Graduate Student Orientation

After a new SCI graduate students accepts their offer of admission for the Summer 2022 or Fall 2022 term, the will be added to the "Summer and Fall 2022 SCI Graduate Student Orientation" Course on Pitt's Canvas system (the course management system used by instructors of most Pitt graduate courses). This course contains details about getting started at Pitt, dates and times of orientation activities, and more. Students can access this course by going to, selecting "Canvas," and logging in with their Pitt email userid.

In the meantime, here is an overview of resources available to help you get started:

  • You can browse a few asynchronous remote tours of campus and the Pittsburgh area at the following sites: | |
  • 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.
    • This Web site also provides information on orientation events required specifically of new international graduate students.
  • There will two required orientation sessions for all new SCI grad students – a general school orientation and orientation to your degree program:

The general school session will take place on Thursday, August 25, from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time in the University Club Ballroom B.

Program orientation varies by your area of study, and some components may be online and others in person. You will be contacted directly by your department/program for details on orientation for your program, and we will update our orientation Canvas site with details as well.

In the meantime, if you have any additional questions, please access our Who to Contact page  to find the appropriate personnel within SCI to help you find answers!