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Pitt provides the best of both worlds

A 4-and-a-half-hour car drive across the state of Pennsylvania is how a prospective student gets to the University of Pittsburgh.

Sights along interstates 78, 81, and 76 include numerous farms, mountains and plenty of tunnels. Coming out of the Squirrel Hill tunnel, the city of Pittsburgh comes into view.

Many people clog the sidewalks of the University of Pittsburgh’s campus. Surrounded by skyscrapers and bustling cars and buses, the university provides a city-like feel for all students.

The campus is home to a friendly atmosphere with many people willing to lend a hand when in need. Known as the “Pitt Panthers,” students walk the urban campus wearing school attire with pride.

After the American Revolutionary War, Pitt was founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787, before becoming the University of Pittsburgh in 1908. Pitt contains 17 undergraduate and graduate schools, and over 28,000 students attending the college.

According to the University of Pittsburgh’s website, the 2016 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranked Pitt among the top universities in the world and best public university in the Northeast.

The college provides dorm buildings across campus for students to live in. Many students live in the iconic Litchfield Towers at one point in their time at Pitt. The three high-rise circular towers are hard to miss when walking on campus. All dorm buildings require students to show their school ID before entering for safety reasons, while all non-students are required to show ID and be signed in by a Pitt student.

There is a variety of dining options for students as well.

Market Central, located in Litchfield Towers, is the main dining hall for students.

Though, there are restaurants and fast food places for students to eat at like Five Guys, Primanti Bros – which is famous in Pittsburgh for their sandwiches – Panera Bread, and many others.

One popular thing for students to do is to attend sporting events, like a Pitt basketball game at the Petersen Events Center, or even a football game off campus at Heinz Field, where the Panthers share the field with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The school provides buses to transport students to the game. Students can even get discounted prices for Pittsburgh Penguins hockey tickets.

If students want to get away from campus, a free five-minute bus ride is all it takes to get down to the “Steel City” that is named after the 300 plus steel businesses. One of the most famous sights in Pittsburgh is known as Mount Washington, which overlooks the whole Pittsburgh skyline. To get up to Mount Washington, students can ride the Duquesne Incline, originally built to carry cargo up and down the mountain in the 19th century. All Pitt students get to ride the incline for free.

After class, students can head to Market Square for side-by-side restaurants and shops that line the streets, waiting for consumers. Kayaking on the Allegheny River is another popular activity when the weather is warm. Other people exercise on the sidewalk that parallels the river.

Downtown also provides opportunities for students relax at Point State Park along the river. This park is located where the Monongahela River and Allegheny River meet to form the Ohio River. Another place that students can get away from the loud noise of the city is at Schenley Park, which is right around the corner from campus.

The most iconic building at the University of Pittsburgh is the Cathedral of Learning. The famous building stands over 500 feet tall and is the tallest educational building in the Western hemisphere and the second tallest university building in the world.

Inside the Cathedral of Learning are the nationality rooms, where each room represents a different country and is decorated to the appropriate culture. Some of these countries include: Ireland, China, Russia, Germany, Italy, Greece, Sweden. Students can even have classes in these rooms.

For students who want to experience living in the city, the University of Pittsburgh gives students that experience while providing a feeling of home.