Not sure what path to take? Try computer science!

Are you a woman coming to Pitt? Are you unsure of what to study? Do you want to know more about computing and information? Sign up for WiCStart!

WiCStart (Women in Computer Science Start) takes place the week before fall classes begin, and is designed to introduce incoming undeclared women to computer science and information science in a no-pressure, no-grades environment. WiCStart students will be permitted to move into their residence halls early. They will get a broad overview of various topics in computing and information and hear stories, advice, and technical information from upperclassmen and professional women in industry. Lunch will be served daily.

Throughout the week, students will learn about such topics as basic hardware and software concepts, programming, big data, and artificial intelligence. They will also learn about the benefits of being an SCI student at Pitt and graduating with a CS or IS degree. Finally, they will be given the chance to connect with other technical women.  There are no costs for attending WiCStart. In addition to an early move-in date and free lunch, we will provide all necessary materials and equipment.

"Before I came to Pitt, my main interests were English and theater. When I received the email inviting me to WiCStart, I was shocked and confused as to why I would be offered that opportunity. I decided to do it in the spirit of trying something new, thinking “why not?” During my week at WiCStart I was amazed at how great it all seemed. I remember being told that the need for women in technological jobs was a “Rosie the Riveter Moment” and that stuck with me. The things I learned during that week fascinated me. I immediately switched into a CS 0007 class for the fall semester to test if my infatuation with Computer Science was just a passing feeling. It turns out I really did love it. I am now working towards a Computer Science major, and it is all thanks to WiCStart! "
-- Katrina Dagenais, Class of 2019

Please email wicstart@cs.pitt.edu if you are interested in learning more.