The University of Pittsburgh has a distinguished Honors College (Pitt Honors). Pitt Honors provides academic challenges, inspires individual effort, encourages self-discovery, and fosters a nurturing community.

In order to graduate with the official Pitt Honors designation, each admitted student must complete a certain amount of programming with Pitt Honors. This may include taking honors courses, completing a research project, and engaging in co-curricular programs.

It is also important to note that many Pitt Honors programs are open to the entire University population. For example, all students are allowed to apply for honors research fellowships and to enroll in honors courses, even if they are not official members.

Admission Requirements

The mission of Pitt Honors is to meet the academic and extracurricular needs of the University’s most academically talented, intellectually curious, and socially conscious undergraduate students. While there are no minimum academic requirements for consideration, admission to Pitt Honors is highly competitive. In the most recent year, nearly 7,000 students applied for a spot in the Pitt Honors incoming class.

The Pitt Honors admission process is much more than simply selecting students with the highest SAT or ACT scores, most challenging curriculums, and strongest GPAs. Submission of two well-thought-out and creatively written essays are a vital part of the Pitt Honors admissions review process.

Pitt Honors Essay Tips:

  • Use the essays to tell us something your application, grades, and test scores cannot.
  • Don’t summarize or restate your accolades, activities, and awards; use this opportunity to provoke thought and engage your reader.
  • Proceed as if these essays are the most important factor in the Pitt Honors admissions process.

Pitt Honors students represent a cross-section of the entire University of Pittsburgh student population in terms of major, gender, geographic diversity, and ethnic/racial diversity.

Application Process

In addition to submitting all materials required for general admission to the incoming class, Pitt Honors candidates must submit responses to the following two essay prompts.

  1. A hallmark of students in Pitt Honors is intellectual curiosity. Please describe how you have demonstrated intellectual curiosity in the past and how you expect to manifest that intellectual curiosity as a student at the University of Pittsburgh.
  2. An important emphasis of Pitt Honors is working for the public good. Please describe how you have worked for the public good in the past and how you expect to continue to do so as a student at the University of Pittsburgh and after graduation.

You can respond to the essay prompts in your application, or you can fill out this form with your responses.

All materials required for general admission to the incoming class and Pitt Honors essays must be submitted/received no later than:

  • November 1st – Pitt Honors Priority Consideration Deadline (Candidates will be informed of their Pitt Honors admission decision on or before January 12)
  • January 15th – Pitt Honors Regular Consideration Deadline (Candidates will be informed of their Pitt Honors admission decision on or before March 1)

NOTE: Pitt Honors consideration maintains deadlines not required in the general admissions process.