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Frequently Asked Questions

Hotel Information for Parents

Parents, we invite you to attend the Pioneer Experience in its entirety. We believe that your participation in the Pioneer Experience is just as important as for our new students. Unfortunately, due to a lack of housing availability, we will be unable to provide on-campus accommodations to you. Instead, Point Park University has arranged a special rate with local hotels. To take advantage of the special rate, please inform the hotel you are with Point Park University's Pioneer Experience. 

Room blocks at various local hotels have been secured for the following nights:

  • June 12
  • June 26
  • July 21
  • Aug. 18
  • Aug. 19

See the information below for pricing and how to make reservations. Each hotel requires rooms be booked three weeks in advance in order to get the discounted rate.

Courtyard Marriott  
945 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

To reserve a room, please call 412-434-5551.  The standard room rate is $132 per night.

Renaissance Hotel Pittsburgh
107 6th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

To reserve a room, please call 412-562-1200.  Room rates are as listed below:

  • King or Queen-$169/night
  • Queen/Queen-$169/night

Sheraton Station Square
300 West Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

 To reserve a room, please call 412-261-2000.  Room rates are as listed below:

  • Single-$135/night
  • Double-$135/night
  • Triple-$155/night
  • Quad-$175/night

Wyndham Grand
600 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 To reserve a room, please call 412-391-4600.  Room rates are as listed below.  Note that Aug. 18 and 19 have a higher rate.

  • Single/ Double-$132/night
  • Aug. 18 and 19-Single/Double-$159/night

For information on other area hotels, directionsparking, and more, visit the Welcome to Campus page.

Overnight Accommodations for Students

All students will stay in one of our first-year residence halls to provide the full experience of what it is like to live at Point Park University. BEDDING WILL NOT BE PROVIDED. Please review the "What to Bring" list below.

Note: Parents, due to lack of housing availability, Point Park cannot provide on-campus accommodations. Please see the hotel information specifically for you.

Students: What to bring

  • Bedding: Sheets, pillow, sleeping bag, etc. (bedding not provided).
  • Alarm clock
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Change of clothes for day two
  • Pajamas
  • Comfortable walking shoes

Note: you are only staying for one night, save the heavy stuff for fall move in!

Students: Pioneer Experience Roommates

All students will share a residence hall room with another new student. You will have the opportunity to meet your roommate throughout the Pioneer Experience. Orientation leaders will be present overnight in the event that an emergency arises.

(Orientation leaders -- OLs -- are an upper-level students who help lead Pioneer Experience.)

I would like to bring my younger sibling, is that OK?

No. Pioneer Experience is designed to accommodate new students and their parents.  Activities have been created specifically for students and adults to gain the most from their experience while on campus. Child care services will not be provided.

What should I wear?

The dress will be casual. 

Is there an orientation fee?

Point Park University values The Pioneer Experience as a significant component of every student's overall experience at the University. The orientation fee is $100 per student, and each student is able to bring up to two guests to the Pioneer Experience at no additional charge.

The Pioneer Experience fee is assessed upon course registration to the student's fall tuition bill. Students who do not attend the program will still be charged the fee because it is tied to course registration.

Hear It From Them

"The most important thing you can bring to the Pioneer Experience is an open mind. Having an open mind will allow you to receive the abundance of information the sessions provide as well as allow you to make new friends that will change your university experience." - Samantha Moyer, Orientation Leader 2012, 2013

"The most common question I always get asked is 'Which residence hall has the bathroom?' That is Lawrence Hall, but it's important to know that Thayer Hall is also a great option. Because of the community bathroom and the setup of the floors, residents are out and about more, so they have the opportunity to connect with their neighbors!" - Abby Mathieu, Orientation Leader 2011, 2012, 2013