First-Year Courses

Not only did the academic community cover prerequisites that I needed to eventually take to declare a major in theatre arts, it also allowed me to make a solid group of friends.

-Maya Boyd (Inside the Theatre Academic Community)

Start Smart

There will be things about the transition from high school to college that surprise you, such as how much time you need to study, how challenging it can be to manage your time when there are so many activities to choose from, and how much you’re going to miss your annoying younger siblings. But these things won’t surprise us.

We know what to expect, which means we know how to help—and based on our experience, we’ve created programs specifically designed to support you. Our expert faculty members and academic advisors are your guides and partners along the way. 

Whether you take just one course designed for first-year students or enroll in a group of related courses through an academic community, you'll get insider tips to succeeding at Pitt. From how to utilize the vast resources of the University Library system to how to take the bus to get off of campus for the afternoon, first-year courses will set you up to write your own success story at the Dietrich School.

Academic Foundations

Introduction to the Arts and Sciences is your insider’s guide to Pitt, connecting you to valuable academic resources and opportunities, introducing you to the campus and the city, and providing the opportunity to meet other new students in small classes. Discover courses you'll take during your first year at Pitt.

Academic Communities

In your Academic Community, you'll take up to three classes—all of which focus on an area of study that speaks to your unique interests and goals—with the same small group of students. Explore Academic Communities, and apply now.