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 International Freshmen
Enrollment Process for Spring, Fall, and Summer 2017 International Transfer Students and CGS Freshmen
Enrollment Process for Spring 2018 International Freshmen

Enrollment Process for Fall 2017 International Freshmen

  • Pay your $300 tuition deposit before May 1, 2017. The deposit can be submitted online. The tuition deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Immigration process. Immigration specialists in the Office of International Services (OIS) handle the immigration process for international students. Once your tuition deposit has been paid you will be contacted by OIS with further instructions.
  • Financial aid. International students are not eligible for financial aid or academic merit scholarships.
  • Register for PittStart, your mandatory academic orientation. At PittStart, you will get to know your fellow classmates, meet your academic advisor, become familiar with the Pitt system, and plan for your fall term classes, and shape your unique academic path. PittStart sessions occur throughout the summer, including an option right before orientation and move-in for those who live overseas. The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid will start sending out information about PittStart in late February to students who have made their tuition deposit.
  • English language proficiency. You will be required to take a language proficiency exam when you arrive on campus and comply with any recommendations for additional English as a Second Language study, if your test results indicate the need for it.
  • Complete your housing contract. Starting in mid-February, Panther Central will begin emailing housing contracts to freshmen interested in on-campus housing who have paid their enrollment fee on or before the May 1 deadline. You must submit your housing contract and housing deposit before the deadline specified on your contract. Housing is guaranteed for three years from the fall term to which you have been offered admissions provided you make your tuition and housing deposits before their respective deadlines.
  • Send your final secondary school transcript. As noted in your admission letter, your admission is provisional provided you continue to perform satisfactorily in your classes and graduate from secondary school. We will be requesting your final, official secondary school transcript showing your date of graduation. All final records are reviewed carefully.
  • Pre-Orientation, Orientation, and Move-in. Once you have paid your enrollment fee, OIS will email you directly regarding the next steps for your immigration document. Once you have provided OIS with all required documentation, they will send documents needed to apply for your student visa, if applicable. Along with your immigration document, you will receive information about the Undergraduate International Student Orientation, which is a required program for all new international students. Further information about traveling, arrival, and orientation will be provided through the OIS online portal once your immigration document has been created. You will be allowed to move into your residence hall prior to Arrival Survival (the domestic freshmen move-in dates) so that you can attend the International Student Orientation. Detailed schedules for orientation and move-in will be sent to you in July. New Student Orientation is the week before classes begin. You’ll enjoy five days of exciting activities and programs to welcome you and ease your transition to Pitt.
  • Classes begin. Fall term classes begin Monday, August 28, 2017.

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Enrollment Process for Spring, Fall, and Summer 2017 International Transfer Students and CGS Freshmen

  • Pay your $200 tuition deposit before November 1, 2016 for the Spring Term; March 1, 2017 for the Summer Term; or May 1, 2017 for the Fall Term. The deposit can be submitted online. The tuition deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Immigration process. Immigration specialists in the Office of International Services (OIS) handle the immigration process for international students. Once your tuition deposit has been paid you will be contacted by OIS with further instructions.
  • Financial aid. International students are not eligible for financial aid or academic merit scholarships.
  • English language proficiency. You will be required to take a language proficiency exam when you arrive on campus and comply with any recommendations for additional English as a second language study, if your test results indicate the need for it.
  • Credit evaluation. If you applied as a transfer student, your college/university transcript(s) have been forwarded to 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 e-mailed to you as an attachment. Please make sure to forward your final official transcript when it becomes available.
  • Register for classes. Once we receive both your enrollment deposit and the required financial and/or visa information, you can contact the advising center for the school to which you’ve been admitted about meeting with your academic advisor and registering for classes. Contact information can be found on the website for the school you are entering.
  • Housing. On-campus housing for transfer students, adult freshmen, and freshmen starting in the spring 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, roommates, and rental tips. Public transportation from most neighborhoods is readily available and Pitt students can ride the Port Authority of Allegheny County transit system without paying a fare by showing their valid student ID.
  • Classes start on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 for the Spring term. Summer term classes start Monday, May 8, 2017. Fall term classes begin Monday, August 28, 2017.

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Enrollment Process for Spring 2018 International Freshmen

  • Pay your $300 tuition deposit before November 1, 2018. The deposit can be submitted online. The tuition deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Immigration process. Immigration specialists in the Office of International Services (OIS) handle the immigration process for international students. Once your tuition deposit has been paid you will be contacted by OIS with further instructions.
  • Financial aid. International students are not eligible for financial aid or academic merit scholarships.
  • Register for classes. Once we receive both your enrollment deposit and the required financial and/or visa information, 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.
  • English language proficiency. You will be required to take a language proficiency exam when you arrive on campus and comply with any recommendations for additional English as a Second Language study, if your test results indicate the need for it.
  • Housing. On-campus housing for transfer students and freshmen 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, roommates, and rental tips. Public transportation from most neighborhoods is readily available and Pitt students can ride the Port Authority of Allegheny County transit system without paying a fare by showing their valid student ID.
  • Classes Start on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

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