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.)


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University-wide Orientation – August 24, 2021, 2 to 6:30 p.m. EDT

Hosted by the Office of the Provost – Graduate Studies, all incoming graduate and professional students are invited to this event to meet key administrative and student leaders. The speakers will introduce you to Pitt and highlight services available to support you. A welcome picnic will follow the welcome presentations.

View the 2021 program schedule, video recording, and slide decks »

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International Student Orientation – August 16, 2021

The Office of International Services (OIS) will host a welcome session on Monday, August 16 and will introduce international students to the OIS staff, services, and upcoming events. 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 »

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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 »

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New Teaching Assistant Orientation – August 20, 2021 from 3 to 5 p.m. EDT

The 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.

View TA Orientation details and register

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Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Students: A Resource Fair - August 26, 2021 2-3:30 p.m. EDT

The University is committed to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for students who identify as trans or non-binary.  At this resource fair, students will be provided with the opportunity to talk with faculty, staff and students about University resources, including chosen name initiatives, student organizations, campus facilities and much more.  This event is sponsored by the University’s Transgender Working Group.

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In lieu of an in-person resource fair, 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.

The Office of the Provost - Graduate Studies will host events early in the fall semester to introduce you to a handful of these resources. Visit Workshops and Other Events for more information including session recordings.

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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.

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