Gallery: Pitt Arrival, COVID Style

  • Volunteers in blue and yellow shirts
    Physically distanced and ready to help, masked staff volunteers await returning students outside Nordenberg Hall. (Mike Drazdzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • Students pull moving carts across a street
    Student arrival for the Pittsburgh campus’ 2020-21 academic year began this week with staggered move-in slots that enabled physical distancing and cut the customary traffic jams and long lines into Oakland. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • A man in a blue shirt and pants and face masks speaks with students
    Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner greets students on the Schenley Quad. (Mike Drazdzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • Two men load luggage into a moving cart
    Arturo Carrillo of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, helps his son, Arturo Carrillo Jr., unload his belongings outside the Wyndham University Center. Carrillo, a first-year student, plans to study German and secondary education. (Tom Altany/University of Pittsburgh)
  • Two men unload luggage from a car into a moving cart
    Ian Foo returns to campus from Virginia with assistance from his dad, Michael Foo. Ian, a second-year pre-pharmacy student, is moving into an apartment on Forbes Avenue. (Mike Drazdzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • A man and woman push move in carts
    Seth Smallwood of Beaver, Pennsylvania, is returning to campus with help from his mom, Bridget Smallwood. Seth, a sophomore in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, is living in Brackenridge Hall this year. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • A woman and man push move in carts filled with luggage
    First-year English major Maddy Dean from Oakdale, Pennsylvania, moves her belongings up University Place toward Nordenberg Hall with help from her father, Les Dean, and Pitt staff volunteer Joseph Barca. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • A woman in a face mask and gray shirt behind a plexiglass screen
    Panther Central staff member Samara McGraw helps students activate their IDs for keyless residence hall room access. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • Two people spray moving carts in a tent
    Olivia Phillips, a senior psychology major, and Nick Saba, a junior in the Swanson School of Engineering, clean moving carts for Tower C arrivals. Phillips is Pitt’s 2020 arrival coordinator. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)

Welcome back, Panthers!

Arrival for new and returning Pitt students began Aug. 11 with fewer lines and less traffic, but with all the anticipation that comes with the start of a new academic year—and added safety measures to boot.

In the news

USA Today took notice of Pitt’s expanded use of hotels for students.

Assigned move-in time slots and a dedensification plan that is housing about a quarter of first-year students in hotels near campus provided returning Panthers extra space for physical distancing as they began settling into rooms that have been sanitized by housing and maintenance staff.

A phased approach developed by the University’s COVID-19 Medical Response Office in consultation with the Healthcare Advisory Group is welcoming approximately 1,500 students at a time.

On-campus students were asked to shelter in place for the seven days before they move in and during a seven-day “pod week” with a small on-campus “household” after arrival.