This school won't hand you a good education. The
advising program is weak (honors advising, however, is top notch!),
and most classes are very large. Professor's won't care about
you unless you go and see them often and speak
up in class.
Pitt's strength is in the resources available
to it's students. If one has the initiative to go
out and find stuff to do, you will never want
for clubs, groups, volunteer experiences, jobs, internships, and a myriad
of programs both within the city and internationally. Taking advantage
of these opportunities allows one to supplement their education to
their heart's desire. Anything you want can be had if
you know where to go and who to ask, and
care enough about your own education to find out. If
you're not working in your field on at least a
volunteer basis by your junior year, active in an awesome
club, and/or studying abroad, you're not working the Pitt system
to your full advantage.
Also, if you know about what
your major is going to be, check out the department.
Each department is a kingdom unto its self. The science
and philosophy programs are especially strong, for example. I won't
name the departments I was unimpressed with, but I encourage
any prospective students to examine what department they plan on