Student Alumni Association

Pitt's Student Alumni Association (SAA) is one of the most popular and active student groups on campus. Members enjoy exclusive opportunities, interact with alumni, meet campus leaders, and share their Pitt pride by helping to promote Pitt traditions across campus. To join the SAA, click here.

Student Alumni Association

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Benefits of joining the Student Alumni Association


Networking and Leadership

Because of their close association with the Pitt Alumni Association, SAA members enjoy some of the best opportunities to interact with both Pitt alumni and top campus administrators. SAA members also are encouraged to serve in leadership roles as members of the Blue and Gold Society, the University's student ambassadors.

Friends and Fun

With more than 1,500 student members, the SAA is a great way to make friends and get involved with fun events, including the SAA picnics, annual homecoming festivities, and the Cathedral Ball—a December formal exclusively for SAA members and their guests.

Exclusive Perks

The Pitt Alumni Association welcomes its new student members to campus each year with a Panther Pak gift, which includes an SAA T-shirt, a Pitt traditions glass, key card and lanyard for event access, and exclusive discounts at Oakland shops and restaurants. Pick up your Panther Pak at our offices at 140 Alumni Hall. SAA members also receive access to limited edition Beat Series Giveaways for each Pitt Football home game.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the SAA?

The Student Alumni Association, better known as the SAA is one of the most popular and active student groups on campus. Members enjoy exclusive opportunities to interact with alumni, meet campus leaders, and share their Pitt pride by helping to promote Pitt traditions across campus.

What does my membership fee support?

The fee supports the SAA’s many networking opportunities such as Dinner with 12 Panthers, exciting events including the Cathedral Ball and SAA Day, and exclusive perks, notably the Panther Pack and Beat Cup Series giveaways.

How can I join?

You can click here to join the SAA.

Do I have to attend meetings?

All SAA General Body meetings are completely optional for members but attendance is highly encouraged so that members can connect with one another and take advantage of meeting other #PittTraditionKeepers.

How long does my membership last?

Depends on which membership plan you choose:
○ Annual Membership: $20
○ 4-Year Membership (First-years only): $70

Do I have to join each year?

You would have to join each year if you choose an Annual SAA membership but not if you choose a 4-Year membership.

Who can join? 

Any current undergraduate student at Pitt can join. There are no restrictions based on class, major or GPA.


Upcoming Events

Arrival Survival

Monday, August 20 - Wednesday, August 22

Each year, in a span of over two days, over 3,000 incoming freshman move into the dorms on the Pitt Oakland campus. This event, better known as Arrival Survival, is a co-sponsored effort by the Pitt Alumni Association, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Parking and Transportation office. More than 500 staff members and volunteers are dedicated to helping the new students arrival on campus go as smoothly as possible.

Beat Series Giveaways

Friday, August 24
William Pitt Union Lawn 


5 p.m. Soccer Stadium Ambrose Urbanic Field 


7 p.m. Fitzgerald Field House 


8 p.m. Soccer Stadium Ambrose Urbanic Field 

Stop by the Panther Statue at the William Pitt Union to rub the nose for luck.

* Must show SAA ID to be eligible.

Activities Fair

Sunday, August 26
1 - 4 p.m.
Peterson Event Center

The Activities Fair provides the perfect opportunity to learn more about groups that interest you and how you can get involved.

Follow this link for more information.

Lantern Night

Sunday, August 26
7:30 p.m.
Heinz Memorial Chapel

Lantern Night is the oldest University of Pittsburgh tradition. During this special evening, Pitt alumnae pass on the "Light of Learning" to Pitt's newest students in an elegant ceremony at Heinz Memorial Chapel in August before the start of the fall semester. Each of the participating woman receives a lantern that is lit by one of the Pitt alumnae symbolizing the “light of learning”. 

Follow this link for more information.

Homecoming Court Application Goes Live

Monday, August 27, 2018
8 a.m.

Every year, the Blue & Gold Society organizes the annual tradition of crowning Homecoming King and Queen. Applications open Tuesday, August 27 at 8 a.m. Don't miss the oppurtunity to be apart of something special.

Welcome Back Picnic

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
12-2 p.m.
WPU Patio/Lawn

We hope you've had a restful summer! Take a break from the hustle and bustle and come enjoy free refreshments and music. Want to get more involved? At the picnic, you'll have the oppurtunity to sign up for the Student Alumni Association.

Homecoming Court Meeting

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
8:45 p.m.
Alumni Hall

Unsure what it's all about? Join us in Alumni Hall on Tuesday, September 5 at 8:45 p.m. to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to be on Homecoming Court, and how it can benefit you now and in the future.

Beat Series Giveaway

Friday, September 7
9 a.m.
William Pitt Union Lawn
vs. Penn State

Stop by the Panther Statue at the William Pitt Union to rub the nose for luck.

* Must show SAA ID to be eligible.

SAA General Body Meeting

Thursday, September 20, 2018
8:45 p.m.
Connolly Ballroom

Join SAA on Thursday, September 20 at 8:45 p.m. for their first general body meeting of the year. Find out everything you need to know about SAA and how you can actively be a member and stay involved.

Paint the Town Blue & Gold

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Oakland Businesses
See schedule

This Pitt tradition is a student favorite! SAA members can decorate a local Oakland business in blue and gold in preparation for Homecoming week. It’s a great way to promote Pitt spirit and make the campus feel like home for returning alumni.

Homecoming Court Applications Deadline

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
10 a.m.

Last call for Homecoming Court Applications! Show your Pitt Pride by submitting your application on or before Tuesday, September 25 at 10 a.m.

SAA Residence Life All Hall Event

Saturday, September 29, 2018
WPU Assembly Room
7-9 p.m.

Our goal is to make Pitt’s campus feel like your home away from home. In addition to helping you feel safe and comfortable in your new surroundings, we’ll help you forge connections and create a sense of community. Our programming will support a balanced college experience, and make Pitt feel like home.

Homecoming Kick-Off Event for All Students

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
11 a.m-2 p.m.

Kick-off Homecoming with us at the WPU on Tuesday, October 2 at 11 a.m. The event is open to all students. Bring your friends, and be ready to tell us why you Hail to Pitt.

Pitt Ambassadors Dinner 2018

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
6-8 p.m.

Join us for the third Pitt Ambassadors Dinner to network and get to know Pitt alumni representing a broad spectrum of careers and interests. You will enjoy a seated dinner and have the opportunity to talk with alumni from across the country who share your career interests and are donating their time to learn about and inspire you.

Homecoming Court Voting

Thursday, October 4 - Friday, October 5

Vote for homecoming court on the portal between noon Thursday, October 4, and noon Friday, October 5!

Homecoming Court Announcement

Friday, October 5, 2018
9 p.m.
WPU Patio/ Lawn

This is an announcment you won't want to miss! Show your Pitt pride by coming out and supportung your new Homecoming Court.

Cathedral Ball 2018

Friday, December 7, 2018
7-11 p.m.
CL Commons Room

The Pitt Alumni Association invites members of the Student Alumni Association to the 12th Annual Cathedral Ball.

Dinner with 12 Panthers 2019

Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9
6 p.m.
Various Locations

Dinner with 12 Panthers is an annual tradition at Pitt. Alumni host small dinner gatherings for 12 Student Alumni Association members at a location chosen by the alumnus. These intimate gatherings have become great networking opportunities for alumni and students, who enjoy sharing their stories, experiences, and future plans.

Senior Spotlight Submissions

The SAA is proud of its graduating seniors! We would like to hear about your experience at Pitt and any future plans you may have, with chosen submissions being featured on the SAA social media accounts. 

 To submit your story, click here.

Past Events

Welcome Back Picnic 2016: Photo Gallery
Paint the Town 2016: Photo Gallery
Pitt Ambassadors Dinner 2016: Photo Gallery
Homecoming King and Queen Crowning 2016: Photo Gallery
Graduation Central 2017: Photo Gallery