Test-Optional Announcement - Admissions | University of Pittsburgh

Test-Optional Announcement

The Pittsburgh Campus is expanding the Fall 2021 admission test optional policy to include applicants to all programs, majors, schools, and colleges with the exception of School of Nursing. Undergraduate applicants who are not applying to the School of Nursing now have the option to submit an application without SAT or ACT scores.

The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh campus is expanding the Fall 2021 admission test optional policy to include applicants to all programs, majors, schools, and colleges with the exception of School of Nursing.  This change is being made 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.

Students applying for admission to any major in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration, Swanson School of Engineering, or School of Computing and Information for the Fall of 2021 will have the option to include or not include their SAT or ACT scores as part of the application submission. 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 has made the decision to submit a test-optional application, or provide test scores, that decision cannot be changed. Students who are unsure of the decision should reference the class profile to evaluate their decision.

Regional Campus Test-Optional

Pitt Bradford, Titusville, Greensburg and Johnstown campuses have a test-optional admissions policy for Fall 2020 and Fall 2021.

Application opens August 1.

Holistic Review Factors
  1. Strength of Student's Academic Coursework
    Enrollment Service Managers will take into account students' grade trends and senior year curriculum choices.

  2. Performance in Advanced Courses
    In addition to grade trends, applications will be reviewed for honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, post-secondary coursework.

  3. Short Answer/Essay Questions
    As all applications are individually reviewed, students can take the opportunity to highlight their application in this section.

  4. Extracurricular Activities
    Extracurricular activities and anything else that a student chooses to submit in order to demonstrate their academic potential.

Students are the curators of their own life stories. As such, applicants are welcome to submit anything that helps tell their story—being mindful and thoughtful about the quantity and quality of information shared.” — Kellie Kane, Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment and Executive Director of Admissions