Prepare to Be Amazed
If you think that all the things you want out of a college experience can’t be found in one place, Pitt is happy to prove otherwise. We’re a world-class research university committed to undergraduate teaching, with a 14:1 student ratio. We’re an amazing value compared with our peers. And while we’re very good at thinking big and acting on a global scale, we’re also a tight-knit community, with a shared, rock-solid work ethic and strong sense of responsibility for one another. If you are a bright student who likes to give your all, you’ll love the way Pitt offers so many ways to put together a life and a future.
Pitt offers more than 100 majors, minors, and certificates designed to open up possibilities rather than push you down narrow paths. Freshmen apply to one of five schools: the College of Business Administration, the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Computing and Information, the School of Nursing, and the Swanson School of Engineering. Students in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences can apply to one of six Upper Division schools in their sophomore year: the College of General Studies, or the Schools of Education, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Pharmacy, and Social Work. Yes, we’re an academic powerhouse, but we’re also a place that values one-on-one relationships, individual talents, and intellectual curiosity.
Our campus is vibrantly urban and surprisingly park-like, a big reason why 97 percent of first year students live on campus. And students are guaranteed on-campus housing for three years. The majority of residence halls for freshmen are at the center of campus. Living Learning Communities are arranged by academic, personal, or professional interests so you can live among like-minded peers.
Think + Do
Few universities equal the University of Pittsburgh for connecting what you learn in your studies to real-world, resume-building settings – starting from your first year. We guarantee career coaching and an internship for every student. We have certificate programs and activities designed to help you grow as a leader, communicator, and citizen, all offered as part of the Outside the Classroom Curriculum, our innovative leadership and service program. The combination of more than 500 student organizations and 89 neighborhoods in what Forbes called “America’s Most Livable City” means you’ll never be bored at Pitt.
Please visit the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid website for more information. It all comes together here.
The University of Pittsburgh operates on a rolling admission policy which means there are no specific deadlines to apply for admission. It is to your advantage to apply early because PittHonors, some scholarships, and graduate school guarantees have deadlines.
Required Application Materials
In addition to the online application, the following are required for your application to the University of Pittsburgh to be considered complete:
- High school academic information using Pitt's Self-Reported Academic Record or submitting an official high school transcript (do NOT complete the Coalition SRAR)
- Official SAT or ACT test results (SAT Essay and ACT Writing Test scores not required)
- $55 application fee
Short Answer Question responses are optional unless you would like to be considered for academic scholarship or PittHonors. A link to the questions will be emailed to you following submission of the online application.
The University of Pittsburgh admits students with academic and personal promise without regard to ability to pay. Working together with your family, we will find a way to make a Pitt education a reality for you.
Please visit the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid website for more information.
Come visit us! We promise a wow factor that’s off the charts. We have tours that fit any family’s schedule and offer special tours that highlight specific majors. You can also meet with a visiting Pitt admissions representative at your high school or college fair.
If you have any questions during the admissions process, please contact us!