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New & Transfer Student Orientation at the University of Pittsburgh is another step in ensuring that new first-year 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.


Pay attention to these pages as we get closer to your arrival. We’ll be providing a variety of details on what to do, where and when, and how to get there, along with a lot of other helpful information to get you started with confidence. And don’t worry, if you forget to visit this page over and over, we’ll be reaching out to you in other ways to make sure you have the information you need.


Fall 2018 – New and Transfer Student Orientation

As you begin to make travel plans, please remember some of these key dates:

  • Monday, August 20 – Sunday, August 26: New & Transfer Student Orientation (While events do begin on Monday, there are no required events for first-year students until Wednesday at 3:00 pm)
  • Monday, August 20 – Wednesday, August 22: Move In Days (Your specific move in time slot can be accessed in your portal in mid-July)
  • OPTIONAL Saturday, August 18 – Sunday, August 19: Panther Connect Retreats (For more information, click here)
New & Transfer Student Orientation Overview
  • From Monday, August 20 to Sunday, August 26, 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.
  • Pitt Fall 2018 Orientation Guidebook is alive. If you want to see the updated 2018 orientation schedule, please download Pitt Fall 2018 Orientation guidebook.
  • 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 2018 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.|1



NTSO Schedule At-A-Glance

The schedule below is an outline of events as of 7.6.18 - thanks for your patience as we continue to add events!

Monday, August 20, 2018

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

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Transfer Day (Option 1), William Pitt Union, Assembly Room

12 p.m.- 1 p.m. Yoga On the Lawn, Petersen Events Center Lawn

12 p. m.-1 p.m. Healthy U: Group Exercise Class, Baierl Dance Studio

1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Parent Meet and Greet, William Pitt Union, Fifth Floor

7 p.m.-9 p.m. Speed Friending, William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge

9 p.m. - 11 p.m.  Outdoor Movie, Cathedral Lawn

9 p.m. - 11 p.m.  Ready, Set, Glow, William Pitt Union, Main Floor

10 p.m. -12 a.m. Murder Mystery, O'Hara Student Center


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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

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

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

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

4 p.m. -5 p.m. Study Abroad Information Session, William Pitt Union, Ballroom

5 p.m. -7 p.m. African American Alumni Council Parent and Family Dialogue and Reception, William Pitt Union Fifth Floor

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

9:30 p.m. - Midnight  Ice Cream Social & Play fair, Cathedral Lawn


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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

9:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. Commuter Student Day, William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge

10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. About Disability Resource & Services, William Pitt Union, Dining Room A

10 a.m. -10:30 a.m. Dependents of Veterans Orientation, William Pitt Union, Kurtzman Room

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.  New Student Convocation (REQUIRED for First-Year Students), Petersen Events Center

8 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Class Photo & the Tipping Point (REQUIRED for First-Year Students), Petersen Events Center

10:30 p.m. - Midnight  Drag Show Bingo, William Pitt Union, Assembly Room

11 p. m. - 2 a.m.  Late Night Breakfast, Market Central, Litchfield Towers


Thursday, August 23, 2018

10 a.m. - Noon  Building a Pitt Community (REQUIRED for First-Year Students), Petersen Events Center

12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Discover Pitt, Discover U

5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Global Carnival, William Pitt Union, Lawn and Patio

8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Residence Hall Building-Wide Meetings & RA Floor Meetings (REQUIRED for First-Year Students)

10 p.m. - Midnight  Trivia, William Pitt Union

10 p.m. - Midnight  Pittsburgh Music Showcase sponsored by WPTS, William Pitt Union

10:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.  Late Night Shopping at Target, Buses will load on Bigelow Blvd


Friday, August 24

9 a.m. - Noon  Mandatory Academic Programs  (REQUIRED for First-Year Students)Locations vary by school

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Transfer Day (Option 2), William Pitt Union, Assembly Room

2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Bystander Intervention Training (REQUIRED for First-Year Students), Locations provided by RA

8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  Pitt Program Council Presents Erick Känd, William Pitt Union, Assembly Room

9:00 p.m. - 11 p.m. Field Games & Food Trucks, Cathedral Lawn

9:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.  Museum Scavenger Hunt

9:30 p.m. - Midnight  Pool Party, Trees Hall Pool


Saturday, August 25, 2018

9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Orientation Day of Service

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  DIY Pinterest, William Pitt Union

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

10 p.m. - 1 a.m.  Welcome Back Bash, Bigelow Blvd & William Pitt Union Lawn/Patio


Sunday, August 26, 2018

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

2 p.m. - 6 p.m.  Thriftsburgh Semester Opening

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  Lantern Night

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 20 from 10:00am – 1:30pm, William Pitt Union
      • Friday, August 24 from 10:00am – 1:30pm, William Pitt Union
    • In addition to Transfer Day there will be social events happening from August 20 - 26th 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 22 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.