Panther Connect

Panther Connect is your chance to explore campus, connect with Pitt, serve the community, and develop friendships. Four sessions will be offered throughout the summer–each session is optional and open to 300 incoming first-year students. The experiences and activities focus on Pitt pride, navigating campus, and exploring Pittsburgh. The session is two days and one night – including an overnight component in a University residence hall.

This is your opportunity to connect with the New Student Ambassadors and gain insights from upper-class student leaders about their Pitt experience. Panther Connect is optional, but a great option for incoming students to network and prepare for their first year of college.

Students must log in using their Pitt credentials to register.  There is still availability for all four sessions, but registration fills up quickly---don't wait to secure your spot!



Registration cost for the session is $155 and includes one night and two days of on-campus lodging in a residence hall, meals, activities, and transportation during the program. 

Financial Assistance

If you are concerned about your ability to afford the Panther Connect registration fee, please e-mail us at Eligiblity for fee waivers is based on a student's FAFSA information.

Refund Policy

A full refund will be given to those who request it at least two weeks before their Panther Connect session (the exact date is on your registration form). No refunds will be given for cancellations made after the registration deadline as program materials have already been purchased and reservations have been solidified. Special health-related cancellations will be considered on case-by-case bases. 

Parents and Families

Panther Connect will offer a parent and family session during Day 1 at 1:30. This session will offer information to parents and family while your student starts their journey at Pitt with the Panther Connect Kick-Off.

Parents and family will also have the opportunity to join us during the Closing Ceremony on Day 2 at 3:00.

Travel and Transportation

It’s easy to get to campus from the Pittsburgh International Airport. Just hop on the 28X Airport Flyer, which will take you to campus! Megabus also provides low-cost, daily express bus service to and from Pittsburgh to various locations in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. If you are driving, you can find parking options around campus.


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

The University of Pittsburgh requires that you upload proof of immunization for COVID-19 or receive an approved exemption prior to enrollment in classes. More information about the University’s interim COVID-19 policy can be found here.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at or 412-648-2172 at least five days before the event date.