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Crossing Boundaries with Pitt Honors

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

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

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

It is also important to note that many Pitt Honors 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 Pitt Honors.

Pitt Honors Admissions Process and Requirements

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

The Pitt Honors 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 Pitt Honors admissions review process.

The Pitt Honors essay can be submitted with your application. 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. If you have already completed the application, you may complete the Pitt Honors essay online.

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


    Freshman and transfer applicants who wish to be considered for admission to Pitt Honors must submit a completed application and essay response no later than December 1.


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

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