Students

headshots of Molly Brandenburg and Joseph Valdacanas
According to the U.S. Department of Education, about a third of undergraduate students change their major at least once by their third year of enrollment. So, what’s the catalyst for these major changes? At Pitt, many students find themselves developing a newfound passion by surprise — while taking one of their general education requirements.
Crissy Shannon in blue and gold PItt marching band drum major uniform sitting on cement bench with baton across her lap.
Pitt senior Crissy Shannon, the first woman to hold the title of head drum major in Pitt marching band history, will take to Heinz Field Aug. 31 during the Panthers' first home football game. Read a Q&A between Shannon and Chancellor Patrick Gallagher in Pitt Magazine's newest edition.
a student in a Pitt bucket hat and a Pitt t-shirt pointing at the camera and smiling
The long-term partnership between Pitt students and faculty and nonprofit Caras con Causa seeks to study urban wetlands, restore parts of the ecosystem damaged by Hurricane Maria and attract scientists to the island.
a young man in a suit at a podium
The Sichuan University-Pittsburgh Institute provides a world-class engineering education that focuses on design, innovation and an international outlook. Meet some of its first alumni.
three young men standing next to the Panther statue on campus, looking up. One is holding a phone with the app on the screen
Created by a group of Pitt students, Inrstellar is a new dating app that emphasizes compatibility over looks. Pitt assistant professor of psychology Amanda Forest, who studies relationships and interpersonal communication, offers her thoughts.
O'Brien sitting on a table in the Makerspace, holding a 3-D printed Cathedral of Learning
Senior Sean O’Brien, a member of the first Panthers Forward cohort, just wants to make things work — from bowties to dinner tables to the Pitt Makerspace.
Mallepalli in a spruce turtle neck in front of a big window looking out on Oakland
Abhignya Mallepalli thought she’d become a doctor someday, but a series of inspiring instructors and impactful experiences in local hospitals changed her path.
Kent-Smith in a jacket, white shirt and bowtie, sitting pensively
Zuri Kent-Smith: forward-thinking, charismatic, passionate and unapologetic. Through his activism on campus and off, the senior philosophy and Africana studies major leaves his mark on Pitt.
Emma Oaks head and shoulders with dog licking her face
Chemistry, poetry, puppies. As Emma Oaks' undergrad career at Pitt comes to a close, she leaves behind the Perfect Fit Canines Campus Scholars — a club that trains service dogs to help people with disabilities.
Chloe Torrence head and shoulders shot, taken against backdrop of theater backstage
After founding a theater company and side business called Fairytale Entertainment in her small hometown in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country, Pitt senior Chloe Torrence will head to Santa Maria, California, as an assistant director at the Pacific Conservatory Theatre.