Graduate & Professional Student Orientation Activities

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Welcome to the University of Pittsburgh! We are planning numerous events to orient our new graduate or professional students to Pitt and Pittsburgh. This website will help you navigate all the activities so you don't miss out on important information about resources and opportunities to engage with your peers from all of the 14 graduate schools. (Photos in these webpages were taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and do not necessarily reflect current health and safety guidelines.)


University-wide Orientation – August 17, 2020, 3 to 5 p.m. EDT

Hosted by the Office of the Provost – Graduate Studies, all graduate and professional students are invited to this virtual event to meet key administrative and student leaders. The speakers will introduce you to the Pitt campus and the city of Pittsburgh, as well as update you on how we are keeping our campus safe.

View the program schedule and video recordings from the event »

International Student Orientation – August 10, 2020, 9 to 10 a.m. EDT

The Office of International Services (OIS) will host a one-hour virtual welcome session on Monday, August 10 at 9:00 a.m. EDT and will introduce international students to the OIS staff, services, and upcoming events, including the extended virtual orientation. Send any questions to

Learn more about the OIS orientation program for new graduate students »
View the calendar of events for all incoming, international students »

School- and Program-level Orientations (days and times vary)

Your school or program orientation will provide you information about your academic program and requirements including advising and registering for classes.

Find more information about each school's new-student orientation »

New Teaching Assistant Orientation – August 14, 2020 from 12 to 2 p.m. EDT

The virtual event will introduce new teaching assistants (TAs) to their roles and responsibilities as TAs and provide them with training in skills to help fulfill those roles. In addition to usual programming, this new TA orientation will cover topics related to teaching in the Flex@Pitt model.

Register for the new TA orientation »


Beginning August 17, you can view University-wide resources online at your convenience. Learn how to get connected to resources such as the Counseling Center, student health insurance plans, the Writing Center, Pitt IT (for technology support), and many more.

Build Your Pitt Community

Pitt Commons is an online platform that can help you to establish networking and mentoring relationships with other Pitt students, faculty, staff, alumni, and postdocs. A graduate and professional student group is being created and will be supported by current students to help you build your Pitt community. 

Learn more about Pitt Commons and sign up to join the community »

Wellness Resources for Graduate and Professional Students

The Wellness Resources Guide for Graduate and Professional Students and the associated Graduate Studies Resources website highlight a variety of resources aimed at keeping you well and healthy so that you can excel in your educational pursuits. Use this guide to navigate over 50 Pitt offices and local agencies focused on diversity, supporting families, fitness, physical health, mental health, safety, and building community. Check back soon for the 2020-2021 Wellness Guide.