Pitt Starts, Arrival Survival, and Orientation
Click here to access the 2017 College Parenting 101 power point that is presented during PittStart Day 2.
Click here to view the live New and Transfer Student Convocation ceremony on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at 3 p.m. (The viewing will begin a few minutes before 3 p.m.)
Past webinars, which include these general topics and more, may help you to get a better understanding of this important time in your student’s life, and how you can support them through the process. If students have questions about move-in or dining plans, they should contact Panther Central at 412-648-1100, email@example.com or access their Chat Line when it is active at pc.pitt.edu. If students have questions about Orientation, they should contact First Year Experience at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-648-2172. For questions from a parental perspective, you can always contact Parent and Family Resources at email@example.com or 412-624-8548 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-F.
To help you get a better understanding, below are some descriptions of the processes:
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 finalize 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 (move-in process each fall) occurs concurrently with the final Pitt Start in August and New and Transfer Student Orientation. Don’t let the name scare you! Panther Central has this move-in process down to a science! Students historically receive their unique move-in date and information in mid-to-late July for fall term via their Pitt email account. Be sure to bring photo ID with you for residential housing wrist-banding/access.
The final fall Pitt Start overlaps Arrival Survival and Orientation optional sessions. Not to worry! Required student Orientation sessions do not begin until New Student Convocation – midweek. During fall Orientation, students and parents can stop at Orientation Station in the William Pitt Union lobby to answer any last minute questions and pick up information material. The final session for parents is generally on Wednesday evening of Orientation week. A modified New Student Orientation is provided for spring term.
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. Parents and families should be sure to sign up for the monthly newsletter for advance information on this as well as news throughout the years.