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Your First Year at Pitt State

Welcome to the Pitt State family! Whether you are a recent high school grad, a transfer, or an international student we are dedicated to your success. Get the resources to transition to college life at Pitt State.
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Orientation is more than just academic advising and registering for classes. It’s your official introduction to Pitt State. Have fun, meet new people, learn about campus, and get acquainted with your new home away from home. 

New Student Orientation: Pitt CARES

Important Dates

Apr. 10

First transfer orientation date Register for Pitt CARES

Apr. 10

Transfer student enrollment Enroll in Summer and Fall Semester

Apr. 12

Enroll if you graduated prior to the 2022-2023 academic year New freshmen enrollemnt

Jun. 5

First freshmen orientation date Register for Pitt CARES

First-Year Classes


Gorilla Gateway

A required first-year, two-credit hour, course within the Pitt State Pathway that focuses on numerous learning elements. This course promotes skills each student already possesses along with new skills and helps the student learn how and where to obtain services to help with these abilities.

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International Transitions

A one-credit hour course to assist students to smoothly transition into university life. Emphasized for those from higher education, a work environment, or from a foreign country. This course focuses on being a successful member in the university community through academic, personal and social development.


Gorilla Warm-Up

The weekend before your first semester at Pitt State, attend Gorilla Warm-Up. Meet your classmates, your Gorilla Gateway instructor, and a peer mentor who will guide you through the upcoming semester.


Academic accommodations and support services.

A curated list of resources for the parents of college students.

Exploratory studies for the undecided.

Submit proof of immunizations

Honor Societies for Your First Year at Pitt State


Honors College

Join our community of high-achieving students. Students are first considered with a superscore of 28 or higher on ACT and a 3.5 unweighted GPA. 30 scholarships are awarded at $1,000 - $9,500.

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Phi Eta Sigma

National Freshman Honor Society for students who have above a 3.5 GPA after their first semester or first year are invited to become members. Phi Eta Sigma awards over $300,000 in scholarships annually and the Pitt State chapter.

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Tau Sigma

Academic honor society for transfer students with a minimum 3.5 GPA or in the top 20% of all incoming transfer students.

Contact us

First Year Programs phone: (620) 235-4951



We are located in 203 Horace Mann building.

Academic Advising

Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to set yourself up for success.

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