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
Your application is considered complete for review and will be sent to the admissions committee when we have received:
- An application for admission.
- A $45 application fee.
- Official high school transcript.
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
- 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:
- Describe your life and work experiences since you graduated from high school.
- 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.
Letters of Recommendation
While we appreciate your teachers, counselors, and other mentors taking the time to write recommendation letters on your behalf, we find letters are beneficial in very limited circumstances (for example: providing context for variance in your overall academic performance) or for Supplemental Materials for School of Education, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, or Social Work applications as noted above. We recommend that you submit responses to the Short Answer Questions and use that space to explain or clarify what most recommenders would cover in a letter.
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.