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Ask Pitt Alumni

With a community of more than 330,000, Ask Pitt Alumni will connect you with the best alum who can help you with advice and introductions.

You ask.

They answer.

Pitt Alumni love helping students and fellow alumni. So what’s one question you have for someone who’s done what’s ahead of you?

How does it work?

You ask for advice.

Need help with an idea or active startup? Wondering about career options?

We recruit.

Our technology (powered by Protopia) uses AI to find the best, available experts to answer you.

Get answers.

We “hunt” until you have one or more responses. Delivered right to your email inbox.

Say ‘Thank you.’

Build your network by thanking the alum and continuing to stay in touch (such as via LinkedIn).

Not sure how to ask? We’ve got a short video that will turn you into a networking rock star.

“This is a great service! I love how it provides a platform to easily connect with alumni who are willing to help. The response from an alumni member answered all my questions and I hope to be able to further this connection.”

Ann Kozak ‘24

“Very helpful! The first response was good but I followed up with another question and he was able to help me even further!”

Olivia Maratea ‘23

“My Ask Pitt Alumni experience was amazing. It provides a great way to give back. I got an email, and then I could say, Yes, I would like to help the student or I want to pass at this point in time. I responded that I wanted to help and we set up a half hour meeting. We had a really great conversation, and she asked excellent questions. The process was super simple and easy.”

Cristy Spino

Director, Plus Consulting

Need inspiration?

  • What can I ask?
  • What’s a good question?
  • Who will see my question?
  • Can I request someone specific?
  • Can I ask follow-up questions?
  • How long will it take to get an answer?
  • How many answers will I get?
  • Will my questions and answers be confidential?                        
  • Is there a limit to how often I can ask?                            
What can I ask?

Literally anything to help with your academic or professional development.

There are thousands of alumni, faculty, staff and friends that can help with class projects, building and growing a startup or figuring out career options.

What’s a good question?

Think of your question as an advertisement. Share who you are, what you are doing, and what you need help with.

Keep it short and sweet. Here’s a short video on how to craft a great question that will get you results and help build your network.

Who will see my question?

We send your request to the best alumni, faculty, and staff in your area of interest.

Can I request someone specific?

No. We make our matches based on availability, proximity, experience and skills.

Can I ask follow-up questions?

Yes, of course! Once we make a match you’ll have direct, one-to-one communication and can ask additional questions.

How long will it take to get an answer?

Our goal is to get you answers within 3 business days. But it depends on what you’re asking. It can go as quickly as an hour to as long as 10 days.

How many answers will I get?

The number of answers depends on how many experts we have available with relevant experience. It may be one, three, five or more.

Will my questions and answers be confidential?                        

Your question will not be made public. It will be seen only by matched experts and a handful of administrators.

Is there a limit to how often I can ask?                            

No. You can ask as many questions as you would like. In fact, we encourage it as this is the simplest way for you to build your professional network.

Go ahead and ask

It has never been simpler to get help from others that have done what’s ahead of you. Seriously.

The use of Ask Pitt Alumni is subject to our Terms Of Use. Questions? Contact us at askalum@pitt.edu.