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Pitt Junior here, any questions?

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  • LurkNessMonsterLurkNessMonster 1932 replies83 threads Senior Member
    I agree with Jimmy that there are a lot of jobs available on campus. Don't forget there is a whole medical center on campus, and lots of the jobs are science-related support positions.
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  • Matt313Matt313 15 replies0 threads New Member
    What do you recommend in terms of a meal plan for an incoming freshman?
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  • LurkNessMonsterLurkNessMonster 1932 replies83 threads Senior Member
    Get the least expensive plan you can. You can always add to it.
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  • jb12jb12 127 replies9 threads Junior Member
    What are the requirements to get admitted? How about getting a merit scholarship from college?
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  • JimmyC045JimmyC045 87 replies5 threads Junior Member
    jb12, do you mean just basic freshman admittance? There are no strict requirements but here are some statistics:

    University of Pittsburgh: Undergraduate Admissions & Financial Aid
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  • jb12jb12 127 replies9 threads Junior Member
    We're interested in School of Business. Do freshmen get it there right away?
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  • JimmyC045JimmyC045 87 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Yes, freshmen can get in from the start, but it's harder than Arts and Sciences admissions. If you don't get in as a freshman, you can still apply at a later time.
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  • jb12jb12 127 replies9 threads Junior Member
    Any GPA, SAT requirements to get to SoB?
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  • JimmyC045JimmyC045 87 replies5 threads Junior Member
    No strict requirements. Here is their admissions page: Admissions | Pitt Business | College of Business Administration

    It isn't extremely difficult to get in, it's not like the Honors College. I'm not sure what their stats are, but as long as you're at leat a little above average for overall Pitt students, you shouldn't have a problem.
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  • lilpele22lilpele22 6 replies0 threads New Member
    1)I know lurknessmonster said get the least expensive one possible but that seems nowhere close to enough. I know that I like to eat every meal.. not a large amount but a decent amount.. so the 50 dining passes and $930 a term doesn't seem to be nearly enough. Is the ultimate access a bad idea? Since I won't have to worry about how much I spend.. it might save me a lot worrying.

    2) Are there stores nearby that sell milk/cereal? It seems really convenient if there are stores that do. That way I won't have to pay for breakfast and can just have cereal every morning.
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  • momhippomomhippo 201 replies53 threads Junior Member
    From what I understand, it's not the money- it's the flexibility and getting stuck having paid for dining passes or dollars you can't use (More experienced Pitt students/parents please chime in) . You can always add more dining dollars or panther funds if you need them. Dining dollars and Panther funds can be used anywhere at Pitt's eating places. But dining meal passes can only be used in one place (cafe at bottom of Towers). You can always add dining dollars or Panther funds if you need them. But you lose dining meal passes & dollars if you don't use them all in the year. If I understand this correctly, the dining meal passes are a good deal for big meals. But if you want something small or want to get something at another eating place on the Pitt campus, then dining dollars are more flexible. However, Panther funds are the best it terms of flexibility since they can be used at more eating places. I think Panther funds are good everywhere, even at local restaurants that accept them, and Panther funds can be used for buying items other than food. Another complication is expiration of meal passes, dining dollars, and panther funds. I think dining dollars and dining meal passes expire in a year, but the panther funds last throughout your 4 yrs at Pitt. Parents/students: Do I have this right? Thanks
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  • oceangirloceangirl 90 replies5 threads Junior Member
    i absolutely would advise against getting the all access thing. i know a few people who had it, and it's not worth it at all. you will get sick of eating at market central, and even if you eat at least 2 meals a day there you won't need more than 200 passes, max. Dining dollars are a lot more flexible since you can use them to buy things such as milk & cereal at Quick Zone, which is like the mini-mart in towers. It's definitely a great thing to have if you want a snack, drink, or even a meal.

    you can always change your meal plan once you get to pitt and have a better idea of how often you'll want to eat at different places, but at least when you have more dining dollars you can get non-perishable stuff like ramen, cereal, etc. to use up dining dollars at the end of the semester (panther funds carry over through all four years). meal passes will just go to waste, although, as a matter of fact, they just started a thing where you can donate unused passes & dining dollars to give food to a charity for kids, which is awesome.
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  • martinimartini 3 replies2 threads New Member
    i am going to live in lothrop next year as a sophomore male. Are there alot of upperclassmen
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  • DanzluverDanzluver 32 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Is it worth paying the out of state tuition? How is the weather compared to Boston?
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  • JimmyC045JimmyC045 87 replies5 threads Junior Member
    I paid OOS tuition. It's worth it. The weather is pretty similar to Boston: cold winters, warm summers, rain throughout.
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  • LurkNessMonsterLurkNessMonster 1932 replies83 threads Senior Member
    I think it's worth the OOS tuition if a) Pitt has a strong department in what you want and b) you like Pitt better than your own state university.
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  • stowmomstowmom 215 replies7 threads Junior Member
    martini, My D will be returning to Lothrop as a sophomore. There are about 6 other girls on her floor that she knows of that will be coming back to same floor also as sophomores. When she moved in as a freshman I'd say maybe a quarter to a third of the girls (on her floor)were sophomores with maybe a couple of juniors. Now she lives on the nursing LLC so that might make a difference for her floor, but she has 2 friends who lived in Towers last year that got rooms in Lothrop for this year. Not sure how many guys will be returning though. Some of them she knows have opted for apartments next year.
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  • nikkigirl12nikkigirl12 579 replies60 threads Member
    sorry for all the academic questions, but is it hard to keep an "A" or even an "A-" in the science classes? is the labwork a separate grade?
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  • JimmyC045JimmyC045 87 replies5 threads Junior Member
    nikkigirl12, I'm going to have to defer this question to someone else- I don't have much personal experience with science classes. I do have friends who are majors in the sciences, and I know they work extremely hard.

    As far as meal plan goes, I wouldn't get the ultimate access. You can always add to your plan if you need more.
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  • lilpele22lilpele22 6 replies0 threads New Member
    alright.. after reading peoples' responses i decided to get the $1550 plan that has like 950 dining dollars. I'll probably get a lot of milk and cereal :P. No better breakfast than that.
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