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New Student Orientation: The Pioneer Experience

Student orientation leaders laugh while performing a skit for incoming students at Point Park's Pioneer Experience orientation program, June 2013. Orientation activities at Pioneer Experience are informative and fun. See more photos.

Attend Orientation to Prepare for Point Park

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

Student orientation leaders help students and family members throughout the program by facilitating sessions that provide a chance to meet peers, learn about campus services and resources, and discover the exciting range of opportunities in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Pioneer Experience sessions

Pioneer Experience sessions are held in January for the new students starting spring semester and in June, July and August for new students starting fall semester.  Our schedule is organized to provide unique orientation sessions for three distinct groups of incoming students:

Follow the links above for a description of each type of session, a sample schedule, and the dates for those programs. A final schedule will be emailed at the close of registration.

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

Register Online

Register online for the Pioneer Experience. (Note: please do not create a user name and password for OrgSync. All new students will receive a username and password at the start of the school year.)

Pioneer Experience for Students Enrolling for Spring 2014

This one-day program helps freshmen and transfer students get acclimated to Point Park, with information sessions including how to register for classes and how to navigate our campus. This program will help incoming students be successful in their new college environment.

Pioneer Experience for Students Living on Campus for Fall 2014

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

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

Finally, all students will learn about academic resources such as the Center for Student Success to confirm their pre-registered schedule for fall, and faculty to learn more about what they will experience in their specific major throughout the next four years.

Dates:

  • June 12-13
  • June 26-27
  • July 21-22
  • Aug. 19-20*

Register Online

*The resident catch-all session is only for students who live outside a 50 mile radius of Pittsburgh.

Pioneer Experience for Students Commuting to Campus for Fall 2014

This one-day program provides commuter students and their families an opportunity to learn about resources on and off campus for students who will be commuting to Point Park. Students and families will learn about public transit and parking options in the area. They will also learn how to navigate campus and where to find the commuter lounge, lockers and other amenities.

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

Finally, all students will learn about academic resources such as the Center for Student Success to confirm their pre-registered schedule for fall, and faculty to learn more about what they will experience in their specific major throughout the next four years.

Dates:

  • May 22
  • June 23
  • July 14
  • Aug. 8

Register Online

Pioneer Experience for Transfer Students for Fall 2014

This one-day program assists transfer students get acclimated to their 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 been on one college campus; this program will help them to be successful on our campus.

Dates: 

  • June 16
  • Aug. 4

Register Online

Pioneer Experience: Fun and Informative

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

Check out videos and feedback from new students and families that attended a previous Pioneer Experience.

We look forward to meeting you!

Questions?

Please contact:

Sarah George
Director, Commuter Affairs
Coordinator of the Pioneer Experience
orientation@pointpark.edu or 412-392-3840

Slide show: Pioneer Experience 2013