NEW STUDENT Information

New Student Information

Congratulations on your admission to Pitt for Fall 2019! 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 starting in the summer and leading up to Welcome Week in August. Check below for more information and details.


New First-Year Students

Online Orientation

New first-year students will learn more about completing their Online Orientation in mid-May. 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

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 is currently open.


Welcome Week

Each year, we coordinate a 7-day 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 Fall 2019, Welcome Week events will begin on Monday, August 19 and conclude on Sunday, August 26. A growing schedule of events will be available beginning in March. Please note that some of the events in the Welcome Week schedule are required for first-year students.


First-Year Housing Move-In (Arrival Survival)

Students selecting to living on-campus will receive information about housing assignments, move-in dates/times, parking, and other logistics in mid-July. First-Year students will be assigned a move-in date on either Monday, August 19, Tuesday, August 20, or the morning of Wednesday, August 21.

New Transfer Students

The Office of First Year Experience/New Student Programs coordinates orientation programming for new transfer students during Welcome Week. Most upper-class students (sophomore, junior, senior) arrive to campus around Wednesday, August 21st or Thursday, August 22nd. We encourage transfer students to jump into the Welcome Week schedule once you arrive and definitely plan to be on campus for Transfer Day on Friday, August 23. More information from our office will be coming to your Pitt email soon and we will mail a packet of information highlighting campus resources, the Welcome Week Transfer Experience, and Transfer Day in early July.


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.

First-Year Commuter Students

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 First Year Experience over the summer about Welcome Week. During Welcome Week, we host Commuter Day on Wednesday, August 21st. 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.

Parents & Families

The Office of First Year Experience/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!


Student Payment Center Information
Health Education Modules

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. If you have any questions or issues with the program, please email For more information, please visit:


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