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:

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. 

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:



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

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:

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)

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:

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

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Academic Calendar

Campus Map

Virtual Campus Tour