Please note, this information pertains to the Fall 2023 application cycle.
The personal statement is your opportunity to communicate directly with the Admissions Committee. Applicants are welcome to submit anything that helps tell their story, being mindful and thoughtful about the quantity and quality of information shared. Share information not included elsewhere in your University of Pittsburgh admissions application.
Submission of a personal statement or the Common Application essay is required for scholarship consideration or those applying test-optional. It may increase the likelihood that you are considered for guaranteed admission programs or given special consideration due to extenuating circumstances. Your personal statement is an important part of applying to college.
The personal statement can be submitted with your application to apply to Pitt. 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 personal statement online.
If you are an international applicant, please complete a Short Answer Question instead of a personal statement.