For First-year Students:

PIT-Putting It Together    in the Community

PIT stands for Putting It Together (in the Community). PIT  is a first-year pre-orientation program for students who have demonstrated a sincere commitment to community service, leadership development and/or civic engagement  in high school and  wish to continue these pursuits while in college.  PIT is a great way to bond with other first-year students who share the same interest in community service. 

Welcome Class of 2021!

What Do PITers Do?

PIT participants, or "PITers" as they are referred to, begin by moving into their dorm room and  getting to know their fellow group members and PIT Advisors.

PITers spend the next four days with team members working at various service project sites. Evenings are filled with fun team building activities like bowling, the famous PIT Color Wars contest and laser tag.  

PITers will also become more familiar with Lancaster city during the PIT scavenger hunt where you visit Lancaster's famous Central Market as well as other landmarks of the historic city.

PIT Leadership

There are 16 upperclassmen PIT Advisors, or PA's as we call them, who volunteer to return to campus early just to be involved with the PIT program and for the opportunity to get to know you!  PA's  serve as team leaders for each PIT Group. They help you move in, become your mentors and help you get acquainted with the F&M campus and  the Lancaster community.


PIT Entry Form & Program Information

All incoming first year students will be mailed  an invitation to participate in this year's PIT program by the end of May.  The link to the online entry form  (in the box to the right) is live on June 1-15.  

Space is limited to the first 80 registrants and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Students who have been accepted into the program and those on the waitlist will be notified on or before July 15.

Program Cost

The $250 program fee includes meals, event tickets, transportation and supplies for the four-day program. Upon acceptance, this fee is posted directly to the student account after scholarships are determined.  Scholarships are available based on financial need. The online application has a question where you can indicate if you want to be considered for a scholarship.

PROGRAM DATES: August 22-25, 2017 

August 22 -You will move into your permanent dorm room on Tuesday, 8/22.  PIT Advisors will be there to help you. Most likely, you will not be alone on your hall. Other early arrival students will also be on campus.

A mini-convocation will be held Tuesday at 3:00 pm for parents and first-years to meet some F&M administrators and the staff members responsible for PIT.  Parents are also invited to return to campus for the official convocation ceremony on August 29.

August 23-25 - A typical day begins at 8:30 for breakfast. Each team will then be transported to their service project locations and work from 9-4 pm. Lunch will be provided at your service site. Evening activities begin around 6 pm.

Team Selection

On the PIT entry form you will be asked to select up to five categories from the list below to indicate what type of service projects you would be interested in:*

  • Animal Advocacy
  • Arts & Culture
  • Community Development
  • Economic Development
  • Homelessness
  • Hunger
  • Land Preservation
  • Poverty
  • Public Education
  • Public Health
  • Refugees
  • Senior Citizens
  • Veterans
  • Youth Development


Driving down to F&M as a first-year, I remember being anxious about finding my place on campus. My experience with PIT gave me the confidence to step out of my comfort zone and try new things.
Rebecca Jacoby '18


Contact  the Ware Institute at 717-358-4164. 

PIT - What It's All About!

Putting It Together

PIT Photos