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. Here are just some of the ways you can take advantage of what Pitt has to offer:

Get involved on campus by taking a campus job or joining a student organization. If you come to campus only to attend class, you’re not experiencing all that college life has to offer.

Make friends with other commuters and residents so that you can study with them on campus, call them from home when you have a question about your homework, and socialize at university functions. You will make some of your best friends in college if you take the time to reach out.

Have fun. There are numerous ways to enjoy Pitt – use Commuter Student Programs as a springboard to your involvement

Commuter Services 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, mmw45@pitt.edu – 412-648-2172.

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 – Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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.