Campus Life on Pitt

Pitt’s vibrant campus has something for everyone.

The comprehensive First-Year Experiences strives to provide new and transfer students with a variety of programs and services that assist new students and families with the transition to college life. FYE programs including New and Transfer Student Orientation and the First Year Success Series are designed to help students get connected, engage in activities outside the classroom, and build relationships with their peers, faculty, and staff. The First Year Mentors are upperclass student leaders who work in FYE and assist new students through programming and mentorship. In addition to student programs, FYE strives to connect parents and families through many of the programs and events held over the summer and during orientation. The FYE office is part of the Office of Student Life and includes Commuter Student Programs and Transfer Student Programs. You can check out FYE at or visit 119 of the William Pitt Union.

The William Pitt Union, located in the heart of campus, features Nordy’s Place (a student recreation center), the Commuter Student Lounge, the Schenley Café, the Office of Cross-Cultural and Leadership Development, the Student Organization Resource Center, many student meeting rooms, and casual places for students to study or just hang out. Most of the offices within the Division of Student Affairs are housed in the William Pitt Union, including the Dean’s office on the seventh floor. In addition, the O’Hara Student Center hosts many student events, speakers and activities.

For a schedule of events and more information about campus life please visit the website.

Pitt Arts

PITT ARTS, has been connecting University of Pittsburgh Oakland campus students to the cultural life of Pittsburgh since it was founded in 1997. PITT ARTS sponsors over 110 free student outings for Pitt undergraduates each year, including trips to the symphony, opera, ballet, gallery and museum exhibits, hands-on workshops, jazz concerts, independent films, and much more. The program also provides on-campus art experiences, free museum visits for Pitt students, as well as discounted cultural opportunities for staff, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students. PITT ARTS engages more than 50,000 Pitt students, including repeaters, every single year, and is an active partner in the Outside the Classroom Curriculum. 

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