The University of Pittsburgh admissions committee reviews applicants holistically, taking into consideration academic records, SAT/ACT results if applicable, and TOEFL or IELTS results.
For the Pittsburgh campus, a 100 or higher TOEFL composite score with subscores of 21 or higher is considered competitive, or a 7.0 IELTS with subscores of 6.0 or higher. Students with a 95-99 TOEFL will be reviewed on an individual basis.
Some students with TOEFL speaking subscores of <21 may be asked to participate in an interview to further evaluate their speaking skills. Some students will subsequently be offered direct admission. Others will be offered conditional admission requiring three courses in English as a Second Language for University credit during their first term of enrollment in addition to some University classes. Others will be reviewed for admission to one of Pitt’s four regional campuses.
All new international students who are admitted and pay an enrollment deposit will be tested for English language proficiency after they arrive on campus. If Pitt’s English Language Institute recommends some study in English as a Second Language (ESL), based on the student’s test results, the student will be required to take the recommended classes.
Students with an 80-94 TOEFL (6.5 IELTS) and a strong academic record are most likely to be offered admission to a regional campus at Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, or Titusville. We recommend that you rank the campuses on your admission application in order of preference.