New and Transfer Student Orientation

New & Transfer 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 in January.


Fall 2017 – New & Transfer Student Orientation

Monday, August 21 – Sunday, August 27

New & Transfer Student Orientation Overview
  • From Monday, August 21 to Sunday, August 27, students will kick off their Pitt experience with a packed schedule of academic and social programming aimed at preparing them for the collegiate experience and acclimating them to campus.
  • New & Transfer Student Orientation (NTSO) is designed to be fun, entertaining, and packed full of opportunities for students to make new friends and connect to campus.  It is also designed to prepare students by providing the tools, knowledge, and resources needed to have a successful and meaningful educational experience at Pitt.
  • Students selecting to living on-campus will receive information about arrival and move-in from Arrival Survival in mid-July.
  • Student selecting to commute will receive an information packet from FYE & Commuter Student Programs in July.
  • Transfer students living on or off-campus will receive an information packet from FYE & Transfer Student Programs in July.
  • Questions about NTSO? Email or Call us (M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.) 412-648-2172
NTSO Guidebook Schedule


We encourage all new students, parents, and families to download the Pitt Fall 2017 Orientation guide on your mobile device through the Guidebook app. By using Guidebook you will have the full and up-to-date schedule of Orientation events.






NTSO Schedule At-A-Glance
Transfer Students
  • Transfer Student Orientation is designed specifically to help transfer students find resources, get involved at Pitt, and connect with other new and current transfer students.
    • The primary event during Transfer Student Orientation is Transfer Day which we offer two times.
      • Monday, August 21 from 10:00am – 1:30pm, William Pitt Union
      • Friday, August 25 from 10:00am – 1:30pm, William Pitt Union
    • In addition to Transfer Day there will be social events happening from August 21 - 27th with the purpose of connecting new and current transfer students to campus.  A full schedule will be posted in June!
    • Transfer students are also invited to participate fully in any New Student Orientation events.
Commuter Students
  • Commuter Student Day is designed specifically for our first-year commuter population.  Commuter Student Day will be on Wednesday, August 23 and we ask that our first-year commuters plan to be on campus from 9:30am – approximately 10pm.  Attendance at Commuter Student Day is required for first-year (freshman) commuter students.
  • The Commuter Student Day schedule is created with the purpose of connecting commuter students to each other, to campus, and to upper-class student leaders.  Full schedule coming soon…
  • Even though you will have to factor in your commute, we strongly encourage commuter students to plan to be on campus a lot during New Student Orientation so you can take advantage of all the events and programs!
Parents & Families

The Division of Student Affairs invites parents and families to participate in New Student Orientation. Events will be highlighted in the New Student Orientation schedule online and on our Guidebook app. Additionally, parents and family members are encouraged to learn more about the University of Pittsburgh and resources available by visiting the Parent and Family website.

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)