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New Student Orientation: The Pioneer Experience

An incoming female Point Park student smiles as she sits on the edge of the fountain at Point State Park During Pioneer Experience, students spend time exploring Downtown Pittsburgh.

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Orientation Prepares Students for Point Park

The new student orientation program, or, as we like to call it, “The Pioneer Experience,” is designed to help you as a new student discover all that Point Park University has to offer and get acclimated to your new campus environment.

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Pioneer Experience

Students starting fall semester at Point Park can register online  beginning May 1, 2017.


Pioneer Experience Summer 2017 Sessions

Resident Students

  • June 29-30 Closed
  • July 10-11 Closed
  • July 27-28 Closed
  • August 22

Transfer Students

  • June 19 Closed
  • August 4 Closed
  • August 22

Commuter Students

  • June 19 Closed
  • August 4 Closed
  • August 22

Foundations for Success

  • August 14



Questions?

Please contact:
The Office of Student Affairs

Pioneer Experience is packed with information and resources, and it's also a fun experience that offers you a taste of college life and the chance to meet other incoming students. Many students begin friendships at Pioneer Experience that last throughout college and beyond.

Most Pioneer Experience sessions include parent and family programs to make sure everyone has the right information and resources you prepare to attend Point Park.

When to Attend Pioneer Experience

Pioneer Experience sessions are held in June, July and August for new students starting fall semester 2017, and in January for new students starting spring semester 2018.

Follow the links below for Pioneer Experience descriptions and dates for the type of student you are:


Pioneer Experience for Students Living on Campus

This two-day program gives students who will live on campus the opportunity to stay overnight at Point Park. You will be assigned to a residence hall room, where you can experience what campus living will be like when you return for the fall semester. We have secured discounted rates for parents at nearby hotels for their overnight needs.

During the orientation sessions, you and your family will hear from important offices such as Public Safety, Food Service, Student Life and the Student Health Center. You will also get to know our Pioneer Ambassadors who are current students, and will be your orientation leaders.  During Pioneer Experience you'll get to hear first-hand what their experiences have been like at Point Park.

Finally, you will learn about academic resources such as the Center for Student Success to confirm your pre-registered schedule for fall, and faculty members, who will shape what you will experience in your specific major throughout the next four years.

  • June 29-30 Closed
  • July 10-11 Closed
  • July 27-28  Closed
  • August 22

Pioneer Experience for Students Commuting to Campus

This one-day program provides students who will commute to Point Park an opportunity to learn about resources on and off campus. You and your family will receive information about public transit and parking options in the area. You will also learn how to navigate campus and where to find the commuter lounge, lockers and other amenities.

During the orientation sessions, you and your family will hear from important offices such as Public Safety, Food Service, Student Life, and the Student Health Center. You will also get to know our orientation leaders, who are current students, and hear first-hand what their experiences have been like at Point Park.

Finally, you will learn about academic resources such as the Center for Student Success to confirm your pre-registered schedule for fall, and faculty members, who will shape what you will experience in your specific major throughout the next four years.

  • June 19 Closed
  • August 4 Closed
  • August 22

Pioneer Experience for Transfer Students

This one-day program helps you as a transfer student get acclimated to your new campus. The sessions provide information specific to Point Park, including how to register for classes and how to navigate our campus. We understand many transfer students have already experienced a college campus; this program will help you be successful at Point Park.

  • June 19 Closed
  • August 4 Closed
  • August 22

Pioneer Experience for Foundations for Success Students

This one-day program is for students who have received conditional admittance at Point Park and are attending the University's Foundations for Success program to help ensure success at the college level. This Pioneer Experience session will help you get acclimated to Point Park and get ready to begin fall semester, including how to register for classes and how to navigate our campus.

  • August 14

*It is mandatory  for Foundations for Success students to attend this Pioneer Experience session.


Pioneer Experience for Students Enrolling Spring 2018

This one-day program helps you as a freshman or transfer student get acclimated to Point Park, with information sessions including how to register for classes and how to navigate our campus. This program will help you be successful in your new college environment. 

  • January 2018 (date to be announced)