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Crossing Boundaries with Frederick Honors College

The University of Pittsburgh has a distinguished David C. Frederick Honors College. The mission of the Frederick Honors College is to meet the academic and extracurricular needs of the University’s most academically talented, intellectually curious, and socially conscious undergraduate students.

Our Frederick Honors College provides academic challenges, inspires individual effort, encourages self-discovery, and fosters a nurturing community.

To graduate with the official Frederick Honors College designation, each admitted student must complete a certain amount of programming with Frederick Honors College. This may include taking honors courses, completing a research project, and engaging in co-curricular programs.

It is also important to note that many Frederick Honors College programs are open to the entire University population. For example, all students can apply for honors research fellowships and enroll in honors courses, even if they are not official members of the Frederick Honors College.

Frederick Honors College Admissions Process and Requirements

While there are no minimum academic requirements for consideration, admission to Frederick Honors College is highly competitive. More than 7,000 students applied for a spot in the Frederick Honors College incoming class in the most recent year.

The Frederick Honors College admission process is much more than simply selecting students with the highest SAT or ACT scores, most challenging curriculums, and strongest GPAs. We’re looking for those students with the drive and passion to achieve new academic heights. That’s why the submission of a deeply considered, creatively written essay is a vital part of the Frederick Honors College admissions review process.

The Frederick Honors College essay can be submitted with your application. This can be the University of Pittsburgh Application or the Common Application –we accept both and do not prefer one over the other. If you have already completed the application, you may complete the Frederick Honors College essay online.

Test-optional students are eligible to be admitted to Frederick Honors College and will be eligible to be nominated for the Chancellor’s Scholarship.


    First-year applicants who wish to be considered for admission to Frederick Honors College must submit a completed application and essay response no later than December 1. The deadline for transfer students is March 1.


    Students meeting the December 1 deadline will be notified of their Frederick Honors College admissions decision on or before March 1.

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