For New Students

welcome to our incoming class of 2021-22!

Welcome to Pitt Public Health! Below you will find important information regarding the upcoming academic year. If you have any questions about orientation or any other items, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Affairs at 412-624-3002 or

New Student checklist

Use this checklist to keep track of required and optional items as they are completed. 

  1. Sign and return the “Acknowledgement of Receipt of Policies” to Students can only register after this form has been received.
  2.  Complete your new student orientation survey. (More info coming.)
  3.  Submit proof of immunizations to Student Health Service. 
  4.  Secure housing. Pitt’s Off-campus living offers information on locating an apartment, finding a roommate, or obtaining information on local neighborhoods. 
  5.  Explore Pitt's campus
  6.  International students: attend orientation with the Office of International Services, located on the 7th floor of the William Pitt Union. 
  7.  International students: take the English Language Proficiency test administered by the English Language Institute (ELI). Free for students. 
  8.  Register for classes by setting up an appointment with your advisor or the person named in your admission letter. Non-degree students register in the Office of Student Affairs, G009 Public Health 
  9.  You can submit your photo for your Panther Card online. Once you are registered, IDs will be available after August 1. 
  10.  Learn about public transportation. Ride free with your Pitt ID. Schedules, bus routes, and more are available through the Port Authority of Allegheny County.  
  11.  Purchase your textbooks at the University Store on Fifth
  12.  Regularly check your University e-mail account for tuition invoices and important school messages. You may want to forward mail from your Pitt account to one you use more regularly. 
  13.  Open your bank account at one of the multiple banks within walking distance of Pitt Public Health, e.g. PNC or Citizens Bank. 
  14.  Take a break and have some fun! Explore Schenley Park, a green oasis right here in Oakland, or familiarize yourself with a variety of cultural events, sports, and other activities. 
  15.  Complete the required Academic Integrity Module by September 1. (More info coming.)
  16.  Complete the Title IX training. An email will be sent to you in August with directions. 
  17. Login to Handshake with your Pitt credentials to complete your profile and career interests.
  18.  Explore the parts of our website you may not have visited yet. You'll be using it a lot while you’re here! 

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Please don't hesitate to contact the Office of Student Affairs or your department if you have a question.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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