Welcome Week

Welcome Week 2019

Welcome Week is from August 19-25 and there are more than 150 different programs and events during this week to enhance your connection to campus. It would be impossible to attend all the events, so we encourage you to select events in the schedule that fit your interests. There are several required programs for first-year students during Welcome Week that cover important topics about health and safety, diversity and inclusion, and the transition into the college environment. Parents and family members are also invited to attend program sessions and events during Welcome Week. We have designed the Welcome Week schedule to fit with the move-in schedule so you can start attending events when you arrive.

We will be adding events ALL summer and launching our Welcome Week guidebook app in June. So please, check back often to see what we have planned!


Monday, August 19 – Sunday, August 25

Monday, August 19

ALL DAY Day 1, Arrival Survival (first-year student residence hall move-in)


2:30 PM – 3 PM Pitt Arts Information Session

At this brief presentation, you will find out how you can enjoy the fantastic arts scene offered by Pittsburgh's cultural community.


3 PM – 4:30 PM  Pitt Parent & Family Panel Sessions*


Late Night Social Events

9 PM – 11 PM  Welcome Week: Throwback Night


10 PM – MIDNIGHT  Workout Thon


10 PM – MIDNIGHT  Feeling Lucky? Casino Night


Tuesday, August 20

ALL DAY  Day 2, Arrival Survival (first-year student residence hall move-in)


10 AM – 11:30 AM  Hillel Schemere and Schmooze: Parent Dialogue


1 PM – 3 PM  Pitt Alumni Association Legacy Luncheon


3 PM – 4 PM  Study Abroad Information Session

Pitt Study Abroad offers more than 350 programs in 75 countries, ranging from a spring break in Cuba, to a summer internship in London, a semester in Korea, and everything in between.  With information on programs, scholarships, internships, and more, the Study Abroad Office staff can help you see how an international experience can become a reality at Pitt. Our advisors can help you see how to combine your study abroad experience with a certificate program in African, Asian, European Union, Latin American, Russian, and East European, Western European, or Global Studies, helping you take Pitt to the World and bring the World to Pitt.  You can study abroad as early as the summer after your freshman year.


3 PM – 4:30 PM Parent and Family Panel Session


3:30 – 4 PM  Pitt Arts Information Session

At this brief presentation, you will find out how you can enjoy the fantastic arts scene offered by Pittsburgh's cultural community.


4 PM – 6 PM  Speed Friending


4 PM – 6 PM  Hillel BBQ


5 PM – 7 PM  African American Alumni Council Parent and Family Dialogue and Reception

Family involvement can be vital to a student's success in college, particularly during this important transition. Members of the African American Alumni Council will meet with parents, guardians, family members, and friends to discuss important issues related to helping students to succeed at the University of Pittsburgh.


7 PM – 8:30 PM  Discover Pittsburgh

At this family-favorite event, discover Pittsburgh's vibrant arts and entertainment scene and sample food from local restaurants.


9:30 PM - MIDNIGHT  Ice Cream Social & Playfair

Cool off with all-you-can-eat ice cream and have fun with Playfair. Get to know other new students and upperclass students through this interactive and entertaining program brought to you by the Division of Student Affairs.

Wednesday, August 21

MORNING ONLY  Day 3, Arrival Survival (first-year student residence hall move-in)


9:30 AM  Commuter Day Check-In


10 AM – 10:30 AM  About Disability Resources & Services (DRS)

Staff members from Disability Resources and Services  will provide a general overview of the accommodation process and respond to questions from parents and students.


10 AM – 10:30 AM  Dependents of Veterans Orientation

This session, hosted by the Office of Veterans Services (OVS) is for dependents and families of veterans or active duty members of the military who are using post 9/11 GI Bill education benefits. You will learn about the GI Bill certification process, the services provided by OVS, and how to continue receiving your benefits each term. For more information, please contact Leah Albert at lea32@pitt.edu or 412-624-6919.


10 AM – 11:30 AM Parent and Family Panel Session


10 AM – Noon  Career Center Open House


11 AM – Noon  Office of Cross-Cultural Leadership Development Block Party

CCLD  is the home to leadership development programs such as Emerging Leaders, fraternity and sorority life, and many campus cultural organizations including Rainbow Alliance, Black Action Society, Asian Student Alliance, Campus Women's Organization, Hillel, Global Ties, and the University of Pittsburgh Association of Chaplaincies (UPAC). Join CCLD for an open house to kick off the year where you can learn about these programs and organizations and also enjoy a sampling of delicious global cuisine.


Noon – 1 PM  Global Ties Program

No matter where you call home, the Global Ties program  provides many opportunities for you to become one of Pitt's global citizens. Meet the International Outreach Committee and find out how you can become involved and participate in cultural and global leadership events. Don't forget to ask about the fall Global Getaway retreat!


Noon – 1 PM  Fraternity and Sorority Life Student Panel and Pizza


12:30 PM – 1:30 PM  Cultivating Faith in College


3 PM - 4 PM New Student Convocation: A Pitt Tradition


Petersen Events Center

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and other distinguished members of the University will welcome Pitt's newest students and its families and celebrate a successful transition to Pitt.


5:30 – 7 PM  Dessert and Chill with Fraternity and Sorority Life


8-10:00 PM  Class Photo & The Tipping Point


Petersen Events Center

Please join us for the 2023 class photo. Be sure to wear your Welcome Week T-shirt. Tipping Point is required for all first-year freshman students. In this engaging and informative program, you will explore the realities of transitioning to college life, from making responsible decisions to navigating your new urban environment. This session will cover information you need to know about alcohol, sexual assault, safety on campus, and mental health resources available to you as well as the University's Student Code of Conduct and judicial process. If you have any concerns about the content of this program, please feel free to contact your resident assistant or first year mentor or a Student Affairs staff member.


10 PM – MIDNIGHT  Pool Party & Movie


10 PM – MIDNIGHT  Outdoor Glow Field Day

Thursday, August 22

10:30 a.m. - NOON Building a Pitt Commmunity


Petersen Events Center

The University of Pittsburgh is a flourishing, diverse community comprised of students who have many different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. In this program, you will learn what it means to be a member of the Pitt community and how you can be a panther that is aware, supportive, and an ally to all students.


12:30 - 2 PM Building a Pitt Community: Follow-up Lunch and Discussion


12:30 - 4 PM  DiscoverU Day

Join the Career Center on an opportunity to connect with employers, graduate schools, and community partners to learn more about potential majors and careers. A full list of DiscoverU Day sites and registration information will go out in July.


2 PM - 2:30 Pitt Arts Information Session

At this brief presentation, you will find out how you can enjoy the fantastic arts scene offered by Pittsburgh's cultural community.


3 PM - 4 PM Your Leadership Journey


5-7 PM  Global Carnival & Study Abroad Fair

Join us as we celebrate diverse cultures with Pitt's cultural departments and student organizations - including Study Abroad. This event will include games, music, entertainment, and food samples from around the world.


7-10 PM Residence Hall Building-Wide and Floor Meetings


Join the Office of Residence Life staff members for an official on-campus welcome to share campus resources, residence hall policies, and leadership opportunities.


9 PM - MIDNIGHT Drag Bingo


10 PM - MIDNIGHT WPTS Pittsburgh Music Showcase

Are you a music lover? Are you interested in getting involved in the music scene while here at Pitt? Come join the WPTS Radio staff and your first year mentors for two hours of live music performed by local Pittsburgh artists. Refreshments will be provided.


Friday, August 23

9 AM - 12:30 PM  Academic Program Meetings


More information coming soon based on your specific school:

College of Business Administration

Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences

School of Computing and Information

School of Nursing

Swanson School of Engineering



9:30 AM - 1:30 PM Transfer Day


1:30 PM - 2 PM Pitt Arts Information Session

At this brief presentation, you will find out how you can enjoy the fantastic arts scene offered by Pittsburgh's cultural community.


1:30 - 2:30 PM Before Your Grades Slip Take a Trip to Study Lab

Gardner Steel Conference Center, Ground Floor

Don't just succeed, excel! Pitt Students are all smart, motivated and hard working. But they're not all the same. People learn in vastly different ways, and there is no one-size-fits-all-approach to studying. Come meet our undergraduate academic coaches and learn about all the tools and resources for you to discover the most efficient and effective ways for you to study. Whether you are looking for a quick on-demand answer, a one-on-one session about that upcoming chem test, an individualized meeting to review effective study strategies, or a video tutorial about a tricky concept, there is something here for you.


2:30 - 5:30 PM Bystander Intervention Training



6 PM - 7 PM Hillel Shabbat Services

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 PM - 8 PM Hillel Shabbat Dinner

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 PM - 9:30 PM Pitt Program Council Presents Hypnotist Erick Kand

You will laugh out loud when the impossible happens right before your eyes! Join the Pitt Program Council, your student-run programming board, for this hilarious and interactive comedy hypnosis show. Members of the audience will be offered the chance to be hypnotized as part of the show!


10 PM - MIDNIGHT Amazing Race


10 PM - MIDNIGHT Murder Mystery

Saturday, August 24

11 AM - 1 PM Chopped: Craft Edition


1 - 4 PM Rec-O-Mania and Club Sports Activities Fair

Pitt Sports Dome

Interested in participating in one of Pitt's competitive or recreational club sports? Come meet representatives from over 30 of Pitt's club sports teams and get information for intercollegiate competitive play.


10 PM - 1 AM Welcome Back Bash

Bigelow Blvd and William Pitt Union Lawn

Join us for this campus wide celebration prior to the start of classes. This event features laser tag, a freaky photo booth, airbrush tattoos, mini golf, T-shirt tie-dyeing, carnival food, and much more. This is an event you won't want to miss!

Sunday, August 25

1-4 p.m. Student Activities Fair

Petersen Events Center

Find out more about Pitt's 500+ student organizations


2 PM - 6 PM University of Thriftsburgh Semester Opening

Have only $20 in your pocket? The University of Thriftsburgh, Pitt's student-operated thrift store, invites you to enjoy shopping, snacks, and live music. Pop some tags, support Thriftsburgh, and complete your back-to-school wardrobe!


7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Lantern Night: Pitt's Oldest Tradition

Established in 1920, the Lantern Night ceremony is the oldest University tradition. Female alumni pass the light of learning and inspiration, in the form of lanterns with candles, to first-year and transfer women. The lanterns represent those used at the time of the University's founding. First-year men also are invited to attend this special event. Business casual dress is required.


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