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University of Pittsburgh Announces Test-Optional Program Extension Through Fall 2025

The University of Pittsburgh’s decision to go test-optional through Fall 2025 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.

Should I apply test-optional?

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.

Holistic Review Factors
  1. 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.

  2. Extracurricular Activities
    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.

  3. Personal Statement
    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 Frederick Honors College.

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