Commuter Students

Commuter Student Programs

Welcome to the University of Pittsburgh! As a commuter student, you are among the estimated 800 Pitt undergraduate students who commute to campus.

We offer a wide range of opportunities for Pitt commuter students to get involved and experience campus.

New & Transfer Student Orientation 2017

First-year commuter students are encouraged to participate fully in New & Transfer Student Orientation.  Events begin on Monday, August 21 and continue through Sunday, August 27.  Commuter Student Day is a required event for first-year commuter students on Wednesday, August 23.  In addition to Commuter Student Day, first year commuter students must attend all of the required Orientation programming:

  • Bystander Intervention Training (part of Commuter Day schedule), 8/23
  • New Student Convocation (part of Commuter Student Day schedule), 8/23 at 3 p.m., Petersen Events Center
  • Class Photo & Tipping Point (part of Commuter Student Day schedule), 8/23 at 8 p.m., Petersen Events Center
  • Building a Pitt Community, 8/24 at 10:30 a.m., Petersen Events Center
  • Mandatory Academic Programs, 8/25 – start times vary between 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. depending on academic program
Commuter Student Day - Wed., Aug 23

Attendance at Commuter Student Day is required for first-year (freshman) commuter students. Students should plan to be on campus from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. We know this might seem like a long time to be on campus but during the day students will attend 3 out of 5 required programs for new students. Additionally, the schedule was created with the purpose of connecting commuter students to each other, to campus, and to upper-class student leaders.

Commuter Student Day Schedule (as of 5/4/17)

9:30 a.m.        Check-In, William Pitt Union

10:00 a.m.      Welcome

10:30 a.m.      Commuter Student Programs Overview & Campus Resources

11:00 a.m.       Commuting to Campus

11:30 a.m.       Commuter Pod Meet-Up

12:00/Noon   Lunch (free & provided on-campus)

1:00 p.m.        Bystander Intervention Training - REQUIRED

1:45 p.m.         Commuter Student Involvement Panel

2:30 p.m.        Walk to New Student Convocation

3:00 p.m.        New Student Convocation - REQUIRED

4:00 p.m.        Chancellor's Picnic

5:00 p.m.        Campus Tours to Find Classes led by FYMs

6:00 p.m.        Dinner (free & provided on-campus)

7:00 p.m.         Commuter Fun

8:00 p.m.        Class Photo & Tipping Point - REQUIRED

Commuter Pods

Each first-year commuter is assigned to a Commuter Pod, led by a First Year Mentor (FYM), which functions much like a residence hall floor does by creating a smaller sense of community at our large University. FYMs communicate with their Pods on a consistent basis and plan events and programs that encourage involvement on campus. Each Pod has its own (private) Facebook group and new commuter students will receive an invitation to join in June.

Commuter Student Programs Fall 2017

Schedule coming soon...


Commuter Student Programs is committed to helping you make the most of your experience here at Pitt. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. You can also contact Melissa Warthen, Associate Director for Student Life, – 412-648-2172.