New Student Information
Congratulations on your admission to Pitt! We are excited to welcome you to campus and equip you with the information, resources, and support you will need to be successful. We offer several orientation opportunities for new first-year and transfer students. Use the drop down menu below for more information.
New first-year and transfer students admitted to the spring semester (Jan 2020) will be required to attend the New & Transfer Orientation Program on Sunday, January 5, 2020 from 3 - 5 pm. This program will be included in the Spring Welcome Week schedule. Welcome Week is a series of events and programs to welcome you to Pitt and help you transition to your new home.
If you come to campus to meet with your academic advisor, here are some other recommendations:
- Stop by the Office of New Student Programs located in the William Pitt Union, Rm. 119, First Floor. Open M-F, 9am - 5pm.
- Visit the Wellness Center located in Nordenberg Hall on University Drive. Open M-F, 9am - 5pm. Connect with Student Health Service or the University Counseling Center to learn more about how they work to keep all students healthy and well at Pitt. This is also the place where you can drop off your immunization forms, insurance information, and transfer prescriptions.
- Stop by Panther Central located in the Litchfield Towers Lobby. At Panther Central you can get your Pitt ID, check in on housing placements, or sign up for a meal plan. Learn more at www.pc.pitt.edu
- Drop by the Financial Aid Office to meet with a Financial Aid Counselor and have your individual aid questions answered. Learn more at www.oafa.pitt.edu/financialaid
New first-year students will learn more about completing their Online Orientation in mid-May (fall) or mid-October (spring). The online orientation will deliver important campus information, resources, and engagement opportunities in a series of learning modules. The academic schools and advisors will deliver specific information to their admitted students for academic advising and course registration through the online orientation. Provided in the online orientation is a checklist of additional requirements necessary for all new first-year students to complete. The Online Orientation is for first-year student only.
Panther Connect (Fall Only)
Panther Connect is a two-day on-campus retreat open to 300+ incoming first year students centered on Pitt pride and traditions, campus involvement, leadership, and navigating the first year transition. There are six Panther Connect experiences planned for summer 2019. Each Panther Connect follows a similar schedule and activities so every student, regardless of when they attend, will get the most out to their experience.
Panther Connect provides a foundation for a successful college experience by exposing participants to student life, exploring common transition topics, and engaging in fun and dynamic activities. This is also an opportunity to develop close friendships and meaningful skills to thrive in the first year of college. Registration for Summer 2020 will open in March.
Each year, we coordinate a welcome experience for new students that runs concurrently with Pitt's Arrival Survival (residence hall move-in). Welcome Week activities are designed to assist your transition to college life and connect you with many of the opportunities, offices, and people on campus. For Spring 2020, Welcome Week events will being on Saturday, January 4 and conclude on Wednesday, January 8. For Fall 2020, Welcome Week events will begin on Monday, August 17 and conclude on Sunday, August 23. Please note that some of the events in the Welcome Week schedule are required for first-year students.
First-Year Housing Move-In (Fall Only)
Students selecting to living on-campus will receive information about housing assignments, move-in dates/times, parking, and other logistics in mid-July. Tentative first-year students move in dates are Monday, August 17, Tuesday, August 18, or the morning of Wednesday, August 19, 2020.
The Office of New Student Programs coordinates orientation programming for new transfer students during Welcome Week.
After admission to Pitt, transfer students should hear directly from their academic advisor or academic school about course registration.
If you have questions about starting at Pitt, please reach out to our office - we are a great resource and happy to make this a smooth transition.
Most upper-class students (sophomore, junior, senior) arrive to campus around Wednesday, August 19 or Thursday, August 20th. We encourage transfer students to jump into the Welcome Week schedule once you arrive and definitely plan to be on campus for Transfer Day. More information from our office will be coming to your Pitt email in the summer.
Commuter Student Programs provides additional support, resources, and mentorship to our first-year commuter student community. Each first-year commuter student will receive direct communication from the Office of New Student Experience about Welcome Week.
Commuter Day provides a sense of community among first-year commuter students, connects you with our team of First Year Mentors, and assists students navigating Pitt for the first time.
The Office of New Student Programs invites parents and families to participate in Welcome Week. Additionally, there will be specific parent and family programs highlighted on the Welcome Week schedule. We encourage you to learn more about the University of Pittsburgh and resources available by visiting the Parent and Family website.
Every family's approach to moving their student in is different. Some have plans to drop their student off, spend a few hours in Pittsburgh then head home. Some will hang out multiple days. Whatever your plans are we want to offer activities and sessions to help transition you from 'parent' to "college parent' and to familiarize you with our community!
2019 Pitt Family Weekend - September 27-28, 2019
More information about Family Weekend will be available in early August!
The EverFi health education modules (AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates) will be available in the Pitt portal beginning July 22nd and must be completed no later than August 30th, 2019 (FALL). If you have any questions or issues with the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit: https://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/shs/education/alcoholhaven/
At Pitt, we want our students to make informed financial decisions before, during, and after college. We want to help you establish good money habits and give you the skills you need to thrive wherever life takes you. We also want to reduce student debt as much as possible and encourage healthy strategies to spend wisely and to pay off debt.
The University of Pittsburgh requires all new first-year students to complete a financial wellness course called GradReady. The GradReady program will walk you through all of the smart steps you need to take in order to pay for college, manage your money, and repay any student loans you choose to take.
Create Your Account (Required)
Visit Pitt’s GradReady Site
Create a GradReady account using your Pitt email Account
Confirm and Activate your GradReady account
Complete Path 1 – Paying for College (Required)
Take Pre-Course Assessment
Watch all videos and complete all five quizzes in Path 1
Complete Path 2 – Money Management (Required)
Take Pre-Course Assessment
Watch all videos and complete all five quizzes in Path 2
Optional GradReady Features
The Financing Plan, Debt-O-Meter, and Budget are all tools within GradReady that will add to your financial knowledge and skills
Visit the Helpful Resources & Frequently Asked Questions line on each video
Checkout Path 3 – Real World Finances