We’re so excited that you are interested in applying to Pitt! Let us walk you through the admissions process.
We operate on a rolling admission policy. This means we don’t have a set deadline to apply to Pitt and we review applications and make admissions decisions throughout the year. With this model, it works to your advantage to apply early! Applying early also keeps you ahead of deadlines for scholarships, Pitt Honors, and our Graduate School Guaranteed Admissions Programs.
When your application is complete, it will go to our admissions committee for our holistic review process. Once review has started, you should hear back from us within 4-6 weeks! We’ll consider your application complete once we have everything on this list.
- Completed online application for admission. This can be the University of Pittsburgh Application, the Common Application, or the Coalition Application – we accept all three and do not prefer one over the other. Please choose the one that is best for you!
- $55 application fee.
- High school academic information. You can send us a transcript, but we encourage you to submit our Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) instead. Completing the SRAR is easy – just fill it out to match your transcript exactly – and it speeds up your application processing time.
- Official SAT or ACT results. We’re a test-friendly institution, which means that we will take your highest ACT composite score and your highest SAT superscore. We don’t require the SAT Essay or ACT Writing scores.
- Responses to our Short Answer Questions is not required, but highly encouraged. We give every application a holistic review. We take traditional measures of academic achievement into account, but we also look for what makes you unique and how you would fit at Pitt. Responding to the Short Answer Questions gives us a lot more information about you! Use this as your opportunity to communicate directly with the Admissions Committee.
Questions about your application materials? Contact your admissions processor.
Tips for Applying to Pitt
Keep these recommendations in mind as you go through the Pitt admissions process. When you have questions, your Territory Manager will be happy to help!
- We look for a rigorous academic curriculum. Make sure you are taking advantage of advanced level courses in your high school (Honors, AP, IB, and College in High School). Don’t overload yourself, though! We want to see that you are performing successfully in a well-rounded curriculum.
- Take the SAT or ACT more than once – we will always take your best score.
- Consider retaking a class if you earned less than a ‘C’ grade.
- Keep up the good work in your senior year – we look for a solid senior year curriculum as part of our admissions review. A rigorous senior year in high school will also help you transition to college-level work in your first year at Pitt.
- Save letters of recommendation for special circumstances. 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). We recommend using the Short Answer Question Responses to cover what you typically would in a recommendation letter.
- Be ready to let us know what you want. On the application, we’ll ask you to rank your preference of Pitt campus – so make sure you know about what each of our four regional campuses has to offer. We’ll also ask you which of our freshman-entry schools you would like to be admitted to and whether or not you would like to apply for consideration to Pitt Honors and/or one of our Graduate School Guaranteed Admissions Programs. Make sure you’re ready with your answers when you start the application!