First-Year Student - Admissions | University of Pittsburgh

First-Year Student

We’re so excited that you’re interested in applying to the Pittsburgh Campus! Let us walk you through the admissions process.

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 scholarshipsPitt 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.

Application Checklist
  1. 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.

  2. Pay your $55 application fee

  3. Submit your Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR)
    Completing the SRAR is easy–just fill it out to match your transcript exactly.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    Test-Optional Announcement

    The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh campus is expanding the test-optional policy through Fall 2023.

Tips for Applying

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Take rigorous academic curriculum.
Retake classes if needed.
Keep up the good work in your senior year.
Submit the Short Answer Questions.
Be ready to rank your preference of Pitt campus.