The University Honors College (UHC) is unlike the typical honors college program. We provide thousands of incredible opportunities without unnecessary obligations. Students may participate in the UHC in a multitude of ways during any point of their time at Pitt.

If you are looking for a real academic challenge, unique experiences in and out of the classroom, and a community of people to encourage you to pursue your passions, then the UHC is for you. Open to all academic disciplines and majors, you’ll have access to honors courses, honors housing, and a distinctive baccalaureate degree that’s offered in very few universities nationwide.

UHC advisors help you shape your college career because we believe college is a time for discovery. We also offer health professions advising, academic community engagement advising to directly connect your academics with a positive impact on the community, and national scholarship applications advising. Pitt students have excelled in winning highly esteemed national scholarships including seven Rhodes, 12 Truman, nine Marshall, and two Churchill Scholarships.

Students may choose to be as involved with honors courses and opportunities as little or as much as they would like. Pitt also offers an Honors Scholar Designation at graduation for students who are active in the University Honors College.


In order to be automatically eligible to enroll in University Honors College coursework as an incoming freshman, we are looking for a combined SAT math and critical reading score of 1450 or a 32 ACT composite, an ‘A’ average in a challenging high school curriculum, and a top 5% class rank (if applicable). Transfer applicants are reviewed on an individual basis.


Keep in mind, you will be automatically reviewed for University Honors College coursework eligibility when you apply for admission to Pitt. There is no separate application to the UHC.