Pitt | Swanson Engineering


Whether you are going to be a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering or if you are already here, this site was designed to provide you with all of the information you need to get the hang of that first year of college, quickly and easily.

The Freshman Engineering Program strives to develop, maintain, and promote a supportive environment conducive to the recruitment, academic advising, personal development, and retention of undergraduate engineering students.

This mission can be achieved by:

  • Encouraging successful personal and academic growth by providing programs and support/guidance specific to the first-year engineering experience  
  • Providing a medium for selected undergraduate students to enhance professional skills such as team-building, communication, and organization while contributing to the engineering community.

Freshman Seminar (ENGR 0081) Selection

At PittStart, all first year engineering students will enroll in Freshman Seminar (ENGR 0081). The recitations for this course may be found in the 2161 Seminar Catalog. Please browse the catalog and select a section that fits in your schedule and follow the instructions you receive at PittStart to enroll in the course.