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).


University Honors College

The University seeks to recruit highly motivated and talented transfer students to the University Honors College.


Note:  international students must use the international application.


Questions about your application materials? Contact the appropriate admissions processor.