We’re so excited that you’re interested in applying to the Pittsburgh Campus! Let us walk you through the admissions process.
We operate on a rolling admission policy, which means that there’s no set deadline for applying to Pitt. We review applications and make admissions decisions throughout the year, so it’s to your advantage to apply early—it’ll help you stay ahead of deadlines for scholarships, Pitt Honors, and our Graduate School Guaranteed Admissions Programs. We give every application a holistic review by taking traditional measures of academic achievement into account, while also looking for what makes you unique and a good fit for Pitt.
Complete your online application for admission
This can be the University of Pittsburgh Application, the Common Application, or the Coalition Application–we accept all three and do not prefer one over the other.
Submit your Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR)
Completing the SRAR is easy–just fill it out to match your transcript exactly.
Submit your Official SAT or ACT results (if applicable)
We will take your highest ACT composite score and your highest SAT superscore. We do not require the SAT Essay or ACT Writing scores. See below for more information on test-optional policies.
Short Answer Questions
Responding to our Short Answer Questions is not required, but it is highly encouraged. Use this as your opportunity to communicate directly with the Admissions Committee.
The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh campus is expanding the test-optional policy through Fall 2023.
Make sure you’re taking advantage of and performing well in advanced-level courses in your high school (Honors, AP, IB, and College in High School).
Consider retaking a class if you earned less than a “C” grade.
We look for a solid senior year curriculum as part of our admissions review.
We recommend using the Short Answer Questions to cover what you typically would in a recommendation letter.
Learn about all that each of our four regional campuses has to offer. We’ll also ask you which of our freshman-entry schools you would like to be admitted to and whether or not you would like to apply for consideration to Pitt Honors and/or one of our Graduate School Guaranteed Admissions Programs. Make sure you’re ready with your answers when you start the application!