Freshman Programs

Learn About Your College and Your Campus

The Office of Freshman Programs in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences connects you to extraordinary instructors; valuable campus resources; and, of course, other freshmen through lively, engaging courses and events throughout the year.

Freshman Programs gives you the opportunity to enjoy all that Pitt has to offer at a large urban campus within a small-school setting.

Read more about Freshman Programs, featured in the Dietrich School's Snapshot.

Introduction to the Arts and Sciences

Through coursework and extracurricular activities, Introduction to the Arts and Sciences is your introduction to liberal arts at Pitt. You will discover exciting educational and cultural opportunities at the University and around Pittsburgh.

Freshman Seminar

Freshman Seminar (FP 0003) is a dynamic four-credit course that fulfills the Seminar in Composition requirement and includes Introduction to the Arts and Sciences (FP 0001). This course requires you to spend at least 10 hours on activities outside of the classroom.  These courses are offered in the fall term.

Freshman Seminar (FP 0006) is a dynamic three-credit themed course for freshmen that fulfills the Seminar in Composition requirement.  These courses are offered in the the spring term.

Academic Communities

Interact with faculty members, engage in intellectual and social activities, and enhance your academic skills. Being part of an Academic Community eases your transition to college and provides you with the tools you need to have a successful first year.

Next Year's FAFSA Available Now

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available on October 1, 2016 for the 2017-18 academic year. This is the most important form to complete in order to qualify for almost all types of financial aid. Visit the Federal Student Aid Web site to access the online application and find many helpful tips.