Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Q. I have received a wait list letter from Pitt. What should I do?
A. If the University of Pittsburgh is your first choice and you do not mind starting in the spring semester if a spot for the fall does not become available, we recommend choosing option one in the wait list letter.
If you are interested in enrolling at the University of Pittsburgh but are not interested in starting in the spring semester, we recommend choosing option two in the wait list letter.
Option three allows you to request consideration for admission to one of our regional campuses. Pitt’s regional campuses offer you the opportunity to earn a Pitt degree in a unique setting. If you request that we consider you for admission to one of our regional campuses, we will do our best to match you with the campus that is the best fit for your academic interests. You can also explore options to relocate to the Pittsburgh campus later in your academic career.
Q. If I choose to remain on the wait list, can you tell me where I am on the wait list?
A. We do not assign numbers to students on the wait list. If space becomes available for the fall term, the Admissions Committee will review the records of all students on the wait list and offer admission to the students who are the best fit for the school.
Q. Do I need to do anything to secure my place on the wait list?
A. Yes, you must respond to the wait list offer letter to secure a spot on the wait list.
Q. What about on-campus housing?
A. On-campus housing is guaranteed for three years if you are offered a place in the class for the fall term, or one term if you choose to begin in the spring term. To maintain these guarantees, you are required to pay an enrollment fee by the time we request it and subsequently, follow the instructions outlined on the housing contract by the deadline indicated and submit the housing deposit required with the contract.
Q. Should I file for financial aid?
A. Yes, if you are interested in being considered for need-based aid we recommend that you file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as close to the recommended filing date as possible and indicate that you want your information sent to the University of Pittsburgh. That way, if you’re offered a space or are admitted to one of our regional campuses we can work more quickly on determining your aid eligibility. Learn about our financial aid process.
Q. What type of testing/registration/orientation will be available?
A. You will receive detailed information about placement, testing, registration, and orientation at a later date.
Q. When will I hear about whether there will be a place for me in the fall term?
A. On or before June 1, 2020.
Q. Why do you have a wait list?
A. Over the past 20 years, the number of applications for freshman admission to the University of Pittsburgh’s Pittsburgh Campus has increased dramatically. However, the spaces available for incoming freshmen have remained relatively constant. As a result, we’re unable to offer direct admission to the Pittsburgh campus to a percentage of applicants who we feel could do well here until we can determine, in our rolling admission process, whether our projected admit-to-enrollment yield is accurate or whether spaces remain for the fall term.