University Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance in high school. Criteria includes weighted grade point average, strength of curriculum, class rank (if applicable), and results of the SAT or ACT. Activities outside of the classroom such as athletics, community service, leadership positions, etc. may still be reviewed but given secondary consideration.

University Scholarship Recipient Profile

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

  • Minimum SAT score of 1480 or ACT composite score of 33
  • Overall ‘A’ average
  • Challenging high school curriculums consisting of AP/IB/Honors courses
  • Top 5% class rank (if applicable)

NOTE: The above criteria are provided for the purposes of guidelines only and not meant as scholarship requirements or guarantees.

Number, Value, and Term of University Scholarships

Approximately 25% of admitted freshman are awarded University Scholarships ranging from $2,000 per year to $25,000 per year. University Scholarships are available for four years/eight semesters of undergraduate study provided the recipient maintains a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and meets all other terms and conditions of the award. Learn more about requirements governing University Scholarships.

Pitt is grateful to have the support of generous donors who contribute to our scholarship funding. Students who are awarded a merit-based award from the University as freshmen may have their initial award replaced by a donor-funded scholarship. We notify students about this change if it occurs. The new scholarship would be subject to the same renewal and eligibility requirements as the initial merit-based scholarship offered upon admission.

Notification of Award

Due to the competitiveness of University Scholarships, most admitted students and their credentials are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee several times before a final decision is made. As a result, those students selected to receive an award will be notified anytime between late-November and March 1 regardless of date admitted.