Pitt | Swanson Engineering

Dear New Graduate Students,

We here at the Swanson School are delighted that you have chosen Pitt to complete your graduate studies. We are proud to welcome you into our community and we want to do all we can to support your academic success, professional development, and personal goals. In order to make your transition to graduate school as smooth as possible, we have compiled a list of resources that we think you will find beneficial. If your question has not been answered below, feel free to contact us for more information. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon, and Hail to Pitt!

  1. Be on the lookout for a Welcome Email directly from your Department. This email should detail course enrollment procedures, required documentation, the name of your faculty adviser, and other important information. Schedule a time to meet/speak with your faculty adviser to discuss course selections.
  2. Domestic students are able to enroll upon acceptance via this Enrollment Form, which they can process in 151 Benedum Hall. International students: please see further information listed under “International Student Checklist” regarding enrollment. 
  3. Each student is assigned a 7 digit PeopleSoft number.  If you are not sure of your PeopleSoft ID number, this can be found by logging into my.pitt.edu and then clicking on the Student Center icon on the right side. Then the you can navigate to Self-Service -> Campus Personal Information -> Demographic Information. You can see the 7 digit PeopleSoft ID number at the top.
  4. RSVP for Graduate Orientation: Graduate Orientation 2019 is scheduled for August 21st from 6-9 pm and August 22nd from 8 am-5 pm. More information will be sent to you directly from your department, and you should RSVP no later than August 9th, 2019.  You won’t want to miss this chance to meet your fellow graduate students as we welcome you to our Pitt Engineering family! See agenda details here!
  5. Find Housing: Pitt’s Off-Campus Living website may be a useful resource as you consider where to live in the Pittsburgh area. Many of our graduate students reside in Oakland, Shadyside, South Side, Squirrel Hill, Lawrenceville… Just to name a few! 
  6. Learn about your department’s course offerings, research, faculty, department policies, and more on their webpage!
    Chemical and Petroleum 
    Civil and Environmental 
    Electrical and Computer 
    Industrial Engineering
    Mechanical and Materials Science
    Nuclear Engineering 
    Sustainable Engineering
  7. Take a Virtual Campus Tour. If you’ve not visited our home in Oakland, PA, this is a wonderful resource to learn more about layout of campus. Swanson School of Engineering’s home is Benedum Hall (3700 O’Hara St. Pittsburgh, PA 152611); however, we do have labs, centers, and institutes housed in other locations on-campus. 
  8. PLEASE NOTE: depending on your department, program, and appointment status, the HR department will contact you directly in regards to additional on-boarding paperwork and training you need to complete. This may include:
    • Electronic I-9
    • W-4 Tax holdings form
    • Local Earned Income Tax Residency Certificate Form
    • Direct Deposit Authorization Form
    • Child Protection Clearances (if applicable)
    • Copy of VISA
  9. Reach out to your Department's Graduate Administrator with any questions!
    Bioengineering: Nicholas Mance 
    Chemical and Petroleum: Rita Ann Leccia
    Civil and Environmental: Cheryl Morand
    Electrical and Computer: Sandy Weisberg
    Industrial Engineering: Michael Sibenac
    Mechanical and Materials Science: Carolyn Chuha


The following is a checklist of important information for our International Graduate Students. Additional information will be relayed at the Office of International Services Graduate Student Orientation. This year's orientation will be held August 12, 2019 from 1 PM - 4 PM in Alumni Hall.

  1. Check in at the Office of International Services:
    3959 Fifth Avenue
    708 William Pitt Union
    Office Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM M-F
    Phone: +1-412-624-7120
    Fax: +1-412-624-7105
    Email: OIS@pitt.edu
  2. If you are an international student, you will also need to submit:
    • FNIF
    • Your international address
    • A copy of your passport
    • A copy of your I-94 Arrival/Departure Record
    • A copy of your Visa
    • A copy of your Visa type
  3. Take English Language Proficiency Test (Michigan Test) upon arrival to Pittsburgh ONLY IF you received a TOEFL score under 650 PBT, 280 CBT, or 100 IBT.
    • Information on the test, available testing dates, and registration link can be found here
    • Note: The Swanson School requires students to complete this step before registering for classes
  4. Meet/speak with your adviser regarding specific course selections (admissions letter identifies your specific adviser)
  5. If you are NOT required to take the Michigan Test, you may complete your Enrollment Form and send via email to your department’s graduate administrator:

    Bioengineering: Nicholas Mance

    Chemical and Petroleum: Rita Ann Leccia

    Civil and Environmental: Cheryl Morand

    Electrical and Computer: Sandra Weisberg

    Industrial Engineering: Michael Sibenac

    Mechanical and Materials Science: Carolyn Chuha

Your Panther Card (Pitt ID) is your pass to all things Pitt! Registered students are eligible for cards one month prior to the start of a given term (Spring - December 1, Summer - April 1, Fall - August 1). Ride Port Authority transportation fare-free, check out library books, work out at one of our fitness centers, and much more. Visit Panther Central once you are on campus to pick your card up and gain access to essential campus services!

Panther Central 

Litchfield Towers Lobby

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412-648-1100

Fax: 412-383-7878

Email: panthercentral@pitt.edu

TAs, TFs, GSAs, and GSRs who hold academic appointments are eligible for a benefits-rich individual health insurance package at no cost. Graduate students without an academic appointment are eligible for the same UPMC Health Plan at a monthly cost. See the following website for more information, as well as for information about Dental and Vision coverage:


NOTE: International Students are required by the University to maintain health insurance coverage. Please review important information regarding this requirement here.

In an effort to protect the Pitt community, Pitt requires that all students be immunized against measles, mumps, rubella (MMR vaccine) and chicken pox (varicella vaccine). Students must submit proof of such immunizations or evidence of immunity to the Student Health Service (SHS). See here for official requirements: http://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/shs/immunization/university-requirements/

This year, vaccination clinics will be held on August 20, 2019 and September 13, 2019. Students must pre-register for the clinics here.

Immunization information can be completed by students using on-line forms available on the Student Health portal via their www.my.pitt.edu account. Students must also send an official copy of their immunizations via US mail or by FAX (412-383-1846), preferably before the start of the fall semester. 

This information pertains to those graduate students who are Graduate Student Assistants (GSA), Teaching Assistants (TA), Teaching Fellows (TF), or Graduate Student Researchers (GSR).

The University of Pittsburgh is required to withhold federal, state and local taxes from each pay you receive and remit to the appropriate taxing authority. 

For US tax information see here

Foreign Nationals working in the US see here.

For general information about graduate student payroll see here.

Any further questions should be directed to the payroll office:

University of Pittsburgh

207P Craig Hall

200 South Craig Street

Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM M-F

Phone: 412-624-8070

Fax: 412-624-8072

Students in the Swanson School of Engineering have access to technical support 24/7/365 quickly and easily through variety of ways. 

For engineering specific (i.e. SSOE Classrooms and Software) issues, requests, and questions:

Web: http://engineering.pitt.edu/servicedesk/

Email: ssoehelp@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-624-3647 (on campus 4-ENGR)


For all other technical support, students may leverage the University’s Computing Services and System Development (CSSD) resources at any time. For more information on CSSD’s support services, please visit https://www.technology.pitt.edu/247-it-help-desk

Benedum Hall is home to the Bevier Engineering Library which is part of the University Library System. A variety of resources are available to graduate students including workshops and research support. Please visit the ULS graduate page for general library information, or contact Judy Brink for information on the Bevier Engineering Library.

The University also offers a variety of funded research opportunities through the Office of Research. Graduate engineering opportunities are updated often and can be found here.

All faculty, staff, students, and non-Pitt employees working in laboratories involving chemicals, including gases, must complete EH&S’s Chemical Hygiene Safety Training and, if applicable, Bloodborne Pathogen Training before entering the laboratory. There are live training sessions (strongly recommended for first time) approximately every 2 weeks in Benedum Hall, as well as online training sessions available. Please visit the safety training page for more information.

Looking to get more involved on campus? Check out some of our graduate student organizations below!

Engineering Graduate Student Organization / twitter

Graduate Women in Engineering Network

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Graduate Biomedical Engineering Society / twitter

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering GSA

Graduate and Professional Student Government

*Note: this is not an exhaustive list; you can find out more about student organizations on campus at our school-wide orientation on August 22, 2019!

Established in 2013, The University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute is the University’s hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Innovation Institute provides a comprehensive suite of services for Pitt Innovators, from protecting intellectual property to the commercialization of new discoveries through licensing and/or new enterprise development. The Institute also provides a wealth of educational programming, mentoring and networking for Pitt faculty, students and partners.

Through the affiliated Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, the Innovation Institute also assists entrepreneurs throughout Western Pennsylvania in starting, growing or transitioning their businesses.

You will use PittPAY to view your student account details, view all your eBills, make online payments, enroll in payment plans, and more. See checklists below to ensure you are ready for your first eBill.

U.S. Students and Authorized Users

International Students   (Chinese translation)      (Korean translation)

For assistance, contact the Student Payment Center.

G-9 Thackeray Hall

139 University Place

Hours:  M-Thu 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM; Friday 9:30 AM - 4:45 PM

Phone: 412-624-7520

Email: payments@pitt.edu (include 7 digit student ID)

The University of Pittsburgh provides a supportive community for its graduate and professional students. For more information on resources provided by Pitt including academic resources, teaching resources, research, career preparation, and health & wellness, please visit: http://www.gradstudents.pitt.edu/

University Book Store: 412-648-1455; 4000 Fifth Ave.

Financial Aid Office: 412-624-7488; 130 Thackeray Hall

University Registrar’s Office: 412-624-7600; 220 Thackeray Hall

Office of Diversity and Inclusion: 412-624-9842; eodadmin@pitt.edu; Natalia Goodnow (Diversity Program Coordinator)

Office of Disability Resources and Services: 412-648-7890; 140 William Pitt Union

Student Health: 412-383-1800; 119 University Place

                University Counseling Center: 412-648-7930

                University Pharmacy: 412-383-1850; 103 University Place

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