Pitt Honors

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. Pitt Honors provides academic challenges, inspires individual effort, encourages self-discovery, and fosters a nurturing community. In order 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 are allowed to apply for honors research fellowships and to enroll in honors courses, even if they are not official members.

Admissions Process and Requirements

While there are no minimum academic requirements for consideration, admission to Pitt Honors is highly competitive. In the most recent year, more than  7,000 students applied for a spot in the Pitt Honors incoming class. 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. The submission of a deeply considered, creatively-written essay is a vital part of the Pitt Honors admissions review process.

    Deadline

    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.

    Notification

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

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