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Recent Reviews

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

It has a big city feel without the headaches of a real big city--it's just cozy.

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

It has a big city feel without the headaches of a real big city--it's just cozy.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Financial aid and trying to scrape up enough money to actually afford school.

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

When deciding on a college, you need to take it seriously and choose a school that fits you, not one that your friends or family have or are attending. You need to talk to current students and see what sorts of activities are available outside of the actual academic arena. Remember, college isn't just about academics--college is your new home. This is the first time you're on your own and you've got to rely on what you've learned, not only in school, but socially. No one is going to guide you by the hand here, either. It's up to you to reach out to others and to make the most of your college experience. Not only do you need to be academically prepared, you need to be mentally prepared.

Katie
Describe the students at your school.

Most people are very friendly, but have their own small (or large) close-knit group of friends who they associate with. It's...

Describe the students at your school.

Most people are very friendly, but have their own small (or large) close-knit group of friends who they associate with. It's not difficult to make friends one on one, but it can be intimidating trying to fit in with a group of upperclassmen. More often than not, students make their friends the first semester of Freshman year and stick with those people.

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

Prospective Undergraduate: Stop. Before you sign any contract of enrollment, put down the pen and get in the car. VISIT wherever it is you want to go to school, and make sure it is just as you expected it to be. I cannot emphasize enough that being comfortable with your new home is the most important aspect of college, and the most challenging for me to overcome personally. If you live in the country, and you have always dreamt about living in the big city, please go and visit the city for a few days to be sure. And don't go shopping and sight-seeing! Try to pretend you are REALLY there to be a college student. Ask yourself if you can really imagine living there everyday for the next four years. On the other hand, make sure you don't limit yourself by fear or a little discomfort. College is about stretching yourself- reaching outside your comfort zone- to learn new things, and experience a different way of living. Do NOT compromise yourself because of your fears. Learn to embrace change and love who you are. Be who you are; become who you want to be.

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

The worst thing about Pittsburgh main is that although the benefits outweigh the negatives, the student body is so large, sometimes it is difficult to feel a sense of commradary or fellowship. Everyone has a lot of school spirit but not a lot of "togetherness" like I experienced at my smaller High School.

Chris
Describe the students at your school.

They're bright. I've never really encountered anybody that was just flat-out dumb. Diverse enough, fun enough, etc.

Describe the students at your school.

They're bright. I've never really encountered anybody that was just flat-out dumb. Diverse enough, fun enough, etc.

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

Well they are proud of their Cathedral of Learning, so I guess that's pretty unique. Other than that, the campus is built into the urban city and yet not quite, which I like a lot.

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

These are the best years of your life, you silly little twits. Make the best of it. Really, there's too much importance placed on finding the "right" college. As long as you get along with people and choose a college that has a good program in the degree you're interested in (if you know what you want to do) then you'll be fine. Live it up.

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

The best advice I would give to students is, if you want to find the best college for you, you have to know what kind of pers...

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

The best advice I would give to students is, if you want to find the best college for you, you have to know what kind of person you are. If you are strongly academicallyinclinedlook forschools with a history of academic excellence. It's very helpful to research a large variety of schools and visit the ones you're most interested in. It also helps a lot to talk to alumni because campus life remains relatively similar through the years at most schools. Don't let things like distance from home and the prestige of the school cloud your judgement because they usually don't affect your school experience much.

What's unique about your campus?

The strong academic atmosphere because it pushes students to excel

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone who is interested in learning a lot. Particularly those interested in research.

Natalie
What kind of person should attend this school?

An open-minded person should attend this school. Students, professors, activities, subjects are all very diverse since the s...

What kind of person should attend this school?

An open-minded person should attend this school. Students, professors, activities, subjects are all very diverse since the school is so large. A college student enrolled here should be open-minded and willing to try and learn about different people, cultures and ideas. If they are close-minded, they will not make friends or experience the other unique opportunities offered.

What's unique about your campus?

It is very large, more than 20,000 students attend the University of Pittsburgh. While this is overwhelming at times, it is also refeshing. There are many unique and interesting people to meet and new friends to make everyday. Also, since the school is so large, there are countless opportunities for research, your studies, clubs/activities that you can become involved in or become interested in. Everyone can find something that they like and a place to belong.

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

The most important piece of advice to incoming college freshmen and their families is to be open-minded. Everyone comes from different towns, high schools, and families. Everyone is used to their own ideas and lifestyles with which they've been raised. However, at college you meet diverse people and learn about a lot of unique opportunities and experiences. You need to be open-minded in order to learn about them and to make freinds. Besides being open-minded in regards to people and experiences, it's also important to try different subjects the first year of school before choosing a major. For example, throughout high school I had always been more interested in humanities, and wished to study History and English in college. However, when I got to college I tried a biology class and loved it. I have now switched my major to biology and science-related subjects, and will begin volunteer and research opportunities to further extend my knowledge in the hopes of finding the right career for me. If I had never tried that science class, and kept my mind closed to the other possibilties out there, I never would have found my other interests.

Ryan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

When I tell people I go to Pitt, they usually hear Penn. After I explain to them that I do not in fact go to in Ivy league s...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

When I tell people I go to Pitt, they usually hear Penn. After I explain to them that I do not in fact go to in Ivy league school but I attend a state school in the western part of PA they give me a sort of uncomfortable look, one that encompasses the movement from loooking excited for me all the way to a look of question because they have never heard of Pittsburgh. I was just abroad for a semester in Israel, where most of the people were only familiar with the really big cities in the US like NYC and L.A. But one great thing about Pitt is that they encourage you to study abroad from the moment you begin your career as a freshman. You are hardly there for 2 weeks before they are telling you to leave the country! But studying abroad is one of the best experiences a student can undertake.

Describe the students at your school.

It seems that students at Pitt mostly stick with their own kind. You don't see much diversity among groups of friends, although everyone is nice to each other and Pitt's campus is diverse and of course there is room for everyone.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

It's true that Pitt tends to be less of a party school than Penn State. As far as the students, you meet nice ones and not so nice ones.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors tend to learn your name if you participate actively in class and/or go to office hours for extra help or clarification. Students vary in their levels of competitiveness. Some care a lot while others don't. Outside of class you will find some students having intellectual conversations while others just talk about how many bongs they did last weekend without throwing up. My least favorite class was as a first semester freshman. I took an economics class that I thought I would fail. The professor was terrible, and a lot of people thought she was unclear in her explanations.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Things to do on a Saturday night that don't involve drinking are going to Pittsburgh's sights like the inclines or the light shows. You can go sledding when it's wintery on the hills near the cathedral of learning. You can eat at one of the many fine restaurants near campus or in southside. You can take a bus or drive to the malls that are near school. Also checking out squirrel hill or shady side is a good option.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Not as big of a party school like Penn State. Pitt students are nicer and more "down to earth."

Emilie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Pitt's a larger school; but I never feel neglected by my professors. Being as "the city is [Pitt's] campus", there are a wide...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Pitt's a larger school; but I never feel neglected by my professors. Being as "the city is [Pitt's] campus", there are a wide range of activities and opportunities available.

Describe the students at your school.

Pretty much anyone could feel at home at Pitt because the student body is so diverse. The only people who might have trouble at first are those unfamiliar with city life. However, adjusting to life in Pittsburgh isn't difficult, speaking as someone from the suburbs. Students tend to lean to the left politically; but there is still a conservative presence as well.

What are the academics like at your school?

The education at Pitt is amazing. I found high school pretty dull; but a lot of that which I've learned while at college has been pretty interesting. The professors I've encountered have been very personable; and they all seem to have your success in mind.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Pitt has something like 300 groups/organizations/teams on campus. There's definitely something for everyone. Making friends is pretty easy and there are a lot of opportunities to do so. For the most part, parties are a Thursday/Friday/Saturday thing. If you don't like partying, there are a ton of other things to do at night.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Fortunately, there aren't too many stereotypes about Pitt. Due to the fact that it's centered in a city; there's a very diverse group of students. Artsier students may be drawn to the city aspect, while jocks may be drawn to the range of athletics.

Adrian
Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No, Pitt's campus is located close to the city of Pittsburgh, but Oakland as a whole is built around Pitt and the students. ...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No, Pitt's campus is located close to the city of Pittsburgh, but Oakland as a whole is built around Pitt and the students. Oakland (Pitt's location) is always lively and energetic just as any college campus.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Pitt's most popular team is probably the basketball team, however, the football team generates just as much hype. So, during the fall and winter many students are at some type of sporting event. Also, the sororities and faternities are fairly popular around campus. Most weekends (when you are younger) are spent up at the faternity houses. However, it is not required for you to join one in order to have things to do, there are just as many things to on the weekends without joining.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

People assume Pitt is in the city and therefore there isn't much of a campus.

Chrissy
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Pitt is a very prestigous school. It has very large class sizes, and is somewhat hard to adjust to from high school. The pr...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Pitt is a very prestigous school. It has very large class sizes, and is somewhat hard to adjust to from high school. The professors are very nice and are always there to help with anything. There is also many oppurtunities for academic help all over the campus. The administration at Pitt is very helpful and kind. Pitt has a lot of extracurricular activities that it offers and are great oppurtunities. One thing that Pitt has is school pride. There is a very big fan basis for all of the sporting events, and Pitt students love their school. It is a great university, and I would reccomend it to everyone.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body at Pitt is very diverse. Every student fits in somewhere. No one should feel out of place at Pitt. Most students interact with everyone and not just other kids like themselves. It is a very accepting place, and everyone you talk to you have something in common with. Also, most of the students at Pitt are from local areas and commute to school. I am a commuter student, and I feel like I live there.

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

Pitt is the best school ever. I have no regrets coming here, and would not change anything about it.

What are the academics like at your school?

Pitt is known for academic excellence. In the classes I am enrolled everyone is very competitive and is trying for an A+. The teahcers are very helpful too. They hold office hours and stduy sessions before exams, and are mostly available whenever you need extra help. I study every day for at least roughly 4 hours, as do most students. Most of the classes are over 100 students, and do not have frequent participation. Howevver, there are some smaller classes that base your grade on participation. Pitt has what is called a recitation for most classes. Recitation is a study period that reviews material covered in class and allows time for you to ask questions. Some teachers also use this time to give quizzes or homework assignments.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I have not gotten involved in any activities at Pitt besides attending sporting events. However, Pitt offers a wide range of activities so there is something for everyone if you are interested.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Pitt students are wild and out of control.

Nina
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Pitt is a great city school with a lot to do in a fairly safe environment. The university provides great opportunities to suc...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Pitt is a great city school with a lot to do in a fairly safe environment. The university provides great opportunities to succeed and explore new things. Pitt also brings in a lot of big name bands for entertainment and interesting people to speak and entertain, like politicians and hypnotists.

What are the academics like at your school?

There are good professors and bad professors. But the TA system with recitations is really beneficial to students.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There are always parties but there is also always something fun to do, like a movie in the union that has not been released on video yet or free food events.

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