In lieu of an essay or personal statement, we ask interested applicants to answer a series of short answer questions. Answering the following questions is optional, but strongly encouraged for U.S. applicants and required for international applicants.

Your answers may increase the likelihood that you are considered for scholarships, guaranteed admission to graduate or professional school, or given special consideration due to extenuating circumstances. The Admissions Committee reviews responses for quality rather than length. However, the most effective responses typically range from 250-500 words in total for all three questions. Responses that are longer or shorter are acceptable.

In order to submit your responses to the Short Answer Questions, you must first complete the University of Pittsburgh application. You will then receive an e-mail with a link to complete the Short Answer Questions online. If you have already completed the application, you may complete the Short Answer Questions online:

U.S. Freshman Applicants
U.S. Transfer Applicants
International Applicants