Schedule is tentative and is subject to change.

Thursday, August 18th
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM • Move in and visit Hillel staff at our table on the quad behind Towers
4:00 – 7:00 PM • Ice breakers, activities, and dinner at Hillel JUC
7:00 – 9:30 PM • Evening activity around Pittsburgh

FreshFest is the newest pre-orientation program in partnership with the Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh. Incoming Pitt students that sign up for FreshFest will have access to:

  • Early Move-in: participants move in to their residence halls the Thursday before regular move-in.
  • Two Days of Programming: participate in two days of activities that help them get acclimated to campus. Activities include field trips around Pittsburgh, Greek Life Panel, Study Abroad Panel, a welcome brunch for participants and their families, and more! After the official programming has concluded, students are welcome to join for Shabbat programming on Saturday August 20th.
  • Tailored Mentorship: all students paired with a returning student mentor. Mentors represent a wide variety of majors, have lived in almost every residence hall, hail from across the country, and are incredibly involved in the Pitt community. More importantly, they are all leaders on campus and at Hillel and are there to answer questions, be a guide to Pitt life, and build an enduring relationship with participants.

FreshFest is a great way to meet other incoming students and returning students before the academic year begins.

For any questions, please contact Kari Exler, Assistant Director, [email protected].