Here is everything you need to know before scheduling your courses.
Resources for Making Your Schedule
Log in to your portal and click on CourseWeb and then First-Year Online Orientation. Use the sidebar resources for assistance (ALEKS Placement Assessment, Course Descriptions, Enrollment Guide, Schedule Planner, CHOICES etc.) If you would like to review parts of the orientation choose the module(s) you wish to view again and use the rewind button along the left hand side.
ALEKS Math Placement Assessment: If you plan on enrolling in a math course above Algebra (MATH 0031) such as Preparation for Scientific Calculus (MATH 0200), Business Calculus (MATH 0120), Finite Mathematics (MATH 0400), or Analytical Geometry and Calculus 1 (MATH 0220), you need to take ALEKS.
To take ALEKS:
- Log on to my.pitt.edu
- Click the Academic Resources tab at the top of the page.
- Click the ALEKS link on the right side of the page.
Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge International Examination (CIE) credit: If you have taken AP, IB or CIE exams and know your scores or have an idea about your scores, use the following chart to see what college credit you may have earned.
(CHOICES) First-Year Friendly Courses: The courses on this list are appropriate for first-year students. Depending upon your academic interest and background, other courses may also be recommended in consultation with your advisor. Please note that it is possible that some of the courses on this list may be filled to capacity since fall enrollment for current students has already begun.
Permission Numbers for Courses: If you want to take an Honors College (UHC) course, a Film Studies course, a Spanish course above the level of Spanish 0004, you will need a permission number to enroll in it. Use the links below to learn about getting a permission number. Contact your advisor if you want to take a course that has a prerequisite for which you have AP/IB credit.
- Honors College (UHC) courses
- Film Studies courses - Please direct all FILMST permission questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Spanish Courses
Important Note about Freshmen First-Year Requirements:
- International Students must take the English Language Proficiency Test upon arrival to determine English Composition placement. They do not exempt the Workshop in Composition requirement or place into Seminar in Composition.
Foreign Language Requirement: All students are required to demonstrate competency in a foreign language in one of the following ways:
By taking 3 years of the same foreign language in high school with a grade of B or better in each level.
By completing the second level of a foreign language in Arts and Sciences with a grade of C- or better
- By placing into the third level of a foreign language on an Arts and Sciences foreign language placement exam.
The French, German, Italian and Spanish Language Placement tests are offered online. Instructions on how to take the exams can be found here.
NOTE: All students taking the online Spanish exam must also sign up for an oral interview with the Spanish department that will be conducted when you are on campus for your PittStart session. You must sign up for an interview, starting May 3, before you arrive at the PittStart session. More detailed information on how to schedule an interview and how to determine your Spanish placement is included at the link above.
If you would like to take the written placement exam for Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Portuguese or Russian, you may do so during your PittStart in the Advising Center.
For further study in a foreign language Pitt offers that is not listed above, please contact the specific language department for placement details. To see a full listing of the languages Pitt offers, click here.
Academic Calendar: Review the academic calendar each term for important dates and deadlines such as add/drop, resignation, satisfactory/audit and individual course withdrawal etc.
Dietrich School Arts and Sciences majors: Here you will find a list of all the undergraduate majors, minors and certificates available in Arts and Sciences. There is a link to the major department website and a link to the Major Sheet (pdf) that outlines the courses required to complete each major.
Course Descriptions: To find out more about what a course is about take some time to read the course descriptions. Information includes a description of the course, how many credits/units it is worth, how regularly the course is offered, and if it has any prerequisites.
Enrollment Guide: The enrollment guide walks you through how to use the Schedule Planner feature to put your schedule together and enroll in your courses using PeopleSoft. Step by step visuals are provided for your convenience.
Schedule Planner: Schedule Planner is a class scheduling tool that will provide you with an enhanced registration experience by helping to automate and simplify the schedule generation process. With this tool, you can load courses that you need to take into your Schedule Planner and generate all possible schedule combinations based on their course selections. You can narrow down the results by using filters or by adding custom breaks to schedule around obligations such as work, sports or personal time. You will find a link to Schedule Planner in your Student Center via my.pitt.edu. You may also access this tool if you click on Enroll in your Student Center.
How to add a break (video)
Understanding First-Year Reserves: Each year seats are reserved in approximately 275 courses for the incoming First-Year class. They are included in the courses listed on the First-Year friendly CHOICES list. Figuring out whether or not a course is reserved for you is easy. The enrollment restriction will say A&S Undergraduates or A&S First-Year Students. For details about understanding First-Year Reserves in Schedule Planner and PeopleSoft, log in to my.pitt.edu and click on Understanding First-Year Reserves on the side bar.
Student Athletes: Use this link to map out your schedule around practice times.
Pre-Medicine: Use this link to learn more about the courses required for medical school.
University Honors College (UHC): Unlike other honors colleges which have a specific stucture and requirements, Pitt's Honors College is designed to be flexible and individualized so that you can develop your own plan to capitalize on your strengths, goals and aspirations.
my.pitt.edu: This is the Pitt portal that allows you enter your Student Center and enroll in courses.
Follow these steps to get to your fall enrollment cart:
- Login to my.pitt.edu
- Click on the Student Center link
- Click on Self Service
- Click on Student Center
- Click on the Schedule Planner or Enroll link on the left side of the page
Other Undergraduate Schools at the University of Pittsburgh
College of Business Administration (CBA): If you want to transfer to CBA, here are the requirements for admission.
Suggested courses for your first term schedule: ECON 0100 or 0110, MATH 0120 (need an ALEKS score of 61) or MATH 0220 (need an ALEKS score of 76), 2 to 3 additional courses. Note: for ALEKS scores below 61, you will need MATH 0031.
Swanson School of Engineering: If you want to transfer to the School of Engineering, here are the requirements for admission.
Admission is competitive! You should consider signing up for an Engineering Preadmission Information session through the above link.
Suggested courses for your first term schedule: MATH 0220 (need an ALEKS score of 76), PHYS 0174(co-requisite is MATH 0220), CHEM 0110, 1 additional course.
School of Nursing: If you want to transfer to the School of Nursing, here are the requirements for admission.
It is highly competitive! You should consider attending an Internal Transfer session shown in the above link.
Suggested courses for your first term schedule: CHEM 0910 (requires special permission, contact Dr. George Bandik to request permission), NUR 0002 and 0012.
School of Pharmacy: If you want to major in Pharmacy, you will complete two years in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences before you can apply to the School of Pharmacy. It is highly competitive! Here are the requirements for admission.
Suggested courses for your first term schedule: BIOSC 0150, CHEM 0110, 2 to 3 additional pharmacy pre-requisite courses
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS): If you want to major in any of the SHRS undergraduate majors, you will complete two years in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences before you can apply. You will need to select the specific major you want to view for the admission requirements.
- Athletic Training
- Communication Science
- Emergency Medicine
- Health Information Management
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Rehabilitation Sciences
School of Computing and Information: If you want to major in Information Sciences or Computer Science, you will complete two years in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences before you can apply.
Here are the graduation requirements for a major in Information Sciences. Suggested courses for your first term schedule: INFSCI 0010, and an additional 3 to 4 other courses.
Here is the link to the current information about Computer Science. Suggested courses for your first term schedule: CS 0401 (if prepared), CS 0441, Math 0220 (with ALEKS score of 76 or higher), plus one more.
School of Education: If you want to major in the School of Education’s undergraduate major such as Health and Physical Activity, Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) or Applied Developmental Psychology – Combined Accelerated Studies in Education (ADP-CASE) Pre-K – 4 Teacher Preparation program, you will complete two years in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences before you can apply. Select from the links below to learn more about the admission requirements.
- Health and Physical Activity – Exercise Science
- Health and Physical Activity – Wellness
School of Social Work: If you want to major in Social Work, you will complete two years in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences before you can apply to the School of Social Work. Here are the requirements for admission.
Suggested courses for your first term schedule: SOCWRK 1000, PSY 0010, 3 other courses
College of General Studies: Some of the popular majors in the College of General Studies are Administration of Justice, Media and Professional Communications, Legal Studies, and Public Service. To learn more about the College of General Studies majors and minors, please follow this link.
Campus Map: Need some help finding your way around?
Plan on taking Biosc and Chem? Here are some sequence suggestions from the Biology department.
PeoplSoft Mobile: General Class Search to see what Pitt offers.
Academic Communities: If you have an interest in taking courses with other first-year students who have similar interests, you might want to consider joining an Academic Community. Space is limited so if you want to join an Academic Community, contact the Office of Freshman Programs (email@example.com, 412-624-6844).
University of Pittsburgh Registrar: Use these videos and FAQ to learn how to use the PeopleSoft Enrollment system.