The Swanson School of Engineering's Graduate Studies team reviewed your FAQ's and compiled some resources in order to make your transition easier! Please review and let us know if you have questions.

Pitt's HR Department is here to help when it comes to finding appropriate childcare for your family while you focus on your studies. Faculty, staff, and graduate students are eligible and you can find more here. 

All COVID-19 boosters, first doses (ages 3+) and second doses are available at the Pitt Vaccination and Health Connection HUB, conveniently located on the Pittsburgh campus, next to University Pharmacy. Learn more here. 

Appointments preferred. Register here today! Walk-ins welcome based on unfilled appointments. Flu vaccines for all will be available daily beginning September 15, 2022.

Swanson School of Engineering graduate students may participate in Co-op and Internships opportunities. Both MS and PhD students as well as international students may be eligible. For more information, visit our Swanson School of Engineering’s Office of Experiential Learning & Professional Engagement (ELPE) here. 

CO-OP: This program offers graduate level students the opportunity to work full-time for at least one semester.   As an applicant to the program, you will benefit from our office’s job development efforts, but we strongly encourage you to seek intern and co-op openings on your own and apply to as many relevant positions as possible, as this is a competitive process.

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)

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 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. 

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;; 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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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.

We are a cosmopolitan community of research and learning committed to an environment of inclusion that fosters global understanding and open exchange of intercultural thought. Our international students' diverse and global perspectives enrich all our students' educational experiences, our school, and our university, as well as our city and the nation.

The University of Pittsburgh's Office of International Services supports international graduate students with information and advice. Visit the Office of International Services' website to learn about more about their resources and services. 

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:

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

The University of Pittsburgh is committed to supporting and sustaining an inclusive and equitable campus environment — one that welcomes, values and embraces the diverse perspectives of community members of all sexual orientation, gender identities and gender expressions. Learn more and connect with others 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:

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: (include 7 digit student ID)

Panther Central is your place for your Pitt ID! You can upload your photo virtually and your ID typically will be ready for pick-up within 24 hours of receiving your “accepted” email from Panther Central. Panther Card pick-up is in Panther Central, which is located in the Litchfield Towers Lobby. If more time is needed to print your Panther Card, you will be emailed directly at your Pitt email account. 

Please Note:
 Only newly admitted students and newly hired faculty and staff are eligible to have their Panther Cards preprinted. All other customers can submit their photo, but will have their Panther Cards printed upon arrival at Panther Central. Remember, all customers should wait for a photo confirmation email from Panther Central prior to going to the office. Please see here for more information and to upload your photo virtually.

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:

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

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: