Some times and events may vary; your finalized agenda will be available electronically on the Guidebook App or as a hard copy at PittStart Check-In.

Day One

Time Event/Description Location
Prior to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast on your own
9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Swanson School of Engineering Family Information Session
This welcome session is intended to help participants plan their PittStart experience and provide answers to questions around the multiple session opportunities PittStart provides. Please join us to meet your new classmates and begin considering the transition decisions all first year engineers face as they join the Swanson School of Engineering family.
Ballroom, 2nd Floor, O'Hara Student Center
10 a.m. – 10:20 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 p.m. in the Alumni Hall Ballroom for families unable to check in between 10 a.m. and 10:20 a.m.
Ballroom, 1st Floor, Alumni Hall
10:30 a.m. – 11:20 p.m. Welcome Session & Dismissals
Join us as we welcome students and their families as new members of the Pitt family!
Auditorium, 7th Floor, Alumni 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.


11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Engineering Your Way to Medical School
This session is strongly recommended for engineering students interested in the health professions and will be conducted by one of Pitt’s pre-health advisors. Learn about the path to medical school and how to integrate pre-health requirements with the engineering curriculum.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
Take this time to grab some lunch on your own. Stop by the Alumni Hall lobby information table for a list of local vendors, or for directions/advice from the Pitt Pathfinders.
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. University Resource Fair
Stop in and talk with representatives from various University departments.
1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Eat, Sleep and be Pitt
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.
2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Managing Student Finances
Every student and parent needs to understand how to pay for college. Student Financial Services Staff and Financial Aid Counselors will 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!
4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. Student Computing Essentials
Join members of the Pitt IT department to obtain information on Campus Computing Labs, Internet connectivity, important websites (e.g. course listings and software downloads), and your student email/financial accounts.
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Student Affairs: Life on Campus
In this entertaining presentation, you will meet the 2018 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.
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. PittStart Family Dinner
Wind down your day by joining fellow Pitt parents and guardians, and Pitt Pathfinders, for an evening social event.

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, 2nd Floor, O'Hara Student Center
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, 2nd Floor, O'Hara Student Center
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
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.
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.
Lobby, Litchfield Towers
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
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.
Noon - 1 p.m. Pulling it all Together: A Conversation for Engineering Parents
Open discussion on transition issues that first-year engineering students often encounter, including academics, college life, mental health, and special needs. Our goal is to provide you with resources & information on how you can successfully prepare for these challenges, and support your student.
1 p.m.- 2 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 a list of local vendors, 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
9, 10, and 11 a.m.; noon, 1, 2, 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
11 a.m., 1 p.m.,and 2 p.m. Upper Campus Tour – Guided (Part of this tour is walking) Join a Pathfinder in the 1st floor Lobby of Alumni Hall Take a University shuttle to upper campus and enjoy a leisurely walk down while checking out a residence room in Sutherland Hall and the Petersen Events Center.
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. (Closed Tuesdays; Open late on Thursdays 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.