The Purchasing application is the original online tool for creating orders for goods and services. While end users of this application continue to have access to track existing orders, department buyers are currently being directed to the PantherExpress system for ordering goods and services.

Determining Access

Check with your department business administrator whether you will need access to the PRISM Purchasing application.

Applying for Access

Complete pages 1 & 3 of the PRISM Department User Access Form. Print the form and the instructions. Normally, this form is completed with the assistance of a department business administrator.

Purchasing Responsibilities

Pages 5 & 6 of the form instructions provide detailed descriptions of the Purchasing Responsibilities, and note the entities to which the Responsibilities grant you access. Also, check whether you will need Purchaser or Approver access for each Responsibility selected. Select the appropriate approval level, and if you are applying to be a Purchaser, note who will be your Approver.

Purchasing Training

Since department buyers are currently being directed to the PantherExpress system for ordering goods and services, there is no ongoing training currently conducted for this application.

Frequently Asked Questions


PRISM is the official accounting system of record for the University of Pittsburgh. All account number information used by PantherBuy is uploaded on an hourly basis from the PRISM system. For an account number to be available in PantherBuy, it must first be activated in PRISM.

Read the instructions on how to activate an account number in PRISM