New and Transfer Student Orientation

New student orientation at the University of Pittsburgh is another step in ensuring that new undergraduate and transfer students have a successful transition and integration into college life.  Your transition to Pitt is a process and incorporates many great programs and events. For students starting at Pitt in the Fall semester, New Student Orientation builds on your PittStart experience and occurs the week prior to classes beginning.  For students starting at Pitt in the Spring semester, New Student Orientation occurs two days prior to classes beginning.

The Division of Student Affairs invites parents and families to also participate in New Student Orientation events highlighted in the schedule.  Additionally, parents and family members are encouraged to learn more about the University of Pittsburgh and resources available by vising the Parent and Family website.


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Fall 2017 – New & Transfer Student Orientation

Monday, August 21 – Sunday, August 27

  • New Student Orientation events begin on Monday, August 21 and the first required program for new students is New Student Convocation, Wednesday, August 23 at 3pm, Petersen Events Center (tentatively confirmed).
  • More information about the orientation schedule will be available on April 1, 2017
  • Information about arriving to campus and your assigned move-in time coordinated by Arrival Survival

Spring 2017 – New & Transfer Student Orientation

New and Transfer Orientation Day - December 16, 2016

Join us on Friday, December 16 for this one-day orientation experience designed to help you prepare for next semester. Registration is recommended - Click Here!


New & Transfer Orientation Day Schedule


Outline Schedule:

10a - 1p

New & Transfer Student Information & Overview

O'Hara Student Center, Ballroom, 2nd Floor

This time will be utilized for a series of sessions to help you learn about Pitt. Light refreshments and a full lunch will be served. This part of the day will include information on the following:

  • Programs and services offered by the Division of Student Affairs
  • Computer and web resources at Pitt
  • Student Health Services and the University Counseling Center
  • Tips for navigating the academic environment at Pitt
  • Student Breakout session with our First Year Mentors and First Year Experience Staff
  • Parent/Family Breakout session with our Parent and Family Liaison

1 - 5p

Free Time On Campus

We recommend utilizing this time on campus to cross a few things off your to-do list! Consider the following options:

  • Meet with your academic advisor (scheduled appointment required)
  • Visit the Wellness Center and drop off immunization and insurance forms
  • Stop by Panther Central to get your Pitt ID and check on housing
  • Drop by the Financial Aid Office
New & Transfer Spring Orientation Week - Janunary 2 - 7, 2017

New & Transfer Students starting at Pitt in the spring are invited to participate in a variety of programs offered during your first week on campus. Check out the schedule below:


Spring 2017 New & Transfer Student Orientation Schedule

Fall 2016 – New & Transfer Student Orientation (8/22/16 – 8/28/16)