COVID-19 - Admissions | University of Pittsburgh

Connecting with Pitt Admissions

We want you to be here as much as you want to be here, visiting Pitt’s campus, exploring the tallest building on a college campus in the United States, engaging with our Pathfinders (student tour guides), eating french fries on a sandwich (it’s a thing).

You’ll know the minute we can host you safely on campus—as we will update this page and announce it through all of our digital channels.

Challenges of Hosting Visitors

Hosting 80,000+ prospective undergraduate student and family visitors is one of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid’s greatest privileges…and challenges! It’s done with the greatest care to address every possible interest and need(s) of our guests. This includes making sure we can accommodate basic needs such as providing water, food, restrooms, parking, etc. in an engaging and safe environment. To host visitors on campus with the current guidelines in place to manage the pandemic, in a way that also allows for the campus visit experience we and you expect is not yet possible.

The University is focusing resources, space, etc. to provide current students the best learning and engagement environment possible given the constraints of the pandemic, with a commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the entire campus community. One of the outcomes of this approach was the de-densification of the campus with building access provided only to faculty, students, and staff who are approved to enter.

Experts in many different fields are guiding every decision. More info at: coronavirus.pitt.edu.

Exploring Pitt

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is committed to making sure you can discover if Pitt is your fit. An important piece of the college decision making process is getting an idea of what it’s like to walk around campus and Pittsburgh, go to classes, and live and dine on campus. Rather than dwell on the fact that we can’t physically host visitors, we flipped the script and began searching for ways for us to connect and engage. The Pitt Unscripted experience was created and launched, offering a name-your-own Pitt adventure from the comfort and safety of your personal space. It’s working great and connecting us with students and families locally, regionally, nationally, and globally to talk about and show off our amazing University! Check out all of the ways to connect with us at our Pitt Unscripted page.

Exploring on Your Own

Many of you have reached out to see if you could explore the Pittsburgh campus on your own. We cannot stop you from walking around our neighborhood, and we understand your wanting to figure out how! Trust us—we want you on campus but only when it’s safe to do so and we can make the experience worth your time and effort. It’s important to keep in mind that buildings are closed to visitors—parking and even restroom space is limited. Please know that the Admissions and Financial Aid team misses it too as we and the majority of staff at Pitt are working remotely to provide enough space for our current students to safely study, and faculty to teach. In the meantime, take advantage of all of the opportunities we are providing to engage, including with our students one-on-one or in a small group with current students. Ask them anything. They’ll answer your questions and help you decide if Pitt is the best fit for you!

Power of Pitt

At the University of Pittsburgh, we are taking this global pandemic seriously. After all, Pitt people developed the polio vaccine (shout out to Jonas Salk!), pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, and turned Pittsburgh into the world’s organ-transplantation capital, among other breakthroughs. Have you heard of Operation Warp Speed?! Today, dozens of labs on Pitt’s campus are focused on finding cures and treatments for COVID-19. We are also working extremely hard to keep students, faculty, and staff safe. We embarked on the campaign, Power of Pitt—a rallying cry for us all to work together to keep safe by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and washing our hands frequently. You can see what and how students have responded at maskup.pitt.edu.

Contact Us

The quickest response to any admission question (as of today) is through email (pitt.admissions@pitt.edu) and for financial aid (finaid@pitt.edu).

  • Admissions Phone Number: +1 (412) 624-7488
  • Financial Aid Phone Number: +1 (412) 624-7488 (option 2.)

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The University of Pittsburgh, as an educational institution and employer, does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, marital status, familial status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities.

For University updates on Pitt’s COVID-19 response, please visit www.emergency.pitt.edu.