Swanson School of Engineering

Q. I have received a wait list letter from Pitt. What should I do?

A. If the University of Pittsburgh is your first choice of school and you only want admission directly into the Swanson School of Engineering, we recommend choosing option one in the wait list letter, but making sure you have a back-up plan at another college or university.

If you want a definite option to enroll on the Pittsburgh campus for the fall term, and are either undecided about your major and/or interested in taking prerequisite classes as a freshman and applying for sophomore admission to the Swanson School of Engineering for the following fall, we recommend selecting option two. For more detailed information on what is required to transfer to the Swanson School of Engineering, please visit engineering.pitt.edu/transfer.

Q. What if I choose option one, to be on the wait list for the Swanson School of Engineering, and a space does not become available? Can I enroll then in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences instead?

A. We’re sorry, but we only have the space to offer you a choice of being on the wait list or accepting an offer of admission to the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences for fall 2018.

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 notify some students they will have a place for the fall term and others that they will not.

Q. Do I need to do anything to secure my place on the wait list?

A. No. If you choose to remain on the wait list, we will only request an enrollment deposit if a place becomes available.

If you choose to be admitted to the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the admission letter we subsequently send you will request a completed Enrollment Fee/Admission Data Form and a $300 enrollment fee on or before May 1 to reserve your place in the class.

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, as long as you pay an enrollment fee by the time we request it and 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 accept the offer of admission to Arts and Sciences, we can work more quickly on determining your aid eligibility. You can review the financial aid process at oafa.pitt.edu.

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 from our PittStart program.

Q. If I choose option one, when will I hear about my wait list status?

A. On or before June 1, 2018.

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.