remember is that you are there to go to school, and that if you don't focus on your classes, you might not be there much longer! Sure, parties are fun, but make sure you create a balance in your life of work and play. It's important to meet new people too, and to go out into the city to see what it has to offer. Keeping this in mind - be safe! While the campus is extremely safe, don't be stupid! You are still living in an urban area, so use common sense.

    Bang for the buck

    Apart from being able to ride the bus for free (which is awesome), the dorms are very nice in comparison to other colleges'. There are also a lot of options for food, even while staying within your dining plan. You can get free computer software to use too, and there are labs where you can print up to 900 sheets a semester... although I doubt anyone ever has. There are also state of the art gyms and work out centers that are open to everyone.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is so much to do... apart from Oakland, the museums, and many parks, you are only a short bus ride away from downtown Pittsburgh, the Southside, the Waterfront, Squirrel Hill and the North Shore.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are great, but in order to take advantage of all they have to offer, you have to GO to class!! Also, create a relationship with them - it may come in handy for research or internship opportunities.

  • 07/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 out of 29 people found this review useful. 2 of 203

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Curious, organized, self-starting, adventurous, science-oriented, anyone with a desire to learn and experience new things!!

    Tips for prospective students

    My freshman year was one of the most rewarding and trying years of my life. I was lucky enough to join a learning community my first semester and got to know a group of students very well. The diversity of the student and city population is the best part of Pitt and it is reflected in its student group offerings. There is something/someone for EVERYONE if you look for it. The free bus pass with your Pitt ID was the best perk of being a student, however, you have to stay on top of your work. If you let your coursework slip by, you will not be able to catch up. Pitt is the most academic challenging and rewarding state school but I can honestly say I learned more in my first year at the University of Pittsburgh than I have before in my life. My biggest tip is EXPLORE!!! Opportunities, social settings, class selections and the city! You will be better for it.

    Am enjoying being here

    The perfect balance of city life and safety for a college student. Less action than other big cities, especially with concerts.

  • 07/06/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 25 people found this review useful. 3 of 203

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working, intellectual, innovative, social, friendly, studious, spontaneous.

    Tips for prospective students

    PLEASE keep on the right track -- college is a whole different world from being back home in high school. There's so much time for friends, and also make time for studying. The University of Pittsburgh was an INCREDIBLE choice for me and I guarantee that this place will make anyone feel at home. Great people, great professors, and a challenge everywhere.

  • 08/25/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 out of 19 people found this review useful. 4 of 203

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Pitt is perfect for any major, but really shines through in the sciences. If you want to do anything in the medical field, Pitt offers a great Pre-Med curriculum, in addition to having 2 hospitals close by, which are affiliated with Pitt. Pitt also boasts strong social work and teaching programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, and check out the guaranteed grad school section of the application page. You can get guaranteed admission to the medical, law, and pharmacy schools, if you qualify.

    Bang for the buck

    Pitt, though expensive, offers an incredible experience to those who make the most of it. The professors at Pitt are top notch, incredible researchers who can enrich typical classes with cutting edge findings from their own research. The dorms are of above average quality, and the food is better than most college fare. Overall, Pitt is worth every penny.

    Am enjoying being here

    Pittsburgh is one of the biggest little cities in the world. Oakland has a variety of shops and restaurants, and the city transit can take you to various destinations around Pittsburgh for free with your student ID. Also, Pitt Football tickets are cheap, and the school provides transportation to Heinz Field. And the legendary Pitt basketball team plays at the Peterson Events Center, which is 10 minutes from most dorms. There's always something to do at Pitt.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at the University of Pittsburgh will challenge your thinking in ways you didn't know possible, but if you show you want to learn, they will help you succeed. You also will learn in-depth details from professors who love the subject that they are teaching.

  • 01/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 11 people found this review useful. 5 of 203

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    The frats are decent. As most freshmen will do, go to the frats to party for the first few months (if you're into that sort of thing). But after a while, most people outgrow frat parties and recognize that house parties are where its at.

    Great for these types of students

    Philosophy students, nursing students, engineers, international relations.

    What to do for fun

    There are a bunch of good museums to go to (personally the Andy Warhol is my favorite). There are plenty of exercise facilities on campus. There are also a plethora of good restaurants in Oakland. I'd recommend Joe Mama's (good Italian food). As for movies, South Side Works Cinema is just a few bus stops away, and it has student discounts (tickets are unbelievably cheap on weeknights.)

    Food and Dining

    OK. When it comes to meal plans, don't make the mistake that the majority of freshmen make. Many people get the unlimited meal plans. I advise against this. This is way more food than you can eat, trust me. I originally had this meal plan, but I realized that it is really a rip off. There are two ways of paying for food on campus: dining passes (swipes) and dining dollars. Dining passes get you into Market Central or The Perch (these are the two main dining facilities). One swipe gets you all you can eat of a variety of foods: Pizza, sandwiches, soups, stir fry, salads, pasta, burgers, fries, grilled cheese, ethnic foods, etc. Now, these all you can eat buffets will be like a dream come true at first, but after three weeks or so.. you will become unbelievably tired of this food. Which is why I encourage you to go with the second option instead. Dining dollars are much more flexible than dining passes. Dining dollars can be used at the variety of other places to eat on campus: Taco Bell, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, Einstien Bros. Bagels, Schenley Cafe (this has a bunch of good stuff.. even Sushi!) and Quik-Zone (this is a university operated convenience store type thing..it has things to microwave in your room, sandwiches, F'real milkshakes, sodas, candy, etc.) Dining dollars are way more enticing, but they can slip away from you. I would recommend figuring out how many dining dollars you want to spend per week and abide by that allowance.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is one of Pitt's weaker points. While its not awful, dorm life certainly isn't as good as you would probably find at a smaller private university. First of all, it is very unlikely that you will get the housing you prefer. The university uses a lottery system to dole out the available dorms and apartments, and you rarely get what you want. Living in Towers is decent, because this is where most freshmen live (you will meet a sh*t ton of good people here). Sutherland is where the honors college dorms are (probably a little bit nicer than towers, but you are kind of isolated from everything on lower campus).

    Academic Rigor

    I'm a Political Science & Philosophy major, so (apart from Psychology) I really can't speak as to the vigor of the natural science courses. However, their humanities courses are no more challenging than an average high school AP course. Overall, Pitt has a decent reputation; but it has a few departments and programs which stand out: Pitt has a phenomenal philosophy department - it has been ranked in the top 5 departments by several sources. Pitt also has good medical programs, especially nursing and physical therapy.

    Tips for prospective students

    A couple of things about Pitt: Get your Application and FAFSA and everything done as soon as you can. Pitt offers merit scholarships, but they are quite limited in number. I didn't apply until right before the deadline, so most of the scholarship money was GONZO by the time my app went in. If your school offers AP courses or something like college in high school, absolutely take advantage of it. My high school had a Dual Enrollment agreement with a local college where college credits were earned for getting A's in classes with college equivalents. Pitt accepted ALL of my credits (40+).

    In three sentences

    I've recently completed my first semester here at Pitt, and there's absolutely no doubt in my mind that I am at the right school. Pitt offers the ideal combination of atmosphere, social life, and academics. If you like the feel of a big school, Pitt is definitely right for you.

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 11 people found this review useful. 6 of 203

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit this university, it wasn't even on my radar for prospective schools until I visited and fell in love.

    Bang for the buck

    While this is an expensive public university for in-state students and even out-of-state students I think this is a great investment.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here. You do have your parties, but the university and student groups host various activities such as movie nights, trips, and other things. There are also many different groups you could join that participate in interesting events. For instance, Pitt Make a Difference Day was a school-wide community service project that helped the city out with cleaning and other things. It was very worthwhile.

    Am learning a lot

    Here at Pitt I feel as if I'm apart of the classroom. Sure, huge lectures can be informal and boring but most of the teachers I had were helpful after class to explain any problems I had. There are also many options to help you if you are struggling in any subject such as the Academic centers to help with tough subjects such as biology, chemistry, calculus, physics, etc.

  • 12/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 8 people found this review useful. 7 of 203

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are a big sports fan, you'll love Pitt. If you're an above average student that could use a good scholarship, you're likely to get a good deal for a quality education here. If you want an urban campus that isn't in the middle of downtown, you'll like Pitt's location.

    Tips for prospective students

    Coming into freshman year, I joined a learning community, which is a group of twenty or so students that generally take 3 themed classes together and meet once a week for discussions. I'd highly suggest joining one- there are a few dozen that cover most majors and are a great way to meet people as a freshman.

    Bang for the buck

    Pitt is a good deal for Pennsylvania residents, but could be pricey for out of state students if you don't receive a scholarship (but they do give out a good amount of aid). Still, its a better deal than most private schools.

    Am enjoying being here

    One thing I've noticed about Pitt is that its well-rounded. Aside from being academically competitive, it has a great sports program, a lot of clubs, and a good social atmosphere, so there is something for everyone. I also really like the neighborhood, Oakland, which has great restaurants and shops.

    Am learning a lot

    It is never easy transitioning from high school to college, but at Pitt it was fun. The classes so are much more diverse and interesting, and all of my professors challenged me, something I didn't experience too much in high school. It was great being able to fill general requirements with classes that genuinely interested me, because Pitt has a great selection of courses.

  • 11/09/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 8 of 203

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who enjoys the city (and even if you're a rural/suburban kind of person, I firmly believe Pitt has something for everyone); sports fan; science major or pre-med (Pitt can offer solid programs for any major, but it's exceptionally strong is the science and medical fields); adventurous (There's always somewhere to explore!)

    Tips for prospective students

    Make a visit so you can get your own feel of the campus to see if it's right for you. Always be open to trying out something new, because you never know where it can take you. Don't get tied down by the way you think college is supposed to be- college is what you make of it. And one more thing: Don't be afraid to meet new people.

    Bang for the buck

    The Pitt experience is priceless. The area is a perfect balance between the rush of the city and the warmth of a small community. I've never felt limited to only a few options, because there are so many different things that Pitt can offer: sports teams, undergraduate research, safe city life, and great food are just a couple of the benefits. Also, Pittsburgh in general is a college town, so you always have the opportunity to meet students from other schools; we also have an affiliation with Carnegie Mellon, so students can cross-register for classes there or even work with professors/other students. It's definitely worth the number on the price tag.

    Am enjoying being here

    I definitely love being at Pitt! The city offers so many interesting opportunities for people of all types. There is ALWAYS something fun happening on and off campus, and it's never hard to look for (no matter what you're interested in). Everyone I've met so far has been extremely welcoming and open to meeting new friends, so it's never hard to find people to have a good time with.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors who teach at Pitt are some of the most wonderful, helpful, and amazing people I have met so far. They genuinely care about their students and their well-being. Not only do they teach the material for class, but they are always open to helping students learn outside of the classroom. The OCC (Outside the Classroom Curriculum) program at Pitt is a unique way to learn valuable life skills while also working towards a degree.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 8 people found this review useful. 9 of 203

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student looking for the best experience they could possibly have!

    Tips for prospective students

    If the money is there, go to Pitt. Just do it. It will open up so many doors. When you are at Pitt, get involved and do not be afraid to be yourself. At such a large school, you have the opportunity to meet so many different people with so many different interests. This is your time to explore and be selfish before you have to buckle down and get serious. Check out all the museums (you get in for free!), sample some of the great food (Joe Mama's has fabulous tiramisu!), and try to get a spot in the Oakland Zoo (the student section for basketball games..it is crazy!). If you think you don't have the money, you do. Get some loans and work your butt off, it is so worth it. I have had to work two jobs, and I don't regret it at all. I still have time for friends and clubs. Be ready to work hard and get a great education!

    Bang for the buck

    Pitt is a pretty expensive school, but I would also say it is pretty prestigious. Pitt has a lot more to offer than a lot of other schools, and it is definitely an honor to say I attend here. Pitt's tuition DOES include bus transportation, student health services, and plenty of opportunities to snag a free shirt here and there. You are not only paying for the education but also the experience. College is expensive either way, so my as well take the best you can get!

    Am enjoying being here

    I am so unbelievably happy that I chose the University of Pittsburgh. Most classes are only a short walk away, the gym at the Peterson Event center is AMAZING, and football games are so fun. Whether singing Sweet Caroline or grilling some dogs before the game, football games are a way to get in touch with thousands of your peers and feel as one- even with the mascot Rocco. He is hilarious. There is a HUGE variety of choices for dining. When you buy a meal plan, you have dining dollars and dining passes. The passes are good at the dining halls. There is a dining hall in towers and also Sutherland that offers different items cooked daily. The dining dollars are for places such as Taco Bell, Chick-Fil-A, Pizza Hut, a smoothie place, salads, sushi, yogurt, and more. I have not yet gotten tired of the food because there are SO many choices. The dorm rooms are, well, dorm rooms. I love my roommate- they do a great job of pairing you with someone who they think you will be interested in getting to know. Getting involved on campus is something else that has made me enjoy it so much. There are so many clubs and organizations always looking for people to get involved, not only will it look good on resumes, but I have met so many friends with similar interests this way. Because i am a pre-professional major, it is extremely advantageous having all of the medical centers near campus. All-in-all, Pitt was the perfect choice.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are definitely challenging, but they have so much to offer! My biology class is tough however there are so many tools on campus to help you succeed. I am doing well because I make good use of their office hours and teaching assistants. Office hours are one-on-one meetings with your professors that are Q and A. If you do not understand something, go! They are so helpful- especially in large lectures. The teaching assistants are students that have previously taken the class and are there for help. They may teach recitations or schedule one-one-ones. They have free tutoring available in almost any subject at almost any given time. Not only do you learn a lot in the classroom, you learn alot about different cultures at the University of Pittsburgh. Having a city campus, I have the opportunity of witnessing new things everyday and learning about others. Pitt is a large university with a great number of opportunities for learning.

  • 10/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 10 of 203

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Psychology (my major), biological sciences, engineering, are all known to be great at Pitt, but I also recommend the business school based on friend and personal reviews.

    Tips for prospective students

    My biggest tip is to not stress about getting into the honors college. I was really disappointed when the only thing keeping me out was 100 points on my SAT. Honestly, yes the dorm is nice, but you will still have a great experience, a great degree from a prestigious school, and tons of friends when you leave.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is a bit pricey, especially considering there are cheaper schools who can offer you just as valuable degrees. The reasons it's worth the money go on. Personally, the experience, the chance to go to all of the fabulous museums, playhouses, and clubs, the opportunity to take any class at the surrounding colleges, and the free city bus fare (love!) make it worth my money.

    Am enjoying being here

    I lived in the Litchfield Towers my freshman year. Honestly, they aren't terrible. Sometimes they were loud, and I wasn't friends with a lot of people on my floor, but being in the center of campus made it easy to meet new people every day until I found my core group of friends. That, and Market Central is right beneath it, so you can go to dinner in your pj's! I live off-campus now and I enjoy it even more. There's so much to do in South Oakland!

    Am learning a lot

    My favorite thing about Pitt is that you don't just learn in the classroom. I've gained more life experience here in the last year and a half than I have my entire life. The professors are hit or miss at times, but the you will always take something away from each class. I'd recommend it to anyone. I've even convinced my sister to attend.

  • 10/27/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 11 of 203

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Pitt is great for students who have awesome school spirit, love to be involved in your community, and who enjoy knowing that they are receiving an education that will be sure to allow them to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Don't sit around in your dorm, wishing you were with your friends from back home. Go out and meet people. There are so many events held for incoming freshman to meet others, it's just plan silly to stay boarded in your room. Don't be afraid to come out of your shell a little. And definitely make sure Pitt is the right place for you. Do your research and make sure you've found exactly what you're looking for.

    Bang for the buck

    Pitt is most certainly not the cheapest school, but it definitely is not the most expensive either. I feel for the amount of money we pay each year, we definitely get what we pay for. There is so much offered to students who are willing to take advantage of it. I feel that if you are looking for a school with lots to do, and a decent price, this is absolutely the place to be.

    Am enjoying being here

    Pitt has a wonderful atmosphere for students. They offer so many activities and clubs for you to be involved in and are always sponsoring some sort of free event for students to attend. They tend to have gatherings in lower campus for fundraisers or holidays, and its always fun for all who wish to participate. And there's usually free food!

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Pittsburgh has outstanding curriculum. They offer such a wide array of classes and types of professors that it is difficult to find a class you don't enjoy. The professors are extremely easy to work with, and offer as much outside help as possible. There are also many tutoring and writing assistance centers that will help you with virtually any problem you could face. And best of all --it's free!

  • 04/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 12 of 203

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like city life then this is the place for you. Of course Pitt is something of a party school, but it is still possible to avoid that scene and find other exciting ways to go out and have fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in something on campus! There are so many clubs, groups, and organizations that there is literally something for everyone. It is a great way to stay active, meet new people with similar interests, and it looks great on your transcript.

    Bang for the buck

    It's worth it if you are going to participate in activities that Pitt offers to students. Many things are included in your tuition and if you don't take advantage of these activities, then you are certainly paying too much. Here are a few examples of what Pitt has to offer: Students with a valid ID receive free admission to all museums in Pittsburgh and have the option of attending many free Arts encounters. Pitt brings in many big name performers like Kesha, B.O.B., and ABDC winners Poreotics and Super Crew. Your ID is your free bus pass, so get out and explore the city!

    Am enjoying being here

    This University has so much to offer! I love the campus location and the diversity of people who attend this campus. There is something for everyone and the activities available to students seem to be endless. Classes can be a lot of work but it is so worth being here.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes are obviously much more difficult than those in high school. It is important to attend classes and make a relationship with your Professor. If they know your name it's surprising how much more effort you will put into their class! Go to their office hours and always feel free to seek help from teaching assistants. The one thing I've had trouble with is that many teachers here have strong accents. Then it is especially important that you make an effort to go to their office hours. It will help you understand them so much better!

  • 08/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 13 of 203

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The University of Pittsburgh is great for students who are prepared to work their tails off. You have to be self driven and deteremined to keep up with your competitive academic classmates. If you're the kind of person that loves adventure, grabbing life by the horns, and passionate with everything you do, then the Pitt and the city of Pittsburgh are perfect for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If Hillman Library, also known as club Hillman, is too noisy for you don't worry Pitt has almost a dozen libraries to choose from. I recommend Scaife (located inside the School of Medicine) by the Pete or the bottom of the School of Law. Also, try finding a good corner or empty classroom in the Cathedral of Learning. Other tips would be try to find a time to go to Market when it's not crazy packed and if your in towers always leave room to spare to catch an elevator. Lastly, it's our city, our panthers and HAIL TO PITT!

    Bang for the buck

    PITT is pretty pricey, then again what college isn't nowadays. However, the education and experience are worth every penny. You'll find yourself surrounded by other college students that have a passion for learning and making the most of life.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love living on campus in Oakland! The streets are always alive with college students, and the campus is easy to navigate. The city of Pittsburgh is a wonderful place for college students to live. There is always something to do at PITT. RA's from around campus hold social gatherings on a weekly basis. The football and basketball games are one of the best experiences you could have with a crowd of cheering students that go crazy for their Panthers. And, if your not on campus the Waterfront, Southside, and Downtown have tons of shopping and great restaurants. I suggest dinner at Primanti's in Oakland or the Southside, then dessert at Razzy Fresh in Oakland. You'll love it!

    Am learning a lot

    Although I only have one year of education from PITT under my belt, I have learned a great deal of information. I have taken classes in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, History and Philosophy of Science, History, and Calculus in just one very exciting year. Classes can be challenging, but you learn a ton of information to make yourself a well rounded educated individual.

  • 12/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 203

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Pitt makes every student realize their potential so whatever your major is, the school will have something for you. Personally, as a science major, Pitt offers guaranteed opportunities to perform research, even as freshman, and you will find something interesting if you look hard enough due to Pitt's great emphasis as a research institution

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and definitely pay a visit. You will love the city campus and taking a tour will be a great way to explore a school that you will be attending for the next four years.

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty competitive price, even for an out-of-state student! Pitt cares about you and try to accommodate costs to make it as affordable as possible and the price is very on par with other public universities but Pitt offers phenomenal experiences in research and mentoring from renowned professionals in the field whether it is scientific lab research or humanities. Plus free public transportation to go anywhere in the city!

    Am enjoying being here

    Not all of college is going to classes, everyone needs some down time and Pittsburgh is a amazing city to be in with the different boroughs available to visit. There are plenty of places to hang out with friends and definitely great parties.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt is a great place to come and get a education, every class that you enroll in provides a chance to learn more than you ever thought about a specific subject. The diversity of classes available is phenomenal and you will find interesting classes in any subject your interested in. The professors for the most part are alright, but for science classes, they expect you to learn materials in a different, more detailed way. Overall, very happy with my choice

  • 11/06/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 15 of 203

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I feel like Pitt is good for almost any type of student. Theres a largely diverse crowd here! Even language difficulties are overcome in one way or another.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips I have for prospective students are: apply early. Don't be afraid to be outgoing. Also, if you're not up for the cold, maybe Pittsburgh isn't a good idea for you. There's a lot of walking to be done between classes, even in the winter.

    Bang for the buck

    Housing here is wonderful. I currently live in an all girls dorm, Holland. The bathrooms are cleaned daily, and my room size is wonderful. Also the actual buildings are all beautiful, and the Peterson Events Center has an amazing workout facility. There is a great variety of classes to choose from as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here! Everyone has been so friendly, and all of your professors just want you to succeed. Most professors are really approachable. Also, it is super easy to make friends here!

    Am learning a lot

    In my big classes, such as Chem, and Neuro, I am learning a ton! The courses are challenging and definitely paying off. However, in classes like my Freshman seminar, we don't do much of anything. I hear that other professors do a lot more than mind has, so it's possible I've just been unlucky.

  • 12/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 16 of 203

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Pitt is great for students who would enjoy an active and lively college experience and can see themselves in an urban campus. It is also great for athletic individuals, as well as those who are academically self-motivated. The school prepares you very well to live and thrive on your own. It should be noted that I could not imagine myself living in a city while I was applying, yet now I love it. Pitt has a great style; feel it out!

    Tips for prospective students

    Shadow the school! The most important part of deciding whether or not you will like Pitt specifically is the experience of the atmosphere. The campus and city have a very distinct feel to them; some hate it, and others love it. Pitt looks great on paper, and it's numbers and achievements don't lie, but it has a distinct style. Whether that is good or bad is up to you.

    Bang for the buck

    My Pitt experience has been wonderful, and certainly worth the time. Financially however, there is no denying that it is a burden. I see this as a reflection of inflated collegiate costs around the country rather than a reflection of Pitt having an overbearing price tag however. Compared to other colleges, I definitely recommend Pitt for financial reasons! This is especially true for in-state students. In regards to out-of-state prospects, I can not say. Overall, the school is at least worthy of financial consideration. If it fits in to your family's budget, I recommend it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have really learned to love living in Pittsburgh. My freshman year was a bit socially intimidating but as the semesters go on you find yourself in various and new parts of town; each with quite a bit to experience. It to me a while to get a feel for the city, but Pittsburgh has a great and traditional style to it that I highly recommend. Though it can be bleak at times, Oakland is generally lively and invigorating. Pitt's campus is not distinguishable, but I now certainly feel at home here.

    Am learning a lot

    Certainly, the number-one benefit of my two years at Pitt has been the amount of knowledge that I've gained. I came in as a Philosophy major and learned so much about the department and curriculum so quickly that I decided it wasn't right for me. I have since switched to the honors Politics, Philosophy, and Economics major and have been so inspired by the courses honestly, especially in the Political Science Department. The Intro courses are fantastic as well, and they cover the given subject matter in general, so you can see if it is right for you. I have enjoyed my courses thus far.

  • 03/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 17 of 203

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    ANYONE.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Don't be afraid to contact professors via email or office hours- but be professional. -Try to put yourself out there- there are so many clubs for every type of person! -Library is good for studying- don't stay cooped up in a dorm all day. -Explore the city with friends! Pittsburgh is fantastic and we get free public transit!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition can be a lot of money, but thankfully they do have a good deal of help with some of the cost. Upperclassmen say consistently that off-campus housing is cheaper, but the dorms are so much fun.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere at Pitt is so welcoming. You're not forced to do things, but it's encouraged which is good for an introvert like me! There are so many students here that you are almost guaranteed to find fantastic friends within weeks. I'm so glad that I came here and I couldn't see myself anywhere else.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm learning a lot here and all the professors are readily available when you need some help on the side. Most of my classes have from 20-30 people so they're great for individual attention.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 18 of 203

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    Great for these types of students

    For those majoring in sciences be careful about your schedule. It is not smart to take 2 sciences with lab when you have 18 credits. Be realistic about what you can/ cannot do. make your schedule work for you, do not work for your schedule. And know that what you learn and the grade you earn may not parallel each other.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use rate my professor dilligently. Also the school wants you to do well. There is free tutoring offered for almost all classes and many professors make themselves available for office hours and questions after class. try not to get lost in the material. Ask questions when you have them. Do not be afraid to take the extra steps to turn a B into an A. Its worth it in the long run.

    Bang for the buck

    I think you get a quality education, but I do think it is very expensive and you could get the same education for a cheaper price.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am enjoying being here. I have made lots of friends and gotten involved in organizations that i care deeply about. I am even taking an extra year at school because I am not ready to leave.

    Am learning a lot

    I truly believe I have learned more in my few years at pitt than I have durring my entire student career before college. The professors are very knowlegable in whatever they teach. I have had very few experiences where I belived the professor was not capable of teaching me something I did not know before I took the class.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 203

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    Campus Safety

    Recently, Pitt had a string of bomb threats and the campus police made students feel extremely safe. We have a lot of faith in our campus police, who have worked extremely hard to ensure our safety. While those threats are over now, students could not pick a safer place to study. There always seems to be a campus police presence, there are security guards in buildings, and if a student is stranded anywhere, Pitt will come pick her up!

    Greek Life

    Not everyone participates in Greek Life, but everyone who does absolutely loves it. In fact, I intend to rush next semester. It's a great opportunity to network, make life long friends, and get extremely involved on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like mentioned previously, all of the clubs in school fill up the entirety of the Petersen Events Center for the club fair, but its completely navigable. There's a club (or several) for every niche! Whatever one's interested in, I guarantee Pitt has something relevant.

    Great for these types of students

    It's perfect for students who like big schools or urban schools. Also, students who want that unified feeling at a college would love it hear. In addition, Pitt has impeccable medical, science, and engineering programs, so anyone interested in those majors should definitely check it out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pitt has a ton of traditions that unify the student body. During football games, Sweet Caroline plays and all of the students throw their arms around each other to sing Pitt's variation. We also have our own fight songs (remember to yell Alegenee Genac Genac Genac!) and phrases (Hail to Pitt). When visiting the campus, be sure to rub Roc the Panther's nose outside of the William Pitt Union for good luck!

    Bang for the buck

    Pitt is extremely affordable. Out of state tuition is just under $24,000 and these days, that's groundbreaking. For that money, students get an outstanding education, fantastic sports teams to support, an abundance of clubs, and many resources for career development, study abroad, and any place else their hearts could take them.

    What to do for fun

    On campus, Pitt Program Council always has something going on. Cobra Starship just performed this spring, completely free for students! In the city, everything is college budget friendly. In particular, the Pittsburgh Penguins offer $25 student rush tickets to their games that are just a bus ride away. Conveniently, students can use all of the buses in the city for absolutely nothing at all.

    Food and Dining

    Once again, Pitt has a ton of dining choices. On and off campus, students can find delicious food. In particular, Pittsburgh itself has some of the greatest burgers I've ever tasted and its extremely affordable.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are livable, located near popular academic buildings, and assist in creating friendships in that first year of college. Upperclassmen apartments and dorms are beautiful. The suites are extremely new and are a great opportunity for a group of friends to live together.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt offers many resources to assist students with classes. Professors there teach exceptionally well, but for that last extra push, a student can go to several resource centers for free tutoring. The professors themselves are also always willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pitt has something for everyone. You'll love filling your core classes with Pitt's many selections because there's something for everyone. The club fair takes over the Petersen Events center with all of its options and there's always fun things to do in Pittsburgh, on or off campus.

    In three sentences

    Settled in the middle of Pittsburgh, students learn in one of the best, most interesting, and understated cities in the country. Pitt has it all with beautiful academic buildings, an abundance of interesting classes, and sports teams unifying the student body. Pitt is a wonderful school, which educates its students both inside and outside the classroom.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 203

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    Campus Safety

    I feel extremely safe on Pitt's campus. Not only do we have security guards stationed at the entrance of every residence hall, but the Pitt police are always patrolling. Occasionally, a Pittsburgh city police car will drive by. This tells me that not only are Pitt police looking out for us, but also the city police. Then there are always those blue light safety features located all throughout campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is fairly popular at Pitt. Students are neither pressured to join, nor frowned upon if they don't join Greek life. It's available to all of those who are interested. Also somewhat popular are the professional fraternities. All of the above foster great networking and friendships.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone at Pitt. If you can't find something you're interested in, then it's easy to make your own club. All you need is a few other students a professor who is interested in endorsing the activity. Pitt's clubs are easily joined and welcome students of all kinds. Every year, Pitt holds an activity fair where students can go and obtain information about all the clubs and activities available to them on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Pitt is a great school for any type of student. Being a major university in the state of Pennsylvania, it offers numerous majors which encompass all different kinds of students. Pitt has a place for everyone and does not discriminate based on interests. Pitt prides itself on being a top public university and accepts the cream of the crop. Everyone is intelligent and encouraged to grow through their interests while at the University.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Taiwan Cafe located a block or two from Towers has fantastic Chinese food. This little hole-in-the-wall restaurant is always crawling with students who are back for some more authentic cuisine. They offer good deals to students during their lunch and dinner hours. Joe Mama's has classic Italian food for great prices as well and is located on Forbes Ave. A personal favorite of mine is Fuel and Fuddle which offers a wide variety of food - half priced after 11! Pitt has a few traditions: take a picture by the Panther located near the Union, ride the buses to Heinz for a football where you can join classmates in the singing of Sweet Caroline with our own twist on it, see if the freshman can continuously break the world record set by the previous class during their orientation week, see the Cathedral lit up upon the winning of a sporting event, among many others!

    Bang for the buck

    Pitt is relatively average for in-state tuition and a little on the steep side for out-of-state. You definitely get your money's worth though. Pitt has many great things to offer to its students, both academically and socially.

    What to do for fun

    Being located in a city, the University of Pittsburgh has a vast assortment of things to do for fun both on campus and off campus. There is downtown Pittsburgh, where students can enjoy Penguins games, and Pirate games. There is South Side where students can shop and go out to eat. There are all the other neighborhoods that each offer their own little something special included, but not limited to: the Waterfront, Squirrel Hill and Shady Side. These places are all easily accessible using the Port Authority busing system which is free with the use of student ID. Students can also tour through the many museums throughout the city as well as right near campus. CMU has many great places to tour though. Near campus is Schenley Park. Schenley offers a picnic area with a scenic view of campus where students can play lawn games or cook out. There are also the trails and Schenley Oval which are great for those looking for a peaceful place to run. On campus, the Union features Nordy's Place. Students can come here and play pool or ping pong or just hang out and watch sports. Forbes Avenue is home to numerous restaurants and shops that are located close to campus. For those interested in athletics, the Peterson Event Center and Trees Hall are open to anyone who wants to workout or watch a varsity sporting event.

    Food and Dining

    Market Central is the main cafeteria on campus. Though it's good the first few weeks you get to campus, the food soon gets old. There is some variety in what is offered there, as long as you go at the right time. Towards the end of the day, they begin to run out of things. I personally would like Market to serve breakfast food longer throughout the week. Other than Market, there are bunch of food courts that you can dine in on campus. These are all awesome and offer a wide variety of food. Some of these places are known restaurants, including Einstein's Bagels and Chick-fil-A. These places were personally my favorite. The QuickZone also offered a wide variety of food that you could purchase to eat then, or bring back to your dorm for later. I bought food and would bring it back to my dorm. That way if I just wanted to eat in for a meal, I always had something I could make. Lastly, Pitt features Market-to-go. Market-to-go offers fresh made meals as well as sandwiches and salads, all to go. This was a easy, quick way to grab a warm meal after a long day of classes that you could bring anywhere to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at the University of Pittsburgh is awesome. I lived in Forbes, home to the SPACE living learning community. Basically everyone in my dorm was a freshman engineer. This was fantastic. During the week, everyone was working hard. There weren't the typical dorm distractions. We all understood the amount of work we had to do and respected each other. If you ever had questions about anything, there was always someone else working on the same assignment or project. It was a great way to meet people with similar interests and get to know people outside of classes. Our residence assistants were also fabulous. They were all upperclassmen engineers. They were fun, yet proved to be great role models for the residents in my building. The dorms were always clean, thanks to the housekeeping staff. And the number one thing - I always felt safe.

    Academic Rigor

    I am currently an engineering major at Pitt. My classes were extremely challenging my freshman year - more so than I expected. I actually had to learn how to study and what worked best for me. Even my electives, which were supposedly blow off classes were challenging. I have never had to put so much hard work into classes. You learn that you need to understand things on a much deeper basis than just a surface level understanding. Surface level understanding at Pitt will get you nowhere. It takes a lot of discipline to do practice problems for homework when you don't have to turn any in. You really are held accountable for learning on your own also. Professors are there to give an overview, the rest is up to you and how you use your resources (books, TA's, professors etc.). All and all, it's challenging, yet rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are a few things that can be potentially intimidating about Pitt's campus. This includes that fact that it's an urban campus, and the hills. No need to worry about either. I feel extremely safe on campus despite the urban culture. The hills - you get used to walking to class. One last thing - you WILL end up with swipes for Market Central leftover at the end of the year. Most students eat there once every two days, or so. Dining dollars are a lot more convenient and useful so you should get as many as you can.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is fabulous. It's located in a beautiful city that has much to offer to students. As far as a great college experience goes, University of Pittsburgh has it all.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 203

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    Great for these types of students

    Every type. Pitt is seriously the most diverse population that I have been a part of. Everyone is so nice and everyone can find something that they are interested in and people they like spending time with.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pitt is all about traditions! At every home football game we do special touchdown dances and the crowd is crazy! Then, after third quarter, everyone, student and alumni alike, stands up and sings Sweet Caroline. The O on Forbes is known for its hotdog and cheesy fries, Primanti Bro's for their special sandwiches and Joe Mama's for its yummy pasta! Also, for every home Steeler's game, the city gets shut down from all the fans coming out. And every St. Patrick's Day you have to go check out the parade downtown.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do on campus and off, you will never be bored at Pitt. Not only are the places on campus great for meeting up with friends and hangin out, but being so close to downtown and other attractions is a major advantage! Also, city buses are free for students, so you can hop on a bus and go to a museum, park, the zoo, or even ride downtown and go see an off Broadway show!

    Food and Dining

    Einstein's Bagels is the best, and there are two on campus!! If that isn't enough there are several different on campus dinning options, and even more restaurants and stores right on Forbes Avenue. Also, there are many different sizes of meal plans, so no matter how much (or little) you eat, you can find the meal plan for you.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at Pitt is perfect for every kind of personality. Most Freshman choose to live in Towers, which is the center of campus, and is therefore a little crazy at times. But there are other kinds of dorms around campus. There are dorms for specific academic programs or sports. There are also dorms for seven people, or single dorms, so that everyone can find a place that they call home.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt has amazing academic programs across the board. My program, Nursing, is seventh in the country! Pitt is also known for engineering, physical therapy, and pretty much every health related field. You name it, Pitt's got it!

    Tips for prospective students

    Although Pitt is a great school and I love it, it might not be the right school for you. Visit all of the schools on your list at least once, and go off how YOU FEEL at each college, not by what others say about each college.

    In three sentences

    Pitt is a truly amazing school, with a small school's feel, but a large school's sports! The college town has everything you could ask for, and downtown Pittsburgh is just a short (and free) bus ride away, not to mention the award winning academic programs and great staff. Who wouldn't want to come here?

  • 12/17/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 4 people found this review useful. 22 of 203

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are all about working hard and able to adapt to the city life.

    Tips for prospective students

    That if you finish here you will get a great education, and will have a very bright future for yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    College today is expense! plus it depends on where you go and what field you are going into.

    Will enjoy being here

    College is one in a life time experence. Its all about being on your own and learning how to do it by yourself without any help from your parents, teachers, coaches, etc. Its about you!.

    Will learn a lot

    You will learn alot if you apply yourself to what you are learning. Its about how you take and what you do with it.

  • 01/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 23 of 203

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking to live in a city, go to athletic events, be involved in on campus organizations, and want to feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself, go to Pitt.

    Tips for prospective students

    Declare your major RIGHT AWAY if you know what you want to do. You will receive a better advisor who will make sure you don't enroll in classes you don't need.

    Bang for the buck

    Although my dad wants me to transfer to a state school for the cheapness I think Pitt is worth it's price. I feel I am receiving a fine education for a medium price. The only thing that is not worth the money is the Arts & Sciences advising center for students who haven't declared yet. The advisors don't care about the students. There are too many students at this school. Pitt has everything a person could want when they picture college life: big name athletics, greek life, opportunity for research, and a diverse population.

    Am enjoying being here

    Pittsburgh has the nickname Shittsburgh because it can be shitty. The winters here are terrible. They are depressing. In the fall I LOVE being at Pitt. I am in the marching band, it is so much fun. I have a lot of good friends here and have met so many interesting people from all over the world. The spring is beautiful. After a long shitty winter it is nice to be able to sit in the grass in front of Soldiers and Sailors.

    Am learning a lot

    I would give this a 5 star but some classes are just plain boring. Not everyone is going to excel at every class they take. I am personally interested in Poltical Science, when I goto those classes I pay attention and learn alot. Then, there are classes that I would prefer to never take but have to take them to fill a general education requirement. I am learning a lot about the stuff I am interested in, but not so much about anything else.

  • 04/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 4 people found this review useful. 24 of 203

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    Tips for prospective students

    Not only is Pitt an excellent school for its professors but also for the experiences outside the classroom. Get involved!

  • 06/14/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 25 of 203

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    Great for these types of students

    Sociable, Driven, Hard-working

    Tips for prospective students

    Social life is good and there is a lot to do. But remember to focus on school. ALSO, you get free rides on Port Authority with your ID to go around the city. I advise you ASK THE BUS DRIVERS where they are going. Sometimes they can be mean-looking and actually just plain mean, but I ended up on the east side of Pittsburgh one afternoon by my self when I was just trying to get back to campus. Be very careful. It helps to travel with someone as much as possible.

    Did enjoy being here

    For personal reasons relating to changing my career choices, Pittsburgh ended up not being my type of community, which is why I transferred. However, I loved the people, the Panther pride, and the student life. It was a great place to be and I do miss it. If you enjoy people, you'll enjoy Pittsburgh.

    Did learn a lot

    I was on the fence about my career path while I was a student at Pitt, and even still I learned a great deal. But you need to go to class and have the initiative to work. It's a large university, so teachers aren't going to hold your hand, or sometimes they won't even know who you are because class sizes are massive at times (my intro to psychology class had 400 people in it). This doesn't mean you don't learn. But you won't learn if you don't go to class. While it is a great place to be, a city with a lot to do, remember you're there to study.

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 203

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are academically minded and are serious about their education. Students who don't mind walking a lot to get to their various classes. Students who are okay with rainy-Pittsburghy weather.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pitt is a serious school. There's no fooling around. You have to keep on top of your work and be responsible with your time. But, it's also a blast, so enjoy your time here!

  • 03/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 203

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    Campus Safety

    Pitt has its own police force that patrols the campus. Oakland is also mostly made up of students, so as long as you take the necessary precautions (don't walk by yourself at 2 am), it is a relatively safe campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs for students.

    Great for these types of students

    Pitt is great for students who want to explore all their options, as well as desire a more urban setting. While not directly located in downtown Pittsburgh, Pitt is centrally located that it is easy to travel by bus downtown or to the neighboring communities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before games, it is tradition for students to go touch the Panther located next to the Pete Event's Center for good luck.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of clubs to join at Pitt. During the beginning of the year, make sure you attend the Club Fair and see if any clubs interest you. Pitt has a Habitat for Humanity, sororities, fraternities, club sports, a snowboard club and tons of other clubs that meet and allow students to have fun. There is also Southside, which is only a short bus ride away that hosts a Forever21, Cheesecake Factory and movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    Pitt forces you to get a meal plan but I would recommend getting less swipes and more dining dollars. These dining dollars can be spent at local on-campus eateries such as Einstein Brothers, Sub Connection, and the coffee carts, which offer options you will likely tire less of then the dining hall called Market Central. The dining hall is not amazing, but it does offer a lot of options such as stir-fry, hamburgers, pasta and a sub bar.

    Dorm Life

    If you get stuck in the older dorms, such as Holland or Brackenridge, be warned that there is no air conditioner. However, your RAs will welcome you into Pitt and help you break the ice with your new hall mates. You are guaranteed housing for your first 3 years, and the dorms do get better each year.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the path you take, Pitt offers a number of classes that challenge its students, but also offers classes for students to take that are simply interesting. I took Asian Art my sophomore year, and included in our text book

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus before you apply. Usually, Pitt will waive the application fee if you take the tour of the campus with the Pitt Pathfinders and you can apply directly after you finish your tour. Also, tour the campus on your own and make sure you can handle the hills of Oakland. Do not be turned off by South Oakland either, there are nicer places for you to live when you move off-campus.

    In three sentences

    Pitt is a great school for people who are unsure of the path they wish to take, but know they want to continue their education. I was a student who came in undecided, but was able to discover a major I was passionated about after exploring Pitt's many options. Furthermore, Pitt offers an abundant of extra opportunities for its students, from study abroad to research fellowships at UPMC, which also help build your resume.

  • 04/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 28 of 203

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    Great for these types of students

    All types! There is something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When it is hot out tons of people lay out on Soldiers and Sailors lawn so bring a bathing suit for when the weather is nice!

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown, go to frats or bars, see shows/movies, free museum visits, play sports, hang out with friends etc.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty decent variety but Market gets boring after eating it all year.

    Dorm Life

    Pitt has great residence halls and RAs who are there to help you. Someone comes and cleans every day and you will meet lots of great people.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends what classes you take. Science classes are very rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Practice good study skills i.e. don't wait until a day before to study, get motivated to do work as soon as possible. Be safe and smart when going out at night.

    In three sentences

    Almost all students who go to Pitt love it. There is a program for everybody and so much to do. Pitt really cares about their students and will not only give you a great education but also great life experiences.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 203

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe, especially for its location. Campus police are everywhere, and there are buttons that link to the police station in site wherever you are on campus. Though, you are in Pittsburgh, so wondering off of campus into south Oakland or the city is not the safest of places to be. Walk with a buddy at night, know where you are at all times, and you shouldn't have a problem with safety.

    Greek Life

    I am a member of Delta Chi. I did not plan on joining a fraternity at Pitt, but here I am. I absolutely love the sense of brotherhood I have received. I truly believe I have made life-long friends already. The Greek systems allows for much more socialization and opens you up to a completely new community of students you would not have otherwise met. Additionally, many fraternities and sororities offer networking opportunities with alumni in and following your tenure at Pitt.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am a member of the Pitt Intramural Soccer and the Pitt Ski and Snowboard Team. Get involved with as much as you can. Almost all sports are represented at Pitt, including Quidditch. There is a club for almost everything, from religious to environmental to political organizations...even Humans v. Zombies...there are countless clubs and activities to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student who loves the hustle and bustle of the city will adore Pitt. But even students who don't appreciate the city as much won't be disappointed. Pitt is unique in that it offers the campus safety and feel in the middle of a city. 15 minutes in either direction put you in the heart of Pittsburgh, but Oakland remains safe and campus-esque. Introverts, extroverts, and the like will appreciate everything this campus has to offer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite locations on campus were the hole-in-the wall restaurants. I went over half a year without knowing many restaurants existed that were AMAZING. It will surely take my entire four years and more to find everything Pittsburgh has to offer. I enjoyed running around campus and into Pittsburgh. It gave me a different perspective of the city and allowed me to see many neighborhoods and buildings that I would not have seen otherwise. I recommend taking a jog or a walk into new areas (in the daytime of course).

    Bang for the buck

    I have not regretted my choice at all. Pitt is one of the most affordable public colleges out there, and it offers more than most colleges. Besides a tremendous education, the campus and city offer so much more than academics.

    What to do for fun

    Everything. If you aren't at a Pitt-sponsored event, you have every sports team to watch in the city. Additionally, Pitt offers free access to most museums and exhibits. You are in the middle of a city...take advantage of it. Explore Pittsburgh, go ice skating at PPG place in the winter, go throw a frisbee on the Cathedral lawn...anything!

    Food and Dining

    Though the cafeterias are huge and offer wonderful food, dining halls do get old. Luckily, Quickzone shops in both Sutherland and Towers offer a convenience-style store for students. If those don't suit you, forbes and fifth offer every type of food imaginable. You will not go hungry in Pittsburgh.

    Dorm Life

    I was privileged in receiving Sutherland (my top choice) for my dorm. On top of the hill, Sutherland has the most spacious rooms for freshmen and private bathrooms. Though, life in towers is not a bad one either. I had many friends living there, and the sense of community you build with your floor and surrounding floors is great. Living in towers puts you right in the middle of lower campus, which has its ups and downs. While Sutherland is on top of the hill, far quieter, and close to the Peterson Events Center, its downfall is the fact that it is on a hill...be ready to walk.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not impossible, but they are by no means a walk in the park. Class rigor definitely depends on your choice of major, but each course is difficult in its own right. My track of political science requires much reading and writing, while the engineering track requires countless hours of math problems. Don't expect to have it easy academically, but the classes are very rewarding if you put the effort into your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy the city! You should never be bored in Pittsburgh. You are on a safe, college campus in the middle of one of the greatest and most beautiful cities in the United States...take advantage of that. There is so much opportunity not only academically within the university, but socially and entertainment-wise as well.

    In three sentences

    My decision to enroll at the University of Pittsburgh was the best I ever made. The incorporation of a college campus into a beautiful city cannot be found anywhere else. Its academics, athletics, extracurriculars, and city feel are unparalleled.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 203

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You may have heard about the recent string of bomb threats at Pitt, and this may cause you some concern about campus safety; however, I do not see this as a concern. I stayed on campus the entire time the threats were occurring and never once did I fear for my life. The Pitt police as well as local police, and even the FBI did a wonderful job of maintaining a presence on campus and following safety procedures. I have never had a reason to fear anything else in regards to my safety. As long as you use your basic skills when it comes to any concerning scenario, you will be just fine.

    Greek Life

    Greeks can be seen around campus donning their letters, but they are not a huge part of the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs and activities at Pitt. Just about anything you could be interested in, there will be a club for, and if there isn't, you can create one. There are many athletic opportunities as well, even if your not a pro you can still be involved in club or intramural sports. I recommend going to the activities fair at the being of the school year.

    Great for these types of students

    Pitt is great for any student who is willing to work and strives to succeed. The student body is awesome. There is a wide variety of people from all different backgrounds, but one thing we all have in common aside from our love of partying, is our love of learning. A Pitt student is someone who loves learning for learning's sake.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Two words: Sweet Caroline. Say this to just about any Pitt student and they will begin to belt out the Neil Diamond song of the same title, of course adding in Let's Go Pitt! Sung after the third quarter of every football game, it is a Pitt tradition that is enjoyed by all. When thinking of Pitt, the Cathedral of Learning is also something that usually comes to mind. Standing high above the campus, the Cathedral, thought to resemble Hogwarts, is an icon to the university. There are countless other unique aspects of Pitt, including The Oakland Zoo and Schenley Plaza.

    Bang for the buck

    While Pitt is a little pricey for a state school, it is worth every penny. The school provides you with so much in many different areas during your college career and beyond.

    What to do for fun

    A great thing about being part of the city of Pittsburgh is all the opportunities it provides. You can go to the Waterfront to see movies, the Strip District to shop, or down to the North Shore to see some amazing concerts. With your Pitt ID public transportation is free, so it is relatively easy to get to other parts of the city. Your ID can also provide you free or discounted entrance to many of the museums and performances around town. Of course, like most other schools, there are also plenty of opportunities to party, whether it is up at the frats or just in your friend's dorm room.

    Food and Dining

    The dining options leave much to be desired. They have a wide variety of offerings including, Chick-fil-a, Taco Bell, and Einstein's; however the food lacks nutrition and taste. I would be hard pressed to be able to tell you a place where you could find grilled chicken or fresh fruit using your meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    I had a wonderful experience in the dorms. I had a single room in one of the buildings in the middle of campus. While I originally hated the idea of having a single, I came to love it. I never had to worry about pleasing another person or worrying about their schedule, and my entire floor ended up becoming my roommates. We were always out sitting in the halls and in each others rooms talking and hanging out. It was great!

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt has a great reputation for academics, specifically when it comes to opportunities in research. Most of the staff is fantastic too; always willing to take extra time to help you with anything, whether it is concerning one of their classes or not, you just have to seek them out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet as many people as you can, even if it is just to have a resource for notes in an early morning class that you always sleep through. You never know who will turn out to be your greatest friends and closest accomplices for your adventures throughout your time in college.

    In three sentences

    Pitt is phenomenal! It offers the best of both worlds; it has a small school feel with many advantages of a larger school, including athletics, academic resources, and activities. While it is part of a large city, Oakland, where the main campus is actually located, is secluded enough that it is like its own college oasis.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of museums, innovative restaurants, and extracurricular activities for students to involve themselves with.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should go to office hours to accustom themselves to the academic rigor. Additionally, students should meet with their advisors before the start of their freshman year.

    In three sentences

    It is a fantastic school with many research opportunities. The University of Pittsburgh also has a very lively and spirited student body. The university is also great for its social atmosphere.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Rated one of the best in the nation for dorm security. All dorms require ID to enter (swiped by guard) and have guards on duty 24/7.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are multiple clubs for every major, and there are intramurals for every sport. You may also want to join a frat or sorority for more social experiences.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student who aspires to do research or pursue a degree in one of the sciences, University of Pittsburgh is one of the best.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the best in the country.

    What to do for fun

    This university is in the middle of Pittsburgh. There are many things to do, as it sits less than fifteen minutes from Heinz stadium, PNC park, the Rivers Casino, countless bars and clubs, and three large shopping centers (two malls, and one outlet mall).

    Food and Dining

    The food in the past year improved significantly as they switched vendors. The major dining spot is open late (until 2:00am) and of course there are numerous restaurants within a few blocks of the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make of it. The dorms are clean, and the suites are particularly nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes, including general educational classes, will require study time. You will not pass without studying and learning the material. As for how much time is spent, it varies from person to person. I find I study for about an hour for each class each week in my major and about half an hour each week for gen. eds on top of attending all lectures.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in everything that interests you, you will find it rewarding. Oh, and definitely go to as many sports games as you can!

    In three sentences

    This is by far one of the best schools in the country in terms of value for a stellar education. It has excellent social life, being in the city of Pittsburgh, and there are countless opportunities to get involved in around the city. Additionally, they emphasize undergraduate research opportunities in almost all of the departments, which is a unique experience.

  • 08/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although this campus is located in the city, it is relatively safe. There are on-campus police staffed, and there are also pay phones located throughout the campus. However, I would not recommend walking alone on the sidewalks at night.

    Greek Life

    There is a prevalent greek life on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The greek living is housed in beautiful new buildings, and the greek life is treated with a seriousness. The people involved in greek life contribute a great deal to the community and the atmosphere of the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are thousands of clubs for students to get involved in. There are also activities and seminars offered almost daily. There are frequently job fairs and club fairs.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for student who specialize in the sciences. It is also a quality establishment for students who specialize in other academic area -- it is not a school that specializes in art. It is good for both commuter and live-in students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many restaurants and pubs on the campus that hold great traditions. Also the University of Pittsburgh football and basketball games are a long standing tradition. The Cathedral of Learning provides a deep history of the area.

    Bang for the buck

    The price for the education is slightly inflated. It is not difficult, however to take advantage of the many employment, research, internship, and entertainment opportunities offered by the University to make up for this high price. The University greatly supplements the sports programs.

    What to do for fun

    When we are not studying there are always events happening in the city. We can catch a movie, or hang out in the parks. Also, I spend a lot of time at the gym and free exercise classes. There are also on-campus events and seminars offered almost every day.

    Food and Dining

    There is a great amount of food and dining available on the University of Pittsburgh Campus. The city offers endless options for food. The food offered at the dining halls is also high quality. There is always a good selection of fresh food for the students.

    Dorm Life

    Due to the limited space in the city the dorms are conveniently located very close to the learning space. Also for this reason, the amount of dorms can be limited. As a student progresses through years, however, it is easy to find reasonably priced off-campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is very intense at the University of Pittsburgh. Students are held to the highest standards. Due to the large lectures, the competition to earn the highest grades in the class is intense. In fact, the scores in some classes have to be deflated!

    Tips for prospective students

    The University of Pittsburgh is a great school for student who enjoy living in the city. This school also makes it very easy to commuter students to stay connected to on-campus events. There are endless opportunities to get involved in internships and research at the University of Pittsburgh.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is a high quality educational and research establishment. It is conveniently located very close to down-town Pittsburgh. The professors and staff are very knowledgeable and helpful.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 203

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    Campus Safety

    Occasional things that occur, but the police do a very good job of keeping campus safe. Most safety issues would possibly be fault of person who had it. Blue buttons and limited area late night shuttle service offered

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very apparent. Guys live on Greek Row by Upper Campus. Females are housed in Dorms due to PA law that recognizes more than 4 women living together as a brothel (illegal to have). Almost all greek life represented.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of groups offered. I believe you can create your own as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a large student body, students who want a good amount to do, students who are health majors (proximity to UPMC), and really for anyone who just wants to enjoy college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cathedral is the tallest academic building in the Western Hemisphere. The campus has I think all of the graduate schools. Watch out for Zombies vs Humans, it can get crazy.

    Bang for the buck

    Pitt does give out a good amount of money for Out of State students, but they could always give more. Find ingenious ways to avoid paying for books, room and other things. Pitt makes that very possible.

    What to do for fun

    You could go to the Waterfront, Southside, or several other places. I plan on going back to Mt. Washington to enjoy the nice scenery. With you Pitt ID transportation is free, only problem with buses is timing.

    Food and Dining

    I gave it a 4 for nearby food places, not on campus dining. On campus dining gets boring and gives you bubble guts. Check out the half off deals at most places around campus or student deals they offer.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are ok. Def not luxury but they will do to provide you someplace to sleep, keep your stuff, study and whatever else you need.

    Academic Rigor

    Many people think that Pitt is not an academic rigorous school. However, don't be shocked when you get some unlikable grades. It is possible to succeed but you MUST work hard, study, and do whatever works for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit and talk to actual students or find someone from your area who goes there. Give it an open heart. Went in hating it, but by the end of the year completely in love and counting down to go back.

    In three sentences

    Pitt offers great scenery, adequate entertainment for a student and great local area deals on food and much more. For someone from a big city it may not offer the same feel, but it is nice in its own special way. Academics, organizations and social life give you plenty to do so you shouldn't be bored.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 203

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    Campus Safety

    Very Safe, campus & city police are always around.

    Greek Life

    There are Frats & Sororities

    Clubs and Activities

    You name it they have it

    Great for these types of students

    I don't think there is any one type of student that the University is good for, it's extremely accommodating to all types of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cathedral, absolutely beautiful at Christmas time. Club Hillman is the nickname for the Hillman Library on campus because it is always to packed at certain times of the year (finals & midterms) that it is way more like a club than a place to study. H2P -Hail to Pitt!

    Bang for the buck

    You can't beat Pitt's education and tuition ratio. Depending in your program, the tuition is about 16K-17K a year.

    What to do for fun

    Frats, bars, clubs in the southside are super close. You will not be bored, Pitt is a blast!

    Food and Dining

    Market- Its the best campus dining! Other than that, Oakland is FILLED with different restaurants and places to eat, you definitely won't starve.

    Dorm Life

    A ton of diversity! Not only in terms of the people, but the layout of the dorms that you can have are also extremely diverse. I lived off campus in a house for most of my career at Pitt & that is a blast- check out South Oakland.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt is tough- no doubt about it, but if you want it & actually put work into it, your professors won't let you fail.

    Tips for prospective students

    1.) Use your professors to your advantage- they are great resources for not only course knowledge but for potential internship, references, and just all around great networking! 2.) Get involved- you name it and Pitt has a club for it. Do something! 3.) Have fun- go out! Don't become consumed in academics- you won't get out alive!

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh has been a home away from home for me. My classmates, professors, and even office moms at my student worker position, have provided an atmosphere that is incredibly conducive to learning, growing, and succeeding.

  • 11/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 203

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    Campus Safety

    Pitt has a lot of good safety features in place. They could really improve the Saferider (late night shuttle) system though.

    Greek Life

    The great thing about greek life here is it's an awesome experience if that's what you're into, but it's not the type of school where you HAVE to join to have fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything. If the club doesn't exist (which is rare), then start it! You will always have something to do.

    Great for these types of students

    Social, outgoing, open to new experiences and people, driven, hardworking, goal oriented, independent and self-reliant (the campus is big)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sweet caroline at the football games? None of our traditions are really weird, just a lot of fun!

    Bang for the buck

    Hard to judge this one. I'm bitter about how much I have to pay, but I do it because I know I'm getting the best education and also one that fits me.

    What to do for fun

    Pitt is surrounded by parks, museums, clubs, restaurants, and shopping. You will have more than enough to do with that stuff on top of all the school programs. There is literally something happening on campus every other day.

    Food and Dining

    The school does have a lot of options for students, but they definitely aren't the healthiest. Also, some of the dining places have strange hours. For example, it's hard to find good food on the weekends, but that's what Oakland is for! The city itself has some amazing food to try out.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a blast, especially freshman year. While the freshman housing isn't necessarily 5 stars, the experience is. After your first year, all the dorms are pretty nice and there is a good selection.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major/area of study. They have amazing nursing, engineering, and business schools. All of the professors pretty much know what they're talking about and they expect you to put in 100% effort. Pitt will teach you fast the best way to be successful. You don't want an easy school though, you want a school that gives you the education you pay for.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take all the tours you can, you'll be amazed by our great city. The tour guides (pathfinders) do a great job. Also, once you get here take it all in. Do anything and everything you can your first few years. Take advantage of everything the school has to offer both academically and socially, it will be that much easier to find your niche.

    In three sentences

    Pitt's campus has the best student atmosphere you will ever find. There is literally something for everyone, academics, social opportunities, and the chance to really grow as a person. Pitt gives you the chance to feel genuine pride for an amazing school.

  • 12/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 203

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    What to do for fun

    The gyms, rock wall, pools, etc. Frick Park, Schenley Park, the 7 museums, the Phipps conservatory. Events are sponsored by the university everyday. Student organizations are always holding events. there are many places to hang out where you don't have to be 21 to get into. The rails to trails has created an endless walk way around the city. The best thing to do is just explore. There is a large art culture rising with events, parties, and studios opening all the time.

    Food and Dining

    Resident meal plans are great. The dining facility is huge with tons of options. There are really nice dining facilities and many places on and off campus accept your meal plan. Between Downtown, Oakland, Southside, and the strip, there are countless places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are good for incoming students. There is a great sense of community and the resident cafeterias serve excellent food.

    Academic Rigor

    It is definitely a tough school and the work load is large, but it's manageable and the resources are there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize the libraries and ask your professors how they managed their time in college. Make sure to look up all the perks on the website and check your email often because there is always new things going on.

    In three sentences

    The university provides substantial resources for students. Despite large class sizes professors are more than willing to assist you, if you seek it. The university is excellent and the opportunities offered in research, volunteering, community involvement, and events are unmatched.

  • 10/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Extroverts; introverts, you'll have to do a lot of adjusting. Artists.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't overwork yourself. Try to find a balance. If you're in the hard sciences, don't party it will catch up with you. Take advantage of PittArts. They usually have great symphony seats.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a great education in the classroom, but what's more important here is the opportunities you get to actually WORK with your professors or other staff. There's almost no excuse to not have a research opportunity by the end of your first year--as long as you work hard.

    Am enjoying being here

    Pittsburgh is a pretty nice city, but Oakland is definitely one of the worst sections; I enjoy taking refuge in Squirrel Hill during the weekends. It's nice during the spring and fall to enjoy the many parks around, like Frick Park, Schenley Park, and Melon Park. A couple cons are: Oakland is noisy and dirty, the people are REALLY loud Thursday-Sunday, and it can be hard to adjust to the city. (These are things you'd experience in virtually every city).

    Am learning a lot

    Classes are difficult, but usually the professors are really nice. As an engineering major there's a lot to learn and it can be easy to fall behind.

  • 12/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing students who love sports.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is way different than high school!! In high school I NEVER studied, but made all A's. I came to college with that same mind set and had a rude awakening. Studying is VERY important! I got 50%s on my first exams, then I started to study more, the 50 went to a 70 and on the last tests i took I got both A's. I thought I wasn't going to be able to handle it after the first test, but I used time management and studied for each class a certain amount of time on certain days and that certainly helped me! Good luck!

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being here. There is always something to do even if its not on campus. You can use your Pitt ID to ride the bus for free. You can go downtown, the water front and alot of other places to eat, shop, sight see, and have fun.

    Am learning a lot

    Everyone has their own way of learning. Just make sure you attend class EVERYDAY and take good notes! Make flash cards and set up appointments with your professors, TAs, or tutors if you need more help.

  • 05/08/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    It's definately a city campus - be prepared.

    Will learn a lot

    The professors are really friendly.

  • 05/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Like others have said, go to class! Join a sport or other extra-cirric. Not everyone can go to medical school. Don't be afraid to change majors or reconsider your goals.

    Am enjoying being here

    Pittsburgh is a great city, but it's freezing. That's the biggest downside. Oh yeah, and it rains all the time. Anyways, I love the school. It's a good mix between academics and partying, and I love all the school spirit.

    Am learning a lot

    Pitt is a great place for self-motivated students. I've found that professors have a lot to offer, both academically and professionally. But, you have to put forward the effort.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    I think that the university of Pittsburgh would be a good school for people who are majoring in the science field

  • 07/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Pitt is great for students who love sports Students who love meeting people from all over the world Students who love to learn not just academically but also socially Students who love cool temperatures

    Tips for prospective students

    It snows a lot in Pittsburgh so bring your skis and a few pairs of snow boots. You should also bring shower shoes because we have communal bathrooms in most dorms; only suites and apartments on campus have private bathrooms. If you are seeking extra cash there are tons of stores on campus that hire Pitt students, and don't worry they won't ask you to work crazy hours, they know you're students. GET OUT THERE AND MEET YOUR LIFELONG FRIENDS!

    Bang for the buck

    It seems like so much is free at Pitt. We have free city bus rides, we have free use of gyms in every dorm building, we also receive free virus protection for our computers as well as microsoft software and lojack for tracking laptops if they are stolen. Another perk is the fact that every student has 900 pages of paper for printing those papers. Students also have full use of any computer lab on campus which are equipped with Mac and Dell desktops. Some of the computer labs are open past midnight which is a great convenience for printing those early morning papers.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the city of Pittsburgh, it is so rich with culture. Fortunately, the school reflects the vibrancy of the city. If you walk through Pitt's campus you will see people playing extreme frisbee, volleyball, basketball, football etc. If you are a sports lover, then Pitt is definitely for you. Pitt's football games always have great attendance by students. SO COME JOIN IN ON THE FUN!

    Am learning a lot

    I have to say that from my experiences taking classes at Pitt, the professors are excellent. They were truly helpful with any questions or concerns I had. Whenever I had questions about the content I was studying at the time I had so many avenues where I could find help. I could go to the Academic Resource Center for tutoring, group study sessions performed by TA's during the week, e-mailing professors or teacher's assistants for explanation, and if all that didn't work I could always go to speak with my professor during their required office hours. I have found that alot of proffesors may be intimidating in a lecture hall but when you speak to them one on one, it's completely different, they are actually human beings!!!

  • 07/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    In my opinion, the university best fits self motivated and hardworking students that can think creatively. The majority of classes will be very large lecture halls that don't allow for much student/teacher communication. You simply have to be ready to focus on the fact that you are there to learn and to set a solid foundation for your future.

    Tips for prospective students

    The most important thing is to pay attention in lecture. It's completely different from high school, with most teachers only providing a few examples, expecting you to learn most concepts on your own. The faster you realize that you need to look over you notes on a regular basis, the better off you will be. Also, if you see that you're distracted in lecture by a friend of yours, explain the situation to them and sit somewhere else. This was one of my biggest realizations, because if you sit with a big group, you'll quickly stop paying attention in lecture and you will fall behind. Lastly, although study groups are a good way to clarify specific problems, individual study will make up most of your studying, because figuring something out for yourself is the best way to truly learn it and understand it.

    Bang for the buck

    Pitt is definitely one of the more expensive public universities, but the quality of education makes up for it. Specifically for the engineering program, most students participate in a co-op program. The program consists of a work/study cycle in which the job openings are secured through the engineering school. This program provides highly valuable work experience, increasing chances that graduates will be hired as soon as the finish college. This co-op program is what really sold me on picking Pitt, because it gets you involved with big name companies, and exposes you to the job environment you can expect to be in when you finish schooling.

    Am enjoying being here

    Although the campus appears to be hectic and somewhat intimidating, you quickly realize that the majority of others are in the same situation you are, trying to juggle school and friends. My favorite part of the campus is the high energy environment, which really keeps you awake and busy. There is also plenty to do, depending on what you enjoy. You can visit the Carnegie museums, go to Southside to grab a bite, or catch a laser light show at the Science Center (this is my personal favorite). Because your Pitt ID doubles as a bus pass, you can reach any of these destinations in a few minutes, at no cost to you.

    Am learning a lot

    Although most of my impressions are from the engineering department, the depth and quality of my 2 music electives lead me to believe that the university is top notch in all departments. Specifically, the engineering program will not only teach you general math/science/computer concepts, but it will also force you to learn how to handle multiple projects, tests, and how to maintain a reasonable social life. You will quickly learn what time management/study methods work best for you, which will most certainly help you in your post-college life.

  • 07/18/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    I love this school!!!!!!!!!

    Will learn a lot

    Pitt is awesome!!! This was my number one choice and when i got in i threw every other acceptance letter out. Not only is the campus beautiful and the sports great, but the academics are top notch too!

  • 07/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you like the city, this is a good school for you. PITT is well known for their medicine program. The student population is very diverse with students coming all the way from the coast of California or internationally from China to local students from Pittsburgh.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class and recitation. Your TA's are there for a reason. If you have a question, they are there to answer them. If you need to set up an appointment with a professor, they are generally flexible to set up a time and help you out. If you work hard, play hard. Take the time to get to know everyone you meet: your classmates, floormates, roommates, RA, etc. Enjoy yourself. You do have a lot of new freedoms, but use them wisely.

    Bang for the buck

    It is rather expensive, and I have some difficulties finding specific scholarships from PITT, but I have received a good amount of financial aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love the campus. There is a lot to do. There are so many different clubs, museums for free, restaurants, and areas to visit. Every person I have met has been so friendly.

  • 07/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working, fun-loving, friendly, outgoing, studious, dedicated, athletic

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your deposit in early so you can have your pick of dorms. Take advantage of all the free stuff and discounts you get just for being a student: students ride the public bus system for FREE and you can get hundreds of tickets to art shows, musicals, and plays at great discounts through the Pitt Arts program (just to name a few). Also, GET INVOLVED! There are hundreds of clubs on campus and tons of other ways to make new friends. Avoid that Freshman 15 by going to one of our many gyms. There are plenty of machines and weights to use and helpful students everywhere to help you reach your fitness goals... all for free!

    Bang for the buck

    I definitely feel like I'm getting a private school education for a public school price. There are so many opportunities for research and internships through Pitt so it gives you way more than just classes and tests. The engineering program is one of the best in the country, along with the philosophy program and nursing. And there are so many majors to choose from! All of the majors are comprehensive and exhaustive so take your pick!

    Am enjoying being here

    Everyone is so friendly, in the city and at the school. There are students EVERYWHERE so it truly feels like a community, which is difficult to do with a city school as large as Pitt. The best part is the Pitt Pride! Football season is huge and basketball season is even better. Don't miss out on our fantastic Division I teams!

    Am learning a lot

    The class choices are so incredible. You can find anything from your serious major classes to a class on The Beatles. I have learned so much from my professors, especially from just being in class. It can be easy to think you can slip by at such a large school, but it's so important to participate! You get so much more out of your education that way.

  • 08/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Particularly good for Pre-Med students because of it's affiliation with UPMC, but any and every kind of student will find many opportunities here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the typical cheesy college tour fool you. This school is great.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're willing to go to various events, you will definitely get your moneys-worth. There are tons of free-to-Pitt-student events, discounts on cool things such as plays, art exhibits, and sporting events. You'll learn a lot, and can do a lot at Pitt. Definitely worth the money.

    Am enjoying being here

    Pitt campus is wonderful! It's safe, in a central location (buses are free with your Pitt ID and will get you anywhere you want to go), and there's tons to do! There are Pitt events going on all the time, but there are also plenty of shops and restaurants around whenever you feel like doing something else. Also, there are lots of sports events, art shows, theatre productions, concerts, etc. on or near campus!

    Am learning a lot

    Pitt is by no means an easy school, but it's definitely managable. Study hard and you'll be fine. There are tons of different classes and class sizes, so there is a place for anyone and everyone. There are also tons of resources such as the Hillman library, many computer labs, and lots of other good services to help you out. The professors are great, and you'll learn a lot.

  • 08/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    outgoing and intelligent

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved early and try everything at least once

    Bang for the buck

    can be a little pricey but totally worth it in the end!

    Am enjoying being here

    Pitt is so much fun and the people are great!!

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers are amazing and they do really care about what you learn

  • 11/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school has some party life but it's not a pure party school. If you want to actually learn and actually get a good education, this is for you. You don't have to be the most dedicated student in the world but you can't be lazy or just want to party, either.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be serious about your prerequisites. There are quite a few of them and you'll want to get them done early or you may not graduate on time.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are good, the programs are trusted, and they will work really hard to help you get a job. There are tons of networking opportunities and, since it is in a fairly large city, opportunities to work while still in school (including high rates of recruitment right from your program).

    Am enjoying being here

    The school is great with helpful staff and faculty and the campus is beautiful. There are tons of things to do (many of them free with your student ID) and places to go and things to see and you get a really cultured experience. Everyone is really kind.

    Am learning a lot

    There's a lot of review in most below-1000-level classes if you've taken a course on it before (in high school, for example) but it's worth it and the teachers do build on it. Once you get to the upper levels it's mostly new knowledge.

  • 11/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    It is great for students who are pre-med. There are endless research/volunteer opportunities in Pittsburgh. It is also good for students who like the advantages of the city yet don't want to be in an environment as cut-throat and fast paced as NYC. Also, the housing is inexpensive for being in a city if you choose to move off campus after your freshman year.

    Tips for prospective students

    No matter what college you go to make sure that you keep up with your work. Studying for an exam the day before is not going to work anymore. Also, make sure that you go for help when you need it. There is no shame in not understanding something, but there is in failing out because you were too proud to get help. The best advice I can give is to make sure that you go to the office hours and e-mail your teachers with questions. If your teachers know who you are and consistently see you in class they are more likely to give you a better grade, especially in classes where grading is subjective. Also ask questions, professors are more likely to bump up a grade that is on the verge if they know a student is trying and participating. Sit up front in big lecture halls. This serves two purposes, it lets the professor get to know you and you are more likely to pay attention.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Pittsburgh is a fairly expensive school if you are out of state. It does provide a great education and is very well known for its science department. If you are aspiring for a job that where you graduated from really does matter it is a great school.

    Am enjoying being here

    The University of Pittsburgh is the perfect combination of city life and down home feel. I do a lot of traveling and Pittsburgh is one of the friendliest cities I have ever been to. The transportation is really easy to figure out and your Pitt I.D. lets you ride any city bus for free.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot, but in order to do well on tests and quizzes you have to make sure that you keep up with your work. Going to school at a competitive university is not like high school. You have to go to class AND office hours/reviews. Even if you are doing well in a class you need to put in the extra effort.

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Pitt is a great school for any Pre-Medicine or Pre-Health major. Pitt is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which can help prospective medical students out alot. I received a job during my first semester at a laboratory and it has given me amazing exposure as a Pre-Med major that I would not have had access to at any other university or college

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit campus. I did not really want to attend Pitt until I visited campus and found out how beautiful the campus was. You would think that since Pitt is in a city, it is busy and dirty and disgusting but it is funny to see all the people that come to Pitt and are surprised how beautiful, clean, and green the campus really is.

    Bang for the buck

    I think that even for all that the University of Pittsburgh has to offer, it costs too much to attend here. The tuition keeps rising and the students don't seem to be gaining any more benefits. With that said, Pitt does provide students with an exceptional education and many different activites to do on campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    The University of Pittsburgh is located in the Oakland district of Pittsburgh and is surrounded by museums, art galleries, and even a botanical conservatory. It is a short walk to Schenley Park which has its own golf course and also just a bus ride away from downtown Pittsburgh where there are even more things to do.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here at Pitt are very interesting and stimulating. Not only have I learned new things but I have also found interests in subjects I never thought I would enjoy. Pitt has a large number of classes to pick from, the choices are endless! You can find everything from Introductory Italian to Islamic Civilization to Mesoamerica Before Cortez to Introduction to Western Architecture and those are just 4 out of hundreds of classes to pick from.

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, school-spirited, city-lover, sports-enthused

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to apply early! It's a competitive and popular school, so make sure to work extra hard and make your application as best as it can be.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little expensive for my family and I, but not ridiculously priced!

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus and city/area around it is so beautiful and well kept! There is so much to do around town.

    Will learn a lot

    The professors and administrators I've spoken to, the tools and opportunities I've seen they have on campus, it all seems to be a wonderful combination for learning.

  • 12/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Pitt is ideal for urban-dwellers, aspiring researchers, and those who get bored easily, because there is always an abundance of entertainment!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for outside scholarships and definitely do as well as you can on the SATs or ACTs because it will help you in the long run when trying to be admitted to the Honors College and receiving larger institutional scholarships. Also, visit the campus, because it really is true that the feeling of the college campus is correlated to the amount of happiness you experience once you enroll.

    Bang for the buck

    Pitt is not the most affordable college in the world. Most financial aid comes from Federal and State assistance rather than from the institution itself. This is because Pitt is a public institution and unfortunately the state of Pennsylvania does not have the plethora funding for higher education that some states possess. However, the education and research opportunities are excellent and Pitt is definitely a good undergraduate choice before attending graduate school.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is so much to do in Pittsburgh and so much to see whether you're looking for cuisine, museums, culture, or social interactions. We have professional baseball, football, and hockey teams in Pittsburgh so all sorts of sports fans can feel at home. The museums are large and within walking distance and since Pitt provides free transportation on the local Port Authority bus system, you can travel anywhere in the city at no cost. Great food is everywhere and there are famous eateries right on campus including Primanti Brothers and Quaker Steak and Lube (both featured on Man v. Food on the Travel Channel). Pitt also sponsors a constant array of entertainment including sponsoring trips around the city and bringing in therapy dogs for students to pet and love on once a week. The campus is also beautiful and surprising open for a city campus. In the early fall and spring there are enough open places for one to relax and enjoy the weather both on campus and within walking distance and there is a beautiful park less than a mile away where one can enjoy surprisingly quiet and peaceful wildlife on beautiful trials right in the middle of a city. If you're more of an indoor person, residence halls are lovely and Pitt also offers a single dorm option (even for freshmen) for those who are less social and are not yet ready to have a roommate. With free Internet and cable and a two large libraries located on lower campus, an indoor person can enjoy both video-games or a good book. The only downside of the city is that in the late fall and winter, Pitt experiences a fair share of rainy, dreary, and bitterly cold days, However, it gives you a better chance to get to know your roommates and floor mates!

    Am learning a lot

    Class at Pitt can seem daunting when coming from a small high school due to the mere size of the Gen. Ed. classes. However, the longer you're here, the smaller the classes get. Good news is the larger classes are larger because you're unlikely to need a lot of individual attention because they're far easier and a lot less work than your smaller classes (but none the less informative). The professors I've had thus far have been entertaining and very willing to help out any student, and I've yet to experience any unfair grading or extremely difficult exams. Overall, I'm very happy with my education thus far and look forward to my next semester at Pitt!

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the pitt and pittsburgh police are always around, and the unviersity has other things in place as well to promote safety. however, the school is still located in a city, so dangers are still present.

    Greek Life

    only about ten percent of students are in greek life, so if you want to be apart of it its amazing, but if you dont you dont feel left out. being a part of greek life makes the campus seem smaller and gives you a lot of opportunities.

    Clubs and Activities

    tons to choose from!

    Bang for the buck

    if your instate, you get an education like that of a private school for a public price. however, any college is extrememely expensive, and pitt is one of highest priced public universities in the country.

    What to do for fun

    there are tons of restuarnts, musmeums, and places to shop. there are also tons of bars if youre 21, and lots of parties if you're not.

    Food and Dining

    there are a lot of options, so you wont always be stuck at the same cafeteria. however, the only annoying this is that a lot of things close on the weekend, so i would ususally end up eating out.

    Dorm Life

    although the newer dorms are nicer, i lived in an older dorm and still loved it. everything you need is so close and there are tons of people to hang out with.

    Academic Rigor

    while some classes are more difficult than others, the majority of my classes have been very challenging and required a lot of outside work and effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    send in your dorm forms as soon as possible

    In three sentences

    pitt is an amazing school. it was a great mix of a campus feel and a city atmosphere. there are many things to do and also many employment/internship opportunites in the city.

  • 02/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are so many fun activities here. there are always sporting events and club activities, and mixers. the added bonus is that the campus is a mile from downtown pittsburgh which has its own activities..

    Food and Dining

    the campus has a great selection of eating places, in addition to a multi-million dollar dining facility.

    Dorm Life

    pitt does have some very nice dorms. however, i am currently living in a campus apartment which i absolutely love.

    Academic Rigor

    course work is challenging. however, professors have diverse teaching styles. by going to rate my professor (reviews by past and current students), you can find a professor who is more suited to your style of learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    work hard and remember that a well-rounded person is a more successful person. while it is great to succeed at academics and sports, it is also very important that you give back to the community. you must show that you can put yourself out there for someone else.

    In three sentences

    the university of pittsburgh main campus is the perfect place to realize one's full potential. with its diversity and wealth of activities, pitt makes learning fun.

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    being in the city, there is so much to do after class and on the weekends. from football and basketball games to theaters and museums, the campus is close to so many fun things.

    Food and Dining

    there are so many options when it comes to eating. it's a little expensive but there is always something to eat!

    Dorm Life

    i made my best friends in my freshman dorms. i wouldn't have traded that experience for anything.

    Academic Rigor

    my classes were challenging. they forced me to think outside the box and be creative.

    Tips for prospective students

    try everything. this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. take full advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.

    In three sentences

    pitt has been a great experience because of its diverse student body and multitude of opportunities. the professors are very helpful and the student life is incredible. i am applying to graduate school at pitt because my undergraduate career was so incredible.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i'd say about four stars. we're right in a city, so it's important. we have campus and local police. the card swipping to get into places is secure.

    Greek Life

    i'm not in greek life, but it's pretty active. there are a lot of frats and sororities here.

    Clubs and Activities

    five stars. anything you want, we've got it. but if we don't, you can make it.

    Great for these types of students

    any and all.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are so many different groups, clubs, and organizations. pretty much anything you could possibly imagine. we sing sweet caroline during the third quarter of football games. the cathedral is pretty monumental.

    Bang for the buck

    i'm playing out of state tuition. but they offer scholarships. also, i'm in their pharmacy program. if they have what you want, it's totally worth it.

    What to do for fun

    it's pittsburgh: there are som many things to do. the campus location is ideal. opportunites are endless.

    Food and Dining

    three stars. there are many off-campus places that are college-kid-friendly. but even on campus, the options are broad.

    Dorm Life

    three stars. current juniors will be the first freshman to utilize the new residence hall currently under construction. there are pros and cons to all freshman housing options, but overall, it's nice.

    Academic Rigor

    definitely four stars. many programs are prestigious, tough, selective and train for the best. you'll be pushed. awards are for the persistent; those who are willing to accept a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you want a great experience, come to pitt.

    In three sentences

    the strong academic programs here are very well-recognized and admired. the atmosphere is one that welcomes, is warm and open, and accepts. involvement with the hospital, research, local business, community and city is encouraged and easily accessible.

  • 02/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    anyone. it's a huge school and everyone can find something. if you don't, you're not trying hard enough.

    Bang for the buck

    you get free access to the city buses, free passes to museums, cheap concert tickets, and a lot of fun events to attend. tuition is cheap compared to private schools and i definitely feel like i'm getting my money's worth.

    What to do for fun

    pitt has an awesome problem called pitt arts where you can get free/discounted tickets to cultural events. they also generally provide food, too.

    Food and Dining

    there's a lot of options at the dining halls, but you get sick of them within a couple of months. luckily you're dining plan can get you access to taco bell, chick-fil-a, sushi, starbucks brand coffee, and lots of other great stuff.

    Dorm Life

    i live in the honor's dorm, and i love it. the people are interesting and not all are the stereotypical anti-partying bookworms. the fact that it's generally pretty quiet is a definite plus.

    Academic Rigor

    it all really depends on what classes you take. some majors/classes are notoriously easy while others (like a lot of the sciences) are pretty hard. classes are generally easy to pass but can be difficult to get an a in.

  • 03/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    we have an extremely safe campus with pittsburgh and campus police. also there are safe lights around the campus at all the buildings.

    Greek Life

    there is greek life around campus and people love to join it but it is not one of the campus' where it is necessary to have fun and be part of an organization.

    Clubs and Activities

    pitt has a great amount of clubs and groups that anyone can get involved with and will fit anyone's need.

    Great for these types of students

    pittsburgh is great for any student there are many options for majors and the diversity on campus is huge.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the cathedral is unusual in the fact that it is solely our campus building and is known. also there is that panther which we rub the nose for good luck before the game.

    Bang for the buck

    i feel the university is a fair price for the academic resources they offer.

    What to do for fun

    there is a lot to do for fun in oakland and pittsburgh other than the normal college experience of partying. a great thing about being around the city is it is easy to go to the festivals in pittsburgh or a concert downtown. also there are a lot of restaurants and stores or shopping places to go to around the pittsburgh.

    Food and Dining

    the food on campus can vary. the food at the union or at the cathedral are usually very good. the food at market and the perch however vary. it is pretty good food for a cafeteria but it can get old fast since two places only change their menus everyday. there are still a lot of options there and we have market to go for a quick source of food which is usually pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    i chose to live in a living learning community for engineering and i absolutely love it. you form a family with your building, especially since the community is smaller. this allowed us all to bond, make new friends that we will see in class, and there is a support group if you do not understand certain concepts you are learning in class.

    Academic Rigor

    the university of pittsburgh has great academic programs and harder majors require a lot more work. i have compared my freshman engineering schedule to my friends at other schools and it is significantly more but i feel it only prepares us for the outside world and gets us ready for the work in the following years as upperclassmen.

    Tips for prospective students

    things i wish i knew as a prospective student would be about what to bring, campus dining, and the work. as you enter college you are worried that you need to bring everything and can't bear without some clothes but you can, minimize the amount of things you bring -especially useless stuff - so you can have a more spacious room but make it feel homey to you. the campus dining at market isn't the greatest but not terrible i recommend more dining dollars so you are able to eat at the cathedral and union, it's always good to change it up. last, the work in college, although you have heard it a million times, is a tremendous difference especially if you choose a harder major but it is possible so do not stress and embrace it.

    In three sentences

    i would give the university of pittsburgh an a overall. i choose this grade because it is a great academic school with a variety of opportunities for anything you want with a great city feel around and outside the campus. the only downfall is some of the outdated buildings, which are being re-done, and the campus selection of food.

  • 03/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the police are vigilant and i have never once felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    i'm not interested, but my dorm borders frat row. for anyone interested, greek life is thriving at pitt!

    Clubs and Activities

    so many different clubs to join and meet people- college is what you make of it!

    Great for these types of students

    people who want a fulfilling college experience. i have broken out of my shell and am making so much of it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    go to the sporting events and then to the cathedral if they win a football game.

    Bang for the buck

    great education! and the dorms are fantastic.

    What to do for fun

    hang with friends, go to sporting events, go to museums. so much to do!

    Food and Dining

    average college food but definitely tolerable. good all you can style.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms on upper campus are very nice and have a great sense of community. pitt is building more dorms in lower campus so it will be nice having more people on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    definitely difficult, but not overwhelming. great preparation for the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early, and come to the university of pittsburgh!

    In three sentences

    such a fantastic learning institution. transferred here and have never been happier because the people are fantastic, as well as the city.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there have been recent events that have been handled quickly and well by emergency services. call boxes are place closely all over campus and the busy urban setting with the all night activity from the near by large hospitals offer protection as well.

    Bang for the buck

    a quality education in a great city, engaged academic and research staff, excellent assistance such as the writing center.

    What to do for fun

    the urban setting is great. pittsburgh offers many, reasonably priced cutrual, sporting events, and cultural institutions. there is lots of local music to enjoy at cafes and clubs. great parks and biking / hiking trails near by campus. your pitt id is a transit pass anywhere in allegheny county . . . nothing like a evening baseball game at pnc park (cheap) or student rush tickets to the pens at consol energy center.

    Academic Rigor

    in my class so far i feel changed; they have not been a waste of time that would annoy me greatly.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are a nontraditional student, older, returning, vet, etc., the college of general studies is an excellent place to begin.

    In three sentences

    as a nontraditional student i have received great support and advice in all aspects of my beginning college experience.

  • 04/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    No cafeteria available

    Dorm Life

    There isn't on campus housing. I commute from home.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a school to provide quality instruction to become an airplane maintenance technician, this school is for you.

    In three sentences

    This is a small school branch in Hagerstown, MD, so the student/ teacher ratio is low. I like the interesting classes and labs. The instructors teach in a way that is easy to follow and understand what I am expexted to learn.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This school is ridiculously safe. Just don't act stupid and you should be fine :)

    Greek Life

    There is a good amount of greek life here on campus, but not everyone is greek. I would say that out of ten people you meet about 4 of them are probably in a sorority or fraternity. Some can check my stats to get a more official number lol

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students that like to experience new things, take opportunities, meet new people, have a good time, and get things done.

    Food and Dining

    Market Central is nice, they have a bunch of different stations to choose from. It will get a bit tiresome having that as the main option, but if you balance out where you eat, you won't get tired of it so quickly. Try and eat at places like the union and cathedral cafe everyone once in a while so that you are not eating the saem thing all the time. Also hit up einstein's bros. for some tasty bagels and other sandwiches. There are a lot of options on campus and when you go off campus dining, there are still a bunch of options to chose from.

    Dorm Life

    Oh Dorm life..it is not that bad. I actually enjoy it. I live in a single and love all the privacy I get. Even in a single I still get to hang out with the people on my floor. It is like having a bunch of floormates to choose from instead of just one roommate. Anyway, the bathrooms are cleaned everyday and most people are not dirty. Sometimes people can get loud, but what do you expect when you have a bunch of friends together. The dorm life is basically what you make of it. Just relax and have a good time.

    Academic Rigor

    This is definitely rigorous. You have to stay on top of your work, especially if you are premed. Explore all the majors that they offer here. You may think that you want to major in something, but later realize it is not really for you. Be curious and enjoy what you are learning. They have some really interesting classes to choose from.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and get to know people so that the school doesn't seem so big. Stay on top of your work because that is why you are in school. When choosing your meal plan, get more dining dollars than meal swipes because you will not be going to the Market Central as much as you think you might.

    In three sentences

    It is an awesome school with a lot of opportunities. You have to remember that this school is huge and you have to put in extra effort to get the professor to remember your name, especially in large lectures like bio and chem. Take advantage of all that Pitt has to offer so that you get ALL your money's worth.

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Pitt has their own police force which works very hard to keep campus safe. Although the campus is quite safe, you have to remember that is still a city and you have to be careful at night especially if you are alone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Pitt has hundreds of clubs and activities all offering something for every type of person! Whether you want to get involved in theater, sports, service, or highlight your academics, there is a club for you!

    Great for these types of students

    Honestly Pitt has something for any type of student!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make sure you check out the Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning! These are classrooms decorated in the style of different cultures. They are really fascinating and worth checking out!

    Bang for the buck

    As compared to private schools, Pitt is relatively cheap and I personally think that with all the school has to offer the tuition is worthwhile

    What to do for fun

    The museums and Phipps Conservatory are free for Pitt students. Schenley Park is also a good place for walk or run on a nice day or for some alone time. There are also tons of international food restaurants in the area and most offer discounts to students!

    Food and Dining

    The Food seems pretty good and there are a ton of places on campus to eat. There's something to satisfy everyone!

    Dorm Life

    I really can't say anything about this because I haven't started here yet, but from what I seen and heard from people the dorms are pretty exciting! With such a big school, you will always find people you like and can hang out with!

    Academic Rigor

    Although I have not been to classes here yet, everything I've seen and heard have pointed to very rigorous and engaging academic structure. I can't wait to get started

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you walk around the campus and check out the area, not just the school. Also walk from the dorms to different classrooms to see how far you have to walk. this could be a big deciding factor in where you want to dorm.

    In three sentences

    I live in Pittsburgh so I have been around the University of Pittsburgh pretty much my whole life and I've found that it is a wonderful school with tons of opportunities. Although I am not a fan of the campus, there is a lot to do in Oakland and the academics are out of this world! Each time I have visited I've learned something new about the school that makes me excited for the semester to start

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cathedral of Learning is an incredible structure. Outside of the student union, there is a panther statue that everyone rubs the nose of for luck on football days.

    Bang for the buck

    It's not cheap, there's no denying that, but it is certainly worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    Once you are of legal age, there are many bars nearby that students enjoy. Until then, there are often activities in the student union or somewhere else on campus, especially during football and basketball seasons.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus - you will know immediately if this is the right place for you.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and inviting. Classes are challenging, but provide a wide knowledge base, which is helpful in furthering your education. There are many acclaimed programs to choose from.

  • 04/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Pitt has a system where between any hours you can call a special service that will come and pick you up. you can use it 20 times a semester and bring 2 friends with you. There is also police call boxes all around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Pittsburgh isn't a very expensive city, for students all public transportation is free, There is wifi practically everywhere on campus, season tickets for football are 25$ compared to 200$ for Penn State.

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events, concerts, intramurals, conservatory.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of food options

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great, the towers are lots of fun for freshman.

    Tips for prospective students

    You don't need a car Bring warm clothes Bring boots

    In three sentences

    University of Pittsburgh is a great school for those who want the aspescts of a city atmosphere while still having a defined campus. The school is set in a beautiful safe city with great food and sports atmosphere. The people in pittsburgh are very nice, and public transportation is very conveniant.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the museums and Pitt Arts events. Go to anything the school offers for free.

    Tips for prospective students

    Challenge yourself and take more difficult classes. Also make friends early and often.

    In three sentences

    It is a large school with a lot of resources. There are people from all over the world represented. It is fun but one can challenge themself.

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Evereything! there are parties, bars, shopping, movies, a whole city to explore.

    Academic Rigor

    I think it all depends on which classes you take, you can probably get by taking a lot of relatively easy classes but if you want a more rigorous academic experience you can definitely get that here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to Pitt! you won't regret it

    In three sentences

    Pitt is a great school in a great city. I have had great experiences with most of my classes and professors. There is so much to do throughout the city.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Suppppppper safe! There are blue call boxes all over campus, you can see one while standing at another at night. They've tested these boxes on the news, and police answer within 2 seconds and are there within 2 minutes. You can see police (the university and pittsburgh police) walking, in cars, on bikes... that' doesn't mean it's a very dangerous place or that everyone feels claustrophobic, it's quite the opposite!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dave and Andy's on Atwood has great homemade icecream and you can smell them make the waffle cones! Also, Noodles and Company makes great dishes! There's even a hookah bar in an old church.

    What to do for fun

    Like I said earlier, there's sooo many options for ways to get involved outside of the academics. There's different recreational sports, service clubs, language clubs, ones for different hobbies; internship and job opportunities; research options. There's concerts and minor/major sports games that go on, as well as school sports. A park is located on campus and some museums, buses downtown for movies,concerts and the mall... You can even take a look around the nationality rooms in the Cathedral and the Bigelow Bash that has a free concert and other things in the Spring (this year was Cobra Starship, last year Kesha).

    Food and Dining

    Like most colleges, after a while the Freshmen get tired of having all those meal swipes and the food isn't always what you want... with that said, there is a wide variety of food in the cafeteria and it's been decent the times I've been there. (Since I live off campus I don't have a meal plan). There are many restaurants (especially pizza places!) and a grocery store on Forbes for food. Rite aid also sells food, and you can take a bus to Giant Eagle, there's also some restaurants that deliver to the dorms as well.

    Dorm Life

    From what I've heard, dorm life is great and everyone loves it. Move in day is a little overwhelming, as theres so many people trying to move in. They are building another dorm though! The dorm directors also plan activities sometimes too. I live off campus in an apartment though, and I've had a great experience with that (and cheaper than a dorm as well).

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on many things: teacher, class level ( undergrad, grad, honors), the class itself (biology is going to be harder than say performance), course of study and how interested you are in the class. Overall, I'd say Pitt (since it's a big research and medical school) is a 3.5-4/ 5 for academic rigor, because it's definitely harder than state schools and community colleges... not everyone that applies gets in and it doesn't get as much state funding as state schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and out of your comfort zone. Take a performance class, join a club or class that sounds interesting, study abroad, intern or do research to build your resume--- there's so many choices and you'll only grow from the ones you make!

    In three sentences

    This school is a superb one to go to-- whether it be the great neighborhood, enriching atmosphere, decent price and wide variety of academic opportunities. It is a 5 minute bus ride from the city itself, so you get both the city and a suburban feel. There is a sense of a close community that I didn't feel from other schools I visited (either when looking at schools or visiting friends).

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Oakland is not the safest city in the world, but the Pitt Police do their jobs well and make sure the campus is safe for students.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life isn't very prominent on campus, not like in the south. It does have its place, though, and the people who join it love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Pitt has a great social scene and there are so many clubs and organizations to join.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the end of the third quarter at football games the school sings Sweet Caroline.

    What to do for fun

    Pittsburgh is a huge sports city and there is always some sort of sporting event. Pirates games, Steelers games, Penguins games, and of course Pitt sports are all great ways to get out and have fun.

    Food and Dining

    The college food isn't the best, but there are tons of restaurants surrounding the campus in downtown Pittsburgh.

    Dorm Life

    I will not personally be living in the dorms, but Pitt has a good selection of dorms to choose from.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt is one of the top universities in the country, and it places a high standard on the academics of its students. Luckily, there are many programs in place to help students succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore the organizations and clubs. Also, talk to admissions officers in your program before applying; they can offer some great tips.

    In three sentences

    I love the small-town feel of Oakland. Pittsburgh is such a big city, but being on the campus is like being in your own little town. Coming from Austin where the University of Texas takes up the entire city, it is nice knowing I will be able to find my way around easily.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The city of Pittsburgh and the campus itself have a lot of things to do for fun. Anyone can go watch a Pirates baseball game or a Steelers football game during the seasons. Concerts come and go on a monthly basis, with many other promotions at Consol Energy Center where the Pittsburgh Penguins play. Touring South Side is lively at night and the Waterfront is a sight to see around the downtown area.

    Food and Dining

    There are two main dining halls that offer a variety of food options. The campus also has numerous on-campus dining options which include Taco Bell Express, Burger King, Chick Fil-A, Einstein Bros., Pizza Hut Express, etc.

    Dorm Life

    I had the chance to experience the pleasures of a Living Learning Community (LLC) where I resided with about 250 other Engineering students. The facilities are nice and highly available.

    Academic Rigor

    The level of education is exceptional in the School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, so the competition is high among students. The professors will challenge the students in an integrated curriculum.

    Tips for prospective students

    All prospective students should acknowledge that college is much different than most high schools, as far as work load and hardness. Remember to complete all assignments on time with full effort and study well for exams.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh offers a great education to all its students. The faculty is attentive and wants to see all the students succeed. The University is also a pioneer in research, and students who are particularly interested in the sciences should look to enroll.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's so much food all around campus, whether part of the meal plan or not.

    Food and Dining

    Great food everywhere.

    Dorm Life

    You'll meet wonderful people.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be calm. Study hard.

    In three sentences

    Best. University. Ever.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've personally never had any issues with campus safety, but I've heard of robberies of off campus housing. This is, of course, ignoring all the bomb threats of last semester, which amounted to nothing except a huge inconvenience for many people.

    Greek Life

    Pretty noticeable. There is always a Greek party to attend, but if you don't want to be involved, you don't have to.

    Clubs and Activities

    Something like four hundred different clubs of all sorts.

    Great for these types of students

    Those looking to get into Greek Life mostly, but accepting of all types.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of free museums, cheap football and basketball games, free events held by the program council and clubs, and parties every weekend otherwise.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few good options, but if you don't want to get sick of them too soon, begin to venture off campus.

    Dorm Life

    I had a great dorm experience, but apparently, in my dorm, that was rare. Generally seems like a good environment though.

    Academic Rigor

    Really depends on your program. I know Pitt's nursing, engineering, and pre-med programs are very difficult, but I haven't heard much about the others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a good winter coat and boots. Even the mildest Pittsburgh winters are still very cold and it can get pretty slippery on all the hills.

    In three sentences

    Pitt is a fun school with tons of great majors, opportunities, and activities to do. You will never be bored (well, except maybe in the harsh winter) with all of the free on campus and off campus attractions.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I'm pretty sure this is as good as it gets.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to orientation and all of the other introductory programs.

    In three sentences

    Pitt is such a big school that there's something for everyone here. Sure, it's known as a party school (and people certainly aren't kidding when they say that, with parties just about every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night), but no matter who you are, there are a lot of other students just like you. The academics, extracurriculars, and other opportunities are pretty good too.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    those interested in a carrer in science, technology, engineering, or math.

    Bang for the buck

    University of Pittsburgh students are internationally known and will receive promising job placement upon completion.

    What to do for fun

    The University offers hundreds of intermurals and student led organizations and it would be hard to say that they don't offer something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    The university offers many selections on a daily basis to provide a healthy meal experience throughout your time there.

    Dorm Life

    The University of offers many choices when it comes to dorms, and each student will be able to find their niche. Pittsburgh also offers a Freshman Living Learning Community dorm for all freshman engineering students who apply for it.

    Academic Rigor

    The university is known for making waves for the bright minds they release into the world with their education from the University of Pittsburgh.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the programs that Pitt offers for preparation and research into their school.

    In three sentences

    University of Pittsburgh has all that an incoming student could need to succeed in the transfer from high school. From varying summer programs to learn what college life will be like, to the late night study sessions with free tutors, who were students themselves a few years ago, Pittsburgh makes it easy to have fun and learn at the same time. An incoming student would make good use of their time to visit the beautiful campus on any one of their Pitt Start weekends where incoming students get acquainted with their counselors and classes.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is always an emergency phone and alarm with an illuminated node within eyesight from every point on campus. Also there is a shuttle service to provide students a ride home late at night.

    Greek Life

    All sorts of fraterneties and sororities from social, educational, and service groups.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every year there is a activities fair where hundreds of clubs give out information about clubs and activities. They also give out free tshirts, pens, and a bunch of other cool things.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love discussions.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cathedral of Learning's Victory light is illuminated after every football victory. Many students sleep by the homerun plate in David Lawrence Hall where Babe Ruth hit his last 3 homeruns for good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like I got more than just a classroom education for my money.

    What to do for fun

    There's so much depending on what your interest is. If sports, Pittsburgh has Steelers football, Panthers basketball, and Penguin hockey. If music Carnegie Hall is right across the street. If diverse cultural dining, than Oakland, Squirell Hill, and Shady Side provide great restaurants. If knowledge, then Carnegie Art & Natural History Musem, Carnegie Public Library, and Carnegie Science Center are must see places.

    Food and Dining

    Just newly renovated dining halls and revamped menus. Also you can use dollars at Einstein's Bros. Bagels, Taco Bell, Burger King, and Starbucks coffee carts. Great selections.

    Dorm Life

    RSA and ResLife work together to provide great fun programs for residents. RAs and RDs really get to know each of the residents. I met my best friends for life in my freshman dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers expect students to work hard and submit their best. This is what I loved about Pitt.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your ears and ears open for opportunites. Keep your mind open to new ideas.

    In three sentences

    Great programs to help cater to your visions and provide avenues to help learn more about a field and also yourself. There is a great environment that encourages interaction between innovative students of all disciplines.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. Many university and city police are there to come in a heartbeat for any sort of emergency. Overall, they are unneeded as the school is safe!

    Great for these types of students

    University of Pittsburgh is a great school for those who do not want a traditional college. By that, I mean, if you want one integrated into a city where you can maximize the public transportation, this is the school to be.

    What to do for fun

    Pittsburgh is a big sports city. Hockey, basketball, football are all there as long as you want to go. Also, neighboring areas have wonderful parks for recreational purposes.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining are decent. It is not something that I would want over homemade cooking, but while you're there, the food can be quite decent.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great because they have an entire dorm dedicated to honors students. You definitely want to apply for the honors housing to ensure living with like-minded students.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes, depending on your major requirements, can be quite difficult, but altogether manageable. It is important to develop a strong work ethic from the beginning.

    Tips for prospective students

    You want to apply early to ensure scholarship allocation. I feel it important to visit the campus yourself since it is integrated into a city and not like other conventional college campuses.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is a wonderful, people-friendly campus. The classes are well-sized and the area is quite safe. There is a vibrant community with transportation to take you downtown or many other surrounding neighborhoods.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    constant campus police sightings at all times

    Greek Life

    huge greek life, over 30 frats/sororities

    Clubs and Activities

    plenty of sports, arts, music and other types of clubs/organizations

    Great for these types of students

    FOR ANYONE THAT LIKES TO MAKE FRIENDS AND MEET ALL TYPES OF PEOPLE

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    lots of hole in the wall restaurants that are worth finding in the neighborhoods

    Bang for the buck

    IT'S AN AMAZING SCHOOL! DEFINITELY RECOMMEND IT FOR THOSE THAT LIKE BIG SCHOOLS IN THE CITY BUT WITH A SUBURBAN FEEL TO IT

    What to do for fun

    school spirited activities sporting events party workout play sports hang out with friends

    Food and Dining

    most of the food is pretty good, lots of restaurants near by on and off campus to choose from

    Dorm Life

    most of the dorms are pretty nice, the security (signing people in and out all the time can be a pain)

    Academic Rigor

    it's difficult at times but some of the best professors teach here

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus for at least a year then go off campus.

    In three sentences

    It's large which can be chaotic at times. It's always a great time and you there are many opportunities to become whoever you want to be!

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is not the greatest but the eateries around the campus are superb.

    Dorm Life

    The are different types of dorms for any class to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    The science programs seem to be very challenging but after passing them you will feel very proud of yourself.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful place to learn. University of Pittsburgh has a city feel without being to busy. There is much diversity to be introduced to.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pitt Police are REAL police officers, they are certified and carry guns, They are not your usual campus police, they have every right to arrest you, not put you in some sort of campus holding cell but really arrest you or anyone else who chooses to break campus rules and state laws. There are emergency phones at each hall and that can be clearly identified with blue lights that call Pitt Police to you.

    Greek Life

    Pitt has over 35 frats and sororities that include black Greek life, and several multicultural frats and sororities. Freshman are usually withheld from pledging first semester just so they can get into the swing of college. Greek life always has some sort of event, and can definitely be depended on to throw a party every weekend, but manage your time well and don't go to every party!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs to even begin to name them, but before school starts all the clubs are set up throughout the Pete (our basketball arena) and students can walk all around the Pete and sign up for any club that interests them. Of course if your club is not there you can make your own club, you just need at least three members and then you can request for your club to be official.

    Great for these types of students

    I can honestly say any type of student, you will find your crowd and you will be able to study almost anything you want. With the school being in the heart of such a busy city internships, and apprentice opportunities are endless.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At every major Pitt event and all football games students sing Sweet Caroline, and after every win for the football team the Cathedral of learning is lit up.

    Bang for the buck

    If you need financial aid you must go see the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at alumni hall, your persistence will definitely get you somewhere. The dean of students, dean Humphries is an amazing woman and she never fails to keep in contact with her students and help them in any way they need.

    What to do for fun

    There are always events being held on campus by some organization; ballet club, African Student Organization, Pitt Program council, the list goes on. There are also tons of sporting event both for the school and for the city's sports teams like the Steelers, the Penguins, and the Pirates. And of course Greek life never fails to entertain whether it be parties of fundraising events, but one thing is for sure you can always find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    When I visited Pitt the food was amazing, but after starting the school year I learned that management had changed and that was the reason for the food's lack of luster but that just goes for market central. you can find other dining services on campus and a part of your meal plan such as Taco Bell, Chic-Fil-A, Burger King, Fresh Sushi, Pizza Hut, and tons more. But with those places you must use your dining dollars, so when you get your meal plan make sure you choose a plan with more dining dollars than dining swipes, it gives you more variety for food.

    Dorm Life

    With all the hustle and bustle you will rarely be in your dorm room, but dorm life is comfortable. Panther Central helps you with all things related to your dorm hall. Your RA will also be very helpful and plan events for you throughout the school year in order to help you get to know the Pitt campus a little better as well as meet new people. As a freshman if you live in Towers, cleaning services will be provided to you once a day as the bathrooms are shared by the floor-which are based on sex.

    Academic Rigor

    You must be very focused, especially if you are in any science based courses. The University of Pittsburgh is ranked #58 by U.S. news as a public research school in the nation, and professors have no problem telling you that certain courses are weed out courses that are meant to distinguish the determined from the unwilling.

    Tips for prospective students

    Please make sure to really explore your academic resources. So many students, including myself, have had a poor first semester due to lack of knowledge and use of all the academic resources available for them. Honestly you can always make up for missed social events, but your grades keep you in school so please do not be afraid to use every resource you can to ensure your enrollment.

    In three sentences

    Academically the university is rigorous and the degree you receive will weigh nicely. socially it is an up and coming city that is filled with events and other colleges that also offer events. School has great spirit; sports events, concerts, art productions, just overall pride in being a panther.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    They have tons of student organizations and games and the Union is a great place to relax and hang out.

    Food and Dining

    Most of the campus is food. They have Chinese, Indian, fast food, groceries , and of course a Starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small, at least in the Towers, but they're still comfy.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm already taking summer classes, and not only do I feel a little overwhelmed with homework, but I do feel like I'm learning a lot, even from the Grad students that teach summer classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make yourself very well rounded. Even if you aren't an A student, you can still get in on other merits like me.

    In three sentences

    Pitt is a great campus. There is something for everyone, whether it be in our outside the classroom.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe. Especially after the bomb threats during the Spring of 2012 semester.

    Clubs and Activities

    heroiKs Jumpstart

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The William Pitt Study Lounge

    Bang for the buck

    Fatheads in the Southside The Strip District The O

    What to do for fun

    Go to the museums for free, go to the parks around town and hike, go to see a movie in the South Side, go shopping, or explore the city and surrounding areas.

    Food and Dining

    I have a lot of food intolerances, and I have struggled finding enough quality food on campus to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are safe and well maintained. Depending on where you live, they can be pretty big.

    Academic Rigor

    My courses have all been of a very high quality, even the courses taught by Teaching Assistants or grad students. The courses and staff in my major, Communication Science and Disorders, are exceptional.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of being able to use the buses for free! You can see so much of the city and surrounding areas.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh has provided me with an exceptional education and continues to do so with every semester. My experiences here have been nothing but positive. If I could go back to my senior year of high school, I would even bother applying to any other schools.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are so many police officers on campus, which is really reassuring.

    Greek Life

    So-so

    What to do for fun

    Sporting Events Dance-a-thons Cheap concerts South Side (movies and shopping) Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt places Live Readings Schenley Park

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as MUCH as you can! You won't regret it.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is an outstanding institution that has something for everybody. The wide-range of academic programs, and prestigious ones at that, provide students with countless educational opportunities. Amidst sports and campus organizations and activities, there is hardly a moment to be bored at Pitt.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Above all, the University of Pittsburgh is blessed with a vigilant, dependable, and dedicated security force called The Pitt Police. They are the third-largest police force in the county, and they bring comfort to the minds of students and faculty alike. They are a part of what makes Pitt stand strong, even in the face of fear.

    Food and Dining

    Although university cafeterias are diverse in selection and pleasing to the tongue, there are also dozens of different restaurants in the surrounding Oakland campus, ranging from the casual Hemmingway's Cafe to the upscale Porch. I'll guarantee you'll not tire of the selection of eateries.

    Dorm Life

    Although many first-years live in the dorms, it's not difficult to go out and enjoy the Oakland campus. Everything a student may need is in walking distance from the vast majority of the dorm buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Pittsburgh offers many different classes from a variety of levels. How well you do depends on how much effort you put into each class. Be sure not to take too many intense classes per semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask for help from your professors or TA's. They're very dedicated to helping you learn the material, and if they have difficulty doing so, they will always direct you to someone who can.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh offers an interesting, active, and engaging life for its students and faculty. There's always something interesting going on, and there are a multitude of different programs for everything a student could need. This is the place to be for anyone who's looking to feel welcome.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The police at Pitt are not campus police; they are city police. They have handled several threatening situations extremely well and have kept the students here safe. Pitt is well lit, dorms are highly secured, with guards at each building and rooms only accessable to their occupants. There are emergency calling systems placed all over campus and the university provides a transit service for after-bus hours.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life at Pitt is vibrant, and is as active as that of any large college. Pitt has more than thirty active sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Because of Pitt's size, the number and variety of clubs here matches and exceeds that of almost any other college. If you decide to get involved, you will never be bored here. Division I athletics, a plethora of clubs, and tons of extracurricular activities make Pitt an exciting place.

    Great for these types of students

    Pitt is great for students who like a challenge. Pitt is not a place for students who need to be coddled and need their hands to be held. Pitt is for students who are willing to work hard and are motivated enough to seek out the attention of their professors if they want to. At Pitt, your professors will only know you by name if you want them to, so you must be motivated and able to communicate well if you want to succeed here. As far as the college environment is concerned, Pitt is for students want to live in a lively urban setting and can focus amid the distractions of city life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some of Pitt's tradition's include the singing of an adapted Sweet Caroline at parties, athletic games, and campus fairs, the lighting of the Cathedral's victory lights after an athletic win, and the annual Bigelow Bash, a fair that hosts a musical artist. In the past two years, Ke$ha and Cobra Starship have performed at the Bigelow Bash.

    Bang for the buck

    Pitt is a publicly funded school (as of now), so you get all the benefits of going to a private school, but not the tuition rates. In any case, a good education is priceless.

    What to do for fun

    Pittsburgh is a big city, so there are tons of opportunities to experience culture. Pitt's Cheap Seats program offers discounted tickets to art events of all kinds; you can go to the opera, see a play, go to the ballet. Pitt even provides transportation and dinner to some events completely free! You can head over to Squirrel Hill for some great shopping, go Downtown for Fireworks at Lightup Night or New Year's Eve Celebrations, or go to artsy Southside for a night out with your friends or some interesting shopping. Nearby Bloomfield is Pittsburgh's Little Italy, where you can eat amazing Italian food or shop at Donatelli's Italian grocery.

    Food and Dining

    School food is not wonderful, but the restaurants and stores on campus and nearby are incredible. There is so much variety and so many unique places to try. For cheap late night food, students go to Fuel and Fuddle for some of the best bar food around. For ethnic foods, there are Indian, Peruvian, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Mexican Restaurants all a 5 minutes walk from the center of campus. Leena's has some of the best Gyro's in Pittsburgh, and Primanti Bro's is one of the only places where you get fries and coleslaw heaped on your sandwich.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are not wonderful, but hey, you shouldn't be expecting a palace. The social life that you will be a part of in freshman housing more than compensates for any shortcomings. After freshman year, you will have a lot of other options, but living in such a vibrant and exciting city, you will definitely want to move off campus after one or two years of dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt is very competitive. It is one of the best science schools in the US. Even if you got straight A's in High School, you will be challenged. At Pitt you will realize that there are always people working as hard as they can to get the best grades; this will motivate you to compete with them and do the best you can.

    Tips for prospective students

    As far as academics go, get to know your professors, go to class, and know that there is a time for work and a time for play. As far as social life goes, live on campus at least the first year and take advantage of freshman activities. And as far as cultural life goes, explore the city! Learn where the buses go and what there is to see in each neighborhood. There is so much to do and see outside of campus! Take advantage of your free bus fare, grab a friend, and go exploring!

    In three sentences

    Pitt has a great environment; it is urban, lively, and thriving. The professors are top notch and went to the some of the best schools in the country, and the academics are competitive. Pitt provides its students with everything they need to have the best 4 or more years of their lives.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security guards are in front of each dorm entrance. Campus police are definitely a presence on campus. The handling of the recent bomb scares was amazing. Saferider is also available if you're stranded on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a great way to get involved on campus. Each organization has their own philanthropy, as well as the overall Greek Week Philanthropy (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation). I joined a sorority my freshman year, and it has made my experience so much better.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's an activity fair before classes start, and each organization has a member there to answer questions and talk about the group. Definitely something for everyone, from HVZ to Musical Theater.

    What to do for fun

    Aside from the sports, Pittsburgh has so many options. The Carnegie Museum and Phipps Conservatory are both located on campus. Places like the Waterfront and Squirrel Hill are just a bus ride away. Of course, getting involved with different groups or the Program Council helps too.

    Food and Dining

    The main cafeteria, Market Central, can get boring and has limited food choices. Being able to get food at the Cathedral Cafe or at the Union gives you more options.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of classes will vary depending on major, level, professor, and whether you take notes and study. However, getting a good grade in almost any class is possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class and pay attention. Get involved in groups that interest you. Make the most out of the city and what the campus has to offer.

    In three sentences

    Truly feels like my home away from home. Great atmosphere for studying and getting the most out of college. I can't imagine going anywhere else.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Everything! Too much to list here!

    Food and Dining

    Perch and Market can get a little tiresome, but with Dining Dollars and Panther Funds the whole Oakland Area is at your command! I love The O, Sub Connection, and those random runs to Antoons!

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in Sutherland my first year. The people are so friendly and you really become a part of a community!

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the Engineering School so we do have it a bit harder than most other majors

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring an umbrella! Pittsburgh is known for it's random rain showers!

    In three sentences

    This is an amazing school in a city with a lot to offer young adults. You'll fall in love with the architecture, the food, the sports, and everything else.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You are in a city, you get the benefits of everything a city has to offer plus a traditional college campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Dependent on teacher selection and class rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join as many activities as possible to get a feel for different parts of campus life.

    In three sentences

    Diversity is throughout the campus. Semi-urban environment allows for a lot of variety. Clubs/Activities are wide-ranging.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Student Safety is a top priority here at Pitt. They offer a variety of accommodations for students, such as the shuttles that run from upper to lower campus and SafeRider, a transportation service that takes students to and from where they need to go at night time. There are emergency phones located on Boquet Street and Oakland Avenue and if need be, the Unversity will evacuate buildings in the face of any sort of threat.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During your time at Pitt be sure to ride to the top floor of the Cathedral, ride the merry-go-round in Schenley Park and lay out in Soldiers and Sailors lawn when the weather gets hot.

    Bang for the buck

    Take advantage of the football season tickets for $25! (And the $5 pizzas at Sorrento's on Atwood Street!)

    What to do for fun

    You're settled right in the middle of one of the greatest cities in America! Beyond activities that Pitt offers, you're just a quick bus trip away from site-seeing and various activities and shopping around the city. Pitt makes transportation easy, arranging that you can use your Pitt ID and write both campus and city buses for free. You can ride the incline up to Mount Washington, catch a movie down the Southside Works on $5 movie mondays or go shopping in Shadyside. The things to do for fun are endless!

    Food and Dining

    Pitt has a large variety of places to eat and dine on campus, whether it be the large Market Central with every kind of food that you can think of at your fingertips or the little Taco Bell stand where you can stop by to get a taco in between classes. They have coffee stands throughout campus, if you're looking for a quick drink and bite to eat while you're running to class in the morning, or they have Quick Zone, which is just a mini-mart where you can grab a snack to take back to your dorm. Believe me, you won't go starving here at Pitt!

    Dorm Life

    The University of Pittsburgh organizes a range of activities for students living in dorms, particularly during freshman year, to allow students to adapt to living in a new environment with a roommate and makes the experience more fun and makes the transition into college life a little easier.

    Academic Rigor

    It isn't a secret that the University of Pittsburgh challenges its student but members of the faculty strive to be sure that their students succeed. Professors and faculty are more the willing to meet with their students one on one, answering questions and extending extra help if needed. The University also offers the Writing Center, Speech Center, Math Center, etc. where students can go and meet with other students and fine tune speeches and papers, or get help with homework which is beyond helpful when enrolling in difficult classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to take advantage of all that Pitt has to offer. In your first year, take a wide variety of classes because the possibilities are endless and you may come across something you are interested that you didn't even know existed.

    In three sentences

    I can attest from personal experience that the University of Pittsburgh aims to give their students the best education and experience possible during their time. Providing the highest quality of professors and courses, students are given a wide variety of opportunities to become more well-rounded young adults. Whether participating in extracurricular activities, joining in the fun of football and basketball games, or just enjoying the feel of the urban campus, the University of Pittsburgh doesn't fail to uphold its reputation.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    What more can I say than GO GREEK! I never even considered Greek Life until I met a few brothers. Now I'm hooked and I try to get as many people out as possible. If you have any questions about it feel free to contact me.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more options than you can count. There is definitely something for everyone!

    Bang for the buck

    My experience has been incredible. Although housing and a meal plan are quite expense, what have done so far at school has absolutely been worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Outdoor activities are your best bet. However if you want to go do something, there are plenty of buses to get you places.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few on campus options but they can get tiresome very quickly. Thankfully, Oakland has plenty of options as well.

    Dorm Life

    Your preferences of living (meaning roommate or no roommate, private bathroom or no private bathroom) will determine how much you will like your dorm. But if you get a good floor of people then you will have an unforgetable experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Pittsburgh is not an easy school. I flew through high school without a problem, however it is getting more and more difficult to meet those same standards each year. Work hard and you will be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore everything! Look into joining clubs, groups, Greek life! And making friends will take you a long way because its always good to have a support system that will back you up. And you never know they may be in the same class and you can help each other!

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh provides you with opportunities to be a part of so many different groups while enrolled. To be successful in school and be a part of organizations takes some great time management. However, this school has such a burst of school spirit that makes being there all the better.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Its Oakland... There is a lot of shops and you are close to Waterfront and Southside. There's a park, Schenley Park... if you get sick of the city life!

    Food and Dining

    So many options... There is Market, Taco Bell, Chic a Fila, sushi place, Pizza Hut...

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is pretty awesome. TA's are helpful, and people are generally close. Freshmen tend to stay in Towers, which is really convenient. Downstairs from your dorm is the school's main cafeteria, Market and there's also a Taco Bell.

    Academic Rigor

    Your first year will be difficult since you are transitioning to college. Tips... Read your material, do homework and actually study.

    Tips for prospective students

    APPLY EARLY and go on a campus tour.

    In three sentences

    For being a big school, Pitt is a great school. There are so many opportunities that a Pitt student has--from research to student organizations. Pitt has numerous majors available to anyone.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can get on a bus and get just about anywhere. Going to football and basketball games is a lot of fun as well as joining clubs to meet friends

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty places to eat at including on-campus eateries as well as local places like Panera, Dunkin Donuts, and Primanti's. There are also a lot of cultural places to eat in the city.

    Dorm Life

    Despite living in a single, everyone kept their door opens and it was very easy to make friends. The RA also goes out of their way to have activities and unite the floor.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are all great and really go out of their way to make sure you understand everything. You do have to make sure you go to class or you could easily fall behind and it could affect your grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the free transportation to explore in and around Pittsburgh. You can get a lot of discounts with your student ID at local musuems and attractions. Put yourself out there and meet new people! There are students from all over and you can learn a lot just by striking up a conversation.

    In three sentences

    It's a big school just outside of the city but it doesn't feel like a large school at all. I always feel very safe and secure while on campus and around campus. There is plenty to do and you are never bored. Pitt is known for the Cathedral and it is really cool having class in such a majestic building.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs, huge open spaces,and downtown is only a bus ride away.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are average. But there are many options around campus, especially on Forbes and Fifth.

    Dorm Life

    Sutherland, Pennsylvania, and Panther are very modern. Towers are older, but provide a great social experience. They are building a new, silver rated eco-friendly, freshmen dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic standards are high, but professors really do try to help students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring solid, closed toe shoes for the winter/rainy months. Your feet will get soaked from the rain. Also, bring good walking shoes for the hills.

    In three sentences

    The school is the perfect place for having a city lifestyle, while receiving top flight education. The provides free transportation, not only around campus, but around Pittsburgh. A little windy in the winter, but beautiful in the spring.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    The School of Education is great for those who wish to be challenged academically

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Eating at the O

    What to do for fun

    Buy t-shirts off of the vendor across from the Cathedral of Learning.

    In three sentences

    I love how the school is in the city. It is close enough that I can commute. I also love that they offer the program perfect for my future goals.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Absolutely top notch all the way. I have never felt unsafe and if you do there is always someone around to assist you in whatever that need be.

    Greek Life

    It is there is you want it but it definitely is not a go greek or go home type of school!

    Clubs and Activities

    Pitt Pathfinders, American Red Cross, Pitt program Council, Studnent government Board plus over 400 more available. The ones I listed are the ones I am involved with!

    Great for these types of students

    Academically oriented, ready to get involved, love to be busy, like the urban environment

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lantern Night - the girls at the university take part in a ritual the first week of school at the on campus chapel. Football games - we sing sweet caroline with a Pitt twist after the 3rd quarter Basketball games - we have the best student section the Oakland Zoo of any other basketball student section on the east coast.

    Bang for the buck

    There are definitely other schools that are cheaper but you will not find the high quality of life and as many happy students at them.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many various things to do for fun at Pitt. Half off at the restaurant after 11 pm is such a huge bonus if you are looking for food. There are so many shows and cultural events happening in Oakland as well. The museums and Phipps conservatory are all free for students so that is a great alternative for fun. Hop on a bus to take you anywhere around the city for shopping and dining. Southside works is great with the shops and the cheesecake factory. Also, the movie theater down there offers $5 movie mondays which is a huge bonus.

    Food and Dining

    I am never bored with the food here at the University especially since all the restaurants around the area allow you to use the Panther funds feature of your I.D. card.

    Dorm Life

    There is such a high sense of community here on campus and all the residence halls are among the best, newest, and cleanest I have ever seen.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging and definitely push you to excel on every level and try your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you truly listen to the tour guides. The people giving you the tours provide awesome input on what life at the University is like and all the advantages you can take part in through the school.

    In three sentences

    The University is awesome at providing students with all the tools needed to succeed in class. The people and professors are friendly, helpful, and inviting. Overall, the University cares about each student and really makes an effort to get everyone involved in some type or club or organization to enrich their overall well-being.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Oakland itself is very busy with heavy traffic flow. It seems they are always doing construction. However Pitt itself has many resources in place for each student including the Pitt Police, Saferider, etc. It's pretty easy to find your way if you get lost (Oakland is like a big circle), but if not, be sure to save these numbers in your phone, including that of your RA. Also, be sure to cross the street cautiously. Cars seem to come out of nowhere!

    Greek Life

    It's awesome to see so many sororitites and fraternities. Pitt has a lot to offer, and once you establish there ties they are permenant. See where you fit in!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to join and endless activities. At the student fair, you will have the opportunity to sign up for whatever you are interested in. Music, sports, politics, dance, religion, language, photography, student government, nature, you name it! And the people you meet will be just as passionate as you are. Just be sure that you stay committed.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are outgoing and adventurous, you will definitely enjoy your time here! In fact, Pitt is great for any type of student. You will surely meet someone with similar interests. It's great to be someplace with such diversity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    No matter where you go in Pittsburgh, look for the Cathedral of Learning. It seems no matter where I am, I always see it! It's actually a bit eerie.... I've also heard that one of the Nationality Rooms is haunted....

    Bang for the buck

    You will definitely get a quality education at Pitt and enjoy all of the benefits of being a student there. There are also many resources available to you to help you along the way. But again I say, it is expensive! Whether it's worth the money you are paying, I am uncertain. If you can get an education for cheaper at a school with as much merit as Pitt, definitely consider your options from the financial point of view.

    What to do for fun

    Rather than going to parties every weekend, I was glad that Oakland was close to everything! Catching a movie in Downtown Pittsburgh, eating at the Cheesecake Factory in the South Side, buying groceries at Giant Eagle in the the Water Front, hanging out in Station Square, or just walking around Oakland with a group of friends to check out the surrounding areas such as Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, Phipps Observatory, or even scaling the Cathedral of Learning and exploring the Nationality Rooms--there is so much to do! Whether you feel like catching the bus to the mall and shopping alone or with a friend, you will always have something to do. By the way, you ride the bus for free with you Pitt ID card. Why not explore?

    Food and Dining

    I can't complain about the restaurant selection on-campus. I love Chipotle and Subway and any place where they serve pizza or even sushi. However I wasn't too fond of the cafeteria food. There was a big selection, but the quality of the food was not so great to me. Having a lot of flex money or 'Dining Dollars' was important to me because then I could buy all the sushi, milk, name-brand cereal and snacks that I wanted and just keep them in my room. The stuff was a little expensive but hey, the meal plan was already paid for, might as well use it up.

    Dorm Life

    Don't get too overwhelmed about adjusting to the college atmosphere; the dorms are set up so that you can easily make friends and also have your privacy. Getting a single room may not be a bad idea because you get to enjoy both! However, having a roommate can be a good experience too; they could very well become your best friend. Living in the dorms at Pitt was an OK experience for me. My Residence Assistant or RA was very nice every year but she was no pushover when it came to rule enforcement, which I thought was great due to those weekday party-ers. It's hard to sleep, let alone study when the person next door is screaming and blasting music on a Tuesday night; the walls seem paper-thin! There are also other rules that must be followed regarding guests and quiet hours; these aren't too bad. My only complaint would be the size of the sink in my room; it might as well have been a hose. I couldn't keep the floor dry because it just sprayed everywhere and the sink was extremely small and shallow which made brushing teeth a challenge. The water pressure was pretty high. Talk about a bullet shower....

    Academic Rigor

    It's not as bad as it sounds, but college is not like high school. You don't have the same classes every day (unless that is the set up or you choose do so), teachers and parents aren't breathing down your neck about homework and attendance, and more than likely you won't feel the same structure as you did before. You have a lot more freedom! But with that, you also have more responsibilities. That doesn't mean you have to spend every waking moment with your face in a textbook or push yourself over the edge. Don't stress, just prioritize and manage you time wisely to relieve some of that workload. Of course schoolwork should come first, then the fun. Make time for both--that way you won't feel isolated or stressed out, especially when that deadline or due date approaches! Another useful tip is to take the time to get to know your professors. Go to their office hours and don't be afraid to ask questions. Sometimes they will cut you some slack!

    Tips for prospective students

    Pitt is pretty expensive. Take advantage of any scholarship opportunities you get and be sure to keep your grades up--good grades leads to even more opportunities for networking and racking up those dollars. The Outside of the Classroom Curriculum (OCC) program is also a great thing to be a part of; every Pitt student can do it! By keeping up with the activities sponsored by OCC, I have made a lot of friends, learned more about music and other cultures, and most importantly had a lot of fun!

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is a great place to study! Although Oakland is super-urban, extremely crowed and often times quite noisy, the city has many beautiful sites; you will immediately feel welcomed and at home here. With brilliant professors, crazed sports fans and such a multicultural atmosphere, your first impression of Pitt will be pretty good!

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do - go to the southside for shopping and a movie, the waterfront to shop, station square... The choices of where to go and what to do is endless.

    Food and Dining

    Market Central - the main dining facility is great for the first four weeks, but quickly after that it becomes hard to stomach. The food choices get old, and you will be wishing for a home cooked meal. Be sure to exercise... if you don't market will definitely give you the dreaded freshman 15!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be great depending on where you live. I lived in towers my freshman year and loved it. I have friends that lived elsewhere on campus and hated it. The dorm life is what you make of it.

    Academic Rigor

    Very tough school, but you will earn your education. Even though it can be very tough, it gives a sense of accomplishment when you receive a good grade because you know it was not handed to you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not underestimate the size of the classes. Some classes are very hard, and you have tough competitors that you will need to compete against to get good grades.

    In three sentences

    University of Pittsburgh is a tough school where you will EARN your education. Do not go expecting to get good grades without having to do some hard work.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Pittsburgh Police are a legitimate police force that go through rigorous training. Their presence is obvious, but not overwhelming. It makes you feel safe. There are also emergency blue light boxes all over campus that you can use to call for help.

    Great for these types of students

    Someone who loves the fast paced life and endless opportunities that city life gives you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cathedral of Learning. It is a very beautiful, majestic building that can be seen from all over Pittsburgh! It holds the nationality rooms, that are decorated by specific countries. There are plenty of rooms and places to study!

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city. The university provides opportunities to attend concerts and events are cheaper student prices. There are also just very interesting neighborhoods in the city that are full of history.

    Food and Dining

    The on campus food plans provide a lot of food, but the food is sometimes not the best. The huge variety of restaurants just blocks away make up for it though!

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are small, but they are building a bunch of new, very nice dorms. It's great to live so close to all your friends and classmates!

    Academic Rigor

    The Swanson School of Engineering is a very good school. The work may be tough, but you get an excellent education and an outstanding degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore Pittsburgh! There are lots of fun and exciting things to do. Ask for help - there are lots of tutoring services available. Also professors are really helpful, and your fellow students are also great people to ask questions.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is a great school with a very diverse culture. There are students from all over the world studying all kinds of different topics. There are tons of opportunities for Pitt student to take advantage of in the city and on campus!

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As long as you are cautious there is no reason to worry. Don't wander around by yourself late at night. I have never felt threatened here otherwise.

    Greek Life

    Normal. Certainly there but by no means dominating.

    Clubs and Activities

    Something for everyone. And if you can't find something, anyone can start their own club.

    Great for these types of students

    I've seen all types of students thrive here. It helps if you are willing to try new things and meet new people, but you don't need to be a social butterfly to love this place.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sweet Caroline Pitt Style at every football game! It makes you feel connected to everyone in a great way.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything is included (free transportation anyone?) for the price of a public school. I definitely feel like I got a great deal for a big-name school that is pretty prestigious, yet I'm only paying for a third of the prestigious private schools' costs.

    What to do for fun

    Anything-- outdoor parks, theaters, shopping, movies, sports, or just sightseeing are all within reach with a Pitt ID and free transportation. Some take longer to get to than others, but no longer than half an hour by bus. You can even find the weirdest stuff in the city to do--I once took a pole dance workout class for fun. The nightlife is pretty great too.

    Food and Dining

    What can I say, it's school in a city, so you can find anything you're craving. Asian, Indian, Italian, American, Mediterranean, fast food, fine dining, etc. The school options are great, especially if you have a meal plan: all you can eat in some places, or pay by the dollar in others, and I know people rave about both.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm has a resident director, and each floor of each dorm has a resident advisor. They are constantly planning activites for residents, especially for freshman. Students are allowed to bring a certain number of non-same-dorm friends into their building, and a limited number are allowed to spend the night. It's a pain in the butt to sign people in, but you get used to it.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are much more difficult than in high school, and DO require you to study for them. But as long as you study they are passable. The more you want to learn the info and the more work you put in, the easier the classes become. Be prepared to work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a large school and going to class with many (sometimes hundreds of) other students. Sometimes you may feel like just a number, so you have to be willing to go out and do things and make yourself known. The personal attention from teachers is available, but you have to make the effort to get it instead of it being inherent in your classes. You must find ways to set yourself apart, which is sometimes a challenge, but the opportunities to do it are always there. Don't wait to get involved--start as soon as possible to join clubs, participate in activities, do new things, and meet new people. It is possible to be successful here. The fact that you become successful is a success in itself.

    In three sentences

    This school is the perfect combination of city-living while still having a personal home-feeling. There is always something to do here and you can always find the activity you want to suit your lifestyle or even your mood. Opportunities are endless here.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Regarding the obvious bomb threats, I never think they really posed a threat to the students, so I won't allow them to affect this. Otherwise, they were a major disruption to the learning environment and so I'd have to say they would be very detrimental here, but I think they were a one time thing. Without that, the campus is very very safe. I've never ever felt threatened in the slightest or worried for my safety, even walking across campus all alone at 10 pm felt safe to me.

    Greek Life

    Not very active compared to other schools, but you can definitely find a way to enjoy it and get involved if you're into that sort of thing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of activities to be involved and engaged in. Our ultimate frisbee team just won the national championship, and our fencing team is also very competitive. I personally love snowboarding so I joined the Ski and Snowboard club which allows me to engage in my hobby for a discounted rate with other like minded students in close proximity to the school and far away.

    Great for these types of students

    Love sports, interested in pre med or engineering, love Pittsburgh

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cathedral is definitely something everyone knows about and should check out, but lesser wonders are the Schenley Memorial Fountain and then further out the Phipps Conservatory and Schenley Park.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely more affordable than some other big state schools, especially if you're in state. A great quality education and all around enjoyable experience, at a much lower premium than comparable schools.

    What to do for fun

    See Pittsburgh! Visit Squirrel Hill and Southside regularly, ride the incline train, tour downtown Pittsburgh! All that transportation is free, so you should definitely take advantage of it. There are also plenty of school sponsored events going on all the time, so be in the know on PPC and you'll be constantly engaged.

    Food and Dining

    Some have their qualms about Market Central, but I'd have to say we have it WAY better than most other schools. All you can eat buffet with several different restaurants, a la carte, self serve, and dessert? I don't see much to complain about. The food quality definitely decreases over the course of the year and even over the course of each day, but it never gets bad, just not as good. As far as off campus dining is concerned, there is so much diverse food in Oakland you'll never get bored. Enjoy Chipotle every day like some people I know or try something different every day; you'll be satisfied either way.

    Dorm Life

    Usually quite fantastic, but it depends on which residence you live in. As a freshman, you'll definitely want to live in (by order of preference) Tower B, Sutherland or Tower A. They are really the social hubs on campus and will guarantee both proximity to resources and your highest exposure to a diverse student body.

    Academic Rigor

    I'd say most classes aren't very difficult, but there's definitely a high variance there. Introductory and intermediate science classes with large class sizes tend to be rather difficult, as they aim to filter the mass of students enrolled, but small classes are comically easy in that they usually require almost no effort to achieve an A. This isn't particularly bad, because everyone needs a break, but you need to make sure you're actually learning, so don't be afraid to challenge yourself and test the waters with some more advanced, major specific courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to be as friendly as you can with the people you meet and you'll definitely enjoy your time here. The coursework isn't too challenging, but you still need to make sure you don't slack off and focus when necessary. Really all you need to do to have a great, valuable experience is to be open to new experiences.

    In three sentences

    I love the University of Pittsburgh for it's engaging academic and extracurricular environment. The neighborhood of Oakland and surrounding Pittsburgh neighborhoods never cease to entertain me; I always have something to do. Academic resources fall short for some majors though, like computer science, but that is changing quickly as the demand for these lesser majors increases.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Though there are a lot of jocks here, you also get a lot of brainiacs, lots of artsy kids, and the kids in between.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Forbes Avenue has great food. Also Wafflonia in Squirrel Hill is delicious.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are looking for a city school, go here.

    What to do for fun

    Although the frat and party scene here isn't that great, the city is at your fingertips. You can visit museums, go out to eat, see plays.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go here if you want to do Engineering.

    In three sentences

    Although I was certain I wanted to attend PITT, after a year here I am in love. The city makes everything more enjoyable, the people are real, and the culture is awesome. The Physics teachers suck though.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe- they have buses you can call to pick you up at night. Just remember that you are in the city.

    Greek Life

    I'm not involved in greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of organizations- just go to the website to check it out. There's pretty much anything for anyone.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like an urban atmosphere with lots of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The cathedral is beautiful and you can almost always find your way around if you can see the cathedral.

    Bang for the buck

    It is worth it- a prestigious school of dental medicine. The dental hygiene program at Pitt is the only hygiene program within the school of dental medicine and the medical students building right across the street.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty of organizations. Also many urban options- e.g. shopping, movies. You can also go to the park, or run around the city.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great at Pitt and also many off-campus options.

    Dorm Life

    I commute, so i'm unsure.

    Academic Rigor

    Class Monday through Friday.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be organized and stay ontop of things.

    In three sentences

    There's a close-knit atmosphere within the Dental Hygiene program. The administration and older students are very willing to assist first year students. The program is demanding, but will be rewarding in the end.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety was my greatest concerns with the university, but once I got out there I never once felt unsafe. There are safety stations every couple hundred feet, where all you do is press the button and a campus cop will be there within seconds. There was also never an interval greater than 5 minutes where you would not see a police officer driving on the street. The university is all students and for such a big city I felt incredibly safe on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    This is easily the best university to go to in Pennsylvania. There is so much to do in the city, on top of being a very prestigious school with great academics for half the price of a private school.

    What to do for fun

    This is one of the biggest reasons I chose the University of Pittsburgh. There is so much to do in Pittsburgh that you will never be bored. Students gain entrance to 3 different museums for free. We get student rush tickets to Penguins games for 25$ where you could end up sitting in glass seats. Pirates games are only 10$ and you get a free t-shirt. Season tickets for football are only 20$. Throughout the year there are many ballets and plays being performed that are free to students. Schenley park is right across the campus with plenty of biking trails, a tennis court, and an outdoor ice skating rink. South Side is also just a short bus ride away which offers a great shopping experience. And with free transportation with your student I.D., there is no reason not to do all of these things.

    Food and Dining

    On campus there are plenty of places to eat. There are two eateries, the Perch and Market Central, that you can use dining dollars, cash, or meal passes at. There are also plenty of other small food/coffee carts around campus. As well as a multitude of restaurants on Forbes Avenue such as The Original Hot Dog Shop, Primanti Brothers, Quaker Steak, Pamela's Diner, Subway, and Joe Mama's. The selection of options for dining is very wide and you will never get tired of eating the same thing with so many options to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is great. From the towers or the Schenley Quad almost every class you're going to have is a very short walk. The rooms are much bigger than most other college dorm rooms that I've seen. Most have air conditioning and all have heat in the winter time. The freshman dorms also are right in the middle of the campus which is great. If you are more into studying you can join the Living Learning communities which are specially for students in certain majors and rules there are more geared towards helping you study. Each room contains beds that can be transformed in bunk beds, large desks, dressers, closet space, and carpeting. There are also small gyms in almost every dorm hall which is great for those who exercise a lot.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Pittsburgh is one of the top public schools in the nation. Curriculum's are at the level you need them to be at. You are also able to pick your own schedule freshman year which is amazing. The science/medical program is also one of the best in the country. UPMC is just a block away from the campus, which has great opportunities for research and shadowing doctors and nurses. The success rate for students getting into medical schools from the university is above 70% which is excellent.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely study, study, study. Join as many clubs as you can handle in high school. Keep your GPA above a 3.5, and aim for at least a 1200 on the math and reading section of the SAT, and you will be guaranteed entrance to the University.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh has many great opportunities for just about any student coming onto the campus. Everyone is incredibly nice and helpful, and a great deal more organized with just about everything, including scheduling and financial aid, than most other colleges. Located right in the city, with such great academic programs, at half the cost of a private school, why would you consider anywhere else?

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    plan on loading up on free food and t shirts around every corner.

    What to do for fun

    There are always frat or house parties on the weekends, but if you are looking for a substance free option there are movie theaters and restaurants and shops near by, and clubs supply a lot of fun things to take part of.

    Food and Dining

    on campus food is good at first, then manages to get old very quickly. also, it is not that easy to make healthy choices and the cafeterias are very carb heavy. Dining is very easy though. Luckily, if you want to eat off campus there is an abundance of choices right at your doorstep that are considered off campus, but may be less of a walk than some on campus establishments.

    Dorm Life

    People are mostly friendly and you become close to those on your floor. It can be a little cramped at times though.

    Academic Rigor

    some classes are easier than others, but slacking is not going to get you an acceptable grade in any class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for a bunch of clubs, you can always drop out of them, but it is harder to join once everything has started up. If you jump in at the beginning you will have no problems, this goes for your academics as well.

    In three sentences

    At the University you will find endless opportunities for fun and learning. The freshman experience sets you up well with ways to meet new friends and try new things. Your goals are attainable and the school will help you reach them.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is consistent and thorough. Last year, the campus was continually threatened by bomb threats. Needless to say students were evacuated safely and buildings were searched thoroughly and timely every time.

    Greek Life

    There are about 35 fraternities and sororities on campus. Students have the opportunity to be as involved in Greek life as they so choose to be. As a transfer student, I am an alumnus Delta Gamma, and have the opportunity to reach out to other branches from nearby colleges.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SWEET CAROLINE AT THE FOOTBALL GAMES!

    Bang for the buck

    In a nation in which higher education is expensive (and shouldn't be), The University of Pittsburgh is reasonably priced. One of the University's main flaws is its advising, and all schools have flaws, but for as big of an institution as Pitt is, their advising should not be one of their main downfalls. The School of Arts and Sciences advising does not care about advising its students correctly because quite frankly they have too many students.

    Food and Dining

    Oakland is a great place to eat. Starting from Market Central right at the freshman dorms, to The O, to Chipotle. There are a variety of places to eat if it means grabbing a quick bite to eat at Chick fil a in between classes, or a fun meal out at Fuel n' Fuddle for half price at 11pm with friends.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are small, but students become really close. Most students get to know each other really well. Often times they get to bond over the dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Being a transfer student, I had the ability to see if the grass was really greener. In reference to academics, the professors overall have a real interest and investment for the impact of educating students, and aren't afraid to stray away from the curriculum if it's in the best interest of the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Staying involved with class, professors, activities, clubs, and friends is the best way to stay involved in college-especially in your freshman year.

    In three sentences

    Swarming with students, and the bright lights of the urban setting The University of Pittsburgh is located in Oakland. The University gives students access to places like the Andy Warhol Museum and Phipps Conservatory for free, and if that isn't enough; discounted tickets for sporting events as well (among many other perks)! If you're looking for small school atmosphere, this isn't the place for you. The professors, overall, really believe in the impact of higher education.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Don't expect to get too much money your first year. It all depends on the scholarships you've gotten and your financial aid eligibility. That said, in-state tuition is pretty low depending on which school you enter. It can be pricier than some smaller colleges, though. It depends on what you're looking for. Pitt is a great urban university.

    What to do for fun

    Going to any sporting events at Pitt a guaranteed to be fun. You can get free admission into several of the museums in the area, and discounted tickets for concerts. Free bus passes give you easy transportation throughout the city, and access to the may festivals and events going on throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    Along with a wide selection on campus and provided by Pitt are many great local restaurants, some of which take credit from your PantherCard.

    Dorm Life

    Likewise for dorm life. I haven't lived in one yet, but I have seen my future room and met fellow students on my floor. Air-conditioning, space, and a basically private bathroom are huge ups. Each residence hall has a food area, a fitness center, and laundromat. It all depends on what you're assigned, really.

    Academic Rigor

    Since I haven't taken any classes yet, I can't tell you how hard they are, truly. But from what I hear, they are of good quality and learning experience (as long as you can handle the work). The premed, and med programs as well as engineering are hailed as some of the top in the nation. Note, though, you can't use calculators in the Calc courses...

    Tips for prospective students

    When registering for classes, don't forget that the workload will be very different from high school. Their are honors courses available, but you should only take them if you're really love the subject and are sure you can handle the extra work. Don't forget that it's also about meeting people and having a good time. Apply for as many scholarships as possible, as early as possible, and keep ahead of deadlines.

    In three sentences

    I'm still waiting for my first semester to start, but my experience so far has been great! It's based in a great area of the city, with free bus passes and passes into many of the museums. Also, the admittance process has been fun and easy.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Having grown up in Pittsburgh, Pitt was always an option but I was skeptical as to if i would get lost in the big atmosphere. I was proven wrong after visiting. If you are even considering Pitt schedule a visit and let the campus speak for itself.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Pittsburgh is definitely on of the safest campuses I have ever been on. Oakland is a beautiful part of Pittsburgh and the police are always on site making sure that all is going accordingly. You also must hand your ID to a guard to be swiped any time you enter a dorm. Not once have I ever felt unsafe wandering the campus.

    Greek Life

    There are frats and sororities on campus for those who would like to join something like that. I am not personally a member but I do have some friends who are and they love it. It is not such a large part that if you choose not to participate you feel left out in any way either.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is every club imaginable on campus. If Pitt doesn't have it you can create it yourself. They even hold an activities fair at the beginning of the year so that you know what is out there. It is a bit overwhelming but so much fun and with so many options you will always find something you like.

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all.

    Bang for the buck

    Pitt is very good with scholarships and you really are getting a private school education at public school prices but it is still a bit too much. I love Pitt and do believe it is worth the money but with the latest increase in tuition was just a bit much. Still, try for every scholarship out there and remember Pitt is an amazing school.

    What to do for fun

    You can go out to eat, watch any sport, join clubs, go to concerts, visit Wildwood, go shopping, catch a movie, go ice-skating and do a bit of sightseeing just to name a few. Add on the fact that bus and subway rides are free for any Pitt student and you have yourself one amazing city at the tips of your fingers.

    Food and Dining

    For college food it really isn't as bad as I though it would be but Market Central can get a bit boring after awhile. I would recommend a meal plan with quite a few dining dollars as you can use those at any on campus convenience store such as Quick Zone (went there at least once a day everyday) and the mini stops like bagel shops, Burger King, Taco Bell, ect. The Union and Cathedral also have a nice selection of eateries if you wish to shake things up. There is also the fact that there are so many restaurants on campus there is no chance you won't find something. It is wonderful!

    Dorm Life

    There are so many different varieties to choose from in the way of on campus housing. I lived in Tower A and it was wonderful. I met some of my best friends while living on my floor! Safety protocols are also really well established, with the guards and the fact that you must swipe your card to enter any dorm left me always feeling safe. The bathrooms weren't too bad and even if your floor was noisy for a bit you could always go to the library or even to another floor to visit some friends and work in their room.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt is tough but not impossible. They truly wish to enhance your skills and abilities during your time on campus. Classes are a lot of work, some more than others depending on the subject, but most teachers take the time to be sure that you are getting everything you can out of the experience. Just be sure to always do the homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not take what RateMyProfessor.com has to say to heart. I was very iffy about some of my professors due to the comments left on the site and it turns out that a lot of those who weren't rated as well were just tough not bad. College is about challenging yourself so these teachers are just what you need. Some of those I feared ended up being some of my best teachers. Also, don't be afraid to try something you never have before class-wise. I took Japanese though I had no prior knowledge and it was a wonderful experience. Stepping outside of your box is never a bad thing. Last but not least, always keep on eye on your E-bills (payment system for school). Every semester there seemed to be a problem with mine where payments would disappear and things would not add up. It isn't unusual when you have to keep track of thousands of students. Just call financial aid and the according offices and they will gladly work with you. But always check just in case because there is nothing worse than looking at something telling you that you owe more than you do. It is terrifying!

    In three sentences

    Pitt is an exciting and cultured school with a lot to offer. Not only is it exceptional academically but socially. There is always something to do and always someone there to help.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's security every where and the campus police is available at all times.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a boat load of clubs for you to join.

    What to do for fun

    Due to the diversity of the school you'll meet a lot of varied friends, so I mainly hang out with them for fun.

    Academic Rigor

    If you're an engineering or pre-med student, expect rigorous studying and challenges every other field of study varies in between.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you take a tour of the college take a tour of the city and the campus; it's huge and you can get lost looking for certain buildings.

    In three sentences

    It's a fun college, has great professors, and a wonderful urban locale.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Use the resources around you.

    In three sentences

    The campus is different from anything I've ever experienced. You can tell where it is but it's still nestled in the middle of Pittsburgh. Resources for everything are all around you for whatever you need.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Pitt Police and Pittsburgh city Police are always accessible, the Pitt Emergency Notification System is excellent, and the location is generally safe to begin with. I mean, it is still a city and you need to use common sense, but I have never felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    I did not get involved in greek life, but it seems well balanced within the university. You don't have to do greek life to have a life, but if you want to there are plenty of options.

    Clubs and Activities

    The opportunities are endless! You name it, we have it. I personally joined the crew team and it was one of the best decisions of my life.

    Great for these types of students

    I love Pitt students because they are what I call quietly brilliant. They are really smart, but down to earth and know how to balance work with play. You meet them and think they are just really cool, average people, and then you later discover that they are future doctors with 4.0s taking graduate courses for fun. Granted, that's not everyone; there is a nice range of kids. It's easy to fit in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cathedral of Learning is our staple; it's essentially Hogwarts. Google it.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive. Very expensive. Pitt is still a mid-priced school, even though it is a state institution, and the PA education budget cuts haven't helped the students, but there are so many options and a lot of the programs it offers are among the best in the nation.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many options for fun. The city itself provides endless activities, but there are also tons of clubs for every interest, and pitt organizes lots of extra things that you can do on a budget (like pitt arts that gets you free or really cheap tickets to all kinds of art events ...they even include transportation and often food)

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls are run by Sodexo and do not exactly provide gourmet foods. However, they take student input very seriously. Also, the city provides lots of other amazing options if you want to go outside of your meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice and they work very hard to provide a fun, open environment. The dorm staff also organizes lots of events on a regular basis.

    Academic Rigor

    There are a lot of nationally acclaimed programs, but the gen eds I have taken so far have been very doable. I went to a high school that gave me a pretty rigorous course load though, so I might be biased. Once you get into your major coursework, I hear it can be pretty intense (especially for engineers and medical field majors).

    In three sentences

    It's a great size. It has great resources. The location is fantastic if you're looking for more than just your average college town.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Before you even get to the campus an abundance of activities are listed for you to try and get active at the school. One of the best deals at UPitt is the season tickets for football, $25 for the tickets to a Division one football game, and a free t-shirt.

    Bang for the buck

    The academics at University of Pittsburgh are what makes the cost worth it. Even though it might seem like a lot of money, the academics will pay for it at the end.

    Food and Dining

    The city gives so many food options for the University of Pittsburgh. Many of the dorms have dining halls very close for students to get to. The food that is served easily beats anything that your high school would have tried to serve you.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a little smaller than some other schools around, but that often comes with going to school in a city. The RA's in Pittsburgh are very helpful and try to create activities for students to get to know each other. To make dorm life great it is up to you to make friends and find activities that interest you all.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor of pitt is known by many people throughout the community. When you tell a family member or friend that you are going to University of Pittsburgh, they are going to know about your school. This university also knows has a lot of gradute school opportunities that are known for their excellence.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is a great place to pursue your interests, especially if they are in a scientific field. Make sure that you get out to the campus and talk to all the advisors that you need as soon as possible.

    In three sentences

    University of Pittsburgh has a very clean campus. This university helps students in anyway that one may need. University of Pittsburgh has great opportunities for students to pursue what interests them.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pitt was well known for receiving multiple threats last spring (all of which were hoaxes). The security was thorough and took every threat seriously.

    Greek Life

    Lots of Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are academic and social activities. Make sure you look for flyers on the bulletin boards!

    Great for these types of students

    PITT is a unique and diverse campus. Everyone feels comfortable here, because everyone is respected and accepted.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    HAIL PITT

    Bang for the buck

    PITT is worth the money. It is less than a private school and provides a quality education.

    What to do for fun

    If you are bored on campus, you aren't looking hard enough. Take a bus with your PITT pass and go somewhere. Join a club or go to parties. The possibilities are endless.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. Most students eat their meals at market central, so that they can take advantage of their meal plans. PITT has a waffle maker and a Taco Bell in market central.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is fantastic. There are many social events and activities going on all the time. The RAs' are really nice. The dorms are secure and have security.

    Academic Rigor

    PITT is an academically challenging institution. The teachers are wonderful and encouraging. They are always willing to help and encourage students to attend office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of everything that PITT has to offer. For instance, PITT students get free bussing and free computer software. You also get free doctor appointments.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is a fine academic institution. The instructors are friendly and knowledgeable. The campus is socially and academically unique.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is probably one of the safest campuses. Although this is an urban campus, you will always be surrounded by people so you can always seek help somewhere. Moreover, if you don't feel safe you can always telephone the Security hotline and a public safety office will either walk or ride you to your destination. Pitt's rule is that whenever you find a campus phone somewhere , will be able to see at least on another phone from where you are standing

    Clubs and Activities

    Pitt has over 400 clubs - there is something for everyone

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to go to a world renowned university Students who want a world-class education Students who enjoy an urban setting Students who are not quite decided on a major and want a large array of options

    Bang for the buck

    Pitt is very much worth the money. You have excellent instructors, a really broad course selection, free access to local museums and discounted admission to other parks, museums, galleries, concerts, etc, and get to ride any of the local city buses for free with your Student ID. However, the freshman dormitories are a bit small but still very nice and very secure ( you can't get in unless you have your ID)

    What to do for fun

    You can do a plethora activities at Pitt, ranging from an afternoon in Schenley Park, Phipps Conservatory, Carnegie Library, any of the plays, operas, concerts, and museums that you are allowed to visit for free/discounted as a Pitt student. Plus, there are 400+ clubs. There is always something going on in Oakland.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the Pitt cafeteria's is average of college cafeterias, however, there are 40+ eateries (and a few grocery stores) in Oakland, plus many more in neighboring Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, and Downtown Pittsburgh. Most of them offer delicious food for a reasonable, college-budget price.

    Dorm Life

    Pitt has a huge number of students, and all of the freshman are housed in one area, so you should have no problem meeting people. Moreover, freshman dorms are small but neat and very safe (you must present your ID to a security officer whenever you want to enter your dorm), and situated in the heart of Oakland, so it should take you five minutes or less to walk to any class, restaurant, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    The programs at Pitt are known to be very rigorous, but at the same time the classes are made for you to be challenged and learn, not fail and be afraid to continue your studies. However, the medical and engineering programs are rumored to be more difficult than most, but that is to be expected. Professors are always willing to help you, and there are lots of options for you seek assistance either from tutors, friends, or teaching assistants

    Tips for prospective students

    You will need to have very high SAT scores to get into Pitt, especially in Math (even if you are not majoring in a discipline which requires good math skills). If math is not your thing, study up and get a tutor so that you bump up you scores a few points, and try to improve your Reading and Writing scores to compensate if you cannot raise the Math.

    In three sentences

    Pitt is probably one of the best universities in the US at the moment. It has a great selection of majors, certificates, and minors, as well as an equally eclectic range of courses for students who want to dabble in a few different disciplines. Moreover, the professors are generally very helpful, the programs are rigorous but not overwhelmingly so and you will really learn a lot. Oakland provides a never ending energy about it, but there are still lots of places to go and seek some quiet and relaxation when you need it (for example, Schenley Park, the Stress Free Zone, and parts of North Oakland. Overall, an amazing university.

  • 08/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am not in Greek life and without it I have still made life long friends

    Clubs and Activities

    Great way to meet people.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working

    Bang for the buck

    The city itself is affordable.

    What to do for fun

    There are local museums that provide free entry for Pitt students.

    Food and Dining

    Market central is the place to be.

    Dorm Life

    Towers are the best place to live freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    If you work hard you will be rewarded.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and always go to class.

    In three sentences

    It provides a safe environment for students. Most professors are very enthusiastic about what they are teaching. There is a melting pot of students.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything, including plays, concerts, sports, and museums.

    Food and Dining

    There are a million different restaurants and vendors surrounding the campus varying from Indian cuisine to frozen yogurt.

    Dorm Life

    The towers are centrally located within the campus providing ease to students, but helicopters frequent the area due to the closeness of UPMC facilities.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging and yet doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    The university is very large and sometimes students can find themselves lost in the crowd. The best thing to do is get involved in different clubs and groups and don't be afraid to make friends, not only with other students but with the faculty as well. Also don't be afraid to try new things.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is its own city. The University of Pittsburgh is dedicated to seeing its students succeed. The University of Pittsburgh is unlike any other college.

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Explore the City, Clubs, Athletics

    Academic Rigor

    Chemical Engineering is challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Realize that it is a public University and Pitt has a lot to offer, but you need to be able to take advantage of all the resources such a large University has.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pitsburgh provides many resources available to the students. It also offeres many extra curricular activities and clubs. The University also provides a great academic environment for my field of study.

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own Pitt Police and I have never felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    DO IT!

    Clubs and Activities

    The Activities Fair in the beginning of the year is great for first year students. There are over 350 activities to choose from and if you don't like any, you can make one of your own.

    What to do for fun

    Going downtown or to one of the little sections of Pittsburgh, like Shadyside or Southside are fun things to do. Going to football games is a blast as well!

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan is great and there are tons of options for off-campus dining as well. There is food for absolutely everyone here and you will find your niche.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is wonderful if you let it be wonderful. Be open, make friends, and try to let that social side out. It's perfectly okay to want alone time. However, if you don't make an effort to talk to people, chances are they won't make an effort to talk to you.

    Academic Rigor

    The university is an academically renowned school. If you aren't ready to work hard and be competitive, this is not the school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate on doing the things you need to accomplish before PittStart orientation. It is important that you complete all that you have to do and prepare yourself for an on-campus life. It is different than anything you may have experienced.

    In three sentences

    Pittsburgh is a beautiful city with wonderful professors who are eager to answer any questions a scared freshman may have. The campus and student life is always upbeat and there is always something to do. The diversity in culture is refreshing and the food is incredible.

  • 09/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is patrolled by three police departments. The University of Pittsburgh has a police department. The city of Pittsburgh's police department covers campus. Also, parts of campus are patrolled by the Carnegie Mellon Police Department. The campus generally feels safe. The Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh is an educational and cultural hub that is fun to live within. Students are up late at night and streets are well lit. The campus is in an urban setting, so using common sense is necessary. For example, there are certain locations that it may not be wise to visit late at night.

    Greek Life

    About 9 percent of Pitt students participate in Greek life. There are both fraternities and sororities, however it is not a huge majority and is certainly not forced upon you. Greek life is present if you're interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    With a large school like Pitt, there are copious opportunities for clubs and activities. If Pitt doesn't offer something that you would like, you can always attempt to form a new club. Most students are fairly involved on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    All types. There is no stereotype. However, a popular reasons to come here is to be a neuroscience student or other pre-med major. UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) provides great opportunities for these students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cathedral of Learning (42 stories, 535 feet tall, 2529 windows) is the largest academic building in the United States. The building is Pitt's landmark and provides wonderful views of campus from the Unversity Honors College on the 35th and 36th floors.

    Bang for the buck

    As an in-state student, the cost was reasonable compared to some of my other out-of-state options. However, in comparison to other states and their state schools, Pitt is on the expensive side. Occasionally I feel that a class is not well taught, but overall the school is definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Whatever you like to do for fun can be done at Pitt. Anything from arts events, to sporting events, to watching movies, to the common college party can be found. Living in the city of Pittsburgh allows for many opportunities. I personally enjoy exploring the city and cheering for all of my favorite Pittsburgh teams.

    Food and Dining

    As a member of our student government board's food committee, I have been able to experience the behind-the-scenes of our dining on campus. The staff of Sodexo and Pitt dining strive very hard to make sure every student enjoys what he or she eats on campus. You will only complain if you eat at the same place day in and day out. Eat at a variety of places and there is always something good to eat. Plus, living in the city provides a lot of additional off campus eating that is easily in walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    Wherever you live will be the best place to live on campus, according to you.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt is a major research university. Classes are offered at all different levels. If you are looking to be challenged, you certainly can find demanding classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Don't allow all the Pitt has to offer overwhelm you. Pick a few activities that interest you and you will love the people, campus, and the city. 2. It is okay to not know what you want to major in when entering freshman year. 3. Visit professor's office hours. They enjoy meeting you and are always willing to help. 4. On a more humorous note, freshman are easily identifiable because the majority of them wear lanyards at the beginning of the school year.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is a vibrant and happy place. Students enjoy what they do academically and also enjoy the city of Pittsburgh. The campus has not stereotype, and it is easy to fit in.

  • 09/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing the panther's nose is supposed to be good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    Good compared to other universities.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out Go downtown or to the strip, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options

    Dorm Life

    Wish I had a kitchen :(

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult but not impossible!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to study and not fall behind! It's terrible catching up.

    In three sentences

    It is beautiful and awesome!

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe here. I was told by my mother to never walk home alone at night, but I do it almost daily after a late night study session at Hillman Library. There are almost as many students walking around at night as there are during the day. You never feel alone or scared.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous opportunities to join clubs here. If there isn't a club for your interest, you can make it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite location on campus is the Cathedral of Learning. Not going to lie, it reminds me of Hogwarts. If you join the student Alumni Association, you are invited to a winter dance in the Cathedral that was described to me as The Yule Ball from Harry Potter. Cannot wait.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of all my options for college, the University of Pittsburgh offered me the most bang for the buck. I got many scholarship offers from private institutions, some offering about half off tuition, but the opportunities that such a well known school would offer attracted me. The tuition here is comparable to half off a small, unknown, private college.

    What to do for fun

    Other than going out on the weekends (frats almost always have parties and you can always find other people having house parties), there are so many good, wholesome activities you can do. The girls on my floor and I like to go out to the Waterfront every Friday night and do a little shopping and grab a bite to eat. There is Southside, Station Square, Downtown, and so many other districts to explore in Pittsburgh.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options for dining, it's a little ridiculous. There are two all-you-can-eat buffet style cafeterias and many other on campus eateries included in the meal plan. These include, but are not limited to: Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell, Sub Connection (comparable to Subway), Strutters (fried chicken), Pizza Hut, Salad bars, Sushi, and a kick-butt pasta place. Not only are there these options, but if you ever get hungry late at night (Market closes at 2 am on weeknights) there are innumerable options on Forbes and Fifth (McDonald's, Qdoba, Quaker Steak and Lube, Primanti's, Hello Bistro, Rita's, Razzy Fresh, etc.).

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm. I know everyone wants to live in Towers, (well known for socialization), but I live in Holland Hall and it's not so bad. It's the only all-girls freshmen dorm, but it's actually quite nice. Don't be afraid to select it, it'll be more likely that you get your top choice and the rooms are huge!

    Academic Rigor

    My classes so far are not that hard, considering I'm only a freshman. I can only guess from how highly rated Pitt is as an institution, the classes might get harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    Send in your application early; take advantage of the free application. And make sure to visit the campus, it's a shame not to. I visited twice and the second one really sealed the deal for me.

    In three sentences

    I could not have known how much I would enjoy being at the University of Pittsburgh- Pittsburgh Campus. I love the students, the professors, the athletic teams, the campus, the city, and pretty much everything else. All in all, this is a pretty amazing school.

  • 10/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe at Pitt. If you remember that you are in a city and don't do anything stupid you'll be fine.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a very small part at Pitt. If you do want to join a frat or a sorority you can but you won't feel alienated if you don't join one.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs & athletic activities that you can join at Pitt.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are independent and open to making their own experiences. Because it is such a big school, you have to be willing to reach out to your teachers & other people but if you do you will see how nice everyone at Pitt really is!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are two falcons that live on top of the Cathedral of Learning that you can watch online. Also we sing Sweet Caroline in the 3rd quarter at football games.

    Bang for the buck

    Pitt was the least expensive school I got in to but it still has very highly ranked programs in Natural Sciences, Art History, Anthropology, & Linguistics just to name a few. It's even less expensive if you live in PA.

    What to do for fun

    Besides the parties, Pitt has something called Pittarts. They give you free tickets for all kinds of performing arts events in Pittsburgh. They also feed you which is nice.

    Food and Dining

    Market, the main dining hall at Pitt, is pretty good as far as college food goes but it can get monotonous. So when picking your meal plan its better to have fewer meal passes and more dining dollars which will get you more food options.

    Dorm Life

    The RAs are well trained to make sure the freshmen feel included, but after freshman year the people in the dorms don't become as close.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the classes you take. The natural sciences are very competitive and large. But the classes in other majors are more reasonable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in clubs and activities, it's the best way to make friends. Visit Pitt to make sure it's a good fit.

    In three sentences

    A really great school. It's very big so there are classes, clubs, & activities that interest everyone. The administrators also work very hard to make sure new students find a place in the school.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Saferider is the best! It will pick you up and take you anywhere you need to go in Oakland or its surrounding areas. There are a lot of those blue light emergency stands all over campus. Pitt police are always everywhere, especially when you don't want them to be. They are good about leniency with parties, but if something bad is really happening campus safety is quick to act and more importantly, help!

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is something that you can either stay completely separate from, or wholly immerse yourself in. Only about 10% of the student population participates in greek life but there is definitely greek presence on campus. There are University owned and off campus Frat houses. But in PA they have laws against groups of girls living together because of brothels, so to get around that sororities have their own floors in one of the campus dorms. Greek Life at Pitt does but on pretty cool events and also does great philanthropy.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every fall and spring during syllabus week there is an activities fair! There is everything from habitat for humanity to the rainbow alliance, with things life ballet club and quidditch in between. Yes we have quidditch. We also have parkor and psychology club, athletic training student association and also the Oakland ZOO!

    Great for these types of students

    sporty, artsy, open-minded, really truly anyone can find a place to fit in at Pitt. You just really do have to make the effort.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    South Oakland - the dirty O - souf oaklin': it's the off campus housing neighborhood where living is like a right of passage for a Pitt student! Singing sweet caroline during the third quarter at the football games, daily Cathedral pictures, calling Pitt Hogwarts instead. We hate-to-love the dining halls, and club hillman(our library!)

    Bang for the buck

    So many restaurants in Oakland have late night half off specials! We get coupon booklets during syllabus week of each semester that tell us about different discounts and features coupons! Also, with our Pitt ID we get ride the Pittsburgh city buses for free.

    Food and Dining

    The food could better, but couldn't every college dining hall? We have a lot of alternative options to the buffet style that all college students come to hate. There is Schenley Cafe, the Cathedral Cafe, Quickzone, etc. where kids can use their meal plans to buy various meals or snacks. There are a lot of places all over campus, so you will never go hungry! We have einstein brother's bagels stands all over campus and starbucks coffee, both of which are delicious.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are all their own experience. All of the housing is really nice in my opinion. If you don't live in a suite style with your own bathroom (yes they do exist!!) then custodial cleans the bathrooms almost every day. Although there is no wifi, there are some dorms with air conditioning!

    Academic Rigor

    I was an honors and AP student throughout my entire education. I got my first C at Pitt. It would say it is definitely an academically rigorous University where a gifted student could not just slide by. It takes a lot of work to really shine here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to make it at Pitt, reach out to people! Reach out to anyone and everyone you meet. Engage in people because they will lead you to all of the great experiences Pitt has to offer. Also take advantage of all of the university's resources, the research, the technology, the sports, the culture, the art. Make sure you keep up on your schoolwork though, amidst all of the exciting stuff!

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is a big east school with a small community feel. Pitt and the city of Pittsburgh have seemingly endless opportunities and resources for any type of person. Pitt itself has a beautifully historical campus embedded into the young neighborhood of Oakland.

  • 10/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    The Ready...Set...Pitt! program offered by the University is really an awesome experience. Plus, my application fee was waived when I attended, which was definitely a huge benefit.

    In three sentences

    All it took was one visit for me to fall in love with the University of Pittsburgh. When my acceptance letter to the School of Nursing arrived in the mail, I was so excited to think that I'd get to be a Pitt Panther. The urban environment of the campus is absolutely incredible - I've never stood in a livelier atmosphere.

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police are always on patrol and if you feel unsafe you can always call SafeRider. I usually walk in a group or with someone else and have never had a problem. The emergency call boxes also help, so if you feel in danger, just press the button and be connected with the university police.

    Greek Life

    A lot of my friends are a part of Greek Life and said it was the best decision they have ever made. Although it isn't for everyone, rushing in the fall is an option to see if it is for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are 400+ clubs to join. There is something for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    There are many areas in the surround suburbs of Pittsburgh outside of Oakland. Southside, Shadyside, and the Waterfront all have great shopping, and there is theater and music entertainment as well. The campus and RSA also puts together many events for residents to do on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options, from meal swipes to dining dollars and many places to eat along Forbes. Plus, they are always giving away free food. You'll never go hungry, that's for sure!

    Dorm Life

    I really have gotten acquianted with my floor and like the people I live with. There are many dorms and areas to live in, and if you know people who attend the university, definitely ask them what they recommend.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are a lot of work and way different from high school, but if you put the time into your work outside of your class, you will be fine. I recommend going to teacher's office hours if you are unsure of material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus! It is a beautiful city school and the only way to know if you feel like it is your school is visiting.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is the only school for me. I came here just for my major because there is a great program, but ended up benefiting in more ways than just an education. I met great friends and joined a club sport, and would not want to be anywhere else but here.

  • 10/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have pitt police here, so we're pretty safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    They provide many different kinds of clubs and organizations, so I would say you'd find one that you'd like.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot here for you to explore. You can join many clubs as many as you want.

    Food and Dining

    Central market's pretty good, but you could get tired of the food here. So it really depends. Also, if you buy stuff with dinning dollars, they tend to be more expensive than the normal retail stores.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm's amazing actually. Sometimes it could get a little bit annoying with people still talking in the hallway in the middle of the night. Just make sure that you get along with your roommate, other than that, I wouldn't worry about too much.

    Academic Rigor

    I'd say University of Pittsburgh has a good academic program regarding any kind of major.

    Tips for prospective students

    University of Pittsburgh provides a lot of great services for the incoming freshman, so no need to worry about too much. You can always go home during the holiday. They provide transportation and tickets. Plus, pitt students can ride the buses here for free.

    In three sentences

    University of Pittsburgh is located in an urban-like city. The buildings here are beautiful and glamorous. They have many delicious restaurants around the campus too.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study a lot and find out what you really want in life.

    In three sentences

    The campus is wonderful, bringing many opportunities to its students. People are engaging and professors love their work. Overall a great choice.

  • 11/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    It is great. There is never a dull moment in Oakland. The University has so many clubs, sporting events and activities planned for the student body.

    Academic Rigor

    The curriculum is very challenging and exciting. Lots of research and development opportunities are available. The University also provides a lot of student assistance programs from an academic perspective.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to visit the campus. Some students are put off by urban campuses but Oakland is awesome the the cultural district in Pittsburgh is top class. The school has set up transportation for the students that make getting around so easy!

    In three sentences

    Excellent extra curricular activities available. Swanson School of Engineering is a new modern venue. The Faculty is dedicated to setting you up for success!

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While being an urban campus, the pitt police make it friendly and safe environment for all.

    Greek Life

    It is as much a part of your time here as you wish to make it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Literally hundreds!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone, but especially medical and science students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The singing of Sweet Caroline at every Pitt football home game.

    Bang for the buck

    Being a public university heavy on research, Pitt is able to provide an affordable education to its students.

    What to do for fun

    There are literally hundreds of clubs at the university and they all present in an expo within the first month giving you a look at the diversity of interests on campus. If you put yourself out there you will find something.

    Food and Dining

    Choices are abound with the meal plans and dining hall options.

    Dorm Life

    Most floors and dorms are well connected and will allow for a range of options while still making it easy to find a group.

    Academic Rigor

    While a serious transition from high school, free tutoring and other academic resources make it easy to handle the switch.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and expect to hear back soon. The university prides itself on its ease of application and the speed to which it responds.

    In three sentences

    STEM careers destination of choice, that excels in the connections between incoming and current students fro day one.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Independent learners, continuing education, teachers, those who work multiple jobs, those who work full time jobs, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    This program allows me to complete my work on time and get the best education possible without worrying when to be at class at a specific time. It allows me to work at my own pace and get the most out of my continuing education.

    What to do for fun

    Online program makes learning take place anywhere! It's great!

    Food and Dining

    Online program makes learning take place anywhere! It's great!

    Dorm Life

    Online program makes learning take place anywhere! It's great!

    Academic Rigor

    This program definitely encourages students to change the way they think and become more involved in their learning. Students are asked to re-examine their normal ideas about education as well as about the current accepted practices. Each teacher examines first the thoughts students have then the current practices and research on those thoughts - combining all of the ideas allow students to find common ground with the information you are learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your computer is up-to-date on all software and that you have access to a camera and microphone in care you need to film yourself. Also, because there are no formal meetings, keep a printed schedule and print out all reading selections ahead of time - this will prevent you from being late on assignments or not being able to access readings. Try to participate in all discussions because this is the best way to create a connection between what you're reading and what your professors what you to learn.

    In three sentences

    Their online Master's Degree program is wonderful for someone working a full time teaching job because it allows you to work at your own pace and apply everything you are learning to your real classroom. Everyone is knowledgeable, helpful, and extremely well educated on current education practices. Each staff member truly cares about what they are teaching and how students are receiving the information.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I always hang out with my friends whether it be outside, in a friend's room or apartment, in the frat houses, or even in the city. There is never a dull moment on or off campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food, even in Market (the Cafeteria) is incredible! I never thought I would enjoy the school food but the staff do an amazing job cooking great meals. There are also plenty of places to eat on and off campus that are all within manageable walking distance and are all cheap.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm and my other friends who live in other buildings also love their dorms. Life can be hard living with totally new people who you have never met but it is super easy to adapt to those people and everyone is so friendly. Also, the resident assistants who are assigned to every floor will always provide opportunities for you, whether that means relaxing time from a hard week of work or internship opportunities; they are amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very difficult compared to any high school level courses, whether a student took AP classes or not. As long as you study though, the classes will not be too difficult and you will have plenty of time on the weekends and even some week nights to relax and hang out with your friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students looking at the school should know that academically there is a lot of work no matter what your major is or what classes you are taking, but there is always plenty of time for fun as long as you know how to manage your time. Also, I have learned that studying in college is a lot different than the way I studied in high school so you will have to be able to adapt to a totally new way of studying especially since you are now independent. Lastly, prospective students should know that when I am not at school, I miss it; I always want to be there with my friends because it is the most amazing place anyone can be.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is the most exciting place academically and extracurricular wise for a college student to be. There is never a dull moment because the campus is so much fun and the city is just around the corner. I would recommend the school to any type of student; one who knows exactly what they want and even one who does not.

  • 12/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Pitt has two all-you-care to eat dining facilities, Market Central and The Perch, whose daily menu includes grilled cheese,burgers, variety pizza, sandwich and salad bars and of course make your own waffle! At certain times of the day these facilities also offer Halal dining options. If you don't want to eat at the dining hall Pitt has various chain restaurants on campus that you can eat at with a dining plan. These include pizza hut,sub connection,Taco bell,Burger King and many more.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is one of the highlights of my freshman year. For dorm options for freshmen Pitt offers Honors doubles at Sutherland Hall, basic singles and doubles in the Towers(Where most freshmen live), doubles in Forbes Hall and basic singles in Lothrop Hall. I live in Lothrop Hall and It has been nothing but fun. The way Pitt trains their RA's has made the environment open and safe.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt isn't called the public Ivy league for nothing! There have been many many sleepless nights to the pursuit of maybe a B! People on my hall who were connected with engineering would often complain about the inhumane amount of work they were given. I am a neuroscience major and it is a direct result of Pitt being attached to UPMC, an internationally-ranked hospital chain, that the demands of the bio department are far above the national average.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pitt

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is definitely an all around We have everything you are looking for in a college college! From the rigor of programs like engineering to the vibrant Greek life, Pitt offers a variety of academic and social options for every type of person.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is exceptionally exciting at PITT as there are massive dormitories that allow you to meet a lot of people more readily without much hassle.

    Academic Rigor

    PITT may not all seem like the most challenging university but if you challenge yourself and take the right classes, you will be happy you chose it.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should get involved in an many clubs as possible as soon as the activity fair begins at the start of the semester. Don't be afraid to wander off campus and make use of the free busing as there is a lot to see and Pittsburgh is a really safe place.

    In three sentences

    PITT is a very urban campus with all the opportunities for which you could possibly hope. As the campus is so close to downtown Pittsburgh, there are many job opportunities and prospective employers. PITT has its strengths and weaknesses concerning its academic prowess; however, as many universities, it is all about what you make of it.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security is tight within Dormitories, on campus, and other parts of the city. Police are often visible on patrols all over campus on weeknights, weekdays, weekends especially. There are also safety boxes where if students are in danger or in need of help, they can go to the nearest emergency box to press a button and safety will arrive immediately. As a student, safety is not a concern because I feel so safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    Only a small percent of the Pitt students join or participate in Greek Life. Reasons why are that there are more options in other clubs and Greek Life require much time and commitment. But for those who are interested in Greek Life, hazing is prohibited and frowned upon so therefore, no worries!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is everything and anything for students to do on campus as far as clubs and activities go. If there is no match for students, it is encouraged by the student to make their own club. Some examples of clubs include, Business clubs, international organizations, religious affiliations, Service clubs, Sports clubs, Reading clubs, Health clubs, Spanish clubs, Japanese Clubs, Indian Clubs, and many country based clubs or organizations. Many clubs are not strict or do not require full commitment which allows students to join more than one club.

    Great for these types of students

    University of Pittsburgh is great for students who have an undecided major because of the variety of programs and options available to them. Furthermore, the diversity at University of Pittsburgh allows students to communicate and learn from other students experiences such as fellow classmates, fraternity sisters and brothers, team mates, room mates, floor mates, friends, etc. There are students from all over the world at Pittsburgh such as South Africa, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, Japan, etc. so no one student feels out of place. In that sense, anyone who is looking for diversity, UPITT is a great choice. Finally, Pittsburgh is a large school. Professors will not reach out to students if students are running off track of their academic career. Independent, mature, outgoing, fearless, adventurous and responsible students will strive and get the most of what Pitt has to offer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the University of Pittsburgh, there is a large Arena called the Peterson Events Center, otherwise known as the Pete. There is a large field outside right outside there and every year, Univ. of Pittsburgh plans an event for Freshman students to break a world record of some sort. This past year of 2012, Univ. of Pittsburgh Class of 2016 broke the world record of the largest uniformed dance with umbrellas dancing to the Cupid Shuffle for 6 minutes. This field is also known by students to play Ultimate Frisbee, Croquet, Football, Volleyball, Tanning, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    If you ask anyone on campus about Pittsburgh, it can be guaranteed that almost everyone loves the University of Pittsburgh. Many freshman classes are very large but also a social benefit in giving students a chance to make new friends. In dormitories, there are the Living Learning Communities where students such as Business students are accepted. There is a club fitted for every student of campus from reading, rowing, religious ties, international ties, health, etc. Furthermore, University of Pittsburgh encourages students to form their own club if they cannot find a club that fits them. The more extracurricular activities students part-take, the wider variety of friends students can make.

    What to do for fun

    There is much to do at the University of Pittsburgh. Students can attend sporting events on campus to support the school teams such as Basketball, Football, Swimming and Diving, Gymnastics, Soccer, etc. If students express no interests in athletics, students also have an option to attend Pitt Arts events such as Theaters, Plays, Choirs, Concerts etc where students can obtain tickets for a very cheap price if not free. Many times, Univ. of Pittsburgh throws an event on campus such as the Lazer Show, Honors College Movie Nights, or some club sponsored event. In walking distance, there is Carnegie Mellon University, the Botanical Garden, Schenley Park, and many great running or walking trails. Finally, there is public transportation for all PITT students which allows them to travel anywhere in Pittsburgh such as Downtown Pittsburgh, the Strip District, the Airport, Washington Park, Shadyside, SouthSide etc. One can NEVER be bored at Pittsburgh.

    Food and Dining

    At University of Pittsburgh Dining Halls, there is always the typical Cheeseburger, Chicken Patty's, Pizza, French Fries, Waffle Maker, and Grilled Cheese. There's also a Salad Station but the variety of vegetables is small and the vegetables such as the spinach or lettuce is not washed. On special days when Taco's, Chinese food, etc. are made, unnecessary portions of oil, fat, and greased is used in preparing dishes. High portions of sodium and fat are found in many of the dishes at school and to some students considered an unhealthy food campus. Despite the negativity, University of Pittsburgh also has coffee carts all over campus serving drinks, snacks, and pastries, and also works correspondingly with Einsteins Bagel's and has their own cafe.

    Dorm Life

    When students first go to their dormitories, the RA establishes an open door policy which creates a friendly approachable atmosphere where it is easy to make new friends and social life at the dormitories makes college a fun memorable experience.

    Academic Rigor

    As a student in the College of Business Administration, the Business school does a fabulous job with providing rigorous classes using applications outside of classes with actual company's, situations, current situations in the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to students who are already accepted at University of Pittsburgh. Hear about their experiences- the good and the bad. Ask about classes, how much work is done inside of class, outside of class, extracurricular activities, etc.

    In three sentences

    University of Pittsburgh contains a very diverse student population from various states and parts of the world. Academically, University of Pittsburgh has several Colleges such as the Engineering School, Law School, Business School etc. Each of these schools has their own appropriate and various Majors with a core class curriculum.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    ALL types!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Singing Sweet Caroline after the 3rd quarter a every football game (home and away!).

    What to do for fun

    There's football, baseball, hockey, (free) museums, concerts, and more!

    Food and Dining

    There's lots of places to eat! Most are fast food, but there are some pretty nice restaurants (all within walking distance!).

    Dorm Life

    I'm not a big fan of dorms, but they're not bad. Try applying for an on-campus suite or apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    Most professors not only have their teaching credentials, but have tons of experience in their field.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always visit campuses before even applying; it'll give you a whole new sense of what the school's all about. But let me tell you this: when you visit Pitt, you will instantly fall in love.

    In three sentences

    Although I've only completed one semester at the University of Pittsburgh, Pitt has offered me so many things. I feel completely comfortable in the city and meeting new people. I'm glad I made the decision to come here.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    How are the girls and the parties?

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The University of Pittsburgh likes to get the students involved in projects outside the U of Pitt community. Have an interest? Pitt will cater to it. There of plenty of things to do on the weekend, party related or not.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. A little of everything, loads of Chinese restaurants on campus, and coffee everywhere!

    Dorm Life

    There are dorms to fit everyone's needs. If you want a single in a quite place that is possible and if you want to always be surrounded by people, of course, Pitt has that too! Excellent community feel here.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Pittsburgh likes to emphasize its academic rigor, but do not fear. The teachers are very open to helping students outside of class and will go that extra mile to guide your understanding. There are numerous comfortable places to study alone or with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, I would say have an open mind! New places and new things can often times become scary, but here at Pitt there is a great sense of community even though the school is actually quite large. You will meet people from all over the world.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is a wonderful establishment. The classes are much smaller than I ever imagined them to be and the academic atmosphere is wonderfully accepting and friendly. I am having a great time here with a nice mix of work and play.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to learn your way around the campus.

    In three sentences

    University of Pittsburgh is a wonderful university for a student looking for any career path. This school offers highly educated professionals and great customer service in all of the academic offices. This school is a great choice for any college student.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's in a city, but I've never felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Not that central to the school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cathedral is basically like walking into Hogwarts. And at Christmas, when the fireplaces are going, it's breath taking.

    Bang for the buck

    It's not the cheapest state-related school, but it's totally worth it. Plus, students get free public transportation which saves us a ton of money.

    What to do for fun

    There's always university sponsored events going on, but there is also shopping a bus ride away, and one can always find parties in South Oakland.

    Food and Dining

    The main dining hall isn't the best, but some of the other places on campus are delicious. Also there are many off campus places to eat a minute away.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are actually really nice and are a great place to make friends. There are a lot of really good apartment options for upperclassman as well.

    Academic Rigor

    It completely depends on what class and what department. I've had some of the most difficult classes that people have compared to classes in medical school, and I've also had some incredibly easy classes where I barely had to put in any work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into what department you will be in, because each is very different and some are way better than others.

    In three sentences

    It's a great place to make friends because everyone is laid back and very friendly. It's great for anyone going into science because there are so many opportunities for researching. Although many of the classes are very big, I've felt that the majority of my professors have made an effort to make the class feel smaller.

  • 01/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. There are always other people around and they have emergency stations all across campus if something is to happen. They also have safe rider which is a shuttle you can call at any time day or night to pick you up, no questions asked.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A tradition for freshman women is Lantern Night, where alumni light your lantern to symbolize the passage of knowledge. Another tradition is to sing Sweet Caroline after the 3rd quarter at football games.

    Bang for the buck

    PITT is definitely expensive, no doubt about that. But there are opportunities for you to make some money like work-study, freshman programs, and being an RA.

    What to do for fun

    There is a ton of stuff to do for fun in Pittsburgh and the University has a ton of stuff to offer. You can sign up to get notifications of everything that is going on around campus, so that's pretty helpful. But there are movie nights fairly frequently where they show a movie at a particular location. If you like staying fit for fun you can hang out on the Pete lawn and play some ball, or you can go to one of the many fitness centers and even swim year round. Athletic events are also a ton of fun! The Panthers football plays in Heinz field (where the Steelers play) so that is a great experience. Also, Pittsburgh is a great place for filming movies so it is not uncommon for famous actors to be in town (Channing Tatum was just here filming on campus).

    Food and Dining

    My experience with food/dining has not been pleasant. I am used to home cooked, healthy meals so the transition was hard. I tried to cancel my meal plan, but the process took a whole semester to find out that I could not cancel. The chef's are really nice and try to accommodate all dietary needs. Now, I email recipes for the food I would like and the time that I am coming and they make the food for me. But, the food/dining is definitely not worth the cost.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm rooms are spacious for college and are carpeted, which is really nice. They give you more storage than I expected so you can be organized. My RA is great and really made the floor feel like family. In addition, if you have a maintenance issue you can call Panther Central 24/7 or fill out a maintenance request online and, in my experience, someone will be there within a couple hours.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but you learn a lot. Some classes are obviously easier than others, but you learn to find a good balance. The academic support is phenomenal and the professors always want to help and are passionate about the topics they teach.

    Tips for prospective students

    Manage your time, make connections, always attend office hours and make sure your professor knows your name, and take advantage of as many opportunities as you can!

    In three sentences

    Pitt is a great university with professors that are willing to help. The academics are challenging you learn a lot and can get help easily. They offer so many programs like OCC (Outside the Classroom Curriculum) to enhance your college experience.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is small, but a great thing to get involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing and ready to jump into urban life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sweet Caroline at football games.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city. Use your free access as much as you can.

    Tips for prospective students

    Jump into campus; sign up for as many activities as possible.

    In three sentences

    An awesome place to learn about yourself. Full of challenging courses. Situated on a beautiful urban campus.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. The pitt police are always driving around campus and there are emergency call buttons located throughout campus. Also, Pitt has transportation called safe rider that you can use to get picked up and dropped off at locations troughout campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A tradition that Pitt has during football season is that the entire tudent section sings Sweet Caroline after the third quarter of every home game.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I go to the sporting events and I currently joined the club field hockey team.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good here. Lots of variety to choose from and the food always seems to be fresh and prepared that day.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great here. Each dorm may have certain nights to get all the students that live in that dorm together. Some nigts might include game night or even an ice cream social.

    Academic Rigor

    My major which is pre-pharmacy is very rigorous academically and very competiive. It requires a lot of study time in order to achieve.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would come here being prepared to work hard, but to also have a lot of fun. Get involved with a club team or sorority or fraternity, or even simply attend the sporting events and cheer on the Pitt sport treams on the football field or basketbal court in the Oakland Zoo.

    In three sentences

    University of Pittsburgh I believe is a very qualified university with great professors and the university has many academic programs to help you with your studies. The courses are difficult, but that is what makes this university very qualified and highly looked upon. Overall, the univerity is welcoming and I feel right at home here, even though my real home is almost 5 hours away.

  • 02/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I`ve never had problems walking late at night, maybe the occasional creepers trying to get your number but nothing too dangerous really.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty active. A lot of frats and sorority girls walking around in their hoodies. They have a lot of parties and you can get in if you know the right people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many things to do here at Pitt, just have to find something you like and find the time for it.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out-of-state student with a scholarship, I definitely say Pitt is worth whatever I~m paying for it, mostly just because its academics are very good.

    What to do for fun

    House parties on the weekend. You can always take the bus downtown Oakland if you want to go to the movies, or go to the Strip Districts. There`s definitely a lot of things to do and it`s even better because the transportation is free with your Pitt ID.

    Food and Dining

    Market Central gets annoying and boring fast. The first month or so is very good, but get ready to be tired fast and going down to the Cheesecake Factory with your friends.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are like college dorms. Small, but if you get along with your roomate, it doesn`t feel as constricted.

    Academic Rigor

    Yup. Get ready to study your head off , especially if you are majoring in the sciences.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don`t slack off your first semester, it`s very easy to lose grip and tumble down with your GPA. ...... If you do though, get ready to work harder the next semester to bring it up, it`s very much possible.

    In three sentences

    The transportation system is definitely the best aspect and you`ll need it a lot if you want to get places where you can have more things to do.

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Incredible programs if you're going into anything medical related - you have to be dedicated and willing to put in a lot of time and work though.

    Food and Dining

    I don't have a meal plan, but when I've eaten at campus events or the couple of times I got something from one of the dining halls I had no major complaints. They at least make an effort at providing options for vegetarian students and those with food allergies.

    Academic Rigor

    You get out what you put in here. In the science programs at least, there is no skating by - you will definitely have to work. But if you apply yourself and keep up, you're getting an excellent education from it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the opportunities Pitt offers! There are some incredible research positions for undergrads that you wouldn't get the chance for everywhere, the study abroad office has a huge array of options (and scholarships!), there are speakers and programs in all sorts of disciplines. You won't always get chances to do stuff like this, use it while you can!

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Pittsburgh safety rating is really good for being in teh middle of the city. I would suggest to always have a friend no matter where you are even if you didn't live in the city to be on the safe side.

    Greek Life

    Pittsburgh has greek life, but I am not familiar nor interested in joining because of personal preference. But, I hear the program is good.

    Clubs and Activities

    Pittsburgh allows people to make their own activities and clubs if the school does not offer it, so there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    The city is great and can appeal to even those who are not use to the city. It has an urban and sub-urban atmousphere, so transition is not that bad.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The only thing that I would need to get use to is the lingo of Pittsburgh. Some phrases or names do not coordinate to the same things that other locations do even if you live in the same state. For instance, pop refers to soda. Not a huge change but, still requires some getting use to.

    Bang for the buck

    From what I understand, Pitt has an infinite amount of programs and courses that students can enjoy and the school tuition and payments are agreeable to the things that the school has to offer.

    What to do for fun

    Pitssburgh is a big city, you can do a lot of things for fun. Join a club, go to football games, go out and hang with friends. There's plenty to do.

    Food and Dining

    I've heard they had pretty good food, but even if I choses not to eat on campus, Pittsburgh has a lot of options.

    Dorm Life

    There is an entire building of dorms just for kids that share the same major as you. I am looking at going into engineering and sharing the same dorm builiding with all the engineers will really help in homework.

    Academic Rigor

    Pittsburgh has a great academic cirriculum and I am excited to see what I will learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Appy for scholorships, apply for scholorships, apply for scholorships. Being accepted is half the battle, paying for it is another matter. Apply for grants scholorships and student aid.

    In three sentences

    I am really excited for University of Pittsburgh. It's in a great city with numerous activities and events I can attend on my free time. Most importantly, it has my major and so many other options I can look enroll in if I ever choose to change my major.

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Even though I am right in the middle of Oakland, I have never felt threatened. Campus police are always on call and help keep our city very safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't that big here, but you definitely see people sporting their letters. They do a lot for the community however if you aren't interested in joining one, don't stress over it! There are plenty other ways to get involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO much to do here. I'm involved in Intramural soccer and volleyball which is lots of fun and a great break from studying.

    Great for these types of students

    Pitt has such a wide variety of students that there isn't one type of group or clique that our school is suitable for. There is actually a club or team for anything you are interested in. And if there's not, you can always make your own!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You have to try Primanti's sandwiches. You aren't a Pittsburgher if you haven't.

    Bang for the buck

    As a student at the University of Pittsburgh, I can honestly say I get all the bang for my buck. I'm getting a great education while also having a little bit of fun too.

    What to do for fun

    There's a bunch of things to do here! Free admittance to museums, to Phipp's conservatory, and to ballets and shows. We also have free transportation to anywhere in Pittsburgh.

    Food and Dining

    Market is actually great. Not even comparable to high school lunch! There are a lot of other great places to eat too. The basement of the cathedral is probably my favorite.

    Dorm Life

    Holland is great. I live with all girls. At first I thought I would hate it, but I have met some of my best friends and our rooms are way bigger than Towers.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt is definitely not an easy ride, what you put in is what you'll get out. A lot of hours will be spent in Hillman Library.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the very top of the Cathedral of Learning! It's beautiful, you'll fall in love with Pittsburgh right then and there.

    In three sentences

    When I think of my school, I compare it to how I would think of a boyfriend. In order for me to date a boy, he must be intelligent, he must be attractive, and he must have an intriguing personality. The University of Pittsburgh is all these three things and beyond; our academics are excellent, our school and campus are beautiful, and we are a community within each other.

  • 03/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The cultural diversity near the Pitt campus is the hall mark of the university. Some examples include the Carnegie Museums and the downtown cultural district.

    Food and Dining

    The campus dining locations contain average food quality, however, the local vendors are present in great variety.

    Dorm Life

    Overall, the dorms are a nice place to stay for freshman. However, upperclassmen can find better housing outside of campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to trying different classes offered on campus before declaring your major.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is a comprehensive academic institution that offers innumerable opportunities for students of all disciplines. The university is research oriented, providing many positions in this direction.

  • 03/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is incredible. We have not only the Pittsburgh police, but also the University of Pittsburgh police. They are very friendly and I always feel very safe!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a lot of fun! Everyone is pretty accepting and the frats are always a good time!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is everything from the animal lover's club to the rainbow alliance to the french club to club rowing!

    Great for these types of students

    Foeign, exploratory, undecided, research-based, science majors, business majors, pre-law majors, political science majors, shy kids, outgoing kids, everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The lantern night is a great experience for freshman during orientation week. The Oakland zoo, the basketball student section is also an incredible time. There is so much pride and excitement during the game.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little pricey for out of state, but definitely worth the money!

    What to do for fun

    There are amazing football games, fun basketball games, shops in south side, great restaurants, fun parties, and great activities set up by the university. There is always something for you to do if you are looking.

    Food and Dining

    The food is variable. After a while, you just get sick of the food. However, there are many options, as long as you're not a vegetarian.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fun to live in and provide an opportunity to meet hundreds of other students! Dorm life is something you'll definitely want to experience.

    Academic Rigor

    It's very difficult to keep up, but as long as you're dedicated and determined, it's not hard to really receive an incredible education!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you review your professors on ratemyprofessor.com. You need to find a professor whose teaching style works with your learning style. Get to know your professors and always re-check their work! Never wait to study until the night before!

    In three sentences

    It is a great place to find opportunities, make friends, expand your horizon, and get an education. The research opportunities are endless and there is something for everyone. There is so much pride in being a panther!

  • 03/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is a great focus on diversity and valuing others so you will definitely find your place on the campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    All of the students sing Sweet Caroline after the third quarter at the home football games.

    What to do for fun

    The university offers free bus passes so aside from attending Pitt athletic events you can also take a short bus trip to the South Side, Waterfront, or downtown to explore more options.

    Food and Dining

    The campus food is less than edible, but the bright side is that your dining dollars can be used in various restaurants around the Oakland area.

    Dorm Life

    Many of the dorms on Pitt's campus are livable, but extremely outdated. They could be updated soon.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt has an extremely vigorous courseload for any major that you are taking and studying if of the upmost importance in order to be successful. Scholarships based on academics are rare and competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would tell prospective students to bring many types of storage units for your dorms, buy a wifi adapter for your laptop, and get involved on Pitt's campus. There are so many clubs and activities that students can take part in that you are sure to find your niche.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is a wonderful, traditional place located in the heart of Oakland. Pitt is a great place for both academics and fantastic sports teams. The opportunities that Pitt presents to it's students are unmatched by other universities.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working. Independent.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs, activities, and sports available.

    Food and Dining

    I do not eat at the school.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms, but they seem nice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for competition. With so many students trying to do well, you have to work hard to succeed.

    In three sentences

    A large and competitive school that offers a variety of majors and opportunities for its students. I am a biology major and feel that I am pushed to succeed in my major. My main complaint is the physics department.

  • 04/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    hardworking, interest in subject

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Napping in the 9th floor Union lounge

    What to do for fun

    PittArts, clubs, explore Pittsburgh

    Dorm Life

    No basis to judge, never lived in dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    Make the tuition you pay worthwhile - use all your resources including office hours, academic resources, club and organization opportunities, etc.

    In three sentences

    Pitt is rigorous and has high expectations but is manageable for students who are willing to put the effort forth to excel.

  • 04/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Pitt Police do a great job of making Oakland feel like a safe location!

    What to do for fun

    Everything! Whatever you like to do, Pitt has somewhere for you.

    Food and Dining

    With all the great restaurants on campus, it's nearly impossible to not gain the freshman fifteen. But it's soooo worth it.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are, well... Freshman dorms. It's a great experience, but don't get too amped about the living space.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt is super challenging. But it looks really good to say that you've been able to graduate from such a prestigious institution.

    Tips for prospective students

    Worry about how to make yourself as comfortable as possible here, because it will be your home for the next 4 years.

    In three sentences

    Pitt is an awesome school with a strong emphasis on learning! There is definitely something here for everyone. If you're a spirited, driven person, then Pitt is the place for you.

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police rocks!

    Greek Life

    Great and very broad.

    Great for these types of students

    Social and outgoing

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pitt bonfire

    What to do for fun

    Lots of shopping and EATING! Pirates, penguins, Steelers games. Lots of museums and historical and art sites.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go see your professors! They are very nice and helpful and love when you go to office hours.

    In three sentences

    This school is awesome! Great curriculum and great environment. This school really cares about its students.

  • 05/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Pitt Police are great and pretty on top of things, so I definitely feel safe. One thing to remember though is that Pitt is in Oakland...and the campus doesn't belong to just Pitt students. It's a city, so you have to be smart about what you do.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are just sooo many to choose from. My problem is choosing which to be in because I want to be in so many! I have heard that some of the clubs do experience some problems with lacking membership or poor leadership though.

    Great for these types of students

    I really believe that almost any kind of student can find their niche here. Its a big enough city to satisfy those who love a fast paced urban lifestyle, but its small enough that you can find your way around and live a little bit more relaxed if you want.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition here isn't terrible if you're from PA, so I would say its definitely worth it. I don't really know about the perspective of those outside of PA to be able to comment on that.

    What to do for fun

    There is literally so much to do that it's hard to sum it up. Eating, shopping, movie-going, partying, hanging out, exploring, working out, studying, working, volunteering, and MAYBE sleeping (not much though...) - if you do not find something to do 24/7, then you are not trying at all.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options but I personally do not like the food the campus serves. Luckily, there are a zillion different restaurants down in Oakland to explore, so there is a lot to eat outside of a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms themselves aren't terrible...not the highest quality either. Living in a dorm is fun though, just like at any other college.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt classes are challenging. I certainly was not expecting how tough it would be; however, I'd say the education is really top quality.

    Tips for prospective students

    Put yourself out there as much as you can in your first week. It's a big school and is easy to get lost in, so being involved can really make your experience 1000 times better.

    In three sentences

    Pitt was the last place I wanted to end up...but now that I am here I love it. It is perfect for me because its in the city and there is always something to do. I am learning so much and making so many new friends every single day.

  • 05/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I usually feel safe, even late at night.

    Greek Life

    We have lots of that here. :P

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from! From Frats/Sororities to Cultural clubs to religious clubs to dance groups to just-for-fun clubs. There's something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    There's a niche for every one.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many! But Pitt Pride is strong--sports games are a big deal!

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive. Period.

    What to do for fun

    So much! Clubs within the university, checking out the city itself like restaurants, malls/shopping centers, lots!!

    Food and Dining

    Not bad, edible.

    Dorm Life

    You'll have some problems as always, but generally it depends where you live.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be difficult, but remember you need to keep up and study!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to study! Don't be afraid of talking to your professor if you need help. Remember, you're paying them to teach you.

    In three sentences

    I love this place. I grew up in Pittsburgh and was pretty bummed when my parents told me they didn't have the money to send me to NYU like I'd been planning since my freshman year of highschool, but my opinion changed after I started my first year. The people are great and there's always something to do!!

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Check out everything you can do for free with your Pitt ID including Phipp's Conservatory, all of the museums, taking the Port Authority busses to the South Side and the Waterfront, going to the incline, really just check everything out, Pittsburgh is a great city!

    In three sentences

    I love the campus! There is so much to do in Oakland, and everyone is really friendly. I'm having the best time here.

  • 05/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never felt unsafe but you can't forget you are in a city.

    Clubs and Activities

    You name it they have it. I am in several different clubs, even one for K-Pop.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is no real Honors College

    What to do for fun

    Lots of free things with your Pitt ID: free bus rides on Port Authority, free admission to several museums (CMU, Mattress Factory), free admission to Phipps Conservatory.

    Food and Dining

    Market is okay but it gets old quick, the Perch is much better. Don't be sucked in by the idea of Panther Funds, they are only good for laundry. But there are plenty of good places to eat in Oakland for cheap.

    Dorm Life

    Towers life was not for me, but I prefer having a kitchen, which is impossible as a freshman. Not the cleanliest facilities, but when asked repairs are made.

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard work, but if you keep up with your reading you will be fine. The teachers expect you to have an interest in their class, even if you're just fulfilling a requirement.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved in your application process, better chances that way. If you visit they refund your trip up to a certain amount, also visiting before you apply gets you a waved application fee.

    In three sentences

    A good choice if you want a school with lots of spirit. Large classes are only introductory courses so don't worry. Seems like a large school but it's a really close knit community.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are lots of neighborhoods to visit in Pittsburgh, an active night life on campus and around the city, and plenty of places to dine.

    Food and Dining

    Tons of variety and options for special dining needs.

    Dorm Life

    There are only 3 years of guaranteed student housing so be prepared to live off campus at some point

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes require a lot of work and effort to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are ready for a city experience and to work hard!

    In three sentences

    University of Pittsburgh is a large University set in the middle of Oakland in Pittsburgh. There are so many opportunities with UPMC medical facilities, research with faculty, and lots of places to visit during down time. A city experience without living downtown.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus even though it is in a big city.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many ways to get involved!!! There are over 400 student organizations on campus and if there is not an organization for something you are personally interested in, you can start your own with a group of 10 people. Great, great organizations here at Pitt.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are looking for a school with a lot of opportunities, like the atmosphere of living in a city, but also wants a campus feel to the university, want to be challenged academically, want to have a great on campus environment and a student body excited about their university, and want a larger atmosphere.

    Bang for the buck

    Fantastic opportunities, great price in state and out of state. Also, Pitt is pretty generous with scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city!! Pirates games, penguins games (student rush!), Steelers tailgates, festivals, concerts. And get involved with some student groups that hold your interests.

    Food and Dining

    Most of the dining food is great. The versatile meal plan is really nice because it gives you a lot of options around campus.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Sutherland Hall and loved the experience. Some dorms are definitely better than others.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a bioengineering major, and the academic load is definitely very heavy. The work is doable and the professors are helpful, but much is expected of you. I personally think that this makes my education better, so I am happy that the program pushes me academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to try new things!! Get involved early on campus and explore all of the possibilities.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is a fantastic school and is everything I had hoped it to be. The city is a great place to live, the professors and informative and helpful, and there is so much to get involved in on campus that I can't imagine not being able to find something I am interested in. I absolutely made the right choice.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's difficult to walk more than five minutes without seeing campus police around. They are really good about doing their job while still letting college kids be, well, immature college kids.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't huge on campus but it's definitely present. If you want to join a frat/sorority, you can. If you don't, that's more than okay too. There isn't any sort of pressure to do one or the other.

    Great for these types of students

    There's something for everybody at Pitt. I have yet to meet someone who had trouble transitioning to school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The cathedral has a few rooms/areas that are considered haunted as well as floors with restricted access. People spend a lot of time exploring the building. Victory lights also light up the cathedral whenever we win a football game.

    What to do for fun

    Exploring the beautiful city, going to various athletic events, hanging out with friends around campus, parties on the weekends, etc.

    Food and Dining

    There is literally anything you could possibly want food wise between oncampus places and restaurants up and down Forbes.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult but more than worth it. The professors are all very helpful and willing to go out of their way to make sure students understand the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not come in expecting academics to be easy. In recent years, Pitt has been dramatically increasing their academic standing and they will continue to do so until they reach the level they want to be at. This is especially true for any engineering courses and the natural sciences.

    In three sentences

    There isn't a single thing that I would change about the time I have studied here at Pitt. There is literally something for everyone and the campus is absolutely beautiful. There isn't a better college choice out there.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus feels very safe, we have Pittsburgh Police and University of Pittsburgh security all around.

    Greek Life

    It's here, but you don't have to participate

    Clubs and Activities

    Something for everyone

    Great for these types of students

    ANYONE can find their place at Pitt

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Laser light show during homecoming, campus wide bonfire to start off the year, dean's hour where you can eat cookies with the dean, Bigelow Bash where a band comes and plays on one of the main streets

    Bang for the buck

    In state tuition is affordable, AND you get so much out of what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    Football games, explore the city of Pittsburgh for free, admire the beautiful Cathedral of Learning

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Make friends in your dorm, join a club that interests you even if your new friends think it's weird, go to school sponsored events!

    In three sentences

    Pitt has everything, from an academic standing to be proud of, to the hundreds of clubs and activities to be involved in. I couldn't be happier. Living in a major city always gives you something to do.

  • 06/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is excellent. Dorm residents are only able to get into their own dorm building. If students want to go into another dorm, a resident of that building must sign them in. Blue lights are placed all over campus so that students can push them if they feel unsafe and a Pitt Police Officer will arrive soon after.

    Greek Life

    Active on campus, but not too big or exclusionary.

    Clubs and Activities

    The selection of clubs and activities is immense. From service organizations to residence life to a champion Quidditch team, the campus organizations are welcoming and there's something out there for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that are serious about getting a good education, but also looking for a well-rounded lifestyle.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cathedral of Learning isn't unusual for those who attend Pitt, but it may be for students at other universities. Amazing views from top floors and a common area with tables for studying or just hanging out with friends that is reminiscent of Hogwarts.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the best educations for the price. It's a top ranked school in the world, without an outrageous price.

    What to do for fun

    In addition to the hundreds of clubs and organizations, the city provides many options for fun activities on the weekend. Free bus fair all over the city makes this even more enjoyable.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options all over campus for dining options. In addition to the quality of the food, the workers are very nice and cheerful.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great and there are several options for types of living arrangements. Life in the dorms can be fun, but also a quite space for studying or catching up on some sleep. Maintenance, if needed, is also quick and efficient.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult, but the university wants you to succeed so it provides ways to excel in all courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find where you're comfortable inside the classroom and out. There are no downsides to asking for help. Take advantage of all the opportunities and make the most of your time there.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is well rounded and has so much to offer for all types of students both inside and outside the classroom. From professors to maintenance workers, employees are friendly and willing to help you with anything you may need. The surrounding city gives the school even more appeal due to the added opportunities and activities.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty stereotypical college security. They have their own police department and the emergency call buttons all over campus. In order to get into any dorm hall, you have to swipe in at a security guard station and if it isn't your dorm, someone from that dorm has to sign you in/out.

    Greek Life

    Its there but by no means is it an overwhelming part of campus. If you want to get involved you can and they do stuff, but if you don't, its not like you will have no opportunities for social events.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, Philosophy, Pre-Med/Pre-Law, International Studies, Neuroscience, ANY STUDENT INTERESTED IN DOING RESEARCH; it is top 5 in the nation for amount of federal and institutional funds provided for research(~$900 million per year)!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bigelow Bash (huge concert during spring semester. PittDay (volunteering/community service around town for one morning/afternoon). The Oakland Zoo is the student section at men's basketball games and you need to go before you graduate. The Cathedral of Learning is the center of campus and can be seen from all around Pittsburgh (go to the top). Victory lights (the cathedral is illuminated with colored lights whenever a sports team wins at home)

    Bang for the buck

    Free public transportation. Printing allowance of 900 sheets per semester with self service printers all over campus(send something to print anywhere on campus and swipe at a printer somewhere else to print it). Free admittance to all the sporting advents except for football and men's basketball.

    What to do for fun

    You can basically do whatever you want because you are in Pittsburgh. It offers the amenities of any large city (NYC, LA, Chicago, etc.) but it isn't overcrowded or jampacked with a bunch of tourists/people. Your student ID will give you free access to all the public transportation as well as many of the museums in the city. You can also get discounted tickets to plays/musicals, sporting events, concerts and other things in the city.

    Food and Dining

    It really depends on whether you are on Upper of Lower campus. The dining halls are okay, it depends on what they are serving that day and can be a bit hit or miss sometimes. There are a lot of dining options off campus that are right next to campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life as far as freshman year went was really good. The RA's actively get you involved in activities with other people on your floor and the majority of the people are friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what you consider hard. All of the classes are definitely manageable and able to be passed with a good grade, it just depends on your study habits and how much time you devote to your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really look at what major(s) you are thinking of doing and what your aims are after undergrad is over. The vast majority of the academic programs here are great, but some are definitely more appealing than others.

    In three sentences

    Large enough to provide vast resources and opportunities to its students, but not so big that the amount of students is overwhelming. Beautiful campus located in Pittsburgh, but not downtown (semi-urban feel). Professors are for the most part willing to go above and beyond to help you succeed.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is well lit and well trafficked, so there is almost always someone there to witness if something happens. I see cops patrolling at a reasonable time period. Furthermore, though the campus is in the middle of a city and there are a few questionable folks around, students don't feel threatened and there are very few incidents each year.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are dozens upon dozens of clubs and it's very easy to start your own. There are the generic clubs that every college has (ex. French club) and then there are the more unique ones (ex. Parkour Club).

    Great for these types of students

    Pitt is great for students who want a large, but manageable campus; students who are undecided in their major and need a variety of classes; STEM students who can't afford a 'name brand' college (ex. NYU).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The famous Cathedral of Learning has its top tier lit when we win a game.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other colleges I could have gone to, Pitt is more worth the cost. The education I'm getting and the campus I'm living in are more than I'd expected.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out in the dorm lounge with friends, join a club or two (there's plenty here, or start one of your own), bike/skateboard around. Being in a city there's a myriad of things to do, and there's plenty of publicity through facebook, word of mouth, email, etc. about the events going on. I personally like to ice skate in the nearby park in the winter.

    Food and Dining

    There is plenty of food in the cafeterias, but not as delicious as it could be. However, I buy food from the convenience store using the allotted money of my meal plan and that works out fine.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are reasonably comfortable (this is college, not home) and the RA's tend to be very helpful and friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not as well known as some other universities, but is just as rigorous. Your degree will not just be handed to you. You must work, and work hard, for it, which makes you a force to be reckoned with when you enter the work force.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to look around and ask questions. It's a big university so take advantage of that.

    In three sentences

    Set in the middle of a city, the campus doesn't allow for boredom. There is a wide variety of majors, clubs, and students. The education I'm getting here is just as good as, if not better than, more expensive colleges.

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Pitt Police are AWESOME. Seriously, they're a phone call away when you need help. If you're up to shenanigans, beware: they will find you, and they will make you theirs. Be smart about where you're walking, how much you drink, all that jazz and you'll be fine.

    Greek Life

    Frats on frats on frats. Big presence, but not a necessity to have a great experience.

    Great for these types of students

    I was incredibly shy before I started at Pitt, and now I can talk to just about anyone in a public situation- that being said, you need to be prepared to deal with ALL TYPES of people. I'm not just talking people of different races or religions (but seriously, if that stuff still bothers you, you need to grow up and get a hobby), I mean the hordes of hospital employees that rush around on their lunch breaks or speed out of the city, the homeless (there's Opera Man who sings on Forbes and Shuffles who, well, shuffles through traffic; he likes it when you call him Harold, but NEVER offer him food out of pity-he'll throw it at you), the occasional druggie (just ignore them, you don't need to be rude to them or you'll end up in more trouble), foreign students, etc. If you come in with an open mind, Pitt is great for ANYONE.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    37th floor of cathedral, side windows, overlooks ALL around Pitt. Good place to just go and sit and watch the world while you try to bring your mind back down from the certain crazy it'll be experiencing during finals week. Also, Gene's Place- it's where the hipsters go to drink and listen to their obscure (and really awesome) music.

    Bang for the buck

    Half-off dinners at a variety of restaurants reallllly help out us poor students. Order some extras, bring some take-out containers or ask them to box it up and voila! Dinner for the next couple days (or weeks, depending on if you forget it's in your fridge).

    What to do for fun

    We have shopping, phenomenal attractions and landmarks (ie: The Strip District), for the 21-and-over crowd there's the perpetual bar crawl down East Carson Street in the South Side, you can play on the rivers (not in-you'll drown, just on or around), great sports teams (hell, even the Pirates are good now), and there's even plenty of outdoor areas like around the Point or even through Schenley Park (just, not at night).

    Food and Dining

    There are SO many restaurants so you always have some place to go eat that will satisfy whatever you're craving. The dining halls? Great selections. Market Central? Meh. It had good moments, but it also had A LOT of bad moments.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorm life; they do a lot to bring the residents and the resident assistants together to inspire a strong community. There's also plenty of choices for housing. Only big downside? A couple dorms don't have air conditioning (which is super lame during August/September).

    Academic Rigor

    Incredibly challenging, but totally worth all the work. You'll walk away from a class that you thought crushed you with so much knowledge that will help you in your later classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for an urban environment; yes, Pitt has it's chunks of campus that are exclusively the university, but there are plenty of areas that are heavily fused with surrounding businesses and the hospitals. You may have run ins with patients trying to flee the hospitals, panhandlers, and RARELY there's the occasional robbery, but all-in-all if you act smart, avoid dangerous areas, travel in groups, and don't carry anything too precious on you while at 2 in the morning, you'll be just fine. Besides, there's plenty of buses as well as student shuttles to help you get to places that take you out of harm's way.

    In three sentences

    This school is absolutely amazing, and the campus is incredibly beautiful and unique. The school itself offers multiple areas of study, research, and plenty of one-on-one time with the professors despite the larger class sizes. There are so many opportunities to try new things, and being affiliated with UPMC is an incredible connection for those interested in the health professions or medical research.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In truth, I wouldn't know about how well the safety groups work at campus because I've never needed to use them. I know cities often have a bad reputation, but I feel so safe on campus I don't worry. Though, you can easily find a call box for help, security, police, or an RA to help you in your time of need should it ever come.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's honestly so many I guarantee you'll find what you're looking for.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students belong at Pitt - I mean it. Where everyone can come together to get a great education and live life. It's where all types( the studious, the adventurous, the homebodies, the social butterflies) can come and feel at home.

    Bang for the buck

    I have never regretted going to Pitt, nor do I know anyone that has.

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do for fun? You have free access to museums and city buses. This means you can travel throughout Pittsburgh exploring all you want.

    Food and Dining

    As mass produced food can often be less than enjoyable Pitt supplies good choices with a variety of styles so you'll never go hungry. Not to mention, campus is near numerous popular eateries you may never have a dull meal.

    Dorm Life

    There are so many different styles of dorm close to campus or a stroll away that you'll find what you're looking for.

    Academic Rigor

    Honor classes are available to anyone willing to accept the challenge. At the same time, if you want to take an easier class that's still a great time you'll have just as many chances.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you're open to new experiences. There are so many things students are able to do for free or extremely cheap that you'll never be able to do as simply again.

    In three sentences

    A beautiful, lively campus with great academics and great people. The only ones who leave are ones who don't take advantage of the incredible opportunities thrown at them. One tour and you'll fall in love.

  • 07/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Pittsburgh Police and the University of Pittsburgh Police is always on Patrol. The crime rate is very if any. The University of Pittsburgh is surround by other universities such as: Duquesne University, Carnegie Mellon, Chatham and their campus is less than 2 miles away. Security is on point!

    What to do for fun

    The City paper, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Pitt News and an application on Iphone called Meetup has a overwhelming amount of activities and events listed by dates. The strip district located in downtown Pittsburgh has a strip of bar and restaurants that have a thriving night-life. Station Square and South Side is also a fun place to frequent Their is always something to do. You just have to go out and do them.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. there are so many different food places on campus such as: Chik-Fil-a, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Thai place, five-guys, Qudoba just to name a few. You'll never go hungry or get bored with the wide array of food selections.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is another great experience. You meet many different people with diversified backgrounds and you may have numerous roommates which you may develop long lasting relationships with that will be conducive to your long term career choice. The excitement the dorm life brings will be one that you will never forget. Sociable is a key component to having a thriving dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses that I have taken has been enlightening. The curriculum is one that urges you to learn more and to really delve deep into studies. Time constraints are really important to get the most out of your courses. The faculty is very knowledgeable in their field of expertise and their expectations of the students is held at a high standard. College life is so much different than high school; the responsibility is no longer one of your parents-the responsibility is your own.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take full advantage of what the university and city has to offer. Your college experience will be one that you will remember for the rest of your life. Make it and enjoyable one!!!

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is one of the largest non-profit organizations in Pittsburgh which is very reputable school, The location is central to everything in Pittsburgh and has a really good environment for students. My experience here has been a good one with caring faculty and my willingness to make a difference in the world I know my education will be worthwhile.

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Pitt has the crazy partiers, the nerds who study all day everyday and everyone in between.

    Bang for the buck

    Tons of opportunities, activities and freebies. College anywhere is expensive, but Pitt doesn't charge you for the things many other colleges do. For example, our tuition goes toward all these guest lecturers and visitors. Pitt knows that and doesn't ask you to pay extra

    What to do for fun

    SPORTS! We love our football and basketball teams, and even baseball or soccer games can be a lot of fun. There are parties every weekend, but if you're not big into partying there are always university-sponsored events like bowling, laser tag, and free concerts. Pitt Programs Council this year had Nev from Catfish, Ice-T, Josh Radnor from How I Met Your Mother, Wale, Neon Trees and 21 Pilots. Almost every single one was free, or it cost $5. Stephen Colbert also came!

    Food and Dining

    I like the system that we have with dining dollars (for on-campus Sodexo restaurant-type places and coffee carts) and dining hall swipes. Definitely get less swipes, the dining halls kind of suck. You can use your dining dollars on Einstein's, Taco Bell, a sub place, Pizza Hut, Burger King and all types of off-brand restaurants. Those are awesome

    Dorm Life

    They are constantly making new dorms and revamping the old ones. Almost every dorm has AC, a fitness center and a coffee/snack place. You'll be really close with your floor and there are lots of events for your floor and building. The RAs are very involved and pretty chill, so while they'll look out for you they won't go looking for policy violations to report you on.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not impossibly hard, but Pitt is a research school that takes academic integrity seriously. You'll work hard but you'll have amazing professors who are very involved in the field, and your hard work will pay off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! It's rolling admissions so the earlier you apply, the earlier you hear back. Go with a random roommate for your first year - it's a great way to meet new people, and Pitt usually puts kids from the same high school on the same floor, anyway.

    In three sentences

    Better than I ever imagined. Pitt takes care of students and provides so many opportunities. I can't imagine going anywhere else.

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is a large city, so there is that uneasiness about safety, but there are plenty of campus as well as city police that patrol the streets so you feel safe. I have not heard anything going wrong, but as long as you stay most active during the day, do not walk alone at night, and stay in well lit areas, you will be just fine.

    Greek Life

    Greek life here is alive, but never too overwhelming. Many students (including myself) are not part of greek life, and feel no pressure to do so. Greek life is great for some to get close with others and find friends they have in common with, but you can also make plenty of friends without being a part of greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs to choose from! The options are limitless and take part in every interest you have.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that have never lived in a large city. It's a great experience to have things to do and see plenty of people without it getting to crowded or overwhelming.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The favorite of mine is singing Sweet Caroline at the end of the third quarter at Pitt games. We have a great student section, so it's fun to get into the school spirit.

    Bang for the buck

    The school definitely lives up to its academic reputation, so its price is actually quite surprising. It is cheaper than most schools, so it is definitely worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and other organizations. Parties usually happen just about every weekend, and because Pittsburgh is such a large city. There are plenty of events to see and do downtown as well as clubs to go to. The surrounding areas also have shopping areas, parks, and small shops and restaurants to go to. If you don't want to go into the city, the school usually holds events all the time, all year long.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of different places to eat, both on campus and around the school. I would suggest getting a lot of dining dollars than swipes, because most students get bored of the dining hall quickly. Dining dollars will give you more options to just get a coffee or a snack, or get food that you can store in your room.

    Dorm Life

    There are different options for dorm life, and a student can choose to live on or off campus. I lived in a single dorm room for my first year, and it was great. I had plenty of friends, but still had the option of having my own space. I will be living in a school owned apartment, which comes with my own bedroom, a bathroom I share with 2 of my other roommates, and a kitchen and table. If you prefer to live off campus, I hear that it's a little difficult finding an apartment, but its cheaper that an on campus dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Pittsburgh is a rigorous school, but with hard work and some time management, a student can do well and still have free time. Figure out what's due in advance, go to classes, and do the work that's asked. It's certainly possible, it just takes effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore your options and stay open-minded. If you see a class or an organization that looks interesting, take it. It doesn't have to be directly related to your major, but it can still give you ideas and opportunities you never thought possible.

    In three sentences

    The university of Pittsburgh has many opportunities, not just for a future career, but for a student to grow and become a well-rounded individual. It is located in a city that has plenty to do, but isn't overwhelming. The price is fair and wonderful for the school's academic reputation.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Check out downtown or, if you're over 21, go to southside to check out the bars. Also, Frick park is a really pretty place, and make sure to use your student ID to go to the museums and botanical gardens!

    Food and Dining

    Mostly it's too expensive - avoid a meal plan if possible.

    Dorm Life

    From what I understand it's fairly good - I haven't lived in dorms so I don't know for certain.

    Academic Rigor

    You can get away with not studying from what I understand in some majors, but the engineering and philosophy programs are very intensive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit campus and make sure it's the place for you - it is a city, so you'll have to deal with that, but it is very beautiful. Also, make sure to join a club. Since there are so many, you'll definitely be able to find one you'll like and it will help you transition from high school.

    In three sentences

    For the money, definitely an amazing school. Has one of the best Philosophy programs in the world and all the professors are very knowledgeable. The campus is beautiful and there are plenty of clubs to join.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. The security guards will escort you anywhere.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is unique and fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs. I am in AED and neuroscience club and they are awesome.

    Great for these types of students

    Research interested and pre medical.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bonfires, the zoo, and that back the night.

    Bang for the buck

    They are expensive but worth it. The school reputation turns up the cost but they do provide a lot of good services with it. Like free software download.

    What to do for fun

    The are ton of clubs and fraternities to join. I am a member of several clubs. Plus Pitt has a took of club introduction days to show all the clubs to new students

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places to eat at Pitt. All you have to do is walk down Forbs Ave and you can find just about any type of restaurant. Plus the Cathedral of Learning has a Chick Fil A in it.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter so I don't live on campus and know much about dorm life. I been to my friends dorm and it appeared to be nice. Plus dorms tend to have special events throughout the year.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be difficult, especially the upper level courses. However, Pitt provides plenty of tutoring opportunities. Plus, most teaches will work with you if you need help.

    Tips for prospective students

    I love the campus, there is plenty to do and most things are in walking distance. I hate parking on the campus, commuter parking is far away from central campus. I enjoy the classes and the different professors.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus, there is plenty to do and most things are in walking distance. I hate parking on the campus, commuter parking is far away from central campus. I enjoy the classes and the different professors.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I heard the food is really good for not being home cooked by your parents. There are also a lot of places in Oakland to eat too which is good if youre lookig for a night out.

    Dorm Life

    I heard its fun, but the dorms are small. But as long as you make friends and find creative ways to make more space in your dorm room life should be good!

    Academic Rigor

    I heard you have to work hard to get the grades you want but if thats what you want to do the rest of your life, your work shouldnt be that hard for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    I wouldnt really know i havent been here yet.....

    In three sentences

    It seems to be a great school for someone who is ready to Research. The area around it is beautiful and I love that the city is all around you. You are basically the life of Oakland and Pittsburgh!

  • 08/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to sporting events, join clubs, go basically anywhere in the city for free with your student ID card on the city buses.

    Food and Dining

    Normal

    Dorm Life

    Pitt's freshman dorms are nothing special, which is the way freshman dorms should be.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt is hard, and you have to do your work, but it is really worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go here

    In three sentences

    I love going to the University of Pittsburgh because there's a good balance of school and activities/events. Being able to be a part of a big school and attending sporting events and being able to cheer on your school is awesome, while still getting an amazing education!

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs and activities at Pitt that can meet almost any single person's wants and needs. The clubs are very important because they help bring the university together as a whole.

    Great for these types of students

    City Lovers, Explorers, Adventurous, Outgoing, Laidback

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cathedral of Learning is amazing. It's like you are going to school at Hogwarts. The Pitt Zoo is the student section that attended each of the University's football games at Heinz field, which is a blast.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Pittsburgh's cost is totally worth it. For instate students, the cost is relatively cheap and when one takes into account the great educational experience and cultural diversity experienced at Pitt, you get your bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    While being a student at Pitt, one can use their student ID to ride any port authority or panther bus anywhere in the entire city. You can hang out around campus and enjoy the entertainment at the quad, or go workout in one of the many gyms. Or one can take advantage of the buses and travel anywhere in the city and explore with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is appetizing and very diverse. At the same time there are many different restaurants right off of campus that offer almost any type of food one is craving. There are also great dining options for vegetarians, vegans and people who have food allergies or may be gluten-free, like myself.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice and livable. All but one building has air conditioning and the newest dorms in Nordenberg are extremely nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, even for students who were first in their class in high school. One learns that studying and time management are very important.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure that you come to campus. I know many students are against city schools, but Pitt is a very different kind of city school. One is able to feel like they are in the city but at the same time, one is able to feel as if they are in a more rural setting and yes, there's grass. It's not all concrete. Keep an open mind when exploring campus and make sure you take in and appreciate the artwork. Keep in mind that it is easy to make a big school seem smaller, but it is not easy to make a small school seem big.

    In three sentences

    When one visits the campus for the first time, they are able see what a well rounded and culturally diverse school that the University of Pittsburgh is. One is able to be in a city setting with shops and restaurants of different ancestry but also enjoy the grass, trees and scenic view. The University is very modern but the historical structures help students to focus and realize how important their education truly is.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe on campus despite being in a city.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cathedral is Hogwarts. Be a part of the Oakland Zoo.

    What to do for fun

    Go out, party, go shopping, go sight-seeing, go to a sports game.

    Food and Dining

    Market Central gets old really fast, but there are a lot of options on campus. There are also a lot of off campus places to eat as well.

    Dorm Life

    Live in towers freshman year. You'll meet someone new every day.

    Academic Rigor

    Being a neuroscience major, my classes for my major are pretty tough. I'm also minoring in Spanish, and Pitt has a great Spanish department, so those classes are tough also. However, some of the gen eds I have taken have been very easy. It totally depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be scared to meet new people and explore new places, four years flies by and you'll regret it if you don't take advantage of this great city and school.

    In three sentences

    Pitt is awesome. There's always something fun to do with fun people. The environment at Pitt is so welcoming and comfortable.

  • 08/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pitt has great campus security, and the Pitt police are actual police officers, not just rent-a-cops.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is more prominent on campus than I thought it was going to be.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for those who love doing their own thing and exploring the city.

    What to do for fun

    Pittsburgh has a bunch of museums, stores, restaurants, and parks, so there is always something to do!

    Food and Dining

    Pitt's food is just like any other college campus--nothing special. I would suggest getting very little dining dollars, because although you think you are going to use them all, you won't! Get the smallest meal plan and then just eat out! The nice thing about living in a city is the wide ranges of restaurants!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is just okay. The Litchfield Towers are nice solely because they are in the center of campus and everyone is there, but the rooms are small and the bathrooms are gross. They just built a new freshman dorm, so incoming freshman don't even have to worry about that!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes aren't too hard, but make to always go to class, always do the readings, and take notes! If you do that, you will be able to leave Pitt with great grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy your textbooks online, not from the bookstore. Try your best to move in early, in Towers during Orientation week, it can take a couple hours to find parking and move all of your stuff in.

    In three sentences

    Pittsburgh is an amazing city which makes the school even more amazing. Pitt has an amazing nursing program so if you plan on being a nurse, go here! Pitt's campus is nicely spread out, never feeling too much like a college campus, but it also doesn't feel like it's just mixed in with the rest of the city; it has a nice inclusivity to it.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Everything. Sports. Fashion Shows. Step Show. Organizations

    Food and Dining

    Very nice. Food varies.

    Dorm Life

    Interactive.

    Academic Rigor

    Very good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared.

    In three sentences

    Excellent.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    How is the food there?

    In three sentences

    How is the day-to-day life on the campus? I would love to visit you'll and see how the senory is up there. I can not wait to actually visit this school!

  • 08/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is police and emergency stations. It's an animated campus, you got nothing to worry about.

    Greek Life

    Isn't too big but has presence on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    About 250, therefore I will not name them all. If you can't find anything you like, you're welcome to make your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Overachievers Like to have fun but do take school seriously Enjoy city perks (everything accessible) without the city hassle

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We're pretty classy, but I'm sure if you'd search for something unusual, you'd find it. There are lots of cool spots for you on campus to find where you want to study/hangout/ etc.

    Bang for the buck

    Most people, including myself, are content with their decision to come here.

    What to do for fun

    There is bowling on campus, for lord's sake! You can get cheap/free tickets to concerts, museums, art events, sport games, and anything you can think of. Pitt is awesome that way! Also transportation is FREE (enormous advantage!) so it's up to you to make the most of it.

    Food and Dining

    Most people don't complain too much about Pitt food choices, especially as you can go out quite a bit, however, they've yet to establish a system that works for ALL students. Halal/Kosher/ and such aren't exactly available on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I'm not too too familiar with dorm life, but I think overall people thoroughly enjoy it. It isn't over-the-top, but fair enough.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt is number 5 best research University. You will get good education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Don't be lazy, there is so much to do!

    In three sentences

    Pitt is the perfect place for students who want good education with a ton of opportunities. While it's in the midst of a city, it isn't build to overwhelm at all. The size of the university is great because it's so diverse while you don't feel like just another number.

  • 09/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Endless...at least over 400so and you can even start a new one if there is not one you like...

    Great for these types of students

    Nursing, Pharmacy, Dr., Engineering, Arts

    Bang for the buck

    Free transportation in Pitt. Has a great deal for students who live far away on their Megabus...a lot of services on campus for students.

    What to do for fun

    Tons of stuff to do in Pitt. The list is endless. Tons of sporting events, museums, plethora of different ethnic retaraunts, shopping, the zoo, aquarium, etc. It would take you years to get to everything!

    Food and Dining

    You really do not need to buy a huge dining package if you have a microwave/fridge in your room...but their food options are endless, including a lot of healthy options...and their food is good!!

    Dorm Life

    Be honest when answering questions on your housing questionairre. That will help you to get a better fit for a roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt. has a great reputation when it comes to academic rigor. They expect the best from students and have very high standards. They also supply a lot of different options for students to use to help them with their classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the campusmore than once. Get familiar with all of the options you will have when a student there, there are many. Talk to students that attend there and ask them why they chose Pitt.

    In three sentences

    This University is amazing in so many ways. The location is perfect as you are right there in the city with endless opportunities of things to do. The professors and other staff really care about the students and their success.

  • 09/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    yes, well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    watch movies attend sporting events. join clubs

    Food and Dining

    Any choices to buy from. easy meal plans

    Dorm Life

    Making friend is easy. Any activities to do to help you feel like apart of a new family.

    Academic Rigor

    Engineering student

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Visit the school.

    In three sentences

    A great place to learn. Many things to do. clubs, activities, sports. Small class sizes.

  • 09/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency phone booths everywhere, but if you live off campus it gets a little sketchy with the robberies.

    Greek Life

    Small compared to the south, but still very active in the school community. They fundraise a lot of money for Cystic Fibrosis.

    Clubs and Activities

    Club for mainly everything

    Great for these types of students

    Pre-med or research students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Victory lights shine from the Cathedral of Learning if we win a football game.

    Bang for the buck

    Winter here sucks.

    What to do for fun

    Movies, kayaking, shopping, skiing, running, YOGA!

    Food and Dining

    Good selection of restaurants all around

    Dorm Life

    Pitt just built a beautiful new resident hall. Most of the resident halls are really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt has the tendency to hire many good professors, but also many bad ones. The bad ones are smart and genuine, but they are just not good at teaching. You'll find this is the case in many natural science courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    -look both ways before crossing the street because of the bus lane -litchfield tower lobby is flyer passing central -always carry a mini umbrella (weather is so unpredictable) -hillman is a crowded mess of a library, so don't bother going during finals

    In three sentences

    A great research school that offers its students many education opportunities. Pitt is a well-rounded school and the campus is beautiful during the fall and spring seasons. There are constant renovations and better things added to the campus.

  • 09/19/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    When I stayed in a dorm with my friend, it was annoying how many checks you have to go through. The campus police are ever present and security stations are in every hall. If any suspicious activity is reported, students can expect a text or e-mail within a few minutes. There are extensive measures taken to make sure no one can enter dorms without permission. Safety precautions are heavy because of the city atmosphere, which are both positive aspects of living on campus and should not be taken lightly.

    Food and Dining

    I've heard plenty of complaining about the campus food, and I have no idea why. There are so many options within walking distance and Market Central has dozens of choices on the hour. It even has a vegetarian station with soymilk dispensers 10 feet away, which blew my mind. You simply can't leave unsatisfied; on the slim chance you do, just head down to one of the restaurants in town.

    Dorm Life

    I loved staying in the dorm, but then again it was a junior dorm. You basically have to work your way up. Freshmen dorms are pretty basic, sophomore dorms get the upgrade of a personal bathroom (must have) and junior dorms get more space, a kitchen, and a personal bathroom. Keep in mind this is just based off of my friends' experience, so yours may vary - look into what's available and decide if you want to try your hand at a single or enjoy the roommate life.

    Academic Rigor

    I know several students currently attending Pitt and it seems to be generally well-rounded. Some professors are a little on the lazy side, but usually try to stay within reason. Classes can be pretty long (some are four hours), so be prepared.

    In three sentences

    If you like city life, this is one of the cleanest, most beautiful campuses in the U.S. There are plenty of places to eat (great for vegetarians!) and several small shops for various hobbies (clothing, athletics, books, jewelry, etc.) within walking distance. The people are generally nice, but it is smack in the middle of Pittsburgh, so expect the unexpected.

  • 09/20/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Apply early, submit an essay, and don't be scared! I was super worried about getting in. It really wasn't that big of a deal in the end.

  • 09/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have campus police everywhere at all times. They also have security towers that if you press a button as you are walking by, the police arrive in 2 minutes. No joke. Safe campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is amazing. Pledge and you will never regret it. Being a part of history in your school's chapter is one thing you will never forget.

    Clubs and Activities

    350+ to chose from.

    Great for these types of students

    The balance of academic and let's go have fun student

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Great Lawn Tailgate

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition in-state is very reasonable.

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do for fun? There are always activites, and things to do around campus. Get involved. There are over 350+ clubs and organizations that arrange fun things. The Nightlife is also a fun thing to do. There is never a weekend where there is nothing to do, or no parties to go to if you want to go out.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls were recently remodeled. The food was also changed. They have a wide variety of anything that you might want to eat. The cafe's are buffet style eating. They also have the best variety of places to eat on campus. They range from sushi, to Subway, to Dunkin' Donuts, and even Chipotle. You will not be disappointed with a new dining hall, and plenty of food options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is unreal. You will meet your best friends for life. They just built several new dormitories for undergraduate and upperclassmen. 40' Flat screens, and built-in fridges. Nothing is better than a floor of your best friends, and a 40' FLAT SCREEN.

    Academic Rigor

    Obviously, this is Major depending. The sciences will challenge you mentally, and also in terms of course load. Pitt is renown for their Business and Engineering schools, as well as Arts and Sciences. Be prepared to face some challenges along the way. It sure won't be easy no matter what major you declare, so by all means do not expect to breeze through any of your major classes. The have set weed-out classes every year. Don't be weeded out, stay focused.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you judge the school on how you can see yourself living there for the next 4 years. Ask other students how the professors are. See what the dorms are like. No dorm is a Taj Mahal, so don't let it be your deciding factor. See what the student life is. It is key to have a great balance of academics and student life. No school is perfect, but you have to see the way you can make it fit the path in which you want to take.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh sets a standard for higher level education. It maintains a tremendous balance of great academics and student activities. Hail to Pitt.

  • 10/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The city of Pittsburgh offers many fun events for all different kinds of things. For those who like the arts, Pittsburgh has many events going on in the Frick Fine Arts building. For those who like sports, what better place to see collegiate sports than at a D1 college whose football team plays at Heinz Field. For those of you who don't know where that is. It's where the Steelers play.

    Food and Dining

    The University of Pittsburgh offers a wide variety of dining options covering foods from many different cultures. You'll never have to worry about finding a place to eat until you get tired of the food options. Then you're out of luck.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can range from being a very awesome experience to being one of the worse experiences in your life. It all depends on the friends you make in your dorm. I've heard stories of people not being friends with anyone within their dorm building but I've also heard stories of people being very popular with their dorm mates. So it really is what you make it.

    Academic Rigor

    University of Pittsburgh is a school that prides itself on making sure to produce the best of the best. It won't be easy no matter what the major, but you can guarantee that you will graduate confident in what you've learned for 4 years.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best tip I can give is to try out or sign up for anything that you are interested regardless of whether its for men, women, or for any specific ethnicity. The experience you will have will change how you perceive people you've probably never been around.

    In three sentences

    A school with a strong emphasis on academics and research. A great place for those who want to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds. It was definitely an eye opening experience for me.

  • 11/04/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Lots of Options

    Dorm Life

    The dorms looked great!

    Academic Rigor

    The Professors seem like they know what they are doing.

    In three sentences

    The campus looks awesome! I like the Cathedral of Learning and the Swanson school of engineering. Pittsburgh is a cool town.

  • 11/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Be goal-oriented and focused. There are a lot of opportunities to enrich your lives academically, personally, professionally, and socially; so don't let these opportunities pass you by.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is a leading institution for research and has a wide array of discipline areas. It has a strong sense of community and there are plenty of opportunities to connect with others on campus. Most importantly, Pitt pride emanates from the students.

  • 11/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Oakland is just minutes away from downtown, and your ID counts as a bus pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do ALL of your work, and do it ON TIME. Put your pride away and go to every office hour available.

    In three sentences

    The engineering school has enveloped me in knowledge and support. Each student I meet and work with soon becomes your Mechanical Teammate and friend, not just your classmate. I love the department and each and every professor.

  • 12/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue light boxes that are spread throughout campus. The point of these are to be within sight at all times no matter where you are on campus. Whenever you feel unsafe, just press the button, and the police will arrive within minutes.

    Greek Life

    There is Greek Life on campus but not everyone is involved in it

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like living in the city and do not mind the changing temperatures!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You'll learn all the cool football chants within the first 2 weeks.

    Bang for the buck

    I would say Pitt is worth attending because it is not as expensive as other schools but still provides all the fun activities as well as a quality education.

    What to do for fun

    1. Pitt basketball games!! Sitting in the zoo is so much fun! 2. Attend Fall Fest and Bigelow Bash! Free concerts, so why not? 3. Pitt football games with your friends! 4. There's always trips to the Waterfront, Southside, Shadyside, and Downtown. With free transportation included in your tuition, why not take advantage of it!

    Food and Dining

    The campus dining options are quite broad and include Market, Perch, Cathedral Cafe, and Union. There are tons of options if you get bored easily and want to switch it up! In addition, right on Forbes Avenue, there are so many food places, you'll never go hungry!

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls are always full of energy and fun. I recommend living in towers because it is a freshman experience you can't miss out on.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt is definitely challenging so make sure you don't slack off in the beginning!

    Tips for prospective students

    Always bring an umbrella because it will randomly rain at times! Wear a watch because it's always helpful to know the time so that you're not late. During the warmer weather, you can study on the Schenley lawn which is a great way to enjoy the weather but also study.

    In three sentences

    Pitt is a lively campus filled with talented students that really enhance the atmosphere. There is always something going on and you will never be bored with between classes or on the weekends. The campus is gorgeous, the academics are excellent, and the student body is unified.

  • 12/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police patrolling all the time, and personally I have not had to worry about anything. It feels like a home to me, and I do not feel unsafe or unprotected. The University of Pittsburgh is the best college.

    Greek Life

    It is not a huge focus among the student population, but it is a decent program.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything, and if there isn't, then you can make your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for everyone, but if you are interested in research or medicine, then this is the only place for you. It is the perfect college for research, and medicine because of all the hospitals in the city, and the emphasis that the school puts on research. Who knows, if you do not like research now, or you are not sure then maybe you may like it when you come to Pitt.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cathedral of Learning is the coolest building that I have ever seen. It is how I navigate through the city. If you have the chance you have to go the top floor and look out the window at the marvelous view, especially at night.

    What to do for fun

    I hang out with my friends. I play basketball, soccer, or football with my friends. I workout with my friends everyday. I watch movies with my friends. I go to the school basketball, football, volleyball, and soccer games.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, but you need to make sure that you mix up what you are eating so that you do not get bored of the same food all the time. Make sure that you try to eat as healthy as possible. I know that you will not be able to, all the time, but just make an effort.

    Dorm Life

    The people on my floor are very social. We are like brothers now just after one semester here at college. My roommate and I along with two of our friends a couple doors down are best friends and hang out all the time.

    Academic Rigor

    You can make it as hard as you want. If you put the work in, then you will get the results that you should expect. The work is not mandatory, but if you want to do well on tests and quizzes, then you need to make the effort on your own to get the work completed.

    Tips for prospective students

    The number one thing is to be an active participant in your college community. Go out and make friends; do not wait for people to come to you. Take advantage of every opportunity that you have. Find people to make study groups with.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is the perfect school for me; I love the atmosphere and the environment provided by the teachers. The other students are great; everyone you meet is willing to get to know you, and they make it a great experience for you at college without even knowing it. I know all colleges say this, but the teachers are willing and want to help you as much as they can, you just need to ask them.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe rider. Safe rider. Safe rider. It's a bus that picks you up nearly 24 hours, anywhere on campus, no questions asked (most of the time). It's a life saver. Save the number in your phone as soon as you get to campus and you'll be fine.

    Greek Life

    You don't have to be a part of it to have a good time. There are definitely clique-y, overly-confident, typical frat guys here, but they aren't a big issue. Most decent frats have closed parties though, so getting to know upperclassmen is a must if you're about that life. Sororities are a different story; due to Pennsylvania law, there are no sorority houses, but sorority girls are good at getting the name out there. The sisterhood on campus is sometimes stronger than the brotherhood.

    Clubs and Activities

    Just about everything is here. If you want anything specific, check out: http://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/sorchome.

    Great for these types of students

    If you love the city, if you love museums, if you love movies (Perks of Being a Wallflower was filmed here after all...), if you love music, if you love academics, if you love medicine, if you love art, etc., Pitt is for you. If you don't like buses, walking, the city, or lots of people in tiny spaces, well, don't go here?

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sorrento's... Awful pizza, but it's open 24 hours? The Brotel... Ask about it on campus, can't really explain well enough to do it justice here! Going to the top of the Cathedral is a must; it's one of the largest academic buildings in the world! There are hundreds more, but I'm only in one semester, the best are yet to come!

    Bang for the buck

    Depends on if you are in-state or out-of-state. In-state, for sure. It's tuition is insanely low. Out-of-state, only worth it if you get an enormous scholarship, for which you must apply very early (or do ROTC, whatever floats your boat).

    What to do for fun

    http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Pittsburgh-Magazine/April-2011/50-Fun-Things-Every-Pittsburgher-Must-Do/ Can't fit everything here, but Pittsburgh is a city. It might not be New York or L.A., but it's pretty close and has just about everything you'd expect from a city.

    Food and Dining

    Get more dining dollars than swipes. Most of the time a swipe will just get you meh pizza, whereas dining dollars are more flexible. Eating out is also a great option, but can get expensive. Watch your finances when it comes to food.

    Dorm Life

    Towers has small dorms but you are in the center of everything. Nordenberg is also, but the dorms are much nicer (although the state is being hampered a bit by the current class...), the residents tend to be over-confident. Sutherland West is the current honors dorm, although it will be Nordenberg next year--Westers are very close because they arrive a couple days and have more bonding activities than the other dorms. Sutherland East is a conglomerate of athletes (who move in and get to know each other very early), business students, international students, and randoms. There isn't a lot of talking between the various cliques. Holland is an all-girls dorm. It is scary for me (as a guy), but some girls say they like it... Other girls don't. I can't offer a lot of good advice on that one, sorry... There are a couple other possibilities, but for freshman year, those are the big ones. Dorms are relatively nice, not the nicest, but not the worst.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes that are advertised as hard (e.g. honors classes) WILL be hard. However, you will learn a lot in those classes. Definitely use ratemyprofessor despite what any adviser tells you. You can learn a lot. Intro classes are meant to weed-out people so expect Bio 1 or Chem 1 to be relatively difficult; in fact, a lot of my friends regretted not using their AP credits, but take that as you will.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Get to know your floor ASAP. Especially people from the city so you can get use to how the busing system works and where things are. Also, these people might have cars so... DEFINITELY GET TO KNOW THEM. (Note: downloading the app ride systems keeps track of the university busing as well). 2) Move in is harder if you are at Towers. Sutherland might be far, but you do have to pass the gym every day... Nordenberg is becoming the Honors dorm so there's that. Choosing a dorm is difficult, but you will love and defend your decision for all four years no matter what! 3) Get seriously involved with 1 and only 1 club first semester. Then branch out. It's hard to maintain everything and you might want some free time to actually have a social life, especially if you're an engineer. 4) HAVE FUN AND CALM DOWN EVERYTHING'S GOING TO BE FINE.

    In three sentences

    Pittsburgh is a city. It has everything you could want: a social scene, amazing academics and professors, museums and movie theaters, literally EVERYTHING. It can be overwhelming if you are not a city person, but if you like life busy and on pace, you should definitely consider the University of Pittsburgh.

  • 12/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pitt main campus is protected by The City of Pittsburgh Police Department and University of Pittsburgh Police.

    Dorm Life

    Pitt has a variety of Freshman living options: Litchfield Towers Sutherland Hall Holland Hall Forbes Hall Mark A. Nordenberg Hall* *Nordenberg Hall is the newest one= nicest

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Pittsburgh's academic programs prov to be very strong. No class is a walk in the part and if you want to succeed you will have to work for it. Don't be worried because there are many free on campus help centers that will provide you with any assistance you need.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a lot of warm clothes and get ready to walk. You get used to the hills around campus fairly quickly. There are plenty of places off campus for eating, shopping, and a fun Friday night.

    In three sentences

    Pitt is has a medium sized campus, good social life, and great professors. The campus has a beautiful scenery especially during the long Pittsburgh winter. A great school for people who want to be in the city.

  • 12/23/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I really enjoyed Pitt when I visited over the summer. It is one of my top colleges choices.

  • 01/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Despite being in a city, Pitt campus is safe even at night. As long as you have common sense, nothing and nobody should bother you. The city gets quiet at night and is busy during the day so it's okay to go out at all hours of the day.

    Greek Life

    Very low... I believe the percent is around 10. Greek life is not huge at Pitt, but it is an option for many people who choose to participate. There are social and service fraternities. There are sororities as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many activities on campus. Each semester, there is an activities fair where you just run around looking for new things to participate in. And there's something for everyone! On campus, they hold a lot of diversity and educational programs that are worth the money we pay to go to school there.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The football and basketball games are great. We always since Sweet Caroline and hold each others arms as we do it. Pitt is a city school, not too big, with huge pride; it's just a good balance.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a state school that has a positive reputation! The city is in your hands. UPMC hospital is right across the street for the nursing and pre-med students to shadow. There are so many businesses and research labs in Pittsburgh for students to look for internships at. There are just so many options for us and Pittsburgh treats us very well.

    What to do for fun

    Pitt offers free transportation to all students and there are many museums that take a Panther ID for free admission like the Andy Warhol Museum. The Carnegie Natural History and Art Museum is right across the street and it's gorgeous, fit with art pieces on one side and dinosaurs on the other. Pitt has a Pitt Arts program where you can get discounted tickets to ballets and Broadway shows. There are many places the buses can take you like South Side, Shady side, Squirrel Hill, etc. for food and fun.

    Food and Dining

    The main dining hall, Market Central, can get old after a while. I'd advise you to invest your dining plan on dining dollars, which apply to the quick stop stores where you can buy things to go. Market has many options like the salad bar, a vegan station, pasta station, stir fry, wraps and sandwiches, and even a dessert bar.

    Dorm Life

    Many options are offered and depending on what you want, the university will place you there. If you want quiet, Holland Hall is great for girls, since it is a all girls dorm. But if you are more lively, Towers could be a better match for you. The maximum you will walk to classes is 20 minutes, it's nice to have everything surrounded and conveniently close.

    Academic Rigor

    It's no Ivy League, but the classes still require some effort. The degree of work you have to do depends on the class. Comparing Intro to Psych and Organic Chem is like comparing oranges and apples. Some classes go very into depth and others are just an easy A. There are honors classes as well, where they go faster and more in depth, so you will definitely be challenged if you want to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Like many places, you won't accommodate immediately, so settle down before making a decision on what you think of Pittsburgh. There are so many things to get involved in, so don't hesitate! The best way to make friends is to reach out to classmates, dorm mates, etc...

    In three sentences

    University of Pittsburgh is a great place for students to find who they want to be. The city is great and everyone is generally nice. It's big enough that you won't know everyone on campus, but it's also small enough that you will see familiar faces on campus.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Take advantage of what the city of Pittsburgh has to offer-sports, museums and good food.

    Food and Dining

    decent food

    Dorm Life

    Fun. Amenities include access to food after hours, washer and dryers and excerise equipment.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically much more rigorous than High school

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Live at Sutherland Hall during freshman year.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is a great school. It offers not only educational opportunities, but the opportunity to compete in sports activities. I have made good friends and learned a lot from my professors since being at Pitt.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very confident that the University is very safe. It is well lit and there are Campus police every where.

    Greek Life

    The University has a great fraternal reputation, but I have not decided if I want to participate in a fraternity as yet.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more clubs and activities that you can ever imagine. I am currently looking into the Frisbee Team and the chess club.

    Great for these types of students

    Intellectuals. There are a tremendous amount of resources available for those students that take studying to the next degree.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cathedral of Learning. It has so many unique areas and rooms.

    Bang for the buck

    Like all Universities, it is expensive to attend college her but I feel that it will be worth it in the long run. I feel that a Diploma from the University of Pittsburgh will go a long way in pursuing my goal of becoming a Psychiatrist.

    What to do for fun

    I play frisbee and video games with my friends. We also watch movies and swim at the local pool.

    Food and Dining

    The dining experience has been a good one so far. Pitt offers a very balanced meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life has been exciting for me because I have been able to meet so many students from all over the world. I enjoy being able to learn new things and about new cultures.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Pittsburgh has many excellent Professors that expect the most of their students. It has been truly eye opening coming from high school to college. The expectations are so much greater.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to look into the areas of study that you want to pursue for that is the most important reason for attending college. Look into every scholarship that you can before attending. It is extremely expensive to attend college and you don't want to have to have more than one mortgage.

    In three sentences

    I made a decision to attend the University of Pittsburgh for it's academic excellence. I have now realized that it is so much more. It is opened up a whole new world for me and I would rate this University at the highest level.

  • 02/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel that the campus is very safe. There are emergency call boxes all over campus. In fact, they are set up so that you can see at least 3 of them from any place you are standing on campus. Also, if you are lost or in danger, you can call SafeRider and it is a special shuttle that will come pick you up and take you where ever you need to go. Along with Pittsburgh city police, Pitt has its own Pitt Police staff, so there are ample police around campus at all times.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not really that big at Pitt. There are multiple sororities and fraternities, but this is not a school that is Greek or leave.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a huge list of activities and clubs at Pitt, ranging from sports related to academic to service to social. If the club you really want to be in is not offered at Pitt, you can be the person to start up that club! There is so much opportunity.

    Great for these types of students

    Pitt is great for students who like an urban setting. There is little grass on campus, but the urban feel is great. It gives a sense of living in the real world, rather than being secluded in a college town. Pitt is also for students who want to make the best friends they'll ever have.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During the basketball games, when they are announcing the starters for the other team, we all hold up our own copy of the Zoo News (the student section is called the Oakland Zoo) and scream SUCKS! after each opposing player's name. Then, we rip up the news paper into small shreds, and when Pitt gets their first basket, we throw up the paper like confetti. It's a blast!!

    Bang for the buck

    Pitt is a great university to have listed on your resume. It is, however, pretty pricey. For a student like me who gets no financial aid, the loans really pile up, but I should be able to get a great job after school to pay it off.

    What to do for fun

    With your Pitt ID, you can ride any form of Alleghany County public transportation. Because of this, you can go anywhere in the county that you want. Stage AE is a great venue for music shows, South Side Works is a great place for shopping, and on Saturdays, the Strip is a blast to go to for market fresh fruits and vegetables. On campus, Nordy's in the student union has a sports bar type feel to it, with pool and Ping-Pong tables. Pitt basketball games are one of the most fun events to attend at Pitt. Also, there are free (or for a small fee) concerts hosted by the Pitt Program Council. For example, I have seen Neon Trees, Twenty One Pilots, Wale, All Time Low, and One Republic just in a year and a half of attending the university. The options for fun are endless!

    Food and Dining

    It's college food, ok. Sometimes it can be awesome though (Einsteins Bros Bagels).

    Dorm Life

    The dorms may not all be the best, but the people you meet in your first year(s) will be your friends for the duration of your college career, and even after. Orientation week is a time where the Resident Assistants help to bring the dorm floor together, and it's really easy to make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt offers difficult courses, and depending on the teacher, they can be horrendous. It's important to always do the work necessary, plus some.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always keep an umbrella in your book bag because you never know when it's going to rain in Pittsburgh. If you're a business student, take Elise Boyas for financial accounting; she's the best teacher I have ever had. Go to the Pitt basketball games. It's an experience like no other!

    In three sentences

    Pitt is the best school that I could have chosen for myself. The city location allows for an ample amount of opportunity and success. The university has some of the best teachers I've ever had, and there is never a boring moment.

  • 02/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is patrolled by Pitt Police and the Pittsburgh Police. Additionally, there are security guards at the entrances to every residence hall.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is definitely present on Pitt's campus, but there is no pressure to join. Pitt has a low percentage of students involved in Greek life, but it is there if you are interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    Pitt boasts many clubs, intramural sports, and organizations for students to join. It is very easy to start a new club if what you are looking for isn't already offered on campus. From Sailing Club to Human Rights Club, Pitt Program Council, or Habitat for Humanity, there is something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the men's basketball games students hold up newspapers in front of their faces as the opposing team's lineup is announced. They then rip up the newspaper into confetti, and when Pitt scores for the first time the student section throws the confetti into the air. Every year there is a bonfire put on before the first football game. Students rub the panther statue's nose before games. At football games between the third and fourth quarters students sing Sweet Caroline. Before the homecoming game there is a laser light show put on by the alumni association, which is one of the coolest events. The Cathedral of Learning is the coolest building on campus, it is the second largest educational building in the world and holds the Nationality Rooms.

    Bang for the buck

    Pitt has a pretty good academic reputation and is one of the top universities in the world, but they are pretty good about giving out scholarships and grants. They provide a lot of work study jobs for those who receive federal aid.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot events put on by university groups such as movie nights, guest speakers, and concerts. Many people attend basketball and football games, which are a ton of fun. Schenley Park and Phipps Conservatory are across the street. There are hundreds of clubs, intramural sports, and groups to get involved with which host a variety of events. Additionally, Downtown Pittsburgh is only a ten minute bus ride away, and the movie theater is only a fifteen minute bus ride.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not bad, but it gets old quickly. One great thing is that there are many places you can choose to eat. We have on campus Chik-fil-A, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and Einstein Bros in addition to two dining halls and several cafes.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. You are able to form close bonds with your floor mates. There are lounges which have couches and tvs, perfect for movie nights. Residence Life puts on a lot of events such as video game competitions, penny wars, and floor events. The rooms are not particularly spacious, and most of the buildings are old, but they are very livable.

    Academic Rigor

    The science and engineering programs are particularly difficult at Pitt. Other classes are challenging, but very doable, as professors are required to have office hours and there are several free tutoring centers around campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus! I didn't want to go to Pitt until I visited and fell in love with it.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is a large, urban school with a small college feel. There are tons of opportunities to get involved and the people are very friendly.

  • 03/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I mean, it's Sodexo, which basically runs all college dining halls nowadays, from Fairfield to Stevens to Pitt. To put it simply, it's not gourmet food. But I can say that the vegan and gluten-free choices have massively improved in the last few years. If you have special needs for food, whether it's a lifestyle choice or serious allergy, Pitt is definitely willing to work with you even on a dining plan.

    Dorm Life

    Okay, I'm a little biased. I was lucky enough to get into the brand-new residence hall (Nordenberg) during its first year. So for me, in a brand-new building right in the middle of campus, dorm life is awesome. I can't speak for the residents of Towers, but let me tell you, Nordenberg might be one of the best new freshman dorms in the country.

    Academic Rigor

    It's easy to fall behind at a big school like Pitt, and there are definitely people who end up with 5- or 6-year degrees just because they fell through the cracks. Don't be that person! If you work with your advisor and figure out a program that you enjoy, you'll do great. The courses may not all be intensive, but the Honors program is great if you want a challenge, and once you get past entry-level courses, you won't think any of it's easy anyway.

    In three sentences

    Pitt is huge, but not intimidating. Think of it this way: with so many wonderful academic departments, you're sure to find something you want to study, even if you change your major 45 times. And now that we're in NCAA, Pitt's sports are bound to take off soon.

  • 03/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    For those with over protective parents like mine, I can honeslty say that you will feel safe at all times. There are always students walking around at all times of day as well as pitt police and/or city police circulating almost around the clock.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of foods in Oakland and on various places around campus. When you get tired of market, and you most likely will, places in the union, the cathedral, quickzone, and any other places to use dining dollars is a life saver. The cafeterias here, market central and the perch, aren't all that is cracked up to be after the first few months and the first year at most. You get carried away with talking to your friends and eating for hours where you don't notice the food you have consumed. Most of it isn't all that healthy, but I guess what college is, but the buffet style allows you to have some choice.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on which dorm you are in and who is on your floor makes a huge difference in how your years tend to go. It's nice to meet new people and hang out but bathrooms tend to be a serious problem especially in freshman dorms. A lot of people don't have the best hygiene but you can't really help that. Sometimes there will be disputes between roommates or floor mates but it usually doesn't turn into a big thing. Most RA's have your best interest at heart so if you get written up, don't take it personally.

    Academic Rigor

    Pitt is one of the top school in pennsylvania and in the U.S because of its challenging academics. At times I find the difficulty level versus the level of exams and such unparallel. The help centers such as the arc or the mac are helpful. Pitt's tough academic courses are both helpful but in some ways hurtful by failing a large amount of students in major classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    As soon as you feel like you are struggling, get help. Pitt is a very good school and at times can be overwhelming just like anything. The key is to learn how to study if you do not know how, and to develop time management skills.

    In three sentences

    The University of Pittsburgh is the ideal school if you are interested in medicine and research. The school offers a wide range of activities for all kinds of students while providing a quality education for students of all majors. There are many opportunities to take advantage of in terms of career fairs, volunteer fairs, and other things to help you along your journey.

  • 03/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Thankfully, living both in the city and on a large campus, there's infinite possibilities for things to do. There's the downtown area for shopping and seeing movies, the fields on campus for pick-up sports, and so on.

    Food and Dining

    Dining is ok, but it'll get old fast. The biggest place for Freshman to go is market, which isn't bad food, but it will get boring after the first semester.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life comes down a lot to which area to get to stay. For example, I live in towers, which isn't bad, but then there are places like Nordenberg, which are stocked with their own refrigerators and television.

    Academic Rigor

    Make no mistake - this is a tough school. But, it's worth it in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Study Hard. This is by no means a slacker's school - very few classes are easy and any traditional major will take up a large portion of your time. -Try any new activities that you find interesting; you'll never know which you'll appreciate most. I never thought I'd become a volunteer firefighter in my spare time, but I could. College is the one and only point in your life where it will be this easy to do something fun. -See the greater perspective. College isn't just about getting a degree, it's about becoming a person and developing a mindset ready for the real world.

    In three sentences

    I would give the University of Pittsburgh a 4 out of 5. It is a great public school; great for education, great for athletics, in a great city, and so on. It's a good feeling to have when you're certain your future and education are in trusted hands.