Graduate Student Orientation

Below is the Fall 2020 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

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

Fall 2020 Orientation Events

The following are optional events you can participate in prior to the required SCI orientation session to enhance your knowledge of Pitt and SCI:


Orientation events hosted by the University of Pittsburgh that all new graduate students are encouraged to attend can be found on the Provost’s website.


There are two required orientation sessions for all new SCI grad students – a general school orientation and orientation to your degree program:

  1. The general school session will take place on Tuesday, August 18, from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time via Zoom (check your email for the Zoom link).
  2. Program orientation varies by your area of study:
    • For new Information Science or Telecommunications grad students, there will be two identical sessions on August 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time or August 19 at 9: am. Eastern Time (you can attend either one). You will be contacted by the Department of Informatics and Networked Systems with details and access instructions.
    • For new Computer Science grad students, you should have already worked with your department. If you have not, please contact Keena Walker at keena@cs.pitt.edu
    • For new Library and Information Science grad students, your session will be held on August 18 from 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern Time, You will be contacted by the Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship with details and access instructions.
    • For new Intelligent Systems Program graduate students, you should have already worked with your department. If you have not, please contact Michele Thomas at paum4b@pitt.edu

If you missed the general SCI orientation event, following recordings and presentations have been made available: