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There is really no campus at Pitt but if you are a city person its wonderful! It does get really cold here and is overcast a...
There is really no campus at Pitt but if you are a city person its wonderful! It does get really cold here and is overcast a lot, it also rains a lot. And unfortunately the sidewalks never really get cleaned so they become dirty slushwalks. This makes it really miserable walking to parties during the winter, but if you party hard enough you won't care too much about the walk back! However, the lack of good weather forces you to study because you defintely don't want to be outside!
Football and basketball games and a must go! So incredibly fun and a good break from studying! Plus our football team plays at Heinz field!
I am a science major so my classes are really big, so unless you go out of your way and talk to a teacher they won't know your name. There really isnt a lot of participation in these classes but its for the better because when people do ask questions people get annoyed because it takes time away from the professor to teach. Advising freshmen year is absolutely horrible! I am pre-med and told my advisor I wanted to take Chem and Bio at the same time, which she responded by advising me very strongly not to take it despite my complaints. So instead she signed me up just for Chem and instead of Bio recommended a Philosophy class. The Philosophy class was taught by a horrible teacher and I was in a class with all seniors. Apparently people wait until senior year to take this class because it ruins your GPA because its so hard. And what happened? It ruined my GPA, I had all As and a C+ in this Philosophy class. Horrible advice!! And what is worse, I went to the Pre Health Advisor and she told me that by not taking Chem and Bio at the same time I am not going to graduate in four years. So now I am taking Bio over the summer here at Pitt, 5000 bucks later I am back on track. Thanks a lot freshmen advising.
The frat PIKA is full of protein chugging brainless muscle men. Pitt: football town with a drinking problem
I loved going to school here. The architecture and grounds are amazing, despite it being an urban location. People from all...
I loved going to school here. The architecture and grounds are amazing, despite it being an urban location. People from all across the state, and the nation, come to Pitt. We actually have applicants from all 50 states! Everyone here was eager to help you succeed. The school offers almost any extra-curricular activity or student organization you can think of...and people get involved. Most of the students here engage themselves well, but there's always room for new faces and ideas. I lived off campus and rode the bus everywhere (you get to ride all public transportation for free with a vaild ID). Parking is a problem across campus. Space is extremely tight and permits are expensive. The student government board (SGB) is trying hard to rejuvinate school spirit. It seems to have been swept under the table lately...who knows why. I love this school and proud to be graduating this year.
The student body is pretty diverse. Personally, I feel there is an increase in minority undergraduate admissions. People come from all different backgrounds, and there's usually a student activity group designated to them: Black Action Society, College Dems, GLBT groups, College Republicans, a variety of Asian and Southeast groups, etc. The biggest event of the year (from my point of view) is Student Government Board elections held in December. There's activities going on everywhere. Many of the graduate students and TA's are from other countries, so sometimes they're hard to understand (as English is their second language). Most of the students are pretty smart. A large amount of, if not all, students are in the top 10% of their graduating class and have taken at least one AP or Honors course in high school. Pitt, along with many other nationally ranked institutions, look for well-rounded candidates and not just 4.0 students that didn't do anything else but study.
All in all, it's a great school. It may seem hard to maneuver at first. There's offices all across campus and none of them really talk to each other (admissions, financial aid, student accounts, registration, etc). GET A GOOD ACADEMIC ADVISOR. If you don't like the one you have, get a different one. They can make it or break it. GET INVOLVED. It's how you make friends, network, socialize and build your resume. It's worth it.
NO! - except for the Urban campus part. There's tons of stuff to do and hundreds of activities to get involved...you just need to look for it!
Pitt's a great school in many ways. The campus is nationally ranked in a variety of undergrad and graduate areas: philosophy, english, communications, neuroscience, nursing, medicine, rehabilitation sciences, public affairs, and a top 50 MBA program. The school's based on research. They offer undergraduate research positions across the campus, which almost no one does. There are many neuroscience, biology, and chemistry majors, but over 700 graduates per year major in communications. Most of the lower-level courses are large. Don't get discouraged. They get smaller as you progress and evening classes are usually small from the beginning. With some of the large classes, especially science and math, they require and extra hour of "recitation." These recitations are taught by TAs and offer time for specific questions and homework review. The school career services center and most of the full-time faculty are really supportive if you're interested in completing any graduate work. I can't stress this enough - get involved early and get to know the profs! They enjoy your enthusiasm and want you to succeed. It has helped me out countless times. There is financial aid, but you have to work for it. Funding is getting tight EVERYWHERE. Seek our scholarships and write those essays! I averaged about $2,000 a year in scholarships alone...
The student life at Pitt is pretty cool. Greek life is pretty big and everyone can rush. There's an organization for anyone (if you don't find what you like, it's fairly easy to start one). Museums, libraries, theatres, cinema, discount venue tickets and weekend trip tickets are all either free or at a severly discounted rate (the difference picked up by the school). The Study abroad, Semester at Sea and alternative spring break programs are amazing! Freshman are required to live in dorms...which helps to meet people and most of them are pretty nice. They just built three new mid-rise buildings. There's always a party somewhere...just need to meet the right people. There's a nightlife on the South Side, which is an area just across the river filled with everything anyone can think of. For non-drinkers, there's a lot to do as well.
Large urban campus, students don't feel connected, not enough to do
Pitt DOES NOT CARE about its students. Pitt cares about UPMC and making as much money as possible. If you come here, be prepa...
Pitt DOES NOT CARE about its students. Pitt cares about UPMC and making as much money as possible. If you come here, be prepared to be lost in a bureaucratic mess, and if you need any help- none will be made available. Though some of the teachers here are excellent; the vast majority are either horrible, non-English speakers (yes, thats right, you'll be taught math by someone with a hand-held translator) or so old that any information they teach is worthless in contemporary society. Everything on campus (including food) is incredibly over-priced. To eat well and go to Pitt is an expensive endeavor. The campus is incredibly crowded, and to make matters worse- Pitt loves to give tours so expect there to be a decent number of non-students roaming the halls of school buildings (especially the Cathedral of Learning). Most Pitt students live in the surrounding city borough known as Oakland. Oakland is a ghetto, in case that has not been made clear. The homes and buildings are in a state of decay, and many students find that their apartment/house has been foreclosed and they are thrown out into the streets. There is NO PARKING in Oakland....well there is, but good luck finding a spot. Once you do find a spot, odds are the next day you'll find a $45 parking ticket. Oakland is also very LOUD, so don't expect to be able to study in a quiet environment. Oakland is also DANGEROUS. Students get jumped, robbed and held up on a weekly basis. Gunshots are as regular as police sirens, helicopters, and ambulances. And watch out for those city buses- at least one student a year gets run down.
The student body is diverse at Pitt, a large majority of the students hail from PA, NJ, OH and WV. Most of the students drink and party regularly. Most of the students smoke. Pitt students are also generally loud. If you're a ditzy sorority girl or a mead-head frat boy you will fit right in. There is an underground culture of hippies and bike-kids that is very very cool, but they're hard to find (particularly if you are a freshman). Moreover, that group really dislikes most of the other people on campus, so they don't try to mix in with the general student body much. Campus is flooded with bums, violent evangelicals that will harass you non-stop, drunks, and working people. It's easy to get lost around campus.
I really wish I had not come to this school. They don't give a crap about their students. It is clear that Pitt is really only interested in their students' money.
Yeah, most people on campus drink often.
Academics at Pitt is hit-or-miss. Some professors are EXCELLENT, but most are not. There is no recourse for bad professors (I've had a prof abandon a class, flip out in class, never give out a syllabus, and force students to watch inappropriate movies). Moreover, Pitt also hires foreign graduate students as Teaching Assistants- unfortunately most of them do not speak English. Class size varies greatly depending on the course and semester. Oh and be prepared to buy about 5 mandatory books per class ($200) that you never use and can't sell back.
Dorm life varies, usually people sneak in drugs or alcohol on a daily basis. It gets loud. There is no A/C. Pitt puts on events, but for the most part they're really lame. Dating is hit or miss...
Pitt students are seen as heavy drinkers.
It's a great campus. Plenty of opportunities on campus and in the community. Pittsburgh is a unique city because the colleg...
It's a great campus. Plenty of opportunities on campus and in the community. Pittsburgh is a unique city because the colleges are what really make it what it is. Oakland is basically a college town comprising of a few colleges, but dominated by Pitt. In comparison to some NJ schools I've seen it is definitely not a suitcase college. Also, unlike WVU you do not have to take a bus to get everywhere fun or to get to downtown. When you become 21 Pitt has an awesome bar scene. It is a city that is recovering from the steel industry collapse, but is wisely investing in future technologies and is on the cutting edge for environmental standards. Pitt students get free city bus transportation for when they want to visit downtown, which is remarkably clean. Pittsburgh is a nice city, but feels like a small town. Especially if you are coming from the East Coast. There is a lot of school pride and the Greek Life is also active. I am involved in the Pi Kappa Fraternity which like others, can dominate some aspects of the school. However, the school does not huge mansions like Penn State and other colleges, so non-Greeks do not feel left out if they choose not to join. Also the Living Communities make excellent areas of learning for some students. My one personal compliant is how it is hard to change a mistake in your schedule or fix a mistake in financial aid. Sometimes you have to make 3-4 appointments with different people in order to get what you need. This is because its a big school and not every school employee knows all aspects for everything. The other concern is that it gets very cold and windy in the winter. This past winter it snowed every day almost. So bring a pair of boots. However, it gets real hot in the fall and warms up quickly in the spring. Also you get out before any other school I know. (As early as April 20)... and without going in excessively early. (You go in around August 20). Some of your breaks are just shorter, but it is well worth it for a long summer break.
Very mixed group of students. Most come from eastern PA. I like the independent feel of being a student at Pitt. With a lot of small schools, it almost feels like you are in high school all over again. Students know how to walk to class by themselves, eat sometimes by themselves and hit the library by themselves. That does not mean everyone does not do things together, it's just that I feel students here can act more independently when needed. In the city itself sometimes there is a feel of more black-white distinct groups. I guess it is not a huge problem, but I can definitely tell which students are from the area and which are not by the way they interact with people from different backgrounds. Fortunately, these people are increasingly becoming in the minority. And maybe, I only notice it because my community is so integrated with people from various cultures that anything slightly different is very noticeable to me. Students have been politically active this past year, but then again I've only been there for one year. The political viewpoints are very center. (Believe me it's my major and I've had plenty of conversations with people on all sides of the table. Most are very reasonable and open to new ideas.)
It's a friendly city once again that is not too overwhelming but you will never be bored. It's becoming a better school every year, and you're graduate with a better looking degree than what you originally saw it as. Lastly, there are so many study abroad options. I am going to Buenos Aires next year. Try comparing that to some schools that want to just send you to England, France, Mexico and China. You can go really, anywhere you want.
No, they just go into hiding during the winter.
Professors know your name outside of the big introductory classes and pre-req courses. Some classes are completely about class participation such as writing and language courses. Intellectual conversations outside of class really depends on your crowd of friends, but they always find ways to sneak up when needed before an exam or midterm. Students are extremely competitive, especially if the class is for their major. The most unique class I've taking it a swimming class. I got credit for working out. I also took a class where I had to go to the Peterson Events Center (our huge gym in the basketball facility) and work out for credit. I spend time with professors when I need to. I meet with all of them at least a few times during the semester. Pitt's academic requirements are reasonable, and are getting more challenging every year. It is becoming increasingly competitive. More example I declared one of my majors, Political Science, this year because they are adding many more classes to the requirements for the major before next year. I plan to dual major in Finance/ Political Science to set me on my way for a Law Degree. I am also planning to minor in International Relations and grab a Leadership Certificate in the process. I feel the education is geared for getting a job and learning for different people who feel differently. Teachers are happy to sit with you and discuss in depth issues regarding the topics of their classes. Obviously if a class is for your major you are more interested in learning about all aspects of the topic rather than just trying to get the grade.
There are the athletes that no one sees much of because they are always at practice. Once again there is the Greek Life. There are also House Parties all around Oakland. It is a real good party school, even if you don't visit the Fraternity Houses. However, I have never had a dull day since I decided to pledge. The football and basketball games are especially popular. Be careful tailgating though at the football games. There are always guest speakers, almost too many. Go to these events if your meal plan runs dry. They usually feed you some pretty good food before/after they talk. Also, there is a lot of free food everywhere, just look for the flyers. Dating scene? Don't get a girlfriend/boyfriend the first two weeks of college. You'll be missing all the fun. But yes, some people date. On Tuesday at 2am you are watching TV or procrastinating homework, unless you're a raging alcoholic. Drinking nights can begin on Wednesdays, but traditionally Thursdays. We like to be conservative on our Mondays and Tuesdays. I usually party Weds-Sunday in the beginning of the semester... which gradually becomes Thus-Saturday... which gradually becomes Friday... which gradually becomes not at all. Like I said before, I think fraternities/sororities aren't a solution to finding a good time, but they intensify your entire involvement on campus. You make a really close group of friends, but that does not mean you don't have other friends. I'm rooming with three of my good friends who are not in my fraternity, but I guess that's just how I approach my involvement in Pi Kappa Alpha. But we are the best fraternity on campus, so if you're going to join one, you know where to go. Sigma Sigma Sigma is also a good sorority to join. You can go to the Waterfront which is a brand new section of Pittsburgh that has plenty of shopping, restaurants, museums and theaters to go to. You don't need a car or gas money for anything. That's a definite plus.
There are no hot girls.
Pitt is in a city, it isn't out in the middle of nowhere. There is so much to do, especially for non-drinkers. The huge colle...
Pitt is in a city, it isn't out in the middle of nowhere. There is so much to do, especially for non-drinkers. The huge college stereotype is that everybody drinks, but at Pitt there is a lot more to do. There are so many school sponsored events as well as events and shows going on throughout the city at any time.
Being from Pittsburgh, I thought the students at Pitt would be similar to those i went to high school with. I was wrong. I have met people from across the country and across the world. Although Pitt is not one of the most diverse schools, may different nations and groups of people are represented, people I was never exposed to before.
I thought about leaving Pitt after my first semester. I had trouble finding friends, my major wasn't going well, and my roommate and I did not get along. I stuck it out though, and I am so glad I did. I learned so much about myself and about life my freshman year. I have really grown to love Pitt. My friends are there, my life is there. There are so many resources to help you in any situation. I talked to a lot of helpful people who helped me discover the major that fits me. I talked to a lot of helpful people on the days where it all seemed too hard. Sometimes at a larger school it is easy to feel like a number, not a student. I have felt that way. But there is always something to remind me that it not true, seeing a friend in the hallway, or waving to a passing professor between classes. Pitt is it.
For the most part no, the kids that party a lot have a lot more to them than that sometimes. And not every student drinks. It can be difficult to find students that don't, but they are out there.
Classes can be big, especially freshman year. Despite this, for the most part, professors care. They will take the time to assist you or direct you to a place where you can be helped.
The first few weeks of college are awkward. It takes everyone time, but eventually everything will fall into place. I had a hard time meeting people initially. I did not connect with the people on my floor, and in classes of 100+ students I did not speak out to introduce myself to others. Although it took a few months, I eventually found a group of close friends. Now, ~6 months later, it feels like I have known them forever.
Pitt holds the general college stereotypes. There are party kids, study kids, and everything else in between. Generally, college students get pegged as obnoxious drinkers. Honestly, there are some. But there are also many other people.
The big picture of Pitt... Geez, I'm not sure I know. Your big picture is going to be different from my big picture. I'm a ...
The big picture of Pitt... Geez, I'm not sure I know. Your big picture is going to be different from my big picture. I'm a simple guy; I go to classes, work out with friends a couple times per week, go to a club meeting or two, and enjoy the weekend. Let's try to answer some of the standard questions: - most time spent on campus: around the Cathedral; lots of classes are in or within a block of there - Is Pittsburgh a college town? No. Pittsburgh is a city. You go to college in that city. - School pride? Only during basketball season. There are a lot of apathetic football fans, which is disappointing. However, you'll see about 30-40% of your classmates wearing assorted Pitt gear every day.
There aren't really cliques on campus; leave that fun in high school. Largely, people hang out with some friends from high school (who also attend Pitt), and their roommates. There isn't much of a racial or socio-economic divide; that really doesn't matter in 2008. Now there are some groups that tend to keep to themselves. The "flamboyant" gay subculture definitely is self-contained; as is the punk/anarchist (in my opinion, dirty-looking) group. But really, no judgment on anyone! Come to Pitt to learn and enjoy yourself. What do most students wear to class? Class is very casual. I've seen a lot of athletic shorts and T-shirts in the spring, and sweatpants/shirts in winter. Yeah, you'll see a few overachievers who want to impress the professors by dressing in business formal every day (it doesn't work!); but for the most part, wear what is comfortable to you. Teachers care a lot more about your class participation than your GQ-ability. Are students politically active? Annoyingly so. I've participated in both the Pitt Republicans and Liberatarians groups; but there's a far, FAR greater number of Pitt Democrats on campus. They are loud, they have pamphlets; and oh, sweet mercy, they are irritating. If there's an African country in peril, they're organizing an event to help. Get used to fliers and pamphlets being shoved at you. If you're a left-winger, you'll fit in great with the majority of the campus. If you're more conservative, you'll definitely find a place, too. I can tell you firsthand that the Pitt Republicans do their jobs well. If you're a Commie, there's a group for you, too. Libertarian? There's a group, but they don't really do anything. (Ron Paul gave a speech in spring 2008, though.) This is a long entry. So what should you take away from all this? The Pitt student body is made of students. It really doesn't have a set definition. You won't find much, if any, discrimination or outright disapproval of who you are. Now, if you're wearing a sundress and heels, but have a beard, you may get some chuckles. But just be you.
When living on campus, you're always near a great network of people and physical resources. I didn't need to buy a printer, because I was always near computer labs, which are open 24/7. The food is excellent. Pitt spent a whole lotta money on their new Market Central dining facility, and the money was well spent. Come and visit the campus, just for the food there. Don't come here because you love the football and/or basketball team, and want to hang out with the players. The only time you'll see them is between the first and fourth quarters. Sutherland Hall is wonderful. It's high up on campus, and a little far from classes; but the Pitt shuttles will take you to class, and the rooms are bigger, newer, and better than most on campus.
See above note.
So why should you study at Pitt? First and foremost, Pitt is definitely a research college. If you go into business, medicine, or other research-intensive fields, Pitt's definitely going to give you a lot of real-world experience. Last year, I had motion sensors all over me for a few hours, for a kinesiology experiment (and made $30 doing it). I'm in the business school right now, and have been thoroughly underwhelmed. I've dealt with a lot of TA's and professors who don't use English as their first language. If you can understand Indian accents well, you'll be fine; but it's been a little tough understanding some of them. That being said, the American teachers I've had are always accessible, and genuinely want to talk with you. They know you're spending $20,000 a year to go to Pitt; they want to help. Most are very casual and relaxed about post-class conversations. The academic requirements are appropriate. Pitt's big on "diversifying yourself." So, you accounting majors will have to take some science and English courses; and you English majors will have to take courses that may actually help you find work later in life. The Pitt foreign language department is excellent. I've taken Mandarin Chinese for the past two years, and understand the language pretty well. Other languages offered are your standard Spanish, French, German; but also Indian, Arabic, even Icelandic! There are a ton of classes; and largely, you design your own schedule (within the confines of your major). Some unique classes include the History of Sci-Fi, Vampirism, Islamic Culture, and others.
Popular organizations: The Oakland Zoo (cheering section for the basketball team) is popular, but tickets are not that easy to come by. Football games are great fun, but are a 10-minute bus ride (at Heinz Field) away. I've said this several times before; but really, if you enjoy a hobby, you'll find like-minded individuals here at Pitt. Check out Pitt's "student organization resource center" (Google it) for some types of groups. Party scene: Good heavens, there is a party scene. Most of it occurs in South Oakland, several blocks from campus. Yeah, the neighborhoods look shady; but go with friends, and you'll be fine. Most people party only on Friday and Saturday, some also on Thursday. There are some who drink every night, but they'll drop out. Don't be them. "Excess in moderation." Don't drink two beers every night; wait until Friday, and drink all the beers. If you don't drink, don't come here. I'm kidding, don't worry. If you don't drink, and want to have fun, catch a (free for Pitt students) bus to SouthSide Works or Shadyside. I took my girlfriend to a jazz club, then an indie-friendly movie theater; there's always something to do. Frat life: Near non-existent. Something like 8% of students are in a frat/sorority. I was in one for 36 hours, then walked out of my first meeting. I'm not a fan of paying $400 a semester to make friends, so that's that. However, within the sororities, they all seem to form very "sisterly" relationships with each other.
We really don't have a set identity. It's not a "party school" like WVU, or purely a "basketball school" like UNC; it's Pitt. However, if I were to generalize, most of the students on campus are white, liberal, middle-class Pennsylvanians. But that's not everyone. I've seen tons of varieties of students and teachers here; as previously stated, there's no overarching stereotype.
Pitt has a great atmosphere, for a large school, it's hard to feel lost among the crowd. Professors can get to know you, if ...
Pitt has a great atmosphere, for a large school, it's hard to feel lost among the crowd. Professors can get to know you, if you want them to, that is, and its not hard to stand out if you try. Oakland, where the campus is located is kind of run down, but it has a good flavor to it, sort of a good place to mature. there are bums and crime, sometimes i can hear gunshots at night, but its also fairly safe, as long as you're not stupid. but there's lots of good coffee shops and restaurants, making it easy for a chill time or to take someone on a date. there is a good deal of school pride, especially during basketball season, due to our excellent team over the past few years. there's also a lot of pittsburgh pride, especially for the penguins (our hockey team), but no one gives you too hard a time if you're a fan of some other team, especially from philly or ohio.
there is little racial/gender discrimination on campus. nearly every minority has thier own student group with thier own activities and such. even for gays/lesbians is a pretty open atmosphere - there is a gay/lesbian group that has a fairly knwon presence on campus - and its not unusual to see gay/lesbian couples holding hands on the streets. it'shard to tell whose rich/poor, unless you're a frat or sorority person - which by the way, are not the only ways to have fun on campus, most people don't really like the parties thye throw. there is both a college republican and democrat club on campus, and we often have political speakers at Pitt - Ann Coulter, karl Rove, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, etc. most people are form PA, but there is a good number also from Jersey, Ohio, new York, even as far as virginia, new hampshire, california, and seattle. Pitt is like any other campus though, most people aren't sure where they want to go after they graduate, finances are not a usually discussion at dinners/parties/etc. people hold their views, but rarely do issues of conflict ever arise out of them.
it rains a lot in pittsburgh, and when it's not raining, it's probably cloudy. but for some reason, that doesn't get people down, it's more of a sense of humility that grows in you. And you appreciate the sunny days a lot more when they do come around. it's a lot of fun at pitt, the people are good, cool people. Whenever i go home, i can't wait to come back, because it's so much more fun sitting in your own house, with your friends, even if you're just watching tv.
Students are competitive, and usually very smart. the only major that's known to not be so smart is the business majors, but someof them are ok. a lot of kids like to brag about how hard they have it, but its all pretty equal, unless you're an engineer, that's probably the hardest major at Pitt. I'm a double major, political science and fiction writing. In the liberal arts majors, its failrly easy to meet with professors outside of class, or meet intellectual students and discuss things with them outside of class. the academic requirements can sometimes be tough, and class registration is usually pretty hassling, but other than that, there's not a whole lot of red tape. i've changed my major four times, but i'll still graduate on time because Pitt's credit transfer system is pretty uncomplicated. as a large school though, professors sometimes don't care that much about their classes, but all that does is work towards making your own experience more self-reliant, so you will develop independantly and maturely.
Pitt has a great social scene - whatever you're into, they usually have it. i used to wander down into Towers (the freshman dorms) at two or three in the morning to see kids playing magic cards on the tables. Sports are huge, especially Pitt basketball - but also the Penguins and the Steelers (when they won the superbowl in 2006, our campus went into a riot, setting cars on fire andpolice were called in - it was a blast, some of the most fun I've had in college.) Parties are prevalent, every weekend there's always stuff to do - but if you don't like to party, it's not an overbearing scene, and you can go your own way. it's fairly easy to date, there's lots of bars/restaurants/coffee shops/museums/parks/countlesss other date-things you can do. there are different sections of Pittsburgh, you have oakland, downtown, southside, waterfront, strip district, all with different sorts of fun activites to do. frats and sororities are not really all that much fun or all that prevalent. But if you're into that kind of thing, it's big enough to have fun.
The best thing about Pitt is that UPMC is providing some money for me to go to school. Other than this, I will receive a rais...
The best thing about Pitt is that UPMC is providing some money for me to go to school. Other than this, I will receive a raise at work after completing my Master's degree. When I tell people I go to Pitt, they say 'oh'. Not really much of a respose... The only school pride is in their basketball....when they are good. When their sports teams are not good, they talk badly about them. I can honestly say I did not have a great experience here. Administration for my program sucked, and they are not very organized at all. It is in the middle of the city, and I do not like when the homeless people would ask me for money after getting done with a class.
No comment - being a graduate student is a little bit different as I have a full time job...so I am not sure of these issues.
No - I had a much, much better experience at Penn State
The professors were very nice. They all knew me, and the classes were small enough that everyone in my program knew each other. Education at Pitt, in my opinion (for my program, anyways), is basically learning for its own sake. I do not view it as geared towards getting a job.
That they are rude and obnoxious
That we are the dumb, partying cousins of Carnegie Melon
Best thing- many hospitals which allow for research, internships, and volunteer experience. It is a huge school which is awe...
Best thing- many hospitals which allow for research, internships, and volunteer experience. It is a huge school which is awesome because there are so many students. I spend a lot of time studying at Hillman Library and in the Cathedral of Learning. People love Pitt- everyone loves it and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I will always remember when the Steelers won the Super Bowl (for the 5th time) freshman year because everyone was going crazy and they had to close down the streets in Oakland because everyone was being crazy outside.
Pitt is very diverse. I graduated in a class of 250 with only 3 minority students in high school, so it was really cool to get to see different cultures and meet really cool people. They just put in a new dining hall under the Towers (where most freshmen live) which is awesome!
Pitt's football stadium is the same one as the Steelers so it's annoying to have to go on the bus to get to the games. The security is really strict at the games so you can't drink down at the stadium. The Pitt football team is really bad too so nobody goes to the games. We have the Oakland Zoo though and our basketball team rocks and so does the Peterson Events Center which was built about 10 years ago and is really sweet and the gym there is sweet too. I love Pitt so much and have wanted to go here since I was a little girl. It definitely has been everything I hoped it would and more. I made some of my best friends, my boyfriend, and have ad so many experiences that I would have never had if I had not come here!
The city is not dirty but there are a lot of bridges and the Steelers and Penguins are amazing!
Freshman year classes are about 350 which can be overwhelming, but by junior year my classes were about 50 each. You can get to know your teacher if you truly want to. They have manditory office hours and there are always TA's that will help you, there are often times study sessions held by the teacher before tests, there are 2-3 Peer Leading sessions a week in certain classes (physics, chemistry, o-chem, physics, and biology), which are really helpful because they are led by students that have already taken the class, there is the Academic Resource Center, a tutoring center that is free for all Pitt students and will help you in any subject, and most majors have their own tutoring center as well. Pitt really prepares you for a career in my field (physical therapy) and has so many organizations that it is hard to not get involved.
The biggest organization on campus is Black Action Society which holds some really nice events for its members. Pretty much there is a club for any interest you have- there is a ski club which gets you really cheap passes for skiing at Seven Spring Mountain Resort which is really sweet. The boys are cute here and most girls are pretty. I'm not in a sorority but there is a great greek life here. People party every day of the week here and there are seriously a million bars. There's the Waterfront if you don't drink and you can see movies or go out to dinner or go on the incline in Pittsburgh, which is a little train thing that goes up and down Mt. Washington. There is a ton of stuff to do here. Commuting, from what I heard, is terrible- don't do it just live in Oakland!
The city is dirty and there are a lot of bridges and the Steelers are awesome and so are the Penguins!
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