About Us

The TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) team has one purpose: helping first-generation and low-income students to make the most of their time at Pitt. SSS offers advising; skills-building workshops; leadership training; academic tutoring; and many fun, social outings and activities. Being part of SSS is like having access to a one-stop resource extravaganza. Tutoring? Time management? Career counseling? Movie night? Yep. We’ve got that. 

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, SSS has been at the University of Pittsburgh since 1972 and is one of more than 900 TRIO SSS programs across the country. These programs provide academic, social, and cultural support to first generation (defined as parents or guardian not graduating from a four-year institution) and/or low-income college students. Housed in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, SSS is a program for all undergraduates, regardless of school or major. Learn more from the U.S. Department of Education’s official TRIO site.  

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Prospective Students

Being the first to do anything presents unique challenges—like being one of the 1.46 million undergrads nationwide who are first-generation students, meaning they will be the first in their family to earn a four-year college degree. Fortunately, being the first doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. 

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Current Students

Connect with an advisor or join us for an upcoming event. SSS Students have access to some of the best academic and social support on campus.