The University of Pittsburgh welcomes home schooled applicants—students who have completed their high school education either in part or completely at home.

Home schooled applicants must, minimally, complete the following requirements:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of mathematics
  • 3 years of science
  • 3 years of social studies
  • 2 years of arts and humanities

However, students applying to University of Pittsburgh professional schools such as the Swanson School of Engineering, College of Business Administration, and School of Nursing must fulfill the specific curricular requirements of those schools.

As with other University of Pittsburgh applicants for admission, home schooled students are evaluated individually based upon academic coursework and standardized tests (SAT or ACT).

To support the admissions application, the home schooled applicant must submit:

  1. Official results of the SAT or ACT
  2. Home School Supplemental Form
  3. Evaluations of progress from home school evaluator or supervisor (If applicable)
  4. Two letters of recommendation:
    • One letter of recommendation from home schooling teacher/parent
    • One letter of recommendation from an academic professional

Often, home schooled students have completed college-level courses to supplement their education.  Students who have completed college-level courses are highly encouraged to submit an official transcript.

The final transcript for enrolling students should either originate from an accredited home school organization or be signed by the individual responsible for the student’s home school education.