Below is the Fall 2019 New Student Orientation schedule. Students are expected to attend all mandatory events and are highly encouraged to attend all optional events. In addition, some events are hosted by other schools/offices within the University. Please note: some events are required for international students, but not domestic students.

Students should email SCIreg@pitt.edu if they are unable to attend any mandatory events hosted by SCI at least three (3) days prior to the event. If you are unable to attend an event that is hosted by another school/office, you must contact them directly.

This orientation schedule is subject to change. Please keep checking back for updates closer to the start of orientation.

Fall 2019 Orientation Schedule

Monday, August 12

OIS International Graduate Student Orientation


Tuesday, August 13

OIS International Graduate Student Check-Ins


Wednesday, August 14

Computer Science and ISP Graduate Student Orientation
8:45am – 5:00pm


Monday, August 19

Tips for Success in the U.S. (required for all international students)
9:30 – 10:30am | Information Sciences Building, 3rd Floor
Please choose one session; also offered on Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 21.


Tuesday, August 20

Tips for Success in the U.S. (required for all international students)
9:30 – 10:30am | Information Sciences Building, 3rd Floor
Please choose one session; also offered on Monday, August 19 and Wednesday, August 21.

Campus Tour – led by SCI students (optional)
9:30 – 10:30am | Information Sciences Building, 1st Floor

Graduate and Professional Student Orientation hosted by the Office of the Provost
2:00 – 6:30pm | Alumni Hall and Posvar Patio


Wednesday, August 21

Tips for Success in the U.S. (required for all international students)
9:30 – 10:30am | Information Sciences Building, 3rd Floor
Please choose one session; also offered on Monday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 20.

Campus Tour – led by SCI students (optional)
9:30 – 10:30am | Information Sciences Building, 1st Floor

Picking a specialization (optional for MSIS students)
10:30 – 11:30am | Information Sciences Building, 3rd Floor

New DINS PhD Student Orientation (required for all first-term DINS PhD students)
1:00 – 3:00pm | Information Sciences Building, Room 828

Course registration assistance (optional)
4:00 – 5:00pm | Information Sciences Building, 8th Floor computer lab
For any new graduate student who needs help registering for classes


Thursday, August 22

Getting Started: Information all students need to know (required)
10:30am – 12:30pm | Twentieth Century Club (4201 Bigelow Boulevard)
Learn about grade requirements, internships, Co-ops, field experiences, and more.

English Placement Results review and waiver rubric (optional)
3:00 – 4:00pm | Information Sciences Building, Room 501
For any international student who took the English Language Proficiency test.

Course registration assistance (optional)
4:00 – 5:00pm | Information Sciences Building, 8th Floor computer lab
For any new graduate student who needs help registering for classes


Friday, August 23

Welcome and Introduction to SCI (required)
10:30am – 12:30pm | Twentieth Century Club (4201 Bigelow Boulevard)
Learn about SCI and the opportunities available and meet SCI Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Adam Lee. Lunch will be provided.

Orientation for new Intelligent Systems Program (ISP) students
2:00 – 4:00pm | 6329 Sennott Square

Departmental Orientation for the Department of Informatics and Networked Systems (DINS)
2:00 – 5:00pm | Third floor, Information Sciences Building

Departmental Orientation for the Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship (ICDS)
2:00 – 5:00pm | Fifth floor, Information Sciences Building


Sunday, August 25

SCI Graduate Student Welcome Event at Kennywood
8:45am – 5:00pm | Kennywood Park, 4800 Kennywood Boulevard