AverageGuy wrote:Any tips for transfer students? Is Pitt on a C/B-/B curve? Did you have any multiple choice or open book exams? Is it difficult to get into the clinics and upper level classes that you want? Any parking garages offer parking permits, and cost?
It's on a B curve. A few multiple choice exams, and a fair amount of mixed multiple choice/essay. The majority are open book. Some you can even bring commercial supplements. A few closed book....it goes by whatever the professor wants.
I haven't had much problem getting into the classes I want, but I always sign up for the maximum # of credits (figuring if I get everything I can drop a class). I usually get most of what I want/need. I know a few people who have had a worse time with this, but generally it doesn't seem to be too big a problem.
Clinics....sign up ASAP. They tend to fill up. If you wait you might not get in.
Parking...most people take the bus, which I recommend if you live in the city. There is a parking garage next to the school and another one down a few blocks. I think the one down a few is cheaper (somehow $9 comes to mind.) I don't know anything about permits.
There's also metered parking on the street, but you generally will have to run out to feed the meter a few times.
About 5 blocks away are a few big pay-lots that are $4 for all day. Probably the most cost effective way to park...just keep in mind that you'll have to hump up a BIG hill.
Again, I recommend the bus unless you live outside the city.
I'm friendly with a guy who transferred in from a T4. He seems to have had a very positive experience at Pitt. I hope you do as well!