School or College Transfer Guidelines
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and College of General Studies Competitive prospective transfer students typically have completed 24 or more college credits with a preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher AND have a strong college preparatory high school record predictive of college level success. Applicants’ academic histories are reviewed ‘holistically’ and cumulatively so students with a weaker high school record may need to have earned more college level credits than others (48-60) to be considered competitive. Likewise, significant life and/or work experiences, if communicated in your application essay, will be part of your admission review. Should you have questions about applying, call 412-624-7488 and ask to speak with a transfer counselor.

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences applicants who have earned 48 or more credits will be expected to have satisfactorily completed one college level English composition course and a college level algebra class (or higher level math) with a ‘C’ grade or better. Students who have not completed these requirements will be reviewed on an individual basis.

A note for community college transfer applicants to the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the College of General Studies:If you are currently enrolled in an Associate’s Degree program or taking courses at a community college, we normally expect you to complete two full years of transferable coursework before you enroll at the University of Pittsburgh. However, if you completed a strong college preparatory curriculum in high school with grades and test scores (SAT or ACT) that would have made you admissible as a freshman, then it is likely that we may offer you admission even if you have completed less than two years of coursework, provided that your college-level work demonstrates academic success.

College of Business Administration (CBA) The fewer credits a prospective student has earned, the more weight is placed on academic performance in high school.

  • Completion of 30-45 transferable credits
  • 3.0 GPA preferred
  • Strong performance in a college-level calculus course or a strong math SAT and/or high school math background; strong performance in economics courses (microeconomics and macroeconomics), and college English is highly desirable.
School of Computing and Information An equivalent of the first-year SCI curriculum with grades of “C” or better in each course. The first-year SCI curriculum must minimally include the SCI quantitative mathematics and statistics requirements, programming, and introductory composition.

  • Completion of 24 or more transferable credits
  • 3.0 minimum GPA for admission consideration
  • Applicants’ credentials will be evaluated as they exist at the time of application; if grades have not been posted for relevant courses, students will be considered for provisional admission with an undeclared major assuming there is a record predictive of success in computer and information science -related fields.

Please note that these GPA requirements are for consideration only. Individual undergraduate programs reserve the right to close admission to a major once capacity has been reached. Preference will be given to students ready to declare a major. Readiness to declare a major requires completion of courses equivalent to the following with a grade of C or better.

  • Computer Science: (four of the following) Intermediate Programming using Java, Discrete Structures for CS, Data Structures, Computer Organization and Assembly Language and/or Introduction to Systems Software
  • Information Science: Introduction to Information Systems and Society, or a comparable computer course.
  • Computational Biology: Foundations of Biology 1 and 2, Introduction to Computing for Scientists, General Chemistry 1 and 2 all completed with a grade of C or better.
School of Education Applied Developmental Psychology

Applied Developmental Psychology: CASE Teacher Preparation

Health and Physical Activity (with specializations in Exercise Science or Wellness)

Swanson School of Engineering An appropriate curriculum, including 2 semesters each of calculus-based physics, chemistry and scientific calculus with a predominance of A and B grades.

  • Completion of 24 or more transferable credits
  • 3.0 minimum GPA (3.5 GPA for bioengineering) for admission consideration
  • If you have fewer than 24 credits, the Swanson School of Engineering will also evaluate your high school record in making the admission decision.
  • If you are enrolled in a 3/2 engineering program, please note this in your essay.
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Athletic Training, Communication Science, accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Program (BS/MS), Emergency Medicine, Health Information Management, Nutrition Science, and Rehabilitation Science.

School of Nursing
  • Completion of 24 College Credits
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) of 3.5
  • SAT/ACT score required; competitive applicants will have minimum SAT score of 1280 or minimum ACT composite score of 27

For admission to the Accelerated Second Degree BSN or RN Options – Early Admission to MSN or DNP, please apply directly through the School of Nursing.

School of Pharmacy
School of Social Work
  • 60 college-level credits
  • 2.5 minimum GPA
  • Completion of prerequisite courses including humanities—9 credits; natural sciences—9 credits; social sciences—9 credits; and 33 other credits, preferably in the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Supplemental application materials are required.