University of Pittsburgh
Student Life

First Year Experience

2010 New and Transfer Student Orientation

Frequently Asked Questions


Are accommodations provided during the Orientation program?

Students living in the residence halls will stay in the residence halls. Parents and families can find local accommodations in the Travel and Hotel section of this Web site.

Is transportation provided from local airports, train, or bus stations?

While Pitt does not provide transportation, the City of Pittsburgh has an extensive busing system. Visit the Port Authority Web site to find out which bus will take you to and from campus. As a Pitt student, you are able to ride the buses for free with your Pitt ID.

What orientation programs are the most important to attend?

It is a good idea to review the orientation schedule before coming to campus. That way you and your family can decide which events are most important to you. We encourage you to go to as many programs as you can.  You will be able to find detailed descriptions as well as dates and times for all programs in your New and Transfer Student Orientation schedule when it becomes available.

Where can I go if I need help during orientation?

Everyone at the University of Pittsburgh is here to help you; however, if you find yourself in need of some assistance, there are two main locations: The Tower's Lobby and the William Pitt Union. Both sites have staff and students who are ready to assist you.


Campus Life

What is the Panther Card?

The Panther Card is your student identification card. It is your access card to your residence hall, fitness centers, libraries, computer labs and gives you access to your meal plan. This card also provides you free access to the busing system and much more! You can go to the Panther Central Web site for more information.

How do I get involved in student organizations?

Throughout Orientation there will be various opportunities to become familiar with student organizations. One of the most popular events is the Activities Fair, where over 100 different organizations set up tables and give out information. This is an opportunity to meet many of the student organizations, learn about what they do, and sign up to become a member.

What things should I not bring?

The Residential Handbook gives you all the policies and procedures for living in the residence halls, including items that are not allowed. You may either pick up a hard copy of the handbook at the Office of Residence Life, or view it online here.

Tuition and Financial Aid

I am interested in financial aid. How can I find out more?

To find out more about your financial aid options, please either contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at 412-624-7488, or click here.

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