Orientation FAQs

1. Is orientation mandatory?

The answer is a definite YES! As a Carlow community we have selected programs that we feel are invaluable for you as a new student.

If for some reason you are unable to attend the program please let the Office of Campus Life know ASAP so that information missed can be provided to you. Please call 412.578.6293.

2. Why should I attend orientation?

Orientation is a journey that begins with enrollment and extends well into and beyond a student’s first semester. It helps facilitate the transition to a university and prepares students for the educational opportunities and begins the integration into Carlow’s intellectual, cultural and social communities. With this in mind students will meet with representatives throughout campus to:

  • Get your Carlow ID Card
  • Obtain your Parking Permit
  • Finalize any Student Account or Financial Aid question you may have
  • Learn how to access Carlow’s technology

3. What is a First Year Mentor?

First Year Mentors are trained student staff members whose job is to help you adjust to life at Carlow University. There are several dedicated student Orientation Staff members that will serve as hosts and share their experiences and strategies for success.

4. What should I bring to orientation?

5. How do I obtain a parking pass for the semester?

Parking is free for all students the week of orientation. After this date however, a valid Carlow University parking permit must be displayed visibly in each vehicle parked on campus. All persons of the Carlow Campus community, desiring to purchase a permit must first complete a registration form.

6. Is public transportation readily available to get to and from campus?

The City of Pittsburgh has an extensive network of buses that run throughout the city. Many of these options will bring you into the well-serviced Oakland area. For a full listing of transportation options please visit the Pittsburgh Port Authority website or plan your trip with Google Transit.

7. How do I log into my email and MyPortal?

Please visit Technology Resources for New Students for detailed instructions.

8. When do classes begin?

Check our Academic Calendar here for all important academic dates. 

9. What is the Carlow Card and when do I get it?

The Carlow Card is your student identification card. It is your access card to the campus. This includes the fitness centers, libraries, computer labs, in fact it’s the only way to gain access to any building on campus. You will be given this card at your Orientation program so please be prepared to take your picture when you arrive.

Questions? Call 412.578.6293