- Class: Junior
- Major: Business
- Gender: F
- High School: Central High School
- Transfer Student: N
When I tell people I go to Pitt, they usually hear Penn. After I explain to them that I do not in fact go to in Ivy league school but I attend a state school in the western part of PA they give me a sort of uncomfortable look, one that encompasses the movement from loooking excited for me all the way to a look of question because they have never heard of Pittsburgh. I was just abroad for a semester in Israel, where most of the people were only familiar with the really big cities in the US like NYC and L.A. But one great thing about Pitt is that they encourage you to study abroad from the moment you begin your career as a freshman. You are hardly there for 2 weeks before they are telling you to leave the country! But studying abroad is one of the best experiences a student can undertake.
Professors tend to learn your name if you participate actively in class and/or go to office hours for extra help or clarification. Students vary in their levels of competitiveness. Some care a lot while others don't. Outside of class you will find some students having intellectual conversations while others just talk about how many bongs they did last weekend without throwing up. My least favorite class was as a first semester freshman. I took an economics class that I thought I would fail. The professor was terrible, and a lot of people thought she was unclear in her explanations.
It seems that students at Pitt mostly stick with their own kind. You don't see much diversity among groups of friends, although everyone is nice to each other and Pitt's campus is diverse and of course there is room for everyone.
The Best Things
The general environment of the people and the accessibility of the professors
The Worst Things
The limitations on arts and science classes if you are enrolled in a specific college and not in the arts and science college.