FreshFest is the newest pre-orientation experience in partnership with the Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh. Incoming Jewish first-year students attending the University of Pittsburgh 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!
  • 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.

For any questions, please contact Zachary Berkowitz, the Janet L. Swanson Director of Jewish Student Life at Pitt, [email protected].