Application Tips - Admissions | University of Pittsburgh

Keep these tips in mind as you go through the Pitt admissions process. When you have questions, your Admissions Counselor will be happy to help!

The University of Pittsburgh is on a rolling admissions schedule, and it is to your advantage to apply early. This will increase your chances for admission in our competitive applicant pool. Please be mindful of deadlines for scholarships, graduate school guarantees within the Guaranteed Admissions Programs, and Frederick Honors College.


  • Learn about Pitt’s 5 campuses and decide which are the best fit for you. On the application, you’ll be asked to choose your top three Pitt campuses.
  • Explore Pitt’s schools and decide which is right for you. You’ll choose which school to apply to on the application.
  • Choose an intended major. You can explore possible majors with the University’s Degree Finder. Not sure what you want to major in? No problem! You can simply select undecided and determine your major later. Your intended major does not impact your application review, and many students start college as undecided.
  • Consider one of Pitt’s Guaranteed Admissions Programs. These programs provide qualified applicants with guaranteed admission to one of 23 outstanding graduate programs when admitted as undergraduates. Some programs may have application deadlines, and applicants may only apply for one, so be sure to research those that interest you.
  • Decide whether you’d like to apply to the distinguished Frederick Honors College program. The Frederick Honors College provides academic challenges, inspires individual effort, encourages self-discovery, and fosters a nurturing community. If you choose to apply to Frederick Honors College, you’ll be asked to complete a short answer question. The deadline to apply for Frederick Honors College is December 1.
  • Decide if you are going to submit SAT or ACT scores. Pitt is a test-optional University, which means that whether or not you’d like to submit SAT or ACT scores is entirely up to you. All applicants to the University of Pittsburgh receive a comprehensive individual review; admission is not based on any single factor.
  • Start working on your supplemental materials. Domestic First-Year and Transfer Students will need to provide a personal statement, or the Common App essay, one or the other is required for scholarship review and test-optional admission. International Students are required to submit an answer to the short answer question.  This is your opportunity to tell the Admissions Committee something about yourself that they may not see in your other application materials.
  • Apply early! Pitt uses rolling admissions, so the sooner you apply, the better!