Accessibility Resources

At the University of Pittsburgh, we want to ensure that every student has equal access to resources and opportunities that will help them thrive. A recent survey completed by the University on student needs shows how important it is to assist students in whatever situation they are in. We understand that every individual has their own unique set of circumstances and are here to help you succeed!   

Academic & Community

  • Academic HelpAll free for Pitt students!
    • 1-on-1 peer tutoring for all Pitt students. You’ll meet 1-on-1with a student who has taken the course you’re taking now; peer tutors offer content support and study strategies to help you do your best.  Courses available for tutoring.
    • Academic Coaching:  Resources for students in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences or the College of General Studies.  Also, talk to fellow students on how to achieve academic success!
    • Ask the Library questions about the Library or if you need research help! Questions can be asked via email, chat, in person, or over the phone.
    • Course grading options, withdrawal info, & more.
    • Course repeating info.
    • Study skills tools & resources: Time management help, test taking strategies, studying tips, YouTube educational videos, and more resources to help you learn to study better.
    • Textbook Course Reserves: Check out course readings if they made available by the course’s instructor. This page provides instructions and links for discovering if your class text is on course reserve and how to access it.
    • The Knowledge Drop: A library of short video tutorials created by Pitt students to explain core concepts on a variety of subjects.
    • Tutoring & Academic Help: Resources ranging from math assistance to writing help on the Pittsburgh, Bradford, and Johnstown campuses. 
  • Pitt Pathways: Schedule appointments with advisors and tutors, plus learn more about opportunities from tutoring to financial aid.
  • Higher Generation: Connects and serves as a platform for first-generation college students and/or low-income students, both bringing together students in need of support and creating a comfortable environment for communication among students with similar life experiences.
  • TRIO Student Support Services: A program for first-generation, income-eligible, and/or disabled students enrolled at Pitt that provides opportunities ranging from mentorship and advising to free cultural and social events! 

Clothing

  • Career Closet: If you need attire for an upcoming professional event or interview, borrow it from the Career Closet for free! Located on the second floor of the William Pitt Union, the Career Closet typically lends clothes for 1 to 2 week periods.
  • Thriftsburgh: Visit this on-campus & student-run thrift store for second-hand clothes at great prices! Room 111 of the O’Hara Student Center.

Employment & Professional Development

  • Pitt’s Career Center: Free help to help Pitt students find jobs, prepare for interviews, write resumes and cover letters, etc.
  • Pitt Commons: Free networking and mentoring platform available exclusively to the Pitt community. Find a mentor, connect to alumni in your current or future field, and develop or expand your professional networks.  
  • Pittsburgh Employment Resources: Resources including, but not limited to, interview and resume preparation, career guidance, professional attire for women, and job listing websites. 

Financial

  • Financial grant support options include Pitt’s matching of Pell Grants, and more! 
  • Grad Ready: Free smart steps you need to take in order to pay for college, manage your money, and repay any student loans. All incoming students have an online orientation requirement.
  • Panthers Forward: An innovative program unique to Pitt that leverages the power of our University community that helps ease the burden of student loan debt.  Eligible participants receive up to $5,000 in direct federal student loan relief upon graduation with a voluntary commitment to pay-it-forward. 
  • Pitt Fund Me: Find scholarship opportunities for current and incoming Pitt students! 
  • Student Emergency Assistance Fund: For Pitt students facing unanticipated and insurmountable expenses relating to emergencies including loss of essential personal belongings, emergency medical bills, sudden loss of housing, emergency transportation costs, and more.

Food

  • Meal Scholarship Program: Short-term, emergency food assistance for any Pitt students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) with emergencies or other unforeseen circumstances. Includes 15 meal passes that can be used in dining halls.
  • Pittsburgh Food Resources: Information on local food pantries and applying for SNAP food benefits. 
  • Pitt Pantry: Dedicated to ensuring that all members of the Pitt community have regular access to a balanced and nutritious diet. The Pantry hosts regular shopping hours for Pitt community members to obtain food and services.  It is located in Bellefield Presbyterian Church (4001 Fifth Ave), where all members of the Pitt community can visit to select items of need.  
  • University of Pittsburgh FoodShare Facebook Group: Seeks to reduce food waste at campus events and promotes a sharing culture at Pitt by notifying membesr of leftover food at campus events.
  • SNAP for College Students: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides supplemental income for purchasing food for low-income households.  A temporary change in college student eligibility makes students enrolled at least half time eligible if they have a FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 or are eligible to participate in the federal or state work-study program during the current academic year. Students are also eligible for SNAP if they have young children, have a disability, are working 20 hours a week or more, and other exceptions.
  • Pitt Virtual SNAP Map: Find places participating in the SNAP program

Health

  • Crisis and Emergency:
    • General Mental Health Crisis Response: 412-648-7930
    • Sexual Assault Response: 412-648-7856
    • If there is an emergency situation where safety is endangered, there is an imminent risk of harm, and/or immediate help is required, call 911 or the Pitt Police at 412-624-2121.
  • Medical & Clinical Health Services:  Student Health Services provides high quality primary health care, prevention, health education, and pharmacy services to enhance student living and learning. The Student Wellness Center (located in Nordenberg Hall) is is staffed by board-certified physicians, licensed nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses and medical assistants who have dedicated themselves to providing the highest quality medical care.
  • Mental Health: The University Counseling Center (UCC) provides high quality services, programs, and resources that foster the academic and personal development, as well as the psychological well-being.  Visit them in-person or online for self-help and wellness tools, virtual wellness workshops, and ways to sign up for services like counseling. 
  • Psychiatry Services: A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, addictive, and emotional disorders. Psychiatrists are trained in the medical, psychological, and social components of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders and utilize a broad range of treatment modalities, including diagnostic tests, prescribing medications, psychotherapy, and helping patients cope with stress and crises.
  • Student Health Insurance: Health services are offered to all students at Pitt, including medical, dental, and vision plans (available for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students)Additional health resources can be found here:
  • Health Education: Provides a variety of programs and services to enhance personal and community health, while promoting healthy lifestyles (e.g., nutrition, stress management, safer sex, smoking cessation, alcohol use reduction, and more).
  • Wellness & Resilience Class: Teaches undergraduate students skills for having resilience in the face of commonly experienced stressors and difficulties.

Housing

Oakland Campus Safety

  • SafeRider: SafeRider provides safe transportation during the evening and early morning hours when special, nonemergency needs arise for Pitt students, faculty, and staff. It is free for all Pitt students. 
  • University of Pittsburgh Police Department: The third-largest law enforcement agency in Allegheny County, Pitt Police provide 24-hour protection for nearly 40,000 students, faculty, and staff.

Students with Children

  • Childcare Resources: Resources including how to find childcare locations, after school and summer programs, and cost of childcare programs.

Technology Borrowing, Help, & Digital Access 

  • Help Desk for Tech Assitance: Free technical assistance to individuals and community organizations with computer-related questions and requests. Community Tech Help Desk services are available to the public and do not require an appointment to speak with a trained help desk volunteer.
  • Hillman Equipment Room: Pitt students can borrow cameras, lighting equipment, and speakers from the Hillman Library Ground Floor Service Desk for free. More advanced camera, lighting, and audio equipment available to students enrolled in specific classes. 
  • Pitt’s Digital Inclusion Center: Offers digital literacy classes (including Python) to K-12 students and adult learners.  Located in the Hill District, the Center does not require any prior programming experience.
  • LevelUp412: Digital Inclusion Center alumni can receive a free laptop and 1 year of internet access (in addition to program access), through the center’s partnership with LevelUp412. LevelUp412 strives to provide equitable, tech-centered educational opportunities to all those, regardless of age, interested in tech industry careers, ensuring full access to the mentorship, tools, and resources necessary to their success. It is a free service. 
  • Every1Online: Creating a community-based, non-profit Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) is to end Pittsburgh’s digital divide by providing Internet to the people who need it most. No cost to the user, the first phase provides residential Internet access in Coraopolis, Homewood and New Kensington-Arnold.