University of Pittsburgh
Student Life

First Year Experience

For Parents

For Parents

Save the Dates!

New and Transfer Student Orientation:  August 20-25, 2013

Parent and Family Orientation:  August 20-21, 2013

Additional Dates:
International Student Orientation begins August 16, 2013
Transfer Day August 19, 2013
Commuter Day: August 20, 2013

New Student Orientation is not just for new students.  We have several sessions and events planned for parents and families, too!  The Parent and Family Schedule will be available on this website as well as the Office of Parent and Family Resources website by mid-June.  For more information on parent resources, to sign up for our parent newsletter and to join Panther Parent Ambassadors, please go to or call 412-624-8548.

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Office of Parent and Family Resources

At the University of Pittsburgh we share a common goal with parents and families: supporting the success of our students.
We value the role that parents and families play in the collegiate experience, and we are here to assist in any way we can.  The Office of Parent and Family Resources provides easy access to valuable resources through our Web site, parent handbook, newsletters, and special events. 

Perhaps most importantly, we are here if you ever need assistance resolving an issue or crisis. Please contact us at 412-624-8548, or, and we will do everything we can to help your student have the best collegiate experience in the world.


AlcoholWise Letter for Parents

Dear Parent of Incoming Freshman,

If you are like most parents of teenagers, you are probably wondering how your student will navigate the numerous decisions that lie ahead during their first year in college. An early test for most first-year students is evaluating the role that alcohol can play in college life.

As our students will have to make independent decisions about alcohol early on, we are unwavering in our belief that we must promote healthy decision-making by the newest members on our campus. To get our students off on the right foot, the University of Pittsburgh is requiring all entering students to complete the online Alcohol-Wise course before arriving on campus.

The Alcohol-Wise course takes only about an hour to complete. There is excellent information in this program, for all students, regardless of their experience with alcohol. Instructions on how to access and complete this program can be found here.

There is considerable evidence that parents play a critical role in the success of their teens in college, particularly related to their choices about alcohol use. Please help make our alcohol abuse prevention efforts as effective as possible by communicating with your student around the importance of making healthy choices with alcohol. Review your expectations, help them identify their priorities while in school, and encourage them to actively complete the Alcohol-Wise course. Starting such a conversation now will ensure that communication lines remain open throughout the first year of college.

I've seen firsthand how devastating inappropriate use of alcohol can be on the lives of students. As a result, and as part of our pledge to provide our students with the best collegiate experience in the world, the University of Pittsburgh is wholly committed to implementing effective evidence-based approaches that address the complex issues of underage and high-risk drinking. If I can be of assistance to you with regard to this issue, or any other, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.


Kathy Humphrey, Ph.D
Vice Provost & Dean of Students
University of Pittsburgh

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