Student/Campus Life

Student/Campus Life

What Type Of Activities Are On Campus, And Where Can My Student Find Out About Them?

The Pitt Program Council is the leading organization on campus that holds events for students. Their events range from entertainment, social, and educational activities and can be found here.

What Clubs And Organizations Are On Campus For My Student To Join?

There are over 500 clubs and organizations on campus.  Students can use the Student Organization Resource Center's website to identify organizations of interest to them. Students are able to search based on a number of categories. Students are able to see descriptions of the organization and contact information by clicking on the club or organization. Students can also attend the Activities Fair every fall semester to provide themselves another opportunity to find groups that interest them.

None Of These Organizations Are Interesting To My Student, Can They Start One?

If your student does not see an organization that sparks their interest, they can start one. New Organization Registration runs October 1-15 and February 1-15. To start an organization, students have to take the following steps:

  1. Attend a “Start Up Your New Student Organization” session
  2. Read the Registration Guidelines
  3. Secure a minimum of 10 currently enrolled Pitt students as members
  4. Have, at the minimum, a president, a vice president, and a business manager. One person may not hold more than one officer position for an organization
  5. Secure a full-time faculty or staff member at the University to serve as your advisor.
  6. Draft a constitution and update as necessary following the Constitution Requirements
Are There Special Interest Organizations On Campus?

Cross Culture and Leadership Development hosts seven special interest organizations:

Black Action Society

Asian Student Alliance

Campus Women's Organization


Rainbow Alliance

Pitt Dance Marathon

Omicron Delta Kappa


All other student organizations can be found on SORC.


How Can My Student Find Service/Volunteer Opportunities?

Aside from multiple student organizations that are dedicated to community service, the Office of PittServes provides meaningful opportunities for service and reflection.  The PittServes Portal is an online resource that provides volunteer opportunities for students to the community.  The office also provides sustainability and educational volunteer opportunities and resources for students.

What Is Greek Life Like On Campus?

Greek Life at Pitt is run out of the Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development.  We are proud to be a home to the Interfraternity Council (NIC), Collegiate Panhellenic Association (NPC), and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). As a Tri-Council, we have just over 2,000 members who achieve in the classroom, in the community, and among their peers. Each organization has its individual attributes, but as a tri-council we are committed to academics, service, and philanthropy.  Furthermore, the mission of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is to enhance the intellectual, personal and social development of students in Greek-letter organizations in harmony with the mission of the University.

What Campus Recreation/Fitness Services Are Offered For My Student?

Campus Recreation offers a wide variety of services on campus that students can participate in.  There are multiple aquatic centers, sports and recreation facilities, and fitness centers across campus.  The list of facility locations and hours can be found here.  Students can also participate in club sports, intramural sports, and fitness classes.  Personal trainers and wellness consultations are also available for students.

Can My Student Purchase Discounted Tickets For Plays, Musicals, And Other Pittsburgh Events?

PITT ARTS offers the Cheap Seats program to students with a Valid Pitt ID. Each person can purchase up to four tickets for all shows (with a few noted exceptions), and you can take non-Pitt people! Cheap Seats are available for many events in the Pittsburgh Cultural District.  Click here to see what events are currently available for students to purchase.  PITT ARTS also sponsors Free Museum Visits and Artful Wednesdays.

How Can My Student Purchase Tickets For Athletic Events?

Football and basketball tickets can be purchased individually or through season ticket packages and all tickets can be purchased online.  For more information, visit the University's official Athletic Site.

What Are First-Year Mentors?

The First Year Mentors (FYMs) are upper-class student leaders who are here to support new students and their transition to Pitt. 19 FYMs work throughout the summer to plan fun and exciting activities to help students get connected during the beginning of the Fall semester. During Fall and Spring semesters, the FYMs plan and promote campus events.

What Resources Are Provided For My Student If They Have Transferred?

The Office of First Year Experience offers a wide variety of resources for transfer students to ensure that their transition is as easy as possible. Students can go here to find information about transferring credits, housing, upcoming events, and more.

What Resources Are Provided For My Student If They Are Commuting?

There are a number of Commuter Student Programs that are provided to ensure that commuter students make the most out of their experience at Pitt.  There are lockers available to be rented, commuter lounges, and commuter mentor programs.  Please visit the commuter website to look further into any of these resources and programs.

What Leadership Opportunities Are Available For My Student?

The Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development (CCLD) offers a variety of leadership programs ranging from personal to organizational to civic. From Emerging Leaders to the Hesselbein Global Academy, they are committed to meeting your student's leadership development needs, along with those of our student organizations.  CCLD also offer personalized leadership workshops and trainings for groups.

What Types Of Transportation Are Available To Students?

There are two popular forms of transportation available for free to Pitt students with a Panther ID Card: Pitt Shuttles and the Pittsburgh Port Authority. The Pitt Shuttles are operated by the Department of Transportation and routes are on campus and surrounding areas. They operate as early as 5:00 am and as late as 3:00 am, and all routes and times can be found here.

The Pittsburgh Port Authority is the City of Pittsburgh's transportation service, which includes bus, incline, and light rail system. Students can find routes to areas on interest and stops here.

Is There A Bus Route To The Airport?

Yes, the Pittsburgh Port Authority offers a route called the 28X Flyer, and just like all other bus services, this is free for Pitt students with a Panther ID Card. This service is available to anyone with an active bus pass, not just Pitt students, so it is best to consult the Port Authority's route finder to determine the amount of time it will take to get from campus to the airport and vice versa.

Is There Cross-State Transportation Available At Holiday Time?

We do offer limited bus transportation during certain breaks such as Thanksgiving and Winter Break, though all routes are currently East Coast only. Routes, dates, and prices can be found here.