Pitt Starts And Orientation

Pitt Starts And Orientation

Click here to access the College Parenting 101 power point that is presented on summer PittStart Day 2.

Spring, 2017 New and Transfer Students will receive move-in and parking information via their Pitt email accounts in mid-late December.  Please encourage them to monitor that account; no information will be mailed home. 

If students have questions about move-in or dining plans, they should contact Panther Central at 412-648-1100, pc@pc.pitt.edu or access their Chat Line when it is active at pc.pitt.edu.  If students have questions about Orientation Day on December 16, or Welcome Week in January, they should contact First Year Experience at fye@pitt.edu or 412-648-2172. 

For questions from a parental perspective, you can always contact Parent and Family Resources at parents@pitt.edu or 412-624-8548 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-F before winter recess (December 23 – January 2 inclusive).


PittStart: The Academic Orientation

During the summer months, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid provides an academic orientation called PittStart, so that incoming students can meet with academic advisors and schedule fall term courses. Parent sessions are offered at both PittStarts and Fall Orientation, but parent participation is optional. To learn more about the differences between PittStarts and Fall Orientation, please view the webinar on that topic.

Arrival Survival  and New Student Orientation

Arrival Survival (move-in process each fall) occurs concurrently with New and Transfer Student Orientation. Orientation sessions focus on the transition and adjustment to college life and include open houses, information sessions, and an invitation for families to attend Pitt’s inspiring and exciting new student Convocation.  Some parents and families choose to stay for Orientation sessions and, for a variety of reasons, some choose to move their student in, get that all-important hug, and return home.  The choice is totally an individual/family decision.  We recommend that you look at the schedule, have a conversation with your student, and make an informed choice.

A modified New Student Orientation is provided for spring term.  Parents and families should be sure to sign up for the monthly newsletter for advance information on this as well as news throughout the year(s).  For up-to-date information and to find the spring orientation schedule click here.