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September 2015FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Dorms are fun and have a close environment

Cathedral is beautiful

Honors college is helpful and flush with cash

Downers

Weather is poor

Campus has very little grass

Class sizes are too big

Comments

Pitt is the perfect place if you want an affordable, urban, public research university.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Good quality education, support services leave something to be desired”
August 2015FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

The price at the time was reasonable, urban location, and wide course selection

Downers

The support services could have been better. Some of the dorms are extremely dated.

Comments

Pittsburgh is a fantastic city, and it was great to go to school in an urban area.

Would You Recommend

Yes

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Quality of Life

Amazing!!

Admissions

application, essays

scholarship oppurtunities are reviewed at same time as application submission

Level

1

Graduation Year

2016

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

We are the best.

Admissions

so difficult

Level

1

Graduation Year

2014

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Liberal arts college, you must take many general requirement classes. Core classes are usually pretty difficult to help weed out students who do not belong in the major (at least for my experience: pre-med) Advising was great, i have a wonderful relationship with my advisor. Class sizes are great for such a large school. out of 2283 undergraduate courses offered, only about 6% are 100 students or more, 63% are 30 students or less, and 45% are 20 students or less. Most professors are involved in research so there are many opportunities. School is very competitive, and grading is fair. There are many study abroad opportunities and they are easily accessible, workload is definitely manageable even for students with difficult majors.

Quality of Life

Housing is great, cant go wrong with any dorms on campus. Center for Off campus housing makes living off campus easy. Cost of living is low in Pittsburgh, Campus is gorgeous and fun, facilities are well maintained, library is well equipped, great variety of places to study. Food is great. neighborhood is super safe, Pittsburgh was rated number one among bench mark cities in public safety. Relationship with community is great. Crime and safety are not an issue. I am extremely happy.

Admissions

I applied using the Common app. Plus a Pitt supplement. Regular decision, found out I was accepted within about three weeks. Did not receive a scholarship.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Class sizes become smaller as you become more specialized in your subject area. There are lots of study abroad opportunities and our Study Abroad Office is extremely helpful and thorough when a student wants to study abroad. Professors have 4-6 office hours a week, and from my experience have always been there when they say they are going to be.

Quality of Life

Oakland has a relatively low cost of living which is nice because living on-campus, while it is extremely safe, is a little more expensive.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

There are large class sizes for general requirement classes, that range from about 200-250 students. When they classes are this big Pitt makes sure everyone is one the same page with once a week recitations taught by teachers assistants. In my experience, I've found that the professors are very approachable in office hours. Pitt is a great school to go to for anything medical related because UPMC is right on our campus allowing students to have opportunities such as research, volunteer work, and/or internships.

Quality of Life

I am very happy here at Pitt! The residence halls on lower campus are set up in a great central location nearby the library, food courts, restaurants, and a nice park (Schenley Park). Since its in a city there is always something to do whether it's a concert, sporting event, or show. You are never bored with all the fun school sponsored events that take place on weekends! The OCC program, short for Outside the Classroom Curriculum, is a one of a kind program here that also gives you a way to get credit for going to the events on campus. Plus, the Pitt Arts program here is awesome because students can go see free shows and performances for free in addition to a free dinner beforehand.

Admissions

The admissions process is pretty similar to a typical college application. You need to fill out the application and write a personal statement that gives you a chance to say in words what you have to offer.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

essay, resume, application, financial aid

Level

4

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Great mix of large and small classes. General education requirements are mostly useful (except we must take 3 natural sciences classes which is a bit much for those majoring in the arts). STUDY ABROAD IS AWESOME! We send 17% of out undergrad abroad a semester, 10% more than the average and we have our own programs which makes it even more accessible.

Quality of Life

So fun, great community, smallest big school ever.

Level

4

Graduation Year

2011

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The general education requirements aren't too terrible (fairly flexible); good study abroad program (about 17% of students here study abroad); I don't know much about major requirements--I'm still undecided; advising is good; class sizes vary, but are generally 'smallish' (only 6% have 100+ students, 43% have 20 or fewer, and 65% have 30 or fewer); in my experience, the professors have been very accessible and helpful, and there are a great deal of research opportunities available to undergrads.

Quality of Life

Housing options are varied and good; cost of living is pretty good, even more so once a student moves off campus; campus is pretty urban, but with a good amount of green space; nice facilities, several libraries, good dining options all over campus; surrounding neighborhoods are fine; safe campus, etc.

Admissions

Rolling admissions; essays/interviews/resumes/etc. are suggested, not required application materials; financial aid is quite good--many (most?) students receive some form of aid, and a great number get scholarships from the University.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2012

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