Make new friends. Explore your intellectual interests. Achieve your academic goals.
In an Academic Community, in your first term you take up to three classes, including Academic Foundations, with the same small group of students. These classes focus on a specific area of study that speaks to your own unique interests and goals. It’s an unmatched opportunity to meet like-minded students right away, and to explore your interests and possible major with others who share your passion for the subject.
"In my academic community, I really bonded with my classmates. We shared experiences in our first college history class together and created inside jokes. I was also able to bond with them during a trip to New York City to visit the UN.”
—Sarah Sellers (French), European Studies Academic Community
Benefits of Joining an Academic Community
- Connect with your peers and make friends. Pitt’s a big place. Academic Communities offer built-in opportunities to socialize and connect with like-minded students and find your fit on campus.
- Connect with Pitt’s premier faculty. Focused groups allow for more personal interaction with our world-class faculty members.
- Connect with the academic tools you need. College is different than high school, and you need different tools. In an Academic Community, you have peer support for writing and studying, and you’ll receive a comprehensive, robust, and supportive introduction to academic life at Pitt in the Intro to the Arts and Sciences class.
- Connect your interests to your academic plan. When you register for an Academic Community for your first term, you’re taking on a partial course load catered to your specific interests, helping you build a meaningful and efficient schedule of classes.
- Connect to the campus and city. You’ll get insider insight from experienced staff and other students into all of the resources and amenities that Pitt’s campus offers. And, you’ll explore the “little big” city of Pittsburgh, from investigating diverse and unique neighborhoods hands on, to attending cultural events, to exploring what opportunities await for internships and career experiences throughout town.
What You Should Know Before Joining an Academic Community
- Academic Communities are offered only during the fall term.
- These popular communities fill up quickly. Because space is limited, each Academic Community is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Each Academic Community includes Academic Foundations, a one-credit course exploring the importance of the liberal arts, your expectations as a new student, and strategies for academic success.
- You can participate in exclusive Academic Community events, in addition to activities open to all first-year students.
- There is no residential component to these Academic Communities.
- There is no additional cost to enroll in an Academic Community.
For more information, please see the 2022 Academic Communities Brochure (PDF).
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