New Student Orientation

Video by C.H. Productions. Drone footage by Eric Lobb

Welcome, Class of 2023!

We have been working all summer to prepare for your arrival, and we can't wait to meet you!  By choosing to pursue your education at Pitt-Johnstown, you have chosen well!

At Pitt-Johnstown, we are dedicated to providing you with a solid foundation for career and professional success and helping you develop an ethos of real world commitment. 

During orientation, you will work closely with members of the Student Affairs team to engage with your fellow students and the campus, to begin your successful transition into collegiate life, and start you on your path to real world readiness. We also want you to have fun, which is why we have included several opportunities to kick back and have a good time!  

New Student Orientation Schedule



8 AM—12:00 PM: Residential Student Move-In, Residence Halls

8–8PM: Book Center Open, Student Union

8:30 AM – 5 PM: University Offices Open                                                                                                      

8:30 AM -4 PM: Pick up your Student ID                                                                        

Residential Students – at your housing checking

Commuter Students – Student Union 152 ID Center  

10 AM–2 PM: Legacy Photos, Gazebo

10 AM–2 PM: Mountain Cat Mementos

11 AM—2:30 PM: Unpack, Unwind, and Dine!, SU Dining Hall

110 AM—2:30 PM: Commuter Student Check-in, SU Food Court  

2:30 PM: Families Depart

2:30 PM: Orientation Groups Gather, Classrooms

2:30–5PM: Orientation Group Time & Activities, Classrooms

5:30 PM: Mountain Cat BBQ, University Mall

7:30PM: PJ Music Festival, University Square                              

8 AM– 8 PM: Book Center Open, Student Union

8-10AM: Breakfast, Dining Hall

8:30–10 AM: Schedule Adjustments *, Blackington Hall

9 AM: Foreign Language Placement Exam*, 208 Biddle

9 AM: Student Employment* (Work Study, Campus Employment, and Local Employment), Blackington 138                    

10:00 AM: Respect, Dignity and Mountain Cat Campus Values, PPAC

11:30 AM: Orientation Group Time: Academic Success, Lunch, and Walk Your Schedule,   Classrooms

2:30 PM: All groups in PPAC for Convocation for Processional

3:00 PM: Convocation and Campus Welcome from President Spectar                    

4:30-7:00 PM: Dinner, Group Time, and I AM FROM Activity,Dining Hall Classrooms

7:30 PM: HOORAY & Don’t Just Stand There!, Wellness Center

9—10 PM: Comedy and Snacks, Wellness Center

10-11:30 PM: Open gym, Game Room, and activities in residence halls

*indicates optional session


9:30 AM: Grab and Go Breakfast, Blackington Lobby

10:00 AM—6:00 PM: Book Center Open, Student Union

10:00 AM: Board buses for Johnstown, Blackington.

10:30 AM-12:30 PM: Pitt Johnstown @Your Service activities, Greater Johnstown Area

12:30 PM: Depart for Campus                                                          

1:00 -2:30 PM This time is set aside to hit the dining hall, shower, and have some free time. Commuters, we have made showers available in the Sports Center locker rooms for you. Ask your OL how to access this.

2:00 PM: Financial Literacy Session, Blackington138

2:00 PM: Health & Counseling Services Open House, Student Union

3:00 PM: Group Time:  Healthy U, Classrooms            

4:30 –6:00 PM: Dinner, Dining Hall

6:00 PM: Mountain Cat Cup, Games, Color War, University Mall

8:30 PM: Orientation Dance and Fireworks, University Mall