In lieu of an essay or personal statement, we ask interested applicants to answer Short Answer Questions.

The Admissions Committee reviews responses for quality rather than length. However, the most effective responses typically range from 200-300 words per question. Responses that are longer or shorter are acceptable. In order to submit your responses to the Short Answer Questions, you must first apply to the University of Pittsburgh.

If you are interested in being considered for Pitt Honors admission, you must also fill out the Pitt Honors questions on this form. The Pitt Honors priority consideration deadline is November 1 and the regular consideration deadline is January 15.

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Short Answer Questions

The following questions are optional, but strongly encouraged. 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. You may choose to answer any or all of the following questions. In order to submit your responses to the Short Answer Questions, you must first apply to the University of Pittsburgh.