Pittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus


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Recent Reviews

Anne
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates come from mostly middle-class, white families and are very academically focused, but like to have a lot of fun ...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates come from mostly middle-class, white families and are very academically focused, but like to have a lot of fun on the weekends.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Before I came to this school, I wish I knew that most of my classes would be more than 50 students.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Having successfully found the perfect college for me after a whirlwind of a year spent searching, I am eager to help other students find their perfect fit, because I know it is possible. Toward the end of my college search I was very confused about what I wanted, moreso than I had been at the start of my search. I took a very smart and beneficial step back, and analyzed where I had always pictured myself at college. Did I see myself on a city street corner laughing with friends while waiting for the light to turn, or did I see myself walking through a grassy quad surrounded by students playing frisbee? Did I see myself walking to class and knowing every student en route, or only recognizing a few? After reflecting on my visions I was able to substantially narrow my options. As for making the most of your college experience; get out there and try new things! The only way to learn what is going to make you happy at college is to experiment. Find out what makes you smile and stick with it. Ultimately, listening to yourself is what will aid you in finding your perfect fit.

Ryan
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

This place is full of three types of people: People who you can casually chat with, hang out with on the weekend without havi...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

This place is full of three types of people: People who you can casually chat with, hang out with on the weekend without having to party all night, people who party every weekend (Thirsty Thursday included) and don't have much of a personallity at all, and people who hardly understand what you're saying due to a language barrier.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Apply to more than one school. Seriously. Some places WILL offer more money than others, and it is absolutely worth the time to fill out the extra application. To students: don't bother being someone you aren't during freshman year. Relax, be who you were in highschool and make friends with similar interests. If you didn't party in highschool, you don't HAVE to party in college. If you try to force yourself to be something you clearly aren't, you will only drive yourself towards insanity.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known what other schools were going to offer as far as financial aid goes. Also, I wish I would have known NOT to buy books on campus. Other than that not much else.

Sara
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It is up-beat and exciting and there is so much to do and experience.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It is up-beat and exciting and there is so much to do and experience.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I believe it is best known for its engineering program and its basketball team.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you visit the campus before deciding anything. I was sure I wanted to go to one school until i visited it. And once you pick a college, make sure you put yourself out there..make friends, try new things. I'm not the most outgoing person but it's so worth it to make new friends. STUDY..college studying is different from high school studying. A LOT more reading. But don't forget that there are other things. Get your work done and then have fun! Don't ignore any art and theater experiences your school has to offer; you'd be surprised how amazing they can be. And don't forget your family..sometimes its easy to get caught up and forget they exist but you will truly miss them. And for anyone unsure that they made the right choice: hang in there and give it a chance. It might be new and different but that isn't a bad thing.

Stephanie
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The engineering department, and nursing program, and its location to several major hospitals

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The engineering department, and nursing program, and its location to several major hospitals

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Narrow your search, decide a few top things you are looking for in a college, including things such as how close or far from home you want to go, the size you want your classes to be, whether you prefer a more rural or urban setting, what kind of extracurriculars or internship opportunities you want and even if you would need a large amount of financial aid. Find schools that match your personal list, these decisions are going to effect how much you enjoy and benefit from your college experience. Choose a college and a major that you want, because it is your future.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The bus system for several buses to go shopping at places such as target and american eagle

jasmine
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I didn't really consider any other schools. I've wanted to go to Pitt since i was little. I think it is a great place becaus...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I didn't really consider any other schools. I've wanted to go to Pitt since i was little. I think it is a great place because there are lots of different kinds of people, amazing professors, and Oakland is a great place to live! there is always something to do, whether you like to go to parties and bars, or if you like to watch plays or theatre performances. I love it here! If i could i would stay here forever!

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Obviously, picking the right school is a very important choice. First, do your research. Spend time looking at the courses the school offers and the graduation requirements etc. Once you have narrowed down your choices, you should definitely visit as many schools as possible to see how you likke the campus and possibly speak with current students. Once you decide on a school, the fun begins. Getting to campus is an exciting time that you should use to familiarize yourself with the campus, its surrounding areas, and to make new friends. You should look into joining clubs or organizations. If you pick the right school, in my opinion, things will just sort of fall into place. It just feels right. You start to feel at home and your new friends will become your second family.

Xinyan
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Fun filled and engaging school with an emphasis on academics and reponsibility to the future.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Fun filled and engaging school with an emphasis on academics and reponsibility to the future.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If the university is not your first choice, don't fret, there's a reason the admissions officers let you in. They believed that you fit in on campus. Don't be afraid or too shy, there's people from all over the country, even the world, and a large enough selection that there's a niche to be fit in somewhere. Try everything at least once, be a part of campus life instead of disdaining it. By getting involved, you get your money's worth out of the fees you pay, and become more informed about the school in general, and you'll be way ahead of your peers who drink and play all year long.

Joshua
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

PITT is a very large, city school which can have both its pros and cons; there's tons of variety in majors, activites, cultur...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

PITT is a very large, city school which can have both its pros and cons; there's tons of variety in majors, activites, cultures, and people, so there's something for everyone; students and professors are outgoing and friendly; and overall it excells in academic excellence, having undergraduate, graduate, doctorate, and professional degrees/schools with expert, scholarly professors, and a major focus on research and career placement.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When deciding on a university, look for a well-rounded environment, somewhere you are comfortable living, and diversity in academics. You are going to university for an academic education, so remember that although you may think you know exactly what you want to do/major in right now (and maybe you don't, this applies just as much to you, if not more), most students change their major at least once, if not many times. Find a school that offers many programs, including sciences, arts, business, engineering, and pre-professional studies. This will allow flexibility to pick what you really want to do with your life, even if it wasn't what you planned. You need to be happy and comfortable living in the area surrounding the university. You'll be there for most of the year, considering that another suggestion is to stay on campus (not go home) as much as possible and develop your independence. Lastly, you what happens outside the classroom, social experience and growth, is just as important as what happens in the classroom. Find a school that has various clubs, volunteering, sports, study abroad, internships, and acitivies, both in the school and the community.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Getting Financial Aid can be tough. The amounts they give out and to whom they give it to each year varies - if you enter in the right year, you could get a decent scholarship, but in another year, a similar applicant could just get federal loans. Scholarships are focused more on varsity sports then anything else. There are academic scholarships but they are very hard to get and there is no ongoing aid (ie after freshman yr, there are no upperclassmen scholarships available through the school), so if you didn't get one before, you won't now.

Sara
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The University of Pittsburgh is best known for the Cathedral of Learning, which is the second largest education building in t...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The University of Pittsburgh is best known for the Cathedral of Learning, which is the second largest education building in the world. It is also known for the amount of science research that is done here.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish that I had known how academically challenging college was going to be.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell students and parents to make sure that they visit the campus and go on a tour. I feel that it is very important to see a campus before you make such an important decision. Also, do not be scared to ask questions to a tour guide or to a student that is on the campus.

Whitney
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Fun, city environment, academically challenging, and lots of spirit

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Fun, city environment, academically challenging, and lots of spirit

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Apply to more places than you think you will need. My school was my last choice but since they gave me a full scholarship I came here and could not have been happier. Think outside the box when considering things you are looking in a school, such as sports teams, environment on campus, their policies, size of school and where its located, resources that big schools can offer you small schools might not be able to.

What's unique about your campus?

The great spirit everyone has, great teachers.. . the entire administration you feel is there to help you. yuo dont feel like a number or just another student but someone who everyone around you wants to succeed and do the best you can. more resources to utilize on this campus than i could have ever imagined,

Katlynn
What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who hates school spirit. Someone who doesn't want to go to a big school. Someone who doesn't like the city. Someone who doesn't like the colors blue and gold.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a college. I think one of the most important things to remember is to look past classes and costs. Of course those are extremely important, but they shouldn't be the only thing you consider. There is so much more to college. Location, size, atmosphere, sports, clubs, and more are all things you should think about when visiting schools. Make sure you can picture yourself there everyday being successful and happy. Once you do choose the school for you make sure you take advantage of every opportunity. Since I've been at school, I've done things I never thought I'd do. Don't be scared and hold back, just give everything a try and you'll be surprised.

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