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 (Strongly Recommended)

Time Event/Description Location
Prior to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast on your own
8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Student Accommodations Check-in
If you are staying overnight in Tower A, we suggest that your first stop on campus be at Panther Central to check into your room. Be sure to pick up your Panther Card (University ID) while at Panther Central!
Panther Central, Lobby, Litchfield Towers
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Paper Placement Exams (For students only)
This testing is for students who need to complete the following placement exams that are only offered on campus in a paper format: Music Theory, Latin, Russian, and Portuguese.
Advising Center, 2nd Floor, Thackeray Hall
9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. PittStart Check-In & Icebreakers
You can officially check in for your PittStart session at this time. If you do not have a smartphone to utilize the Guidebook App, you can pick up a hard copy of the finalized agenda and other important materials here. We encourage all PittStart participants to check in at this time if you wish to participate in all Day One events. Then join the Pitt Pathfinders and your new classmates for games and fun!
Extended PittStart Check-In will be available until 5 p.m. for those students unable to check in between 9:30 a.m. and 10:20 a.m.
Ballroom, 1st Floor, Alumni Hall
10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Welcome Session & Dismissals
Join us as we welcome you as a new member of the Pitt family!
Room 343, 3rd Floor, Alumni Hall
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Class Dismissed: Now What?
Meet Pitt Pathfinders to learn how to get involved on campus and make the most of your Pitt experience.
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch Break
Grab a bite to eat at one of the many on or off-campus eateries with the complimentary $8 on your Panther Card (University ID). Eat with the Pathfinders or venture on your own. Restaurant options are available in the Guidebook app.
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. University Resource Fair
Stop in and talk with representatives from various University departments.
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.
1:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. Make-Up Online Placement Exams (For students only)
This testing is for students who need to complete the following online placement exams: Math, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
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 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. Computer and Web Resources Presentation
Join members of Computing Services to obtain helpful 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 your 2017 First Year Mentors as they act out everyday situations on college campuses. Break-out discussion sessions with the Mentors and University staff will follow the performances.
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Student Dinner
Whether you are staying on campus for your PittStart session or commuting from home – come join your classmates and the Pitt Pathfinders for some food and fun!
7:30 p.m. - 10:15 p.m. Social Activities
The Pathfinders are planning activities and entertainment to help you make new friends and Pitt memories. More detailed information on the events, times, and locations will be available when you arrive on campus.
10:30 p.m. Curfew and Floor Meetings
If you are staying in the on-campus overnight accommodations, you will have a mandatory floor meeting with the Pathfinders at 10:30 p.m. Check signs around your building or ask a Pathfinder to find the location.

Day Two (Mandatory)

Time Event/Description Location
7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. PittStart Check-In
Mandatory for School of Nursing Students
You will officially check in for the Nursing PittStart session unless you checked in for PittStart on Day One. Refreshments will be served.
Room 125, 1st Floor, Victoria Hall
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Nursing Orientation
Mandatory for School of Nursing Students.
Representatives from the School of Nursing Student Affairs Office will provide a general overview about the nursing school and expectations for the day for both students and parents. Topics that will be discussed include: the advising process, the nursing curriculum, and important services that students can utilize while attending Pitt.
Room 125, 1st Floor, Victoria Hall
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Get to Know Your Classmates
Mandatory for School of Nursing Students
Pathfinders will lead students in an icebreaker - get to know your fellow classmates and have a chance to ask current Pitt students any questions you might have!
10:30 a.m. - noon Advising Session
Mandatory for School of Nursing Students
Students will meet with their academic advisor for a group advising session. This meeting is for students only.
Noon - 4 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
Restaurant options are available in the Guidebook app.
Noon – 5 p.m. PittStart Check-Out
Mandatory for School of Nursing Students.
All students must check out of their PittStart session to ensure that you have completed all necessary tasks before leaving campus. Submit your PittStart survey via the Guidebook app, and get a free PittStart t-shirt at Check-Out!
Lobby, Litchfield Towers
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Find Your Fall Term Classrooms
Pathfinder escorts will be available at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. Please bring your fall class schedule.