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Panther Parents Association
August 2017 Issue  Back-to-School | Career and Internship Fair | New and Transfer Student Convocation | Career Closet | Student Government Board | Family Weekend | Pitt Football | Student Payment Center | Save the Date

From Parent and Family Resources:

Beating the Back-to-School Transition Blues

We hope that you had a great summer and were able to reconnect with your student! We know that the whirlwind transition from summer to fall semester can be a challenge for all concerned.  Need ideas on how to maintain that connection during the school year? 

  1. Stay updated about Pitt’s support services so you can confidently advise your student if he/she comes to you for help. The parent website has links to our many services, as well as archived webinars on many topics.  Specific information for students with disabilities via the Office of Disability Resources and Services can be found here.
  2. Keep up with your students’ schedule with the new 2017-2018 Parent and Family Calendar!  You can pick up a hard copy at Orientation Station in the William Pitt Union (WPU) lobby on August 21 - 23 until 5 p.m. or in WPU Suite 130 on August 24 - 25  until 5 p.m.  Another option is to have your student pick up one for you in WPU Suite 130 any weekday until 5 p.m. If you will be here on a weekend and let us know a few days in advance at, we can always leave one for you at the William Pitt Union Information Desk.  It is also available electronically.  Sorry - it is too cost prohibitive to snail mail calendars and hard copies are available while supplies last.
  3. To be in-the-know about Pitt events like Career Fairs and campus experiences, read these monthly e-newsletters and make note of opportunities for students. Also, keep the Parent Guidebook handy. It is available electronically here
  4. Review the Student Code of Conduct with your Panther.
  5. Keep in touch with your student during the semester. Send them a quick text, email, or message on social media to reach them in a pinch, or send them a card or care package to remind them that you are there for them.  A letter or package from a loved one is always a nice surprise at the end of a tough day of classes, and may encourage them to reach out to you. If you have questions about mailing services, click here.
As always, the Office of Parent and Family Resources is here to support you as you support your student. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions – or 412-624-8548.

Hail to Pitt!

Jessica Jordan
Parent and Family Resources
Graduate Student Intern

New and Transfer Student Convocation
Live Streamed!

Parents and Families are always invited to attend New and Transfer Student Convocation each August, but we realize that obligations may prevent you from being on campus.  So, we hope that you will join us virtually by clicking on this live-stream link a few minutes before 3 p.m. United States eastern time on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.  Watch as we officially (and enthusiastically) welcome Pitt's Class of 2021 and new transfer students!   Hail to Pitt!

Fall 2017 Career and Internship Fair

Recruiters will be on campus soon to meet with your students for internship and full-time opportunities. Talk with your student about their plans for the Fall 2017 Career and Internship Fair hosted by the Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance. This year's fair will be held on September 19-20 for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math majors, and on October 4 for Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences majors. 

Recruiting season is in full swing and these events are your students’ first opportunity to engage with many top-tier employers this semester for upcoming internships and full-time opportunities. Over 60% of recruiters are hiring for internships at the Fall Career Fair. As your student probably knows, Pitt values experience outside of the classroom. In the class of 2016, 84% of graduating seniors had an internship, research, or co-op experience.

A few of the 200+ employers who will be at the Career Fair include:
•    BNY Mellon
•    Eaton
•    Facebook
•    Honda
•    Norfolk Southern
•    PepsiCo
•    Teach for America
•    UPMC

For more information on the Fall 2017 Career and Internship Fair, click here.

Career Closet

Career Closet
Your student is welcome to borrow professional attire from our Career Closet. Thanks to generous donations from many of you, the Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance’s Career Closet provides professional attire for students at no cost! Students can email to schedule an appointment. Limited sizes available. 

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Student Government Board

As we approach the start of another semester, I want to reach out to the parents of our Pitt community.
As you’re having conversations with your student, I ask that you take a moment to encourage them to find opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. One of the best decisions I’ve made at Pitt was getting involved in student organizations. The experiences I have had and the people I have interacted gave me the opportunity to learn skills I will use far beyond campus. One way to explore all the options Pitt offers is by attending the Activities Fair.
Pitt’s Student Government Board (SGB) offers a multitude of different ways to get involved. SGB is the voice of undergraduate students, hosting programs and working on initiatives to better the student experience for all. Our programs focus on key issues that undergrads are passionate about. We also advocate for student interests with university administration. Over the past year we succeeded in getting new streetlights installed in South Oakland and helped extend our winter break, to name just a few highlights.
Additionally, remind your student that we also offer services to the entire student body including complementary online access to the NY Times, free legal consultations with local attorneys, travel grants for students invited to present research, and a crisis relief fund.
For more information, please visit or
We’re excited for the upcoming year, and hope you and your family are as well. Hail to Pitt!
Family Weekend
Family Weekend registration is available now by clicking here.   Mark your calendar for Family Weekend on October 27-28, 2017, and please read the schedule and all details before registering. 
Family Weekend

Family Weekend Starring YOU!

Send us photos of your Pitt family in your best Pitt swag!  Those photos may be shown at the Family Weekend Reception slideshow on the evening of October 27.  Photo resolution of 1MB or higher will be considered.  Send them to by October 15.  Note that by forwarding these, they may also be used for future print or electronic publications.

You're Invited to Cheer on the Pitt Panthers!

Interfaith Baccalaureate

Student Payment Center

Academic Year 2017-2018
Student Account Due Date Schedule from the Student Payment Center
Students and Authorized Users will be notified by email twice a month, on the 20th and the 5th, if there is a balance due on the student account. Monitor your student account and view your due date in PittPAY.


Need Help with the Student Account?
Visit the Student Payment Center’s How To Library for video tutorials on Accepting Aid, creating Authorized Users, enrolling in eRefunds, and signing up for the optional Payment Plans.  Visit our website for time-sensitive Announcements and everything you need to know to help keep your student’s account in good standing.     Generate Your Own Account Statements
Learn how students and their Authorized Users can generate their own account statements in PittPAY in PDF format to print or save.  These can be submitted to employers, 401K plans, 529/College Savings Plans, and other organizations so they can reimburse you for tuition costs or send the University a scholarship on your behalf Financial Aid Disbursement Begins August 18
Fall 2017 financial aid disbursement begins on August 18.  Make sure your student has completed all of their aid requirements to ensure that loans will disburse and apply to the student account, reducing the balance due.  Expecting a Credit Balance? 
Make sure YOUR STUDENT is enrolled in eRefunds in PittPAY before August 18.  When aid disburses, it may create a credit balance and we need to know where to deposit the funds.  Students can designate their own bank account or yours according to whatever your family feels is appropriate.  NOTE: Students must log into PittPAY from the Student PittPAY Login button at to set this up properly.  Authorized Users cannot set this up for their students because the bank account an Authorized User designates is only used when a Parent PLUS Loan creates a credit balance; all other refunds from PittPAY are directed to the student’s eRefund bank account.  Waitlisted Classes
The student account reflects tuition and fees based on a student’s actual enrollment as a full-time or part-time student.  Waitlisted classes are not included in enrollment, so they are not factored into the calculation of tuition and fees. For example, an undergraduate student is enrolled in 9 credits and is waitlisted for 3 credits. Tuition and fees will be based on the 9 credit, part-time enrollment, even though 3 additional credits are waitlisted.  If the student actually becomes enrolled in the waitlisted class, the total enrolled credits will increase to 12, which is full-time. Incremental tuition and mandatory fees will then post to the student’s account to bring the part-time rates up to full-time rates.   

 Save the Dates

  • Complete Academic Calendar
  • August 26: Club Sports Activities Fair
  • August 27: Student Activities Fair
  • August 28: First day of Fall Semester
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Career Events
    • September 11-15: Career and Internship Fair Prep Days
    • September 13: Engineering and Technology Networking Event
    • September 19-20: Career and Internship Fair
  • Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences Career Events
    • September 27-October 3: Career and Internship Fair Prep Days
    • October 4: Career and Internship Fair
    • October 25: Business, Communications, Media, Creative Arts Networking Event
  • Family Weekend : October 27-28
  • November 22-26 (inclusive): Student Thanksgiving Recess
  • December 11-16 (inclusive):  Finals Week
  • January 6, 2018:  Residence Halls open
  • January 8, 2018:  Spring term classes begin
The University of Pittsburgh
Division of Student Affairs 
Office of Parent and Family Resources
130 William Pitt Union
Pittsburgh, PA 15260 | 412-624-8548

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