A University of Pittsburgh academic scholarship is merit-based financial aid. Pitt academic scholarships are awarded based strictly on a student’s high school academic record without regard to the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


New incoming U.S. freshman students are eligible for University academic scholarships. International students, new transfer students, and continuing students who were not awarded a scholarship as an incoming freshman are not eligible for University academic scholarships.

How do I apply?

All freshmen applicants who submit a completed application for admission and supporting credentials by December 15th of their senior year are automatically reviewed for academic scholarships.

It is important to note, the Scholarship Committee begins reviewing candidates and awarding scholarships in late October. The Committee makes decisions weekly on a rolling basis. Therefore, if you would like to increase your chances for scholarships, it is in your best interest to apply early.

There is not a separate scholarship application for University of Pittsburgh academic scholarships, though if you wish to be considered for scholarships you will be required to complete the Short Answer Questions. The Stamps Scholarship and the Nordenberg Scholars Program require that you also complete a separate scholarship application.

What are the requirements?

Criteria for scholarship consideration include SAT/ACT results, overall grade point average, class rank (if applicable), and strength of curriculum. Activities outside of the classroom such as leadership positions, athletics, community service, etc. are reviewed but given secondary consideration.

In recent years, scholarship eligible students possessed ALL of the following:

  • minimum SAT score of 1490 or 33 ACT composite
  • overall ‘A’ average
  • top 5% class rank (if applicable) while participating in challenging high school curriculums consisting of AP/IB/Honors courses
  • record of excellence in various academic and nonacademic activities outside of the classroom

If you are seeking a Chancellor’s Scholarship nomination, please note: While there are no specific SAT/ACT or high school grade point average requirements, the Scholarship Committee seeks a demonstrated record of academic excellence. In recent years, the academic profile of a typical Chancellor’s Scholarship nominee consisted of a minimum SAT score of 1490 or 33 ACT composite score, a top 5% high school class rank (if applicable), and an ‘A’ average in challenging high school curriculums consisting of AP/IB/Honors courses. Further, the Scholarship Committee seeks an appropriate balance of nominees from all majors and professional schools.

How much and for how long?

University of Pittsburgh academic scholarships may range in value from $2,000 per year to full tuition and room and board and are generally available for eight full time undergraduate terms, provided the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA and meets all of the other terms and conditions of the specific award. Learn more about requirements governing University of Pittsburgh academic scholarships.

When do I find out?

Admitted freshman selected to receive an academic scholarship are notified by March 1.