New Student Information
Congratulations on your admission to Pitt! We are excited to welcome you to campus and equip you with the information, resources, and support you will need to be successful. We offer several orientation opportunities for new first-year and transfer students. Use the drop down menu below for more information.
New first-year and transfer students will be invited to complete their required Pitt Online Orientation in early June (students beginning in the fall term) or mid-October (student beginning in the spring term). The Online Orientation will deliver important campus information, resources, and engagement opportunities in a series of learning modules. The academic schools and advisors will deliver specific information to their admitted students for academic advising and course registration through the Online Orientation. Also provided in the Online Orientation is a checklist of additional requirements necessary for new students to complete.
Panther Connect (Fall Only)
Panther Connect has gone virtual! Panther Connect Virtual provides the opportunity for you to meet other first-year students and learn about campus resources that will make your first semester at Pitt smooth and successful! Participants will engage with student life, explore common transition topics, and participate in fun and dynamic activities. This is also an opportunity to develop close friendships and meaningful skills to thrive in the first year of college.
Panther Connect provides a foundation for a successful college experience by exposing participants to student life, exploring common transition topics, and engaging in fun and dynamic activities. This is also an opportunity to develop close friendships and meaningful skills to thrive in the first year of college. Registration for Summer 2020 is open now!
Each year, we coordinate a welcome experience for new students that runs concurrently with Pitt's Arrival Survival (residence hall move-in). Welcome Week activities are designed to assist your transition to college life and connect you with many of the opportunities, offices, and people on campus. For Fall 2020, Welcome Week events will begin on Sunday, August 16th and conclude on Tuesday, August 18th. Please note that some of the events in the Welcome Week schedule are required for first-year students.
First-Year Housing Move-In (Fall Only)
Students selecting to living on-campus will receive information about housing assignments, move-in dates/times, parking, and other logistics in mid-July. First-year student's move-in dates are Thursday, August 13th through the morning of Sunday, August 16th.
After admission to Pitt, transfer students should hear directly from their academic advisor or academic school about course registration.
New first-year and transfer students will be invited to complete their required Pitt Online Orientation in early June (students beginning in the fall term) or mid-October (students beginning in the spring term). The Online Orientation will deliver important campus information, resources, and engagement opportunities in a series of learning modules. Also provided in the Online Orientation is a checklist of additional requirements necessary for new students to complete.
The Office of New Student Programs coordinates orientation programming for new transfer students during Welcome Week.
If you have questions about starting at Pitt, please reach out to our office - we are a great resource and happy to make this a smooth transition.
Most upper-class students (sophomore, junior, senior) arrive to campus around Sunday, August 16th or Monday, August 17th. We encourage transfer students to jump into the Welcome Week schedule once you arrive and definitely plan to be on campus for Transfer Day. More information from our office will be coming to your Pitt email in the summer.
Commuter Student Programs provides additional support, resources, and mentorship to our first-year commuter student community. Each first-year commuter student will receive direct communication from the Office of New Student Experience about Welcome Week.
Commuter Day provides a sense of community among first-year commuter students, connects you with our team of First Year Mentors, and assists students navigating Pitt for the first time.
The Office of New Student Programs invites parents and families to participate in Welcome Week. Additionally, there will be specific parent and family programs highlighted on the Welcome Week schedule. We encourage you to learn more about the University of Pittsburgh and resources available by visiting the Parent and Family website.
Every family's approach to moving their student in is different. Some have plans to drop their student off, spend a few hours in Pittsburgh then head home. Some will hang out multiple days. Whatever your plans are we want to offer activities and sessions to help transition you from 'parent' to "college parent' and to familiarize you with our community!
The three required EverFi online education modules (AlcoholEdu, Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) will be available in the Pitt portal beginning in late July.
For students starting in the FALL term, AlcoholEdu for College and Sexual Assault Prevention must be completed no later than August 28, 2020. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion must be completed no later than September 25, 2020.
If you have any questions or issues with the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit: https://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/shs/education/alcoholhaven/
At Pitt, we want our students to make informed financial decisions before, during, and after college. We want to help you establish good money habits and give you the skills you need to thrive wherever life takes you. We also want to reduce student debt as much as possible and encourage healthy strategies to spend wisely and to pay off debt.
The University of Pittsburgh requires all new first-year students to complete a financial wellness course called GradReady. The GradReady program will walk you through all of the smart steps you need to take in order to pay for college, manage your money, and repay any student loans you choose to take. New students must complete the steps below by Friday, August 28, 2020.
Create Your Account (Required)
Create a GradReady account using your Pitt email Account
Confirm and Activate your GradReady account
Complete Path 1 – Paying for College (Required)
Take Pre-Course Assessment
Watch all videos and complete all five quizzes in Path 1
Complete Path 2 – Money Management (Required)
Take Pre-Course Assessment
Watch all videos and complete all five quizzes in Path 2
Optional GradReady Features
Visit the Helpful Resources & Frequently Asked Questions line on each video