Provost Academy

The Provost Academy is an invitation-only, exclusive opportunity for first-generation and limited-income students to get a head start on the learning environment at Pitt through an in-person project-based academic experience. Students get to move into their residence hall early, explore our campus and the city of Pittsburgh, and participate in interdisciplinary team-based learning projects. They will get hands-on experience working with some of our faculty on academic projects related to global affairs, STEM fields, business, and liberal arts. 

In this transformational week-long learning experience, students will join 200 peers from across the country getting ready for their first year at Pitt. They will spend their time engaged in a combination of interdisciplinary lectures, cohort projects, field studies or research, and informational workshops and social events. 

In addition to being introduced to the kind of quantitative, critical thinking, and writing skills that will be expected in classes at Pitt, Provost Academy students also get a sneak peek at the resources and services aimed for success. They will learn what Pitt classes are like, and they will build relationships with faculty, staff, the Provost Academy Leaders (student mentors), and most importantly, fellow incoming first-year students.