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Frequently Asked Questions

Overnight Accommodations for Students

All students attending a resident session 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.

Pioneer Ambassadors will be present overnight in the event that an emergency arises.

(Pioneer Ambassadors - PAs - are upper-level students who help lead Pioneer Experience).

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

Students: What to bring

  • Bedding: Sheets (standard twin), 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!

What time should I arrive?

For resident sessions, generally check-in will be around 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the first day. For commuter/transfer and other one-day sessions, generally check-in will be around 8:30-9:30 a.m. A final itinerary will be sent out to the email address used on the registration form a few days prior to each session.

What time will I be finished?

Resident sessions generally end around 2:00 p.m. on the second day and one-day sessions generally end around 4:30 p.m. A final itinerary will be sent out to the email address used on the registration form a few days prior to each session.

Students: Pioneer Experience Roommates

All students will share a residence hall room with another new student. You will have the opportunity to meet your Pioneer Experience roommate throughout the 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. Childcare services will not be provided.

What should I wear?

The dress will be casual.

When can I pick up my student ID?

Student IDs will be available at check-out at the end of each Pioneer Experience session. For other ID questions, visit the ID Center page.

How do I finalize my class schedule?

Each student will have the opportunity to meet with their Center for Student Success coordinator to make any changes and finalize their schedule before leaving the Pioneer Experience.

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, as it is tied to course registration.