Welcome to the University of Pittsburgh, and to the beginning of your college journey!  You will find that the first year of college is one of change, excitement, and challenges. The Office of First Year Experience/New Student Programs is here to help you navigate college life. To assist with your transition, we provide experiences designed to help you acclimate to campus and connect with your peers.


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Our Goals

To increase first-year student retention and success.

To accelerate and enhance students’ sense of belonging and connectedness to the Pitt community.

To provide first-year and transfer students with appropriate resources and information critical to their transition to Pitt.

To provide first-year and transfer students with opportunities to connect with other students.

To provide informative and engaging Welcome Week experiences for first-year and transfer students.

To adequately prepare students for future years on campus.

To provide peer mentorship to first-year and transfer students.

To improve students’ overall satisfaction with their first-year experience


Leadership Team

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Melissa Warthen, Director, New Student Programs






Donohue_  Breanne Donohue, Associate Director, New Student Programs








Julia Qian, Program Coordinator, New Student Programs