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Three students read the sign where Pitt greets its largest incoming class ever this year — a total of 5,195 students.

Pitt works to make room for largest ever first-year class

By Clare Sheedy, Staff Writer August 31, 2021
With a first-year class of 5,195 students, Pitt struggled to accommodate the large number of students. Departments hired new staff and added new class sections, and the University leased a hotel for housing.
Students study on the first floor of Hillman Library.

Editorial | Top 10 best gen-eds to take this year

By The Pitt News Editorial Board August 30, 2021
Here are our favorite classes we’ve taken in our time at Pitt that fulfill general education requirements. 
Opinion | How to get back into the swing of things

Opinion | How to get back into the swing of things

By Dalia Maeroff, Senior Staff Columnist January 18, 2021
Here’s how to make sure you’re ready for the upcoming semester.
Opinion | Instructors, cancel class on Election Day

Opinion | Instructors, cancel class on Election Day

By Leah Mensch, Opinions Editor October 27, 2020
It’s not really anybody’s place — or business — to decide what some else’s voting barriers might look like.
‘A different lifestyle’: Students navigate a semester at home

‘A different lifestyle’: Students navigate a semester at home

By Elizabeth Primrose, For The Pitt News October 14, 2020
Some students, such as Nish Rajkanth, are currently living in their childhood bedrooms rather than a cramped dorm room. Rajkanth, who is currently in South Brunswick, New Jersey, said taking college classes from home sometimes feels like she’s back in high school.
The Cathedral of Learning watches over an empty Pitt campus.

Cudd: Spring break eliminated, start of spring semester pushed back

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor September 30, 2020
The start of spring semester was pushed back a week from January 11 to January 19 and spring break was eliminated as part of a compressed schedule to increase safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Provost Ann Cudd said in a Wednesday morning email. 
Pitts Faculty Assembly met Wednesday afternoon.

Pitt to allow in-person classes if ‘definable benefit,’ remainder to stay online during Elevated posture

By Rebecca Johnson, Jon Moss, and Alice Tang September 9, 2020
Provost Ann Cudd said in a Wednesday afternoon email to faculty members that they can apply to teach their classes in person if there is a “definable benefit” to in-person instruction, and if an instructor’s dean or regional campus president approves teaching plans.
Finding the motivation to go to class in an ideal situation is already hard enough.

Editorial: Top 10 reasons to drop a class

By The Pitt News Editorial Board January 10, 2020
Here’s a list of the top 10 reasons we’re dropping classes — and we suspect you are too — before the add/drop period ends on Jan. 17:
The English department’s Childhood’s Books class covers books such as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and fulfils the literature general education requirement.

Opinion |  5 niche courses that fulfill your gen ed requirements

By Leah Mensch, Opinions Editor August 19, 2019
These are a few niche courses that also fulfill general education requirements. 
Professor Robert Parker addresses his students during a quiz in his class, Engineering a Craft Brewery, Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

Students mix beer and engineering

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer February 16, 2018

Groups of students sat around several computer-topped desks in a Benedum Hall classroom, casually making conversation as they waited for their Thursday afternoon class to begin. Suddenly, a question flashed...

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