NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

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.

 

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.


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 fye@pitt.edu or Call us (M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.) 412-648-2172
NTSO Schedule At-A-Glance
* This schedule will continue to be updated with more events on a weekly basis and we will launch our New Student Orientation Guidebook App in June.  Check back often for more information!

Monday, August 21

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Orientation Station, William Pitt Union, Atrium

First Year Mentors and Student Affairs staff will be available to assist new students and families as you settle onto campus.

10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Transfer Day, William Pitt Union

8 p.m. - Midnight Late Night Social Events, William Pitt Union

Trivia, Panther Quest, Movie, Bingo, and much more

 

Tuesday, August 22

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Orientation Station, William Pitt Union, Atrium

10 - 11:30 a.m. Schemere and Schmooze: Parent Dialogue, Hillel JUC, 4607 Forbes Ave.

Join the Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh for a bagel brunch and dialogue to answer all your questions about Jewish life on campus.

10:30 a.m. - Noon Parent & Family Orientation Sessions, William Pitt Union, Ballroom

1:30 - 2 p.m. Pittlanthropy 101, William Pitt Union, Ballroom

2 - 3 p.m. Your Guide to Financial Success, William Pitt Union

2 - 4 p.m. WPTS Radio Jam Session, William Pitt Union, 4th Floor

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Tips to Keep Your Academic Scholarship, O'Hara Student Center

4 - 5 p.m. Study Abroad Information Session

5 - 7 p.m. African American Alumni Council Parent and Family Dialogue & Reception

William Pitt Union, Room 548

7 - 8:30 p.m. Discover Pittsburgh, Cathedral of Learning Lawn

Join us for this family favorite event and discover Pittsburgh's vibrant arts and entertainment scene. Enjoy food samples from local restaurants.  See yinz there!

9:30 p.m. - Midnight Ice Cream Social & Playfair, Cathedral of Learning Lawn

Wednesday, August 23

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Orientation Station, William Pitt Union, Atrium

ALL DAY (9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.) Commuter Day

10-10:30 a.m. About Disability Resources & Services, WPU Dining Room A, 1st Floor

10 a.m. - Noon Student Office of Sustainability Mix & Mingle, William Pitt Union, 5th Floor

10 a.m. - Noon PittServes Open House, William Pitt Union, 9th Floor

10 a.m. - Noon Career Development & Placement Assistance (CDPA) Open House,

William Pitt Union, 2nd Floor

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Tips to Keep Your Academic Scholarship, William Pitt Union, Assembly Room

11 a.m. - Noon Get Cultrually Crunk! CCLD Block Party, William Pitt Union, 6th Floor

Noon - 1 p.m. Global Ties Info Session, William Pitt Union, 6th Floor

Noon - 1 p.m. Go Greek, William Pitt Union, Ballroom

1:30 - 2 p.m. College Parenting 101

3-4 p.m. New Student Convocation: A Pitt Tradition, Petersen Events Center

REQUIRED FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

7:30-10:00 p.m. Class Photo & The Tipping Point, Petersen Events Center

REQUIRED FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

10:15 - 11:30 p.m. Glow with the Flow Yoga, William Pitt Union,

Thursday, August 24

10 a.m. - Noon a.m. Building a Pitt Community, Petersen Events Center

REQUIRED FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

12:45-4:00 p.m.  Discover Pitt, Discover U - More information coming soon, check back in July!

2 - 2:30 p.m. Pitt Arts Information Session

5-7 p.m. Global Carnival & Study Abroad Fair

7-10 p.m. Residence Hall Building-Wide and Floor Meetings

10 p.m. - 1 a.m. Late Night Social Events planned by FYMs

REQUIRED FOR ALL FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS LIVING ON-CAMPUS

 

Friday, August 25

9 - 11:30 a.m. Mandatory Academic Programs by College, Various Locations - More information coming soon

REQUIRED FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Transfer Day - Option 2, William Pitt Union, Assembly Room

1 - 1:30 p.m. Pitt Arts Information Session

1 - 1:30 p.m. Academic Success Initiatives Tour, Gardner Steel Conference Center, Main Floor

1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Orientation Day of Service - Sign up information coming in June!

2 - 4 p.m. Stress Free Zone Open House, William Pitt Union, 3rd Floor

2 - 3 p.m. OCC Information Session

3 - 4 p.m. Spend, Save, Splurge - Financial Literacy, William Pitt Union, Ballroom

3 - 5 p.m. Beat the Heat with WPTS Radio

4 - 4:30 p.m. Pitt Arts Information Session

6:00 p.m. Shabbat Service, Hillel JUC, 4607 Forbes Ave.

The Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh invites all students to an egalitarian, student-led Shabbat service. Walking groups will leave at 5:30p.m. from Sutherland Hall and 5:45 p.m. from Tower's Lobby.

7:00 p.m. Shabbat Dinner, Hillel JUC, 4607 Forbes Ave.

Join the Hillel Jewish University Center for a free, delicious Shabbat dinner where you will make tons of new friends! Walking groups will leave at 6:30p.m. from Sutherland Hall and 6:45 p.m. from Tower's Lobby.

8 p.m. Performance Collaborative Presents 20/40

8 - 9:30 p.m. The Pitt Program Council Presents Hypnotist Erick Kand, WPU Assembly Room

9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. Late Night Social Events planned by FYMs, Various Locations

 

Saturday, August 26

8 - 9 a.m. Fitness Classes: Bootcamp & Zumba, William Pitt Union, Assembly Room & Ballroom

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Bystander Intervention Training - Session 1, Various Locations

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Bystander Intervention Training - Session 2, Various Locations

REQUIRED FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS - Specific times and locations will be assigned in August

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Stress Free Zone Open House, William Pitt Union, 3rd Floor

1 - 4 p.m. Rec-O-Mania @ the Pitt Sports Dome

4 p.m. Performance Collaborative Presents 20/40

4 - 6 p.m. Club Sports Activities Fair

8 p.m. Performance Collaborative Presents 20/40

10 p.m. - 1 a.m. Welcome Back Bash, William Pitt Union Lawn

Sunday, August 27

1 - 4 p.m. Student Activities Fair, Petersen Events Center

2 - 6 p.m. Thriftsburgh Semester Opening, O'Hara Student Center

7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Lantern Night, Heinz Memorial Chapel

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 9:30am – 2pm, William Pitt Union
      • Friday, August 25 from 9:30a – 2pm, 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!

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)