University of Pittsburgh Announces Test-Optional Program Extension Through Fall 2023
The University of Pittsburgh’s decision to go test-optional through Fall 2023 is to ensure that no student is denied the opportunity to be considered for admission, particularly in light of ongoing challenges with access to SAT and ACT test centers.
All applicants to the University of Pittsburgh receive a comprehensive individual review; admission is not based on a single factor. In the absence of SAT or ACT test scores, the committee will determine admissibility by relying more heavily on other admissions factors.
Please Note: Once a student’s application is under review, their test-optional status cannot be changed.
For students with SAT/ACT scores, how you wish to present yourself to the Admissions Committee should be a personal decision. If you do not consider your test results to be an accurate reflection of your past academic performance and future academic potential, you may want to apply test-optional. Subsequently, if you have SAT/ACT results you believe add to your overall academic portfolio, you are invited to submit those scores. Please note, SAT/ACT results are not used in the scholarship review process.
Strength of Student’s Academic Coursework
The Admission Committee will take into account students' grade trends and curriculum choices. In addition to grade trends, applications will be reviewed for Honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and post-secondary coursework.
The Admission Committee will take into consideration student’s extracurricular activities, experiences, and/or responsibilities outside of the classroom as part of a holistic review.
Submission of a personal statement or the Common Application essay is required for scholarship consideration or for those applying test-optional. The personal statement can be submitted with your application.
Although the University of Pittsburgh is on a rolling admissions schedule, it is to your advantage to apply early. This will increase your chances for admission in our competitive applicant pool. Please be mindful of deadlines for scholarships, graduate school guarantees within the Guaranteed Admissions Programs, and Pitt Honors.