Day One

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be on your own for the two days. Families will be provided with a complimentary meal pass.

Time Event/Description Location
9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. PittStart Family Check-In
Please stop by the family check-in table to receive your finalized family agenda and plenty of other useful information. You can also chat with the Pitt Pathfinders if you have any questions about your day.
*Extended PittStart Check-In will be available until 5:00 pm in the Alumni Hall Ballroom for those family members unable to check in between 9:00 am and 9:30 am.*
Ballroom B, 2nd Floor, University Club
9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Swanson School of Engineering Family Information Session
This welcome session is intended to help Swanson School of Engineering students and their families plan their Pittstart experience and think ahead to some issues that they may need to plan for in the first year of college.
Ballroom B, 2nd Floor, University Club
10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Welcome Session & Dismissals
Join us as we welcome students and their families as new members of the Pitt family!
Room L-9, 1st Floor, Clapp Hall
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Family Panel
Do you have a burning question you have been yearning to ask without your student around to hear you ask it? Join the Pathfinders in an open discussion to help you learn the ins and outs of being a college parent or guardian.
Room L-9, 1st Floor, Clapp Hall
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch Break
Take this time to grab some lunch on your own.
1 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. University Resource Fair
Stop in and talk with representatives from various University departments.
Ballroom, 1st Floor, Alumni Hall
1:15 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. Panther Central Presentation
Panther Central is the University’s concierge service provider and your go-to place for all the essentials of daily living on campus, from Pitt IDs and housing, to meal plans and transportation.
Auditorium, 7th Floor, Alumni Hall
2:15 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Managing Student Finances
Every student and parent needs to understand how to pay for college. Student Financial Services and Financial Aid Counselors explain the student account and share payment options, due dates, financial aid requirements, and financial literacy tips. All student attendees will have the opportunity to win a $500 Book Award for the University Store on Fifth!
Auditorium, 7th Floor, Alumni Hall
4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. Computer and Web Resources Presentation
Join members of Computing Services to obtain information on Campus Computing Labs, Internet connectivity, important websites (e.g. course listings and software downloads), and your student email/financial accounts.
Assembly Room, Main Floor, William Pitt Union
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Student Affairs: Life on Campus
In this entertaining presentation, you will meet the 2017 First Year Mentors as they act out everyday situations on college campuses. After the presentation, parents and guardians are invited to stay for a Student Affairs staff panel.
Assembly Room, Main Floor, William Pitt Union

Day Two

Time Event/Description Location
8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. PittStart Check-In
Mandatory for Swanson School of Engineering Students
Everyone will officially check in for the Engineering portion of their PittStart session now.
Ballroom B, 2nd Floor, University Club
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Swanson School of Engineering Advising Meeting
Mandatory for Swanson School of Engineering Students
The Swanson School of Engineering First-Year Program staff will introduce students and families to the curriculum in the First-Year Engineering Program. This session will prepare students for their group registration meetings with advisors.
Ballroom B, 2nd Floor, University Club
9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Engineering Co-Op & International Education Opportunities
This session is designed for parents interested in learning about the opportunities offered to engineering students. Meet the professionals who engage students in important activities that will help define their experiences as engineering students.
Ballroom B, 2nd Floor, University Club
10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Student Health Services & The University Counseling Center
Lean how the Wellness Center helps your student stay healthy and get information about our clinical and mental health services, pharmacy, insurance policies, immunization requirements, and more.
Assembly Room, Main Floor, William Pitt Union
10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. PittStart Family Check-Out
If you haven’t submitted the parent/guardian survey via the Guidebook App, please stop by to complete it at Check-Out. Your feedback is invaluable in helping us to improve our future PittStart sessions.
Ballroom, 1st Floor, Alumni Hall
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. College Parenting 101
Welcome to the Pitt Family and the Panther Parents Association! This session will give you a "heads up" on move-in activities and how you can be proactive in preparing your student for college life
Assembly Room, Main Floor, William Pitt Union
11:30 a.m. – noon Understanding Pitt’s A, B, C’s: Academics, Book Options, Classroom
What tutoring resources are available? Where and when should we get books? How will college academics be different from high school? Get answers to these questions and more at this Q&A session.
Assembly Room, Main Floor, William Pitt Union
Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
This is your time to explore any of the on-campus or Oakland eateries. Stop by the Alumni Hall lobby information table for local vendors’ coupons and menus, or for directions/advice from the Pathfinders.

Tours, tours, and more tours!

Please use the following chart to map out your day:
Time Tour Location Description
10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3 p.m. Lower Campus Walking Tour - Guided Join a Pathfinder in the 1st Floor Lobby of Alumni Hall Tour of lower campus. Sites include the Cathedral of Learning, a residence hall room and various classrooms
Open 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nationality Rooms Tour Self-guided audiotape tour Pick up information on and directions to the Nationality Rooms at the Alumni Hall Lobby information table. Adult $4 / Child (6-18) $2 Tour the 30 world renowned Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning that display the rich ethnic heritage of the city of Pittsburgh. Each room is designed and decorated in a style that exemplifies the country they represent.
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Open late Thursday to 8 p.m.) Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History Self guided Pick up information at the Alumni Hall Lobby information table. Adult $19.95 / Child (3-18) $11.95 / Children Under 3-Free! Explore the many exhibits in the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History on your own. **Admission after 3 p.m. on regular admission weekdays is 50% off. No other coupons or discounts apply.
Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Fridays: 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Approximately 90 minutes Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Self guided Directions available at the Alumni Hall Lobby information table. Adult $17.95 / Seniors (62+) & Student $16.95 / Child $11.95 (2-18) / Children Under 2-Free! View the green spaces on campus as you walk through Schenley Plaza and into Schenley Park. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, located in Schenley Park, has been inviting visitors to explore the beauty and mysteries of plants since 1893. Explore 19 indoor and outdoor gardens on your own.
Open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Center for Creativity: The Workshop Self guided Basement, University Store on Fifth The Center for Creativity seeks to connect members of the University community whose passions are rooted in “making stuff”—making pictures, music, statements, apps, messes, etc. Stop by, see for yourself, and even make something!