Webinar Series

“I listen to all of the [webinars] on replay…I feel they are very valuable and don’t miss them.  Thanks for the valuable info and Hail to Pitt!”
Rachel M., Class of 2019 parent


“The webinars that Pitt provides for the parents are priceless.  They are brief yet cover the pertinent information.  They definitely make me feel connected to the school and well informed.”
Kris N., Class of 2019 parent


2020 Parent and Family Webinars

September 202- What Is The Office Of Parent and Family Resources, recorded on September 10, 2020. Here is a link to the September 2020 Parent Webinar used.

February 2020- As your student is looking to join a fraternity or sorority, check out this video on our Fraternity and Sorority Life here at Pitt! If you have any questions afterwards, you can simply complete this form and someone will get back to you.


2018 Webinars

Your Guide to Guidebook
Monday, February 12, 2018

Universities are using electronic communications more and more to communicate with stakeholders, including parents and families.  Pitt uses Guidebook for events like Pitt Starts, New and Transfer Student Orientation, and Family Weekend schedules to name a few.  This webinar provides step-by-step, custom instructions on how to use Guidebook at Pitt.
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2017 Webinars

Things To Do at Pitt and in Pittsburgh
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

You may have visited Pitt and Pittsburgh several times, or maybe you’re a new Pitt parent and not familiar with potential cultural or recreational opportunities for your student and for you, their families.  Listen as panelists from Parent and Family Resources, Pitt Arts, and two Panther Parent Ambassadors from Annapolis, MD, discuss a variety of fun activities for students and for you!
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*Avoiding Transition Train Wrecks and Making Mental and Behavioral Health a Priority
Monday, July 10, 2017 (recorded – no live audience)

The transition from high school to college is made by tens of thousands of students each year, and sometimes this period can be daunting. As a result, more and more incoming college students are utilizing mental health services during their transition into a university environment.  With that in mind, what can parents do to help their students? How can the transition into university be managed? This program will explain challenges that students may in a college environment, as well as discuss parental concerns and ways to manage and discuss these challenges with their students.

Click here to view Avoiding Transition Train Wrecks
Click here to view Making Mental and Behavioral Health a Priority

*Questions about these two webinars should be directed to uccparents@pitt.edu


International Family Welcome!
April 10, 2017

Supporting a U.S college student has its own set of challenges.  Supporting an international student has many of the same challenges and more.  This recorded presentation (no live audience) explains University resources for parents and families, cultural adaptation and global ties, immigration details, as well as a testimony from a current international student.  The presentation was recorded in English and in Chinese.  Thank you for translating, Jiayin (Julia) Qian!  The final slide contains contact information for panelists.

Click here to view English version
Click here to view Chinese version


You Want to Go Where and Do What?!  Study Abroad Tips for Parents
Monday, March 20, 2017

More and more college students are enhancing their academics by studying abroad. These experiences enrich students’ lives and give them a deeper appreciation for different cultures. However, the initial process may seem a little daunting to parents.  Learn how you can navigate and support your student’s dream to study abroad.
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Pitt Sendoffs Made Easy
Regional Alumni and Panther Parent Ambassador Collaboration
Monday, February 27, 2017

Current Parent Ambassadors who are interested in assisting with Sendoffs throughout Pennsylvania and the United States receive an overview of how they can participate.  If you are interested in becoming a Panther Parent Ambassador, please read more .  We welcome you!
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Sorority and Fraternity Life
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Fraternities and Sororities have been a vibrant part of the University of Pittsburgh experience since 1864.  The Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Collegiate Panhellenic Association are the three governing councils that oversee the operations of Pitt’s 40 social fraternities and sororities.  As the spring semester commences, the major recruitment period for the three councils will begin.  Join us for a Parent and Family Webinar where staff from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life will provide you with an update on the state of the fraternity and sorority life community at Pitt, and show you how your student can get involved!
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2016 Webinars

Off Campus Living and Safety
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

At this time of year many students are thinking ahead to next fall’s housing options. While many students choose to remain in campus housing, many others choose to move off-campus. We want parents and family members to be informed about this topic so that together with your students, you can make safe and appropriate housing choices.
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Arrival/Orientation:  What You Need to Know
Monday, July 25, 2016

Don’t let the name “Arrival Survival” fool you! Pitt’s move-in runs like a well-oiled machine! And, whether your student will live on campus or commute to campus, New and Transfer Student Orientation will help them connect with other students and the University.  Panelists discuss details about these two hand-in-hand programs.
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Understanding Pitt’s Engineering, Business and Nursing Advising Centers:
A Parent and Family Guide
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Academic advisers discuss support services provided to students, ways to help student clarify their academic and career interests and how parents can support their students during this process.
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Understanding Pitt’s Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Advising Center:
A Parent and Family Guide
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Academic advisers discuss support services provided to students, ways to help student clarify their academic and career interests and how parents can support their students during this process.
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Career Development, Placement Assistance and Internship Prep Programs
Monday, January 11, 2016

Staff from the Career Development and Placement Assistance Office (CDPA) familiarize parents with their department and its benefits for students. Topics include Internships, Career Fairs, interview preparation, and the multitude of ways that your students can get assistance with career development and obtaining employment.
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2015 Webinars

Pitt Start vs. Fall New and Transfer Student Orientation:  What’s the Difference
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pitt takes pride in thoroughly preparing students (and their families) for the exciting transition to college. We do this in two main ways: an academic orientation called PittStart held on designated days throughout the summer, and a more social New and Transfer Student Orientation which is held the week before classes begin. Panelists will discuss both of these important events and answer your posted questions.
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Living Well:  Keeping Students Mentally and Physically Fit
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pitt is committed to providing our students with excellent healthcare and recreation opportunities. Learn how staff from the Student Health Service, University Counseling Center and Intramurals and Recreation strive to keep students mentally and physically fit.

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Living Well:  On and Off Campus Living and Safety
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Whether students live on-campus, off-campus or commute from home, we want to provide them with the best collegiate experience in the world and their safety is a top priority.  In this webinar we will discuss resources and tips so that you can advise your student on how to live well and be safe at Pitt.

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2014 Webinars

What to Expect in the First 6 Weeks:  Parents’ Perspective
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

High school graduation parties are winding down and you are free to think about fall Orientation, move-in, and logistics for your residential or commuting student. Join Student Affairs professionals as we discuss students’ mental, physical and emotional transition to college and how you can best support them; especially during the 1st six weeks.

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College Classroom Experience & Maintaining Your Scholarship
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What is a syllabus? How do I talk to my professor? How do I maintain my scholarship? What if I need help academically? Find out the answers to these questions and more during this webinar about surviving and thriving academically in college. Students, parents, and families are all welcome to attend to gain some key strategies for making a successful transition from high school to the collegiate classroom.

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