The University of Pittsburgh is proud to partner with Pittsburgh Public Schools on initiatives to expand access to higher education in the city of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Public Scholars

All valedictorians and salutatorians in the Pittsburgh Public Schools system are guaranteed admission to one of our five Pitt campuses. All eligible students will receive a minimum of $2000* in scholarship funding and the University is committed to meeting the full financial need of any Pell Grant eligible Pittsburgh Public Scholars.

Eligibility for this program is typically determined after third quarter grades are available and valedictorian and salutatorian status can be officially confirmed. If you have any questions about your eligibility for the Pittsburgh Public Scholars program, please talk to your school counselor or review our new PPS FAQ.

Eligible students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and apply to the University of Pittsburgh for freshman admission by December 15.

*The $2000 minimum scholarship award includes any additional freshman academic merit scholarships awarded by the Office of Admissions of Financial Aid

Eligible Schools

  • Taylor Allderdice High School
  • Brashear High School
  • CAPA 6-12
  • Carrick High School
  • Milliones 6-12 University Preparatory School
  • Barack Obama Academy of International Studies 6-12
  • Perry High School
  • Science and Technology Academy
  • Westinghouse Academy 6-12

Pittsburgh Admissions Collaboration

The Pittsburgh Admissions Collaboration provides a pathway for Pittsburgh Public Schools students to the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) and the University of Pittsburgh. The program goal is to help students successfully earn a college degree. This year we are only working with Milliones University Prep and Westinghouse Academy and the program will eventually include all nine Pittsburgh Public Schools.