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There’s a good reason students clamor to attend the University of Pittsburgh every year. After all, the school provides “an amazing balance between an urban and traditional college experience,” along with a “large student body [that manages to] feel small and super connected.” It’s also an institution teeming with resources and opportunities, from scholarships and study abroad to internships and undergraduate research. Student success is a priority, and undergrads have easy access to both career development assistance and tutoring services.

When it comes to academics, some students suggest that there’s “a strong lean toward the STEM fields as it is a research university with a medical school.” However, others are quick to highlight the sheer breadth of courses available, “including the history of jazz, love in France, the origins of fashion, Led Zeppelin, and vampires.” Regardless of the class or department, students can expect challenging coursework that will prepare them for their career paths. Much of this can be attributed to “knowledgeable” and “engaging” professors who “know [their] material very well.” And plenty praise their instructors for their accessibility, noting that they truly “make an effort to get to know their students.” As this impressed undergrad sums up, “almost every single one of my professors across all departments has bent over backward to satisfy their students.”

Student Body

Given that it’s a large public university, it shouldn’t be too surprising to learn that Pitt has a “student body that’s diverse.” Indeed, the school is a “melting pot of every different type of student you can find.” Though some do argue that it can often feel like most undergraduates hail “from PA, NY, NJ, and OH,” regardless of where they’re from, Pitt students manage to foster “a very encouraging community where everyone wants each other to succeed.” Another undergrad wholeheartedly agrees, adding, “I have been able to meet a lot of incredibly supportive people and surround myself with exceptional student leaders that inspire me to be a better student, friend, and person.”

Many students also bond over the fact that they’re “academically driven” and “enjoy learning.” Additionally, the majority seem to identify as “very socially and politically progressive.” And nearly all of them seem to have tons of “pride in their university.” We’ll give the last word to this undergrad who proudly sums up, “My peers are the smartest, kindest, involved, and motivated people I’ve ever met, and I have all the faith in the world that they will make the world a better place.”

Campus Life

There is definitely life beyond the classroom at Pitt. To begin with, the university “is always hosting some form of campus-wide program to motivate student engagement.” This can be anything from various dances or bingo nights to flower arranging classes. Additionally, Pitt students are an active lot, and the school’s numerous club sports and intramural leagues tend to draw lots of participants because there are so many options. Students can find everything from club figure skating to volleyball; there’s even a recreational climbing team and a Quidditch team. Don’t sweat it if you’re not into athletics. Pitt also sponsors and organizes plenty of programs such as movie screenings, open mic nights, and art workshops throughout the year.

Students note that there’s also “a very healthy…Greek [scene] here” for those interested, but there are many other social opportunities too. Finally, undergrads love to venture beyond the confines of the campus and explore the city of Pittsburgh. This is easy to do since students can ride the Port Authority buses for free. Therefore, it’s common to find students heading to the city to try a new restaurant, go shopping, or visit a museum.

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4227 Fifth Avenue, 120 Alumni Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260



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Most Popular Places On Campus
Cathedral of Learning
William Pitt Union
Heinz Chapel
Petersen Event Center
Sennott Square

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Carnegie Museum of Art and History
PNC Park (Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates)
Andy Warhol Museum
Acrisure Stadium (Home of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers)
Shadyside/Walnut Street Shopping District

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Campus Visiting Center
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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
By bus - Greyhound-Trailways -www.greyhound.com- bus station in Pittsburgh is located at 55 11th Street, downtown within about three miles of Pitt's campus. The campus can be reached by taxi service or by Port Authority Bus lines on Fifth Avenue, several blocks from the station. Yellow Cab and Classy Cab provide service to the Oakland area. By plane - Pittsburgh International Airport is about 20 miles west of Pitt. The 28X Airport Flyer runs about every 20 minutes from the airport to Oakland and the University of Pittsburgh. To learn more about this and other forms of ground transportation click here. From the airport - Depart the airport and take PA state route 60 toward Pittsburgh. Merge onto US route 22-30 east which will turn into I-279. After going through the Ft. Pitt tunnel, merge right onto I-376 toward Monroeville via exit 6A. After approximately three miles, take the Forbes Ave exit 2A toward Oakland. Forbes Ave will take you into the heart of Oakland and the University of Pittsburgh. Approximate distance and time from the airport: 20 miles/30-40 minutes. By train - Amtrak -www.amtrak.com-has two east-bound trains and two west-bound trains each day. Connections can be made in Chicago and New York. The terminal is located at Liberty and Grant Streets downtown. Transportation to Pitt from downtown can be made by bus or cab.

Driving Instructions to Campus
By car from the East - Cars traveling from the east via the PA Turnpike (I-76) should take Exit 57 to I-376 West. From I-376 West take Exit 73B, Oakland, onto Bates Street. Remain in the right lane on Bates Street and proceed across the Boulevard of the Allies. Follow Bates Street until it ends at Bouquet Street and turn left onto Bouquet. Follow Bouquet until the traffic light at Forbes Avenue. At the stop light, turn right onto Forbes Avenue. From the West - Cars traveling from the west via the PA Turnpike (I-76) should take Exit 28 and follow I-79 South to I-279 South. (You exit to the left off I-79.) Follow I-279 South to the I-579/Veteran's Bridge exit. Take I-579 to the Oakland/Monroeville exit onto the Boulevard of the Allies. Follow Boulevard of the Allies to Forbes Avenue exit on your right. Merge onto Forbes Avenue which leads right into the Pitt campus. From the North - Take I-79 South to I-279 South. (You exit to the left off I-79.) Follow I-279 South to the I-579/Veteran's Bridge exit. Take I-579 to the Oakland/Monroeville exit onto the Boulevard of the Allies. Follow Boulevard of the Allies to Forbes Avenue exit on your right. Merge onto Forbes Avenue which leads right into the Pitt campus. From the South - Follow I-79 North to the I-279 North Downtown Pittsburgh exit. Follow I-279 North into the city through the Fort Pitt Tunnels. Stay in the right lane before entering the tunnels. Take the I-376 East Monroeville exit. Follow I-376 East to the Forbes Aveue/Oakland exit. Merge onto Forbes Avenue which leads right into the Pitt campus


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