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Courtney
What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about the University of Pittsburgh is that you can always find someone to study with or someone to hang out wi...

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about the University of Pittsburgh is that you can always find someone to study with or someone to hang out with. You will always have something to do and don't have to worry about being bored or feeling out of place.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about my school is that since it is right next to the city of Pittsburgh and is located in Oakland it isn't very clean all of the time. There is often trash on the streets and the buildings look a bit worn down.

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

When looking for the college that is right for you make sure to really sit down and spend time giving it considersation. Choosing a college is a very important step and can mean a lot in the end. Of course you need to consider what colleges have your desired major and how well the program is recognized so that when you graduate you will have an easier time finding a job but you also want to make sure that the college you choose is in a location you are satisfied with and feel comfortable living in. Food services at school are also much more important than you might first think so be sure you find the types of food and food plans you are used to and can enjoy. Finally, when you do choose your college please make sure you take advantage of every opportunity possible, meet as many new people as you can, and find out what you are truly passionate about and want to spend the rest of your life doing. Good luck!

Joanne
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Their medical program, sports (basketball)

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Their medical program, sports (basketball)

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

You should definitly visit the school before agreeing to attend. Keep all different types of schools in mind because what you think you want might change once you experience a certain campus. Just because a school has an amazing name attached to it, doesn't mean that it is the best decision, you need to go where you feel at home and can see yourself enjoying this next stage of your life. Find out what types of internship opportunities are available through the school. Once you're there, the best way to make the most out of the experience is to be open to all of the opportunities, clubs, etc. available to you. If you keep an open mind throughout the process, you will have a much easier time. (and don't wait until the last minute to fill out applications!)

What's unique about your campus?

The overall atmosphere and attitude of students. The friends that I have. the support I receive from most professors.

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

The perfect mix of everything, not too big, not to small, diverse classes and people, great location, urban campus but it doe...

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

The perfect mix of everything, not too big, not to small, diverse classes and people, great location, urban campus but it doesn't feel that way.

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

That college isn't like high school and you need to work hard.

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

Go to a college that "feels right." And by that I mean, you have to feel comfortable with the University and people there or else you wont have a great college experience and you definately wont do well academically. Also, visiting as many colleges as possible is very helpful, because then you can see what you like in a college and what you don't, some people like small class sizes other people like all the activity of a large university. But when the college is right, you can just tell. During college, be as involved as possible, do research, join student groups, be a teaching assistant. The more ways to put yourself out there to meet peers, faculty and staff, the better off you will be.

Sarah
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are typically focused on what they're studying and pick appropriate classes, but sometimes you run into those p...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are typically focused on what they're studying and pick appropriate classes, but sometimes you run into those people who try really hard and just don't get it and end up holding the rest of you back, which really is annoying in a language class because you want to just tell them they're saying it all wrong but you can't because that's rude, but really everyone is pretty easy to get along with and they pay attention (for the most part) in lectures and seem to really want to do well.

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

Even if you don't really know what you want to major in, or really why you're going to go to college at all, think of the things you really like to do and what career options might be available regarding those interests, and then apply to schools which have strong programs leading to majors in those fields. Definitely attend open houses and tours to those schools, because you want to make sure you like the environment, and meet people there, and you want to see if the location is okay. I'm attending college relatively close to home, but still far away enough that my parents can't ask me to come home and visit. Keep in mind that in-state tuition may be cheaper than out-of-state, but you may be more eligible to get scholarships and grants for out-of-state schools. Start looking for scholarships as early as middle school (the youngest age requirement I've seen is 13) because the more you apply for, the more likely you will receive one. I suggest getting a job as early as possible to save up for school. And try not to feel pressured about it.

What's unique about your campus?

There are tons of classes to choose from, and the professors will help you if you need it (although sometimes they take a little while getting back to you about a time). You can ride the buses to any of the surrounding neighborhoods and districts practically for free - the fee is included in fees and tuition per semester. There's always something going on that you can participate in, the blood bank shows up frequently, and you can schedule your day however you want. It's all of this put together into freedom that I like best.

Kenda
Describe the students at your school.

Everyone's very helpful and friendly at Pitt and in Pittsburgh in general.

Describe the students at your school.

Everyone's very helpful and friendly at Pitt and in Pittsburgh in general.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who loves the city should attend Pitt. In order to love Pitt life, you have to love having constant motion around you and constantly having something you could be doing.

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

When looking for the right school, the potential student and helping parents should seriously consider what type of environment the student prefers to live and study in. Personally, I come from a small town but I always knew that I wanted to go to the city for college and potentially stay there after I graduate. Also, the colleges in question should be considered according to their academic standing and how that institution can assist in getting a job after graduation. It's a stressful decison but more than anything, you will know when a college feels right for you and my advice would be to trust that instinct--it worked for me. Once you're at college, immediately meet everyone on your floor and get involved in organizations and groups. Just be careful not to get involved with too much because above all, you must remember that you came to college to study. Making the most of college is really just balancing social activities and academia. Take your course work seriously and work hard, but don't get burned out. Make sure you're having fun once in a while and course work will be much more manageable.

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

Pittsburgh has a lot of opportunities specailly in the sciences. Plus Pitt has some great, professors and research ideas that...

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

Pittsburgh has a lot of opportunities specailly in the sciences. Plus Pitt has some great, professors and research ideas that can get you into any graduate school you want to. I think i like Pitt the best because everyone is really smart but not awkwardly smart. If you are smart and driven but like to have fun you'll definitly fit in.

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

Pick a school that is in an area you like. if you like being in the city around a lot of people then Pitt is a awesome choice but it's not for everyone. Also for being as prestigious as Pitt is, it's a lot less expensive then most schools of it's caliber. But don't pick a school just for prestige or money but realize that this is your choice to be where you want and do what you want to do. Pick something that will make you happy.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing is how much effort you have to put into your classes. they expect a lot out of you which is a good thing but it's easy to spread yourself too thin trying to do everything for class and have a social life/job/etc.

John
Describe the students at your school.

Everyone wants to succeed in their academics as well as their social status to grow to their full potential.

Describe the students at your school.

Everyone wants to succeed in their academics as well as their social status to grow to their full potential.

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

The campus has much to offer in the fact that it is in the shadow of a somewhat major city.

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

It is dire that you make multiple campus visits. Check out everything and anything you can while visiting your potential college campus. Most importantly, make your choice on your own. Don't be swayed by sports or where your friends are going. Choose a campus that really fits you as a person

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

It is a large city, college campus, park/nature all wrapped into one.

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

It is a large city, college campus, park/nature all wrapped into one.

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

don't stress if you don't know exactly what you want to do go to a college that offers a variety of opportunites and take full advantage of being a student explore new things and you will easily find where your interests and passions really lie

Lexi
What is your overall opinion of this school?

One of the things I complained about most as a student was the lack of green space. Pitt is missing the big grassy quads tha...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

One of the things I complained about most as a student was the lack of green space. Pitt is missing the big grassy quads that are in all of the movie college campuses. This was partially offset by the fact that at all times, you are within a 20 minute bus ride from downtown. Bus fare is included in tuition, so students essentially ride the buses for "free." It was nice to be able to go to the symphony, ballet, or a play as a student. Since the school is so big, it can offer tons of interesting classes. We used to joke about taking underwater basket weaving. I did however, take both judo and skiing for credit. The school is also not so big that all of your classes have 100+ people. I had quite a few classes after my first year that were under 10 people. Since graduating with a B.A., I have returned to Pitt for my law degree. One of my continued complaints is with the career services department. My mom said the same thing about the M.B.A. program. You just can't count on the school finding you a good job after graduation. You'll have to do that yourself.

Describe the students at your school.

For the most part, I think the student body is primarily comprised of Pennsylvanians. There are an increasing number of people from other states. The students also tend to be much more liberal than you would expect. The Rainbow Alliance was very active and there were a lot of political protests (which were for the most part non-violent). Pittsburgh itself is still a somewhat working class city and I think the student body partially reflects that. The setting is very casual and very live and let live.

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

The school itself is not particularly hands on in terms of the students academics and career. The school won't hold your hand and walk you through doing well in class or monitoring your social events. If you need a lot of structure, Pitt may not be the best school for you. You really need to be independent and self-driven in order to get the most out of your education. If you self-driven and willing to seek out help or services, the school has a ton of money to throw at you. I had a friend create a snowboard team from the ground up. If you like someone checking over your shoulder to make sure you're getting good grades and having a good time, Pitt probably isn't your school.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

This stereotype is definitely not accurate. Pitt is much more diverse that many people would assume, including from an academic standpoint. Several of its academic programs are top 10.

What are the academics like at your school?

I was a triple major in philosophy, french, and history. The french and philosophy departments were small enough that most of the professors in the department knew my name. I graduated three years ago and the professors still say hi to me when they see me on campus (I'm a grad student now) or at the grocery store. The first year you end up taking mostly large classes. Once you pick a major, most of the classes, at least in the departments I was a part of, were pretty small and class participation was much more common. People were not that competitive. I didn't mind the academic requirements all that much. I wish the College of Arts and Sciences had a larger math requirement looking back on it.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

As a student, I was a member of the Pitt Outdoors Club, which is how I met most of my closest friends. Student organizations were very popular. I think because of that, Greek life is not as important at Pitt as it is at some other schools. The frats and sororities are definitely there, and they throw a lot of parties, but the majority of students are not a part of that scene. Pitt has a pretty strong athletics program. Our football team doesn't have the same support it used to. The stadium is sort of a pain to get to. The university does provide shuttles, but not all that many students go. Although tailgating for the games is pretty popular. The field is great since it's where the Steelers play. Season football tickets are only about $25 for students. Pitt basketball has a huge following. The school has a pretty big party scene. During the first few weeks of school, you can wander down into South Oakland and find house parties all over the place. The bars in Oakland are pretty tight about checking ID's so most of the partying for younger students happens at houses and apartments. Since the school is in the city, you have access to all sorts of things. There is decent shopping and several movie theaters nearby.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Pitt historically has not been the hardest school to get into. It also tends to be less competitive than its neighbor, Carnegie Mellon. I think, because of that, Pitt students are stereotyped as being dumb, or not as smart as students at several other surrounding schools.

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