The University of Pittsburgh is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion—in classrooms, offices, residence halls, laboratories, and every other place where people work, research, and learn. The Pitt community is rich in diversity, which is an essential component of its excellence.

At Pitt, students are connected with new experiences, supportive mentors, and a vibrant community. Learn more about the various resources and organizations that will be available to you.


BRIDGES is a program exclusively for underrepresented scholarship recipients. Eligible students are invited to join via mail and e-mail prior to the start of their first term.

Cross Cultural and Leadership Development (CCLD)

Pitt’s CCLD is a place where underrepresented groups of students, can seek support and guidance as they pursue experiences and opportunities in and out of the classroom. Numerous student organizations are housed in CCLD. These organizations align with the CCLD mission to assist in the development of students, increase cultural awareness and competencies, and promote social responsibility. Some organizations include:

  • Asian Student Alliance
  • Black Action Society
  • Camps Women’s Organization
  • Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh
  • Rainbow Alliance

Global Ties

The Global Ties program is committed to welcoming our new undergraduate international students into Pitt’s campus community and fostering a true sense of belonging and support.

LGBTQIA+ Resources

At Pitt, we aim to improve visibility and support for LGBTQIA+ students and employees by promoting and publicizing available resources and services at the University. Some resources include:

Office of Disability Resources and Services

Disability Resources and Services (DRS) is the designated department by the University to determine reasonable accommodations and services. At the University of Pittsburgh, we are committed to providing equal opportunities in higher education to academically qualified students with disabilities.

Office of Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education (SHARE)

To help advance our goal of eradicating sexual misconduct, SHARE offers resources to help all members of our University community report, cope with, and prevent incidents of sexual misconduct or assault.

Office of Veterans Services

Designed to support veteran students with a keen understanding of unique needs of veterans and their family members, the Office of Veterans Services is proud to offer academic, career, and support workshops to assist veteran students during their time at the University.

Reaching Inside Your Soul for Excellence (RISE)

RISE employs strategies designed to improve students’ academic efficacy, encourage and facilitate student involvement, strengthen connectedness to mentors, improve students’ self awareness, and programmatically address other specific and unique needs of undergraduate students.


Students may qualify for SSS if they are either first-generation (defined as parents or guardians have not graduated from a four-year institution), meet the economic guidelines set by the federal government, or are registered with the University’s Disability Resources and Services office.

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