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.  Pitt is in an urban environment providing easy access to our community and downtown Pittsburgh. We advocate for the growing population of students living off-campus and recognize the unique needs of living in the surrounding neighborhoods of the University.

Our Commuter Student Program is dedicated to the support and engagement of these student populations. Regardless of whether you reside two blocks from campus or two hours, through a variety of resources and support, our office is committed to supporting your student experience as a Pitt Panther.


New & Transfer Student Orientation 2018

First-year commuter students are encouraged to participate fully in New & Transfer Student Orientation.  Events begin on Monday, August 20 and continue through Sunday, August 26.  Commuter Student Day is a required event for first-year commuter students on Wednesday, August 22.  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), 8/24
  • New Student Convocation (part of Commuter Student Day schedule), 8/22 at 3 p.m., Petersen Events Center
  • Class Photo & Tipping Point (part of Commuter Student Day schedule), 8/22 at 8 p.m., Petersen Events Center
  • Building a Pitt Community, 8/23 at 10:30 a.m., Petersen Events Center
  • Mandatory Academic Programs, 8/24 – start times vary between 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. depending on academic program
Commuter Student Day - Wed., Aug 22

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 8/3/18)

9:30 a.m.        Check-In, Ballroom, 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 Breakout

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

1:45 p.m.         Commuter Breakout

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.         Meet up & Walk to Class Photo & Tipping Point

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

Commuter Student Programs Fall 2018

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.