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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. During these unprecedented times, we know connecting you to vital resources is more important than ever. With this in mind, we have compiled a list of resources that we think you will find beneficial during your transition into graduate school. If your question has not been answered below, feel free to contact us for more information. We look forward to meeting you soon, whether that be in person or online. Hail to Pitt!

Check out our 2020* Back to Benedum Safety Video Here:


SSoE Virtual Graduate Orientation will be August 25th, 2021 starting at 9 AM EST

Check engineering.pitt.edu/gradorientation/ for the agenda and Zoom information (coming soon)!

*Please note that the information posted on this page is from the 2020 Graduate Orientation. Check back soon for updated safety procedures, library resources and more information to get you ready for Graduate School in 2021*

Students, please review the information below before 8/18 as it is pertinent for all graduate students.


IMPORTANT: All Pitt students must complete the Health and Safety Requirement training regardless of returning to campus this fall. 

Please follow the links below to see the most recent action plans in place for our school, as well as other important pandemic updates from the University. 

For the most up to date information on Pitt’s COVID-19 response and action plan for the year to come click here

Recent virus related news for graduates, professional students and post doctorates click here.

Resources for graduates, professional students and post doctorates click here.

Students: please be aware that COVID-19 will impact lab procedures. Please contact your department directly for more information about how they foresee on-site research being conducted with the pandemic in mind.

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 online training sessions available. Please visit the safety training page for more information.

Please watch Dr. Shannon's Lab Safety Practices video here

Students: please be aware that there will be safety procedures and new library rules in place due to COVID-19’s impact. Please see here for library contact information and updates regarding library closures.

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.

Please watch our librarian Judy Brink's Library Resources video here:

Get to know your faculty and staff in SSoE and learn how they can help you succeed at Swanson! Click here!

While the circumstances that result from the pandemic may change over time, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to keep our community safe and healthy. To help foster this environment for all, we present the following principles. Please review as you will be asked to ‘agree and accept terms’ when you login to my.pitt.edu

Please look below for more information related to this upcoming year for SSOE's grad students.

Panther Central is currently not accepting walk-ins for Pitt IDs. Please see here for more information and to upload your photo virtually.

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 once you enter the USA. If you are joining us remotely for Fall 2020 due to COVID-19 implications, this requirement is waived until you join us on-campus. 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/

Required vaccinations are available at the student health center by appointment, see 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:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the physical payroll office in Craig Hall will not be open to the public, and walk-ins will not be accepted. Students may submit Payroll-related inquiries during regular business hours via the HR Shared Services form

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 a 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

Due to safety restrictions put in place by the University and the State of Pennsylvania, we recommend you contact the coordinators of your student organization to understand how clubs will stay connected virtually.

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

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.

The Innovation Institute is still operating virtually, see their COVID-19 announcement here.

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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