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Panther Parents Association


Preparing for Tough Questions

Whether your student is a first year or is returning to Pitt, now is a good time to guide your young adult to make healthy, responsible choices regarding drugs and alcohol use. To ensure that the conversation is not one-sided, consider these 10 guidelines from Sandy Talbott, Parent and Family Liaison. 

Be A Good Neighbor

Be A Good Neighbor


Pitt’s Community and Governmental Relations Office strives to teach off-campus students to be good neighbors. A helpful tool is the Student Guide to Campus Life. It contains instructions for off-campus budgeting, students’ rights and responsibilities, and more. 

The Plan for Pitt

To guide The University of Pittsburgh's efforts in navigating an ever-changing world, Chancellor Gallagher has unveiled the “Plan for Pitt,” a collection of strategic initiatives that will lay the foundation for continued achievement and impact. As parents, you are a critical component of our University community, and we want to keep you informed as we begin this journey!

New and Transfer Student Orientation

Insight for Orientation and Move-In Success 


Schedule at Your Fingertips: Download the Guidebook app on your smart phone to receive the latest news regarding New and Transfer Student Orientation (August 24-30). Search "Pitt Fall 2015 Orientation."
Orientation's DiscoverU Day: Learn more about the nationally recognized interactive program that provides new and transfer students with the chance to visit an employer, graduate school program, or other community group (like Google, Pitt's School of Medicine, American Eagle, and more). Register online before Friday, August 21 (spaces are limited). 

Webinar on the College Move: The Office of Parent and Family Resources will host panelists from Panther Central and Residence Life to answer your questions and to help to ensure a smooth move-in experience. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. Register here! 

Attend a Freshmen Summer Sendoff in Your Area: These special celebrations range from mid July to mid August at various locations across the country! For dates and to register, visit here.

Fall Semester Essential Planning


Payment Processing: Please note that students who have registered for their classes by July 23, will be billed for fall term 2015 on that date, with a due date of August 17. Click here for greater detail on the Student Payment Center. 

Financial Aid Action: Your students must complete these four steps as soon as possible so that their loans will be reflected accurately on their fall term 2015 bill.

Looking Ahead to December: Christopher Coat, Assistant University Registrar of Academic Support Services, provides useful information regarding fall term final exams. It's important to be mindful of these items when booking non-refundable travel arrangements.

Students studying in Salzburg, Germany

350 Programs. 75 Countries. The Benefits of Study Abroad


Brice Everett Lynn, Panther Program Manager within Pitt's Study Abroad Office, tells of his experience studying outside the country, and would like to encourage you and your student to reach out with questions. Come visit the Study Abroad Mini-Fair during Family Weekend (October 2-4)!

How has your relationship with your parents changed since coming to Pitt?


Five of our current First Year Mentor Students (FYMs) shared candid and thoughtful testimonials in response to this question. Enjoy the FYMs' Vlog series, which covers key topics for incoming students. Our latest edition takes place within first year student residence halls ... 
The University of Pittsburgh
Division of Student Affairs 
Office of Parent and Family Resources
130 William Pitt Union
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
parents@pitt.edu | 412-624-8548

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