Welcome to Pitt! Here is a checklist of what to expect in the enrollment process. Let us know if you have any questions. The enrollment process is a little different depending on when you are starting your classes. Please make sure you are looking at the list that applies to you.

Enrollment Process for Fall 2017 Freshmen
Enrollment Process for Transfers Entering Spring, Summer, or Fall 2017
Enrollment Process for Spring 2018 Freshmen

Enrollment Process for Fall 2017 Freshmen

  • Pay your enrollment deposit. In order to reserve your place in the incoming class, you must submit your $300 tuition deposit to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid by May 1, 2017. The tuition deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Pittstart. In mid-February, we will start sending out information about PittStart (your mandatory academic orientation) to students who have paid their enrollment deposit. Once you receive the PittStart registration e-mail and/or packet, visit the Pittstart website to learn more and register for a preferred summer PittStart session. Sessions occur throughout the summer and give you an opportunity to interact with Pitt Pathfinders (current students), meet other incoming freshmen, participate in academic advising sessions, become familiar with the Pitt system, and register for fall term classes. In addition, PittStart sessions include testing for placement in, or exemption from, required courses. Attendance at one PittStart session is mandatory for all incoming freshmen. For more information, contact the PittStart team at pstart@pitt.edu.
  • Financial Aid. Financial aid resources are available to students who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are determined to have financial need. List Pitt’s identifying code number (008815) if you want to be considered for federal and state grants, loans, and work-study. We encourage you to apply by the preferred March 1 filing date. The FAFSA is the first step in the aid application process. You must complete all necessary financial aid forms to be considered for the most generally available types of aid. Learn more.
  • University Housing. Starting in the spring, Panther Central will begin sending housing contracts to freshmen interested in on-campus housing who have paid their enrollment deposit on or before the May 1 deadline. To ensure that you receive on-campus housing, you must submit your housing deposit online on or before the date specified on the housing contract, agree to your housing contract, and complete the online application. Note: Housing is guaranteed for three years from the fall term to which you’ve been offered admission, provided your enrollment deposit is paid on or before May 1 and provided you complete the steps described above. After that, on-campus accommodations will continue to be offered as space remains available. For more information, contact Panther Central.
  • Final High School Transcript/Academic performance. As noted in your admission letter, your admission is provisional provided you continue to perform satisfactorily in your classes and graduate from high school. We will be requesting your final, official high school transcript showing your date of graduation. All final records are reviewed carefully. The records of students whose grades drop significantly will be sent to the Dean of the school to which they’ve been admitted for appropriate action, whether that be a warning letter, placement on probation, or retraction of admission. Therefore, it is important that you continue to do well academically. If you submitted a Self-Reported Academic Record, what you reported will be carefully compared to your final high school transcript. Discrepancies or misreporting of information could result in admission revocation.
  • Move-in and Orientation. Freshmen move-in starts on the week before the first day of classes. You will receive more information in July.
  • New and Transfer Student Orientation. Five days of exciting activities and programs are planned to welcome you and ease your transition to Pitt! New Student and Transfer Orientation is a program of the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Fall Term. Fall term classes begin Monday, August 28, 2017.

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Enrollment Process for Transfers Entering Spring, Summer, or Fall 2017

  • Pay Your Enrollment Deposit. In order to reserve your place in the incoming class, you must submit your $200 tuition deposit to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. The tuition deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Credit Evaluation. Please be certain to send to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid official transcripts from all previously-attended colleges, universities, and post- secondary schools. They will be shared with the school/college to which you have been accepted. Your prior coursework will be evaluated and a transfer of credit form outlining the courses that will transfer, along with a listing of the core graduation requirements that you have fulfilled, will be mailed to you. Please be certain to forward your final official transcript when it becomes available. This is especially important for financial aid purposes.
  • Class Registration. Once we receive your tuition deposit, you will be sent more information from the school to which you’ve been admitted about meeting with your academic advisor and registering for classes.
  • Housing. On-campus housing for transfer students is very limited and is not guaranteed. If you need housing, we strongly recommend that you plan to look for off-campus housing in one of the Pittsburgh neighborhoods located close to campus. Our Off- Campus Living (OCL) office can assist you with information on apartments and neighborhoods, landlords and realtors, and roommates and sublets. Public transportation from most neighborhoods is readily available and Pitt students can ride the Port Authority transit system fare-free with a valid Pitt ID.
  • Financial Aid. Students who are interested in applying for financial aid should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the recommended date of March 1. If you are unable to meet the March 1 date, you can still apply, however full consideration will be given to those students who apply early. A list of steps to complete the financial aid filing process can be found here. If you are interested in attending in the summer term, you should contact the Financial Aid office. Because our summer term is part of the fall/spring academic year and is considered a trailer semester, eligibility for financial aid during this term may be limited if you have used most or all of your aid during the fall and spring terms. Financial Aid will be based on your academic level after initial credits are accepted in transfer (i.e. sophomore, junior, or senior level). Additional eligibility may result based on the completion of courses still in progress and the submission of official transcripts. For this reason, it is critical that you submit your most updated college transcript as soon as it becomes available.
  • Classes Start. Spring term classes begin Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Summer term classes start on Monday, May 15, 2017. Fall term classes begin Monday, August 28, 2017.

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Enrollment Process for Spring 2018 Freshmen

  • Pay your enrollment deposit. In order to reserve your place in the incoming class, you must submit your $300 tuition deposit to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid within three weeks of the date on your admission letter. The tuition deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Academic programming and registration. Once we receive your enrollment deposit, you will be sent more information from the school to which you’ve been admitted about meeting with your academic advisor and registering for classes.
  • PittStart. The PittStart session is where you will begin your transition into the Pitt community and have the chance to learn more about the university, the campus, and all that we have to offer. Once we receive your enrollment deposit, you will get information about optional social and informational events that will be offered to you. Learn about services offered by staff at the Housing Resource Center, Student Life, the Student Payment Center, Parking and Transportation, and undergraduate academic advising centers. If you have any questions, contact the PittStart team at pstart@pitt.edu.
  • Financial Aid. Financial aid resources are available to students who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are determined to have financial need. List Pitt’s identifying code number (008815) if you want to be considered for federal and state grants, loans, and work-study. The FAFSA is the first step in the aid application process. You must complete all necessary financial aid forms to be considered for the most generally available types of aid. Learn more.
  • Housing. On-campus housing for freshman and transfer students starting in the spring term is very limited and is not guaranteed. If you need housing, we strongly recommend that you plan to look for off-campus housing in one of the Pittsburgh neighborhoods located close to campus. Our Off-Campus Living (OCL) office can assist you with information on apartments and neighborhoods, landlords and realtors, and roommates and sublets. Public transportation from most neighborhoods is readily available and Pitt students can ride the Port Authority transit system fare-free with a valid Pitt ID.
  • Spring term. Spring term classes begin on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

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