University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Reviews
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Attending the University of Pittsburgh was the best choice I've ever made. Attending college is all about finding your identity, and the faculty at Pitt does all it can to help you find yourself. Going to school in the city of Pittsburgh (and more specifically in the borough of Oakland) was everything I could have imagined. And on top of everything else, the amount of school spirit displayed throughout campus (as well as exhibited by both the faculty and by my fellow students) brought me a sense of honor to attend this great university.
Through my journalism career I have lived in the Middle East for six years and been able to travel to a dozen countries. I owe this experience to my professors and advisors at the University of Pittsburgh, and the rich, diverse urban environment of the campus itself. Pitt was the most affordable of the three universities I applied to, but I do not believe I would have had a better undergraduate experience at a more expensive school. My professors in political science were top-notch, particularly in the field of comparative politics, and my journalism professors had real-world experience and were incredibly helpful in terms of career advice and networking. I had unbeatable opportunities working at the student newspaper, which publishes five days a week, and because of the city location there were many events to cover -- great preparation for a career in journalism. Pittsburgh was an excellent place to study, especially Oakland, which is is a gorgeous area and in many ways feels more like the city's center than downtown Pittsburgh, with the stunning Cathedral of Learning and other iconic buildings. The city has been rated as the most "livable" city in the U.S. so there are many off-campus opportunities for housing and part-time work. There are countless cultural events and attractions, like the Andy Warhol Museum, and the student discounts on events and bus fares that you receive through Pitt are extremely helpful to enjoying the city to the fullest. And if you like sports, it's a great city. (If you're like me and you aren't interested, they can also be easily avoided!) At Pitt and living in Pittsburgh I studied alongside students from other states and countries, with different religious and ethnic backgrounds, and from different races and income levels. This was important for a career in journalism and for life. When you see the Cathedral of Learning every day at campus -- students view it as their compass, literally and figuratively! -- and you realize that you're one of those lucky enough to study and take classes there, you might feel a bit like you're on top of the world.
Pittsburgh is a booming city, and it is an exciting time to be studying at the heart of the city at the University of Pittsburgh. My classes were all very challenging, and I was able to earn a degree from a prestigious institution that has helped me immensely in my job search after graduating (I got hired the day after graduation!) One thing I wish I had understood about Pitt before choosing to attend, was that it is a heavily research-based university with large class sizes. This means that most of the professors are there to do research first, and to teach second. This was extremely palpable in my science classes (which the majority of my classes were). The professors would sometimes express annoyance at the students when class got in the way of their research. Also, most of my classes had 200-300 students. If you wanted to know the professor, you had to track them down during office hours, and classes were extremely competitive. The bell curve was often used (sometimes in a beneficial way to round up everyone's exam scores, but sometimes averages of exam scores were rounded DOWN to meet the bell curve). This was extremely frustrating. Looking back now, I am thankful for the opportunity to attend Pitt, but I would have chosen a school with smaller class sizes so that I had the ability to get to know my professors and work with them one-on-one (or in smaller groups). Pitt is a fantastic public university, though, and I know that my time there prepared me for where I am now at in life. If you are into research and large classes, then this school would be a good fit for you! If you are looking for a bit less competition (especially in the sciences) and want smaller class sizes to wrestle through material with your professors, then a smaller department or smaller school would be a better bet for you.
During my four-year undergraduate career, the University of Pittsburgh offered me everything I wanted, and even more that I didn't know I needed. Not only was the student body composed of driven and excited learners, but the campus was built around ensuring that all students prospered. The advising help was phenomenal and even helped me decided my career path and get accepted to a doctorate program after graduation! My professors were spirited about the curriculum and evidently well-versed in everything they taught. There is nothing about my undergraduate career here at Pitt that I wasn't satisfied with.
The University of Pittsburgh's Biological Sciences (B.S.) department sets out to prepare students for medical school. Although I did not pursue medical school I did gain invaluable knowledge of my field and important laboratory skills that aided my ability to get a job right after graduation. The campus and city are exciting and always full of fun activities to take part in.
The University of Pittsburgh offers many programs to help their students succeed. All professors are required to have office hours and be available to their students. Students can also receive extra help from teaching assistants or visit the Academic Resource center for free tutoring. All professors are highly qualified to teach subjects they are responsible for, however teaching methods vary. Being a student on the pre-med track, Pitt offers many opportunities to gain experience and strengthen resumes for the future.
The University of Pittsburgh I called home for 5 life-shaping years of my young adult life. As a native of Pittsburgh, it may seem as if I didn't venture far. While that's geographically true, the Pitt campus. situated in the heart of Oakland, a bustling urban neighborhood and classic community of our immigrant-friendly town, broadened my horizons. I discovered at Pitt a side of the city I had never known, and I discovered in the History and Philosophy of Science department a world-class institution for learning and cutting-edge research. Pitt is known for research and HPS is known for producing the sharpest minds from all branches of science, philosophy and the humanities. I am proud to be a part of it.
The University of Pittsburgh's Japanese degree program is well regarded nationwide and prepared me for work overseas in Japan and domestically in education and translation. Daily language classes gave me a strong foundation in the language, and an array of courses on Japanese history, society and literature provided me with important perspective in my current line of work. Financial assistance for studying abroad and summer language classes was excellent, but funding during the school year provided by the university at large leaves something to be desired for students not receiving assistance upon entry to the school. Overall I am satisfied with my degree and experience at Pitt, but prospective students should be aware of the higher cost of attending for out-of-state students.
I had an incredible experience at the University of Pittsburgh as a pre-med student currently anticipating my matriculation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine this fall. The location offers a wide-array of clinical/ shadowing opportunities for pre-health students between the UPMC Health System and Allegheny Health Network. Through my major in Emergency Medicine as an undergraduate I spent over 600 hours directly delivering care in a variety of settings including the emergency room, emergency medical services, operating room, labor and delivery, burn units etc. Pitt offers amazing opportunities as far as research and interested undergraduates will have no problem participating in clinical or bench research. I will warn that the pre-med science courses including bio, chem, o-chem, physics etc. are vigorous and very much intended to "weed out" pre-health students. That being said, I could not have asked for a better undergraduate education.
The University of Pittsburgh is an excellent school. The instructors are very good, however their financial aid department could be a lot better taking in the fact that the school has one of the highest endowments in the country. But the school is extremely well in terms of research opportunities and the abundance of professionals you can work with. The school also has many programs for different people. In terms of ethnicity, the school is not that diverse however they provide many minority programs.