Provost Academy FAQs

Q: What is the Provost Academy?

A: The Provost Academy is an exclusive opportunity for students to get a head start on the learning environment at Pitt through a virtual project-based academic experience. The Provost Academy is intended to set a student up for success in their first year and will take place online Sunday, August 2 through Saturday, August 8.

Q: Is there a fee or cost to participate?

A: No, the Provost Academy has no participation fee. 

Q: Why was I (my son/daughter) chosen to participate/how was I (my son/daughter) eligible for this event?

A: The Provost Academy is an invitation-only program for students who have expressed financial need and were awarded the Pitt Success Pell Match, or have identified as a first-generation student.

Q: Can I start/end the program on a different day?

A: No, we would like students to participate in all portions of the Provost Academy in order to be able to achieve its goal of orienting and connecting students to all elements of the college transition. All students participating in the Provost Academy must begin on Sunday, August 2 and be available throughout the program until Saturday, August 8.

Q: Do parents attend the Provost Academy virtual events?

A: The Provost Academy virtual events are designed for students only.

Q: What is the estimated number of incoming freshmen to participate in the Provost Academy?

A: We estimate about 100-150 students will participate.

Q: Where can I find the most up-to-date information on the University’s plan for Fall 2020 in light of Covid-19?

A: The University of Pittsburgh is reinventing our operations to keep the Pitt community as safe and healthy as possible while maximizing our ability to carry out our mission. Visit our resource page frequently for details regarding Pitt's plans to resume university operations in the presence of the pandemic. This should be your “go-to” site for all of the latest information on the University’s planning and for accessing student resources.