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Welcome Week 2019 Panther Central

Welcome Week 2019 is scheduled for August 19 – 25 and is in concurrence with Arrival Survival.

There are more than 150 different programs and events during this week to help new and returning students connect with the Pitt community. Please be advised that certain programing is required for first-year students.

There are also an abundance of informational events for transfer, commuter, and non-traditional students during this week.

For a complete list of programming, as well as live updates, follow @PittStudents on social media or check out Student Affair’s Welcome Week 2019 schedule.

We all know plenty of fast-food chains, but now Pitt is bringing you a fast food change! If you want to adjust your plan, you can now save time and complete the Meal Plan Add or Change form online.

Follow these steps to change your meal plan by Friday, September 6:

  1. Log into Remember, do not use “www” in front of
  2. Click My Resources and select Panther Central from the dropdown.
  3. Click 2019-2020 Housing Applications and Information on the right-hand side of the page, then click 2019-2020 Housing Applications and Information in askCathy. You will be directed to PittPay.
  4. Click the Make Deposit tab, then click the Continue button.
  5. Scroll down to Meal Plans, then select Proceed to the Form.

Remember, all meal plan changes are due by Friday, September 6. Please contact us with any questions!

Choose to Reuse reusable containers are now available and your first one is free! 

Use your Pitt ID to claim your first container at participating Pitt Dining locations:

  • Auditions and Nicola's Garden at Schenley Cafe
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels at Posvar Hall
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels at Benedum Hall

Ask for a reusable container when you order, exchange your used container at any Choose to Reuse machine for a token, then exchange that token for another clean container the next time you order a meal!

Pitt Dining will begin regular fall hours on Monday, August 26. See our hours of operation below!

You can't move in without some food for fuel - the food for thought comes later! Check out our Arrival Survival Dining Hours for August 19 - 25:

The Buses Home for the Holidays program is designed to give students a safe, comfortable alternative ride home for the three major recesses: Thanksgiving, winter, and spring.

Check out our dates for the 2019-2020 school year below. Click here to see locations and schedules!

Thanksgiving Break

Depart – Friday, November 22, 2019

Return – Sunday, December 1, 2019


Christmas Break

Depart – Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14, 2019

Return – Sunday, January 4, 2020


Spring Break

Depart – Friday, March 6, 2020

Return – Sunday, March 15, 2020

The University recognized the need to improve Wi-Fi access in our residence halls and has worked with a third-party vendor to make enhancements to the system over the summer. MyResNet, an upgrade to PittNet Wi-Fi, is built to handle the growing demand for high-speed access.

Students can register for this free, upgraded Wi-Fi through MyResNet Basic for up to seven devices — and maintain a minimum speed of 60 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload per device. For students who require Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices at faster speeds, a fee-based premium option is offered. Students who need an Ethernet connection can request one free of charge through the 24/7 IT Help Desk at 412-624-4357.

Classes already provide food for thought, so we’re giving you fresh options for sustenance this fall! Check out these new offerings from Pitt Dining:

Market Central got a back-to-school makeover. We hope you love the updated look and feel, along with our new stations: Simple Servings, which features allergen-free food and Mindful, which focuses on delicious and healthy offerings.

Looking to liven up your taste buds? Tres Habaneros is coming to the Cathedral Café and offers 100% customizable burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and more!

The Pete Food Court is excited to add the Roc & Roll’d Sushi Bar and welcome Chick-fil-A, which is relocating from the Cathedral Café and will reopen in January 2020 with a full-service menu.

Variety is the spice of life, and we’re adding an extra pinch of it to the Schenley Café. Auditions, a new pop-up restaurant, will feature a rotating menu that focuses on flavorful food from around the globe.

Follow @PittDining on social media for sneak peeks and exciting updates!

Ready to begin the school year at Pitt? Before you make your way to campus, take a look at our Move-In Checklist to make sure that you have everything you need!

Prepare to Roc Your Room on campus this fall! Decorate your space and post a picture of it on Instagram with #RocYourRoom in the caption and tag us @panthercentralpitt to win a prize. The contest will run from August 21 through September 15!

College is all about learning and making connections. Your first connection will be to the free Wi-Fi network in your residence hall. Get ready by completing the steps below before coming to campus:

  1. Visit and sign up for an account using your Pitt email address.

Important: Choose a username or password that is different than your University Computing Account username and password.

  1. Register all the devices you plan to connect.

You’ll be all set to connect when you arrive in August.