Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, TRIO SSS has been at the University of Pittsburgh since 1972 and is one of more than 900 TRIO SSS programs across the country. These programs provide academic, social, and cultural support to first generation (defined as parents or guardian not graduating from a four-year institution) and/or low-income college students. Housed in the Academic Resource Center in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, SSS is a program for all undergraduates, regardless of school or major.


Through a wide range of free services, SSS offers a creative, inspiring, supportive environment that promotes and celebrates your ongoing success. All SSS participants work individually with an SSS advisor to develop an academic plan that meets specific academic and career objectives. Our trained mentors guide you through the entire college process and work with other University offices to provide you with referrals to a wide range of campus resources and student organizations. In addition, we offer individual advising, personal coaching, study skills sessions, and tutoring on a multitude of subjects from statistics to organic chemistry.  Read More >


At TRIO SSS, we understand that the college experience is much more than what transpires within the confines of the classroom. We know how important it is for you to balance academics with the social aspects of college life. To connect with other Pitt students, TRIO SSS offers movie and game nights, cultural events in and around Pittsburgh, and a destination trip where you experience live theater, museums, fine restaurants, and a guided tour of the city. Read More > 



For program eligibility, call 412-624-6588 or stop by the TRIO SSS office, at 208-B Thackeray Hall. To apply to the SSS program, complete the application and e-mail to

SSS Application