Update Regarding COVID-19

The Office of Admission and Financial Aid would love to connect with you virtually while we are working remotely. Register for a virtual event today!

The front doors to the admissions visitor center in Alumni Hall and the financial aid wellness center in Thackeray Hall are not open for any face-to-face visits. Read more.

Short Answer Questions

In lieu of an essay or personal statement, we ask applicants to complete 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 complete the Pitt Honors Application. The Pitt Honors priority consideration deadline is November 1 and the regular consideration deadine is January 15.

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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.