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‘Alone, together’: First years build community in face of physically distanced fall

Pitt’s Class of 2024 participated in a virtual Welcome Week from Aug. 16-18 to kick off an unconventional semester.

By India Krug and Priya Ray

September 9, 2020

Many first-year students on campus this semester struggled with the decision of whether to take classes online from home, transfer to a different school or even take a gap year.

2023 first years get the big picture during Welcome Week

Pitt’s class of 2023 is touted as the University’s most ethnically diverse class ever and consists of 42% out-of-state students.

By Nicole Marzzacco, For The Pitt News

August 25, 2019

Before classes begin, Pitt keeps first years busy with a full schedule of events designed to help students settle in to life at college.

Point-Counterpoint | Good riddance to PittStart

Incoming students had an opportunity to experience dorm living before moving in during the now defunct PittStart program.

By Grace McGinness, Staff Columnist

July 1, 2019

While the intentions of the former orientation program appeared well-meaning on paper, the program was redundant, inconvenient and unhelpful.

Point-Counterpoint | The case for PittStart

Incoming students had an opportunity to experience dorm living before moving in during the now defunct PittStart program.

By Josh Beylinson, Staff Columnist

July 1, 2019

While Panther Connect offers many of the same things seen in PittStart, there were many features of PittStart that made it a much better program.

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