Students

Lisa Coe standing in front of a swimming pool carrying a rainbow flag
Tackling today's challenges requires more than an educated mind and the right tools: It takes a heart of gold. Meet some of the student leaders making a difference at Pitt—where the challenge is always accepted.
Pitt community members making up a panther
In 1920, 5,000 Pitt students assembled and formed into the shape of a “Living Panther.” To mark the 100th anniversary of the event and support the Class of 2020, the Pitt community is recreating the Living Panther—virtually! Join in.
A family watches commencement online
Tune in to the festivities on Sunday, April 26, at 11:30 a.m. ET with these instructions.
Fleisher in a rose top, with the Washington Monument deep in the background of the photo
Kathryn Fleisher, a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, is the 13th Truman Scholar in Pitt’s history and the first since 2016. The competitive national scholarship awards $30,000 for two to three years of graduate study.
A person wearing a T-shirt that displays where they matched for residency
When a capstone celebration turned virtual this year, medical students pulled together to donate the money they had raised for the event to communities in need—and challenged faculty to do the same.
A family watches commencement online
In-person commencement ceremonies have been postponed, but Pitt will offer a unique celebration honoring the achievements of the Class of 2020 virtually on Sunday, April 26.
Two people sit at a desk with "Pitt" emblazoned on the front
Travel restrictions may have put the brakes on admitted student campus visits, but a team at Pitt admissions created an innovative way of bringing campus to students wherever they are.
Kayla Scoggin in front of a light green wall, in a black shirt.
Kayla Scoggin, a 21-year old urban studies major, will enter service with the Peace Corps in Uganda upon graduation this spring. Her internship through the Elsie Hillman Civic Forum helped prepare her for her new role.
Grace McHale in a gray shirt in front of stained glass.
The University of Pittsburgh once again is among the nation’s top institutions for producing Fulbright students, breaking its own record with 14 students—who are now alumni—earning the prestigious scholarships for international study, teaching and research projects.
Freitag in a light blue shirt and aqua tie
Thomas Freitag is the second winner from Pitt in the three years the scholarship has been offered. Freitag will study HIV prevention and treatment at the University of Cambridge next year.