Admissions Review

Your continued academic success is important to us and your application will be reviewed ‘holistically.’  Holistic  review takes into consideration factors such as: grade trends, cumulative grade point average, number of credits completed, the level of challenge of your curriculum, your intended field of study, transferability of credits, coursework relevant to your school/major, and the type(s) of institution(s) you have attended. You must also be eligible to re-enroll at all prior institutions attended from the standpoint of academic, financial, and disciplinary records.

Successful candidates usually present a strong record of previous college study. The Transfer Credit/GPA Guidelines will give you an idea of what each school/college recommends.  Meeting the guidelines does not guarantee admission, nor does failure to meet the guidelines preclude admission. Non-academic factors may also be considered if:

  • You are an adult student and/or a veteran
  • You have significant work-related experience
  • You possess particular outstanding talents

Application Requirements

Your application is considered complete for review and will be sent to the admissions committee when we have received:

  1. An application for admission.
  2. A $45 application fee.
  3. Official high school transcript.
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  5. Official SAT or ACT test results. If you have previously taken either the SAT or ACT and you are in your first year of college, please arrange for all your official test results to be forwarded directly to Pitt from the testing agency.

Supplemental Materials—Additional Requirements

The following schools/programs require that you submit supplemental information:

  • School of Education
  • School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
  • School of Social Work

Your application will not be considered complete without this information. For specific requirements and printable forms, click here.

Transfer of Credit

The University of Pittsburgh generally accepts credits from institutions at which the applicant has received a grade of “C” or better in college-level coursework (not remedial)  that corresponds to a course in our curriculum in content and credit value. Pass/Fail courses may be accepted for transfer credit if it can be documented that a “P” grade corresponds to a grade of “C” or better.

To help facilitate the transfer of credits from Pennsylvania’s community colleges, state system of higher education and other selected colleges, the University has established Pitt Connection Guides, with links, at your right.

To receive a University of Pittsburgh degree, you must complete, at a minimum, your last 30 credits at the University of Pittsburgh. Specific graduation and other requirements for different University of Pittsburgh schools, vary. (Note: a maximum of 60 credits can transfer from a two-year degree program; and a maximum of 90 from a four-year college/university.)

Transfer Application Deadlines/Admission Guidelines

Click here for specific information about the terms for which different Pitt schools and colleges accept transfer students and dates/deadlines by which you should apply. If a school practices a rolling admissions policy, there is no deadline for applying and applicants are reviewed for admission on a first-come, first-served basis until the class is full or until we are notified by the dean of the school that we must close admission (usually a couple of weeks before the beginning of the semester).

Short Answer Questions

In lieu of an essay or personal statement, we ask interested transfer applicants to answer a series of short answer questions. Answering the following questions is optional, but strongly encouraged. Your answers may increase the likelihood that you are given special consideration due to extenuating circumstances. The Admissions Committee reviews responses for quality rather than length. However, the most effective responses typically range from 250-500 words in total for two questions. Responses that are longer or shorter are acceptable. If you decide to submit short answers, please answer both questions:

  1. Describe your life and work experiences since you graduated from high school.
  2. If you had any challenges in your academic studies, what changes have you made to be more successful in the future?

In order to submit your responses to the Short Answer Questions, you must first complete University of Pittsburgh application. You will then receive an e-mail with a link to complete the Short Answer Questions online. If you have already completed the application, you may complete the Short Answer Questions online.

Regional Campuses

All University of Pittsburgh applicants who are applying to the Pittsburgh campus have the option to rank the regional Pitt campuses in order of preference on their application. This helps the Admissions Committee do its best to match you with a Pitt campus. If you do not rank campuses, the Committee will select a Pitt campus that they feel best matches your academic interests.

You may only have one University of Pittsburgh application active at a time across our five campuses. For a prompt review, please apply directly to the Pitt campus that is your first choice. To transfer your application to another campus, please contact the campus that has your current application on file and ask them to cancel it for you. You will then be able to apply to a different campus of your choice.

PittHonors

The University of Pittsburgh has a distinguished Honors College (PittHonors). PittHonors provides academic challenges, inspires individual effort, encourages self-discovery, and fosters a nurturing community. Transfer students may apply to join PittHonors after they have been enrolled at Pitt for two semesters.