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Julia
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Pitt is that it is in the city. You are not confined to just those in your school but yet it is easy to ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Pitt is that it is in the city. You are not confined to just those in your school but yet it is easy to be around them. There are different areas of the city to go to if dirty Oakland isn't your vibe for the night. Also, although South Oakland is dirty and maybe alittle scary, there are amazing little stores and restaurants that people do not find out about until they move into South Oakland. Some good places to check out are the Indian place on S. Bouquet and the little Italian market on Bates Semple.

Describe the students at your school.

I don't know if any student would feel out of place at Pitt. I think that if you are willing to go out and interact with people then you can find a niche for yourself. Alot of people however feel freshmen year that fun activities should just come knocking at their door. They dont, and it took me till the end of sophomore year to really seek out what I wanted to be involved in and to just do it. Something that bothers me about Pitt is that students generally do stick with their race, religion and or sexual preference. While there are many exceptions, groups walking around on campus are primarily of the same race. I thought with a city school thing would be more integrated but this isn't necessarily the case.

What are the academics like at your school?

Most of my professors have no idea who I am. I'm a psych major and all of my classes are pretty big. However, I have noticed that when the initiative is taken to get to know the teachers most are very receptive and very nice. The psychology advising department is amazing. They are so willing to help and so incredibly responsive. I also have to say that for the sociology department which counted many of my classes while i was abroad that really shouldnt have been counted. Class participation is not common in big classes. In fact, dont raise your hand at all in big classes, no one appreciates it.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Freshmen year in towers is where I met all my closest friends to this day. I think it can be generally said that the people that you live with and around freshmen year, are going to be the people that you will spend your college years with. It's hard to live on a floor with 40 other people (especially girls) but you learn to live with each other and you learn who and who you cannot get along with. People generally go out every weekend, but much more freshmen year. It's ok, just do it cause its the easiest year of your life. While it's tempting to go out with 16 of your new closest friends, please dont all leave at one time. You look foolish hahah. Go to the frats but not too often, stick to South Oakland house parties. But also please go to plays and concerts that are around the city. I always complained felt that there wasnt anything to do but go to parties on the weekend freshmen year but then sophomore year i realized that i just wasnt looking.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Some say that Pitt is a party school...it is.

Ryan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

City of Pittsburgh: The city of Pittsburgh is certainly one of the more underrated cities which gets a bad rap as an old dir...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

City of Pittsburgh: The city of Pittsburgh is certainly one of the more underrated cities which gets a bad rap as an old dirty steel city. That has changed drastically in the last 20 years and Pittsburgh is now a medical, financial and business center with the 5th most Fortune 500 companies in the USA. Pitt is wonderful because it is located in the city and you can acquire connections to extremely top-class corporations that all recruit here (PNC Bank, PPG, US Steel, Bayer, Dicks Sporting Goods, ect.) It is a wonderful school if you are a business/finance major. School Size: About 16,000 but the business undergrad school is probably around 1,500 so you get to meet many people of your own major within the larger school. Reputation: Pitt for the last decade has been drastically climbing in the school rankings and is now a Top 25 public university and Top 60 overall University. It is closely approaching schools like Michigan and Indiana, and by international rankings Pitt is Top 50 in the world and getting better every year. Admission has therefore been getting more selective on a yearly basis. Athletics: A big attraction is that Pitt Basketball and Football are good year in and out. The school is more of a Basketball school and the Oakland Zoo (student section) is full almost every game since Pitt is a perennial Top 25 team. The Football team has seen some tough times lately even though we have had some great talent and the students are much more fair-weather-fans. Tailgating is always fun though!

Describe the students at your school.

Everything about Pitt's student body is very middle of the road. Pittsburgh is not an extremely diverse city so the student body is largely white middle class. I have never seen any problems because the majority of the students are left leaning/central and are accepting of anyone no matter where they are from.

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

Pitt is has a great reputation academically and is getting better every year. If I had to do it all over again I would certainly come back. Here is certainly the most accurate college advice I have heard: CHOOSING A MAJOR: If you want to get a good job, make good money, and not work too hard in college, major in business. If you want to make a ton of money and are willing to work your butt off in college, study engineering, law, or medicine (but not nursing). If you want to love what you do and coast through college, (but always be on the hunt for a job after graduating, while having to work your butt off just to make ends meet): study writing, journalism, religion, fine art, theater, or broadcasting. This is also an excellent road to travel if you eventually want to become a sad, broken down college professor some day. If you're just in it for the tail and want to meet lots of hot babes, study nutrition, fitness, or broadcast journalism. You won't make a ton of money, but you'll always work with a lot of women with hot bodies in the industry.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Yes, most students I have met are of a high caliber intellectually even though there are a few that that you have to wonder how the hell they got into this school.

What are the academics like at your school?

The Finance department has an amazing group of professors all of which I enjoyed. Many have spent years researching and have published well known papers in the Journal of Finance mostly regarding Financial Theory. The Finance curriculum is challenging and is on par with Accounting for difficulty. For business majors, accounting and finance students largely are dedicated to their academics and therefore find excellent jobs post graduation. Marketing and General Management majors have less attractive but much easier degrees and many of them slack off/don't go to class/don't study. The education is more geared towards a great overall education, but Leadership Development helps with getting a job. You will do team work and see everything that you would have to know in order to get a top entry level position.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

South and North Oakland is the part of Pittsburgh where the vast majority of off campus students live (The U of Pitt is in between S & N Oakland). North Oakland is home to many frat houses and south oakland is mostly houses/apartments. It is approximately a 5-10 minute walk from the majority of apartments to campus. Freshman and Sophomore year most students venture out to Frat and House parties. Junior year is when most students move off campus and start throwing parties and Senior year everyone is 21 and goes to bars. Bars: Oakland is home to around 10 bars some of which are more popular than others. The South Side, Shadyside, and Station Square are the other areas Pitt students frequent and they are all within 4-5 miles of Oakland ($10 cab ride). Those areas have more older post-college professionals while Oakland is almost exclusively college students.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The opinion of the other city colleges of Pitt students is that of (mostly) highly intelligent students who enjoy the social aspect of college more than for example, Carnegie Mellon students.

Lorie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think Pitt is a good size - it's big enough to avoid people you don't want to see but still small enough to actually meet p...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think Pitt is a good size - it's big enough to avoid people you don't want to see but still small enough to actually meet people. I love the campus because it's basically interspersed with all of the other Oakland buildings, but that is definitely a particular taste. It's not a secluded, collegiate area like CMU or some other private schools. I spend most of my time in the Cathedral because that's where all my classes are, and it's also where I do most of my homework and writing. The only complaint I have is that the extracurricular clubs, etc. tend to be really cliquey.

Describe the students at your school.

I don't think anyone could feel out of place at Pitt. There are so many students that you're bound to find at least SOMEone you get along with. Many clubs and groups promote diversity and there are clubs for many ethnic, religious, political, and other backgrounds. The majority of students are left-winged and open-minded. This isn't to say that stupid bros won't use the word "fag" or "bitch" whenever they can throw it into a sentence, however. The Greek scene is kind of obnoxious if that's not your thing, but it's easy enough to avoid with so many other people on campus.

What are the academics like at your school?

Your classes will be what you make of them. You can choose to take huge lecture classes that you can skip all the time and never really learn anything, or you can take small, intimate classes with only a few other students. In my experience professors are very willing to help students in and outside of class. I've only had two or three profs that I didn't like. Class participation is always encouraged, even in lecture classes. Study time is really up to the individual, although my bio major friends tend to always be stuck studying. The English department is full of amazing professors who really care about their students. The literature major is one of the largest credits-wise, but most of the classes are great. My favorite professors have been David Brumble, Jim Seitz, and Kellie Robertson. The only thing that is terrible about the English department are the advisers - Fiore is a horrible human being and has made me cry.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Pitt's social life is however you want it to be - it can be easy to get lost in the crowd, but with all those people it's also easy to make tons of friends. Most people live in the dorms their first year or two. I met many of my current friends on my floor freshman year. The rest of my friends I've met at parties and through other people. The party scene isn't quite as bad as schools like Ohio State, but there isn't really much else to do on a Friday or Saturday night if you're not 21. You could get half-price food (a lot of the restaurants in Oakland serve a half-price menu late night) or maybe find a show or something, but I've always had the impression that most people are at parties on a Friday or Saturday night. Some popular groups on campus are WPTS (student radio), Habitat for Humanity, STAND (about taking action for Darfur), several literary magazines, sports teams, frats/sororities, and tons of volunteering opportunities. Use your student ID for free bus rides! You can get anywhere in the city and Pittsburgh has a lot to offer outside of Oakland.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That compared to Carnegie Mellon we're all dumb.

Reese
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Pitt is a great school, there is always something going on, from sports (pitt bball and football, steelers, pirates, penguins...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Pitt is a great school, there is always something going on, from sports (pitt bball and football, steelers, pirates, penguins), clubs, city and school events, to parties. Best thing is Sundays during the fall, the city is alive with excitement about the stillers, their results has a profound impact on the city...

Describe the students at your school.

The student body at pitt is very diverse, as with many large schools there are some of everyone and everything.

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

Hail to Pitt...717 fo life...f state penn...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No, Oakland is hardly a city...yet it is always active. No, it is only about 3.5 hours nonstop from lancaster.

What are the academics like at your school?

Basiaclly all of these questions depend on yourself and your teachers...help is always available to those who seek it and your relationships with your teachers will depend on if you want one to exist or not. The engineering department is geared towards job placement but also focuses heavily on learning.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Social life is good...plently of nondrinking activities...its what you want to make of it...

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

It is a city campus. It is too far away from home (Central and Eastern PA kids).

Pat
What is your overall opinion of this school?

This school is a good mix of people from different cultures and backgrounds. You learn a lot and it's a great opportunity to...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

This school is a good mix of people from different cultures and backgrounds. You learn a lot and it's a great opportunity to step out of your own comfort zone. There are many good chances to do some really cool things (study abroad, join a club, etc.) if you put in the effort. Oakland caters to students very well. I do a lot of lifting, wrestling and grappling. I have a pretty close group of friends. There is a lot or pride come basketball season. I think Pitt's administration needs a lesson on how to connect to students. Overall, no one is going to do it for you, it takes YOU buckling down and getting it done.

Describe the students at your school.

Pitt is a melting pot. If you give people a chance, you will learn a great deal about a lot of different people. It really helps you to expand your horizons and grow as a person.

What are the academics like at your school?

In my major of engineering, and further, civil engineering, you form a brotherhood with your peers. I have a lot of pride in my major because we have all gone through the insanely intense courses. There is no room for laziness if you want to succeed. Being a research school, I would change the fact that Pitt focuses a lot on theory and not enough on practical applications. I'm not a researcher nor do I ever plan to be. I hate theory and I hate bookwork. However, I LOVE applying what I know to the real world. I would suggest that Pitt needs more avenues to let students APPLY what they know and not just write it on a piece of paper.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

It's all what you make of it. Be friendly and you will have friends, simple enough.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The frat boys are lame. research professors could care less about students. there is ALWAYS stuff to do in Oakland/Pittsburgh. if you get too drunk and lost, just look up to the horizon and follow the Cathedral of Learning, i.e. the "Drunken Compass." Living is South Oakland sucks, the houses there are straight up broke.

Jessica
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love Pitt because it's in the city. It always seems like the possibilities are endless if you find yourself with some spar...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love Pitt because it's in the city. It always seems like the possibilities are endless if you find yourself with some spare time. It kinda sucks having security guards when you live in the dorms because they make you feel like you're a baby and often times they are more rude than nice. My favorite place to be is at the museums or at Phipps Conservatory. Both are quick walks from campus. There is a lot of Pitt Pride but if you're like me and think people are a little too crazy about sports, they are easy to avoid and it's always nice when almost everyone is at a basketball or football game because it feels like you have the entire campus to yourself.

Describe the students at your school.

I think Pitt is pretty diverse, there's always room for improvement but I don't think any single group would feel left out. There are student groups for just about all wants and needs that a student may have. Most students wear exactly what they would wear to high school to class. Ironically enough it really seems like most Pitt Students are from Philly. I wasn't expecting this at all. I come from 30ish miles North of Pittsburgh and it's rare that you find someone that lives that close to Pitt. It seems like most people are from a more "well off" financial background which can be intimidating for me because I'm not. Students are politically aware and it's annoying. It seems like they are quick to jump on the band wagon without much thought. There is a huge Pitt Republican group and a huge Pitt Democrat group. That's about it, which is pretty sad. I never really hear people talk about how much they earn, they usually talk about how wasted they got the night before.

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

Pitt's fun but you should really know yourself before you go or you're just going to end up being a big partier. If that's what you're looking for though party on.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Pretty much so, occasionally you'll find a cool person.

What are the academics like at your school?

Most professors don't know your name, a lot do though. How much you study depends on your major. I study ALL THE TIME. If you're thinking about majoring in the sciences at Pitt, be prepared to constantly study to make it on top. Most Pitt students are not intellectual at all. This is probably my biggest complaint about the people that go to Pitt. It's very hard to find intellectually stimulating people and extremely easy to find a party. My major is Ecology and Evolution and I really like it. It's almost exactly the biology major but on a more macroscopic level. This summer I'm going to the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology to take my ecology class and I'm extremely excited about it. The academic requirements are very much "doable" here. I went to Pitt because I knew that with a Pitt degree I would be more likely to get a job.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I'm in Free the Planet, which is Pitt's environmental group. I really like it. We take on projects such as recycling at Pitt and creating bike lanes in the city. We've had a little success but it's hard to work around everything that's already set up at Pitt. Most people in dorms do not leave their doors open. Especially in Tower C, it's like completely devoid of a social scene (especially on the girl floors). Athletic Events are extremely popular. Guest Speakers can be popular depending on who it is. Spring term Jerry Springer came and that was a very popular guest speaker event. I think most theater productions at Pitt are not very popular but I really enjoy going to them. The dating scene is pretty cool. I met my boyfriend at a club and we've been together for a year and a half now. If you want to party everyday of the week, you can. If you hate partying, you're not going to be very happy at Pitt. There are plenty of things you can do if you don't drink. There are tons of places around Pittsburgh such as coffee shops, stores, and restaurants. Also, almost every weekend in the dorms the RAs will organize a non-alcoholic event. Those usually don't have a very high attendance though.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Idiotic frat boys and sorostitutes.

Jessica
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love the University of Pittsburgh. I transferred here my sophomore year from a very small, Catholic college in Erie, PA. ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love the University of Pittsburgh. I transferred here my sophomore year from a very small, Catholic college in Erie, PA. What I found most attractive was the size of the campus and the amount of things to do. Not only does Pitt offer you a wide variety of extracurriculars and student activities, but Oakland is full of things to do, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods like the South Side, Squirrel Hill, and Downtown. When transferring I was nervous and anxious, but the administration really made my transition a smooth one. All of my credits transferred and my adviser was very friendly and made herself available to me for questions, even outside of registering/transferring my courses. Pitt offers students a good atmosphere, which is why I think students have such great pride in the school.

Describe the students at your school.

I think Pitt has an extremely varied student body. You can find students of every race, religion, sexuality, and socioeconomic status. I've met some really interesting people and i've learned a lot from them about race, religion, politics etc. that I could never learn in the classroom setting. I don't think any student could ever feel out of place at Pitt, because there is such a mix of people, no one is the "outcast". The student body is pretty laid back, the uniform is anything from pajamas to business casual in class and there aren't any "cliques" who don't really converse. Sure there is drama between Greek societies, but you'll have that everywhere. Pitt students come from all over, but there are a lot of students from PA, mainly Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, but those who aren't from PA fit in just as well.

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

I absolutely love the University of Pittsburgh. Transferring was the best decisions I could have ever made for my academic career. The university has allowed me to meet tons of interesting people and I really do believe that my education is worthwhile.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

These stereotypes are not completely accurate. Yes, we have a lot of students who participate in sports, and I'm sure there are students who went to Pitt after being turned down by their first choice school. However, there are plenty of students attending Pitt for the academics and atmosphere. Pitt is full of a wide variety of students, I don't think this University could ever fit a certain type of mold.

What are the academics like at your school?

When taking into consideration the number of students that go to the University of Pittsburgh, I was sure all of my classes were going to be huge. However, I was mistaken. I have had more classes that hold 30 students than anything, and only 3 classes with more than 100 students. I always make an attempt, regardless of the class size, to let the teacher know my name- and they usually remember. My favorite experience so far was my first semester at Pitt. I took Biology for non-majors and it was a huge class. However, the professor came in and shook everyone's hand and introduced us. He knew we weren't majoring in biology so he even made a course packet so we wouldn't have to purchase an expensive text. It was a nice first class to have when I was so anxious about school starting. I've taken several unique courses like Vampire: Blood and Empire and Indo-European Folk Tales. The variety of courses is another thing I love about Pitt. Yes, they require that annoying core of classes required, however, there are tons of unique classes you can take to fulfill the requirements. It makes getting your degree more fun, and when you take an odd-ball class is can lighten your academic load, which is always nice. It creates a nice balance between education needed for the workforce and education just for learnings sake. The only complaint I have, being a communication major, is that a lot of my professors have been adjunct, which means teaching was their night job. Therefore, they weren't really available outside of class. Its frustrating to have someone teaching you who doesn't want to be teaching. However, I think my academic experience thus far has been pretty good. I've had interesting professors who are good to talk to in and out of class and some interesting classmates who I've had great academic discussions with in and out of the classroom.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There are lots of popular groups on campus. Some of the most popular are Greek Life and the activities committees. I'm involved with WPTS which is Pitt's radio station. It is a small group, but everyone gets along really well. Joining the radio station was a great way for me to meet people when I started at Pitt. Some of the most popular events at Pitt are of course the sporting events, concerts, and the spring and fall fests. Guest speakers also get alot of student attention, especially political figures. Homecoming is always a blast too. There are a lot of parties at Pitt. On any given day there are tons of parties going on. All you have to do is walk through Oakland and look at which apartments have kids hanging around, and you can find yourself a great house party. I'm not big on hard-core partying, but I still have fun on the weekends. There are concerts and plays to see, shopping, museums, etc. And it is still fun to go to parties and not get trashed. There's something for everyone to enjoy as far as social life goes.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

A lot of people believe that Pitt is full of either athletes or people who couldn't make it into Carnegie Mellon.

Jessica
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Pitt takes extremely good care of new students. There are always activities going on for freshmen and every step is taken to ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Pitt takes extremely good care of new students. There are always activities going on for freshmen and every step is taken to ensure the students are comfortable and even proud about their choice to go there. One of the coolest things about going to school in Pittsburgh is how your student ID acts as a free bus pass. Pittsburgh is an exciting city with loads of things to do every day, so being able to get around easily for free is a huge advantage. The Pittsburgh bus system is pretty reliable and most, if not all, of the busses go through Pitt's campus quite frequently so getting around is never a problem. It's kind of annoying how three of the best dorms on campus (Pennsylvania Hall, Panther Hall, and Sutherland Hall) are on upper campus. Upper campus is a huge pain to get to and from (it's all the way up "Cardiac Hill") especially if all your classes are on lower campus. Living in the Litchfield Towers is the ultimate freshman experience at Pitt. The RAs are really cool and they plan fun activities for the residents every week. It's also pretty neat to live in a circular building where walking down your hallway means walking in a circle. The rooms really aren't that small compared to the freshman dorms at most schools. The only sucky things about Towers are the communal bathrooms and the weird elevator system which really screws you over if you're not on every third floor. But otherwise it's very convenient to live there because it's practically the center of activity on lower campus. Plus, you don't have to leave the building to get a good meal! Market Central is the new dining establishment on the lower level of the Towers. For one ID swipe you get all-you-can-eat access to six different things--there's an pizza/pasta bar place, a sandwich place, a diner-style place, a stir-fry place, a vegetarian place, and an unpredictable place that is very random. When it first opened, Market Central was really good and everyone loved it--but they were all sick of it a few months later. By the end of the year, no one wanted to eat there anymore. But I guess that's true for any dining hall--boredom with the choices is inevitable, even if there are as many choices as at Market Central. If you buy a computer right before you start at Pitt, don't buy any software for it--you can get it all here for free! It's a pretty sweet deal. The Cathedral of Learning is a wonderful place. Chances are you'll have a bunch of classes there throughout your time at Pitt, and you might chose to study there too. It's a gorgeous piece of architecture that looks pretty on the outside in any kind of weather, and the inside is really cozy. The Cathedral is definitely my favorite building on Pitt's campus.

Describe the students at your school.

Most of Pitt's student body is from Pennsylvania because of the in-state tuition. And by Pennsylvania, I mean the Philadelphia area and the Pittsburgh area, mainly. Don't come to Pitt if you're shy or introverted. It's a big school where shy kids can easily get lost in the crowd. No one here cares what you wear to class. Pitt is the kind of place where you can feel free to be as individual or conforming as you like.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No, not at all. Pitt is a great school with excellent academics, in addition to outstanding sports, extracurriculars, and resources for students. A degree from Pitt with a high GPA is just as impressive to grad schools or future employers as a degree from a more prestigious University. Pitt should be considered seriously by high school students.

What are the academics like at your school?

The key to doing well in any class, no matter how big or small, is to get involved. Because it is impossible for the professor to get to know every single student in a 200 person lecture, standing out is important. Always participate in class discussion and introduce yourself to the professor and speak with him or her after class. If the professor knows who you are, your chances at doing well are significantly higher. In smaller classes, however, chances are the professor knows your name and if you don't participate you'll stand out like a sore thumb. Like at any school, it is not hard to do well at Pitt if you commit the time and energy to studying. In high school, it's possible to get by without doing much work, but if you think that's also true in college you will fail, especially in classes where one test can account for more than 20% of your final grade. Every freshman at Pitt is required to take an English course called Seminar in Composition. It is THE WORST CLASS you will ever take at Pitt, guaranteed. Most of the Comp teachers are pretty bad and it's not easy to do well in it, no matter how good a writer you think you are. But it's inevitable, so brace yourself for one sucky semester of paper writing.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I don't drink. I dunno, the frat parties aren't really my idea of fun but sometimes I felt bored on the weekends when all my friends were out partying. There's no doubt partying is big at Pitt, but if you're like me and don't go looking for it it's not hard to avoid.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

A lot of smart and talented high school students look at Pitt as a "safety school" and only want to enroll if their top-choice ivys don't accept them.

Michelle
What is your overall opinion of this school?

One of the most unique things about the University of Pittsburgh is that it is in a city; Oakland isn't just a college town, ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

One of the most unique things about the University of Pittsburgh is that it is in a city; Oakland isn't just a college town, but the tallest building around is Pitt's own Cathedral of Learning. If you go out for lunch at Joe Mama's or The Red Oak Cafe, you'll see other students inside, but chances are you'll run into professionals in suits and scrubs on their lunchbreak, too. And there are plenty of activities and ways to be involved on campus, but there is so much else out there. Pittsburgh is incredibly diverse with a unique history and culture, with nooks and crannies to find if you take a step outside campus borders. We have free access to public transit, so why not take advantage of that? However, there's still a definite sense of community among the students; we still have dining halls exclusively for students and riots when our sports teams beat rivals, just like any other university.

Describe the students at your school.

Pitt's students are all over the board. I'm sure that someone has taken a demographic poll of sorts at some point and cound give a detailed description of the number of Jews, Hindus, Catholics, and Atheists; or the dominating race Pitt, but just looking around, it's hard to define a "typical" Pitt student. You'll see it all here: dresses, jeans, tights, sweats, heels, flats, tennis shoes, sweaters, polos, tank tops, hoodies, tee shirts; all shades of skin; straight edgers, potheads, drunks; democrats, republicans, libertarians, anarchists. If you're looking for a certain type of student, you can find it. And for that reason, I feel like anyone could call Pitt home.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

The people that think this obviously haven't set foot on Pitt's campus. No, there is no fence separating us from the rest of Pittsburgh or a quad or oval defining the "heart of campus", but is located in OAKLAND, a completely separate community from downtown but still close enough to the city and neighboring communities to explore and find things to do off-campus if you want. But there is so much to do on campus - it's just up to you to read flyers and talk to people. This isn't high school anymore; there are no morning announcements telling you about an upcoming movie night, midnight ice skate, or tournament. There is plenty of open green around, too: lawns and fields that are great for playing frisbee and soccer or lounging around, and Schenley Park just a crosswalk away.

What are the academics like at your school?

Since Pitt offers a variety of majors, the classes you take can really determine your class size, if professors will know your name, etc. Even for general education courses, you can fulfill your social science requirement by taking Intro to Sociology with 200 students or Intro to Urban Studies with less than 50 students. Of course, upper level, specialized courses will have less students, sometimes 10 or less students. One of the best courses I took my freshman year was Seminar in Composition, a required course for any Arts and Sciences student. You can take a general seminar course or one that focuses on certain topics such as education, gender studies, or service learning. I took one that focused on service learning and required us to find a place to volunteer throughout the semester. It was a great class with less than 20 students, a passionate professor, and interesting readings, writings, and discussions that were all connected to the bigger picture of service. This is one of the reasons why Pitt is incredible - we have access to resources and opportunities that you won't find at even a huge university if it's surrounded by farmland or in suburbia. Interniships and service are easily found. We have students with perfect SAT scores attending on a full ride but also ones that make you wonder how they were accepted. Intellects, dumbasses, and everyone in between can be found at Pitt, and it makes for a great atmosphere. If you want a challenge, you can pursue it with like-minded individuals, and if you want to slack off, you can do that, too. Pitt also offers the opportunity to cross-register and neighboring universities. Yes, we offer classes about Russian madmen, but we don't offer a great number of dance classes. If you want, you can take a course at Chatham, Carnegie Mellon, Point Park, Carlow, and a few other schools nearby. We also can take classes at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. The types of classes we can register for are so diverse, and the number is uncountable.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Oh geez, where to begin... friends are easy to make. You can stick to going to frats with the people on your floor or go see a cheap or free show every weekend. If you're looking for a good party, you can find it, but if you want more out of your nights, you can find it. Really, it's about asking and looking around. It's easy to find parties. It's also easy to find cheap or free adventures elsewhere on a Saturday night, like midnight ice skating, overnight backpacking trips, concerts, movies, speakers, games, and late night restaurant deals. There's also plenty going on during the week - 4-square, Hindu Student Council, Pitt Outdoors Club, speakers, game nights. And you can usually find free food at events and meetings at least once a week.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

A lot of people think that Pitt is a concrete jungle, a bunch of buildings tossed in the middle of downtown. Fresh air, what? "Pitt's campus doesn't really exist." And because it's in a city, there's nothing to do on their so-called campus.

Adam
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Best thing is the student body, not the prettiest campus though

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Best thing is the student body, not the prettiest campus though

Describe the students at your school.

very open student body

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

greek life is big but not required for a social life, pitt runs many events to keep you interested

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