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 US 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 University academic scholarships.

How do I apply?

All freshmen applicants who submit a completed application for admission and supporting credentials by January 15th of their senior year are automatically reviewed for academic scholarships.  There is not 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 1450 (math and critical reading scores only) or 33 ACT (Math and English subscores average)
  • 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

How much and for how long?

University of Pittsburgh academic scholarships may range in value from $2000 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.  For more complete information about requirements governing University of Pittsburgh academic scholarships click here.

When do I find out?

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