Yes, test-optional students are eligible for merit-based scholarships.
Review for merit scholarships at Pitt is automatic, provided you submit your Pitt application by December 1 and respond to our Personal Statement or the Common Application Essay. The only exception is the PA Scholars Application which in-state residents should submit if they would like to be considered for our Stamps Scholarship and Nordenberg Leadership Scholars Program.
All students from underrepresented groups (including the LGBTQ+ community) who apply for admission by December 1 are automatically reviewed for Pitt diversity scholarships. Academic criteria for diversity scholarship consideration include weighted grade point average, consistency of grades, strength of high school curriculum, SAT/ACT scores (if applying with scores), class rank (if applicable). Quality of the Personal Statement or Common Application Essay submitted as part of the admissions application is also considered.
The Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded to a select number of incoming first-year students who are admitted to Pitt Honors and are U.S. Citizens.
No more than 50 students admitted to Pitt Honors will be invited to an on-campus interview with the Chancellor’s Scholarship Selection Committee consisting of the Pitt Honors dean, director of advising, and academic advisors.
Selections for interviews are competitively based on a candidate’s high school academic record (submitted as part of the application for admission), results of the SAT/ACT (if applying with scores), and quality of the required PittHonors application essay questions. In addition, the Selection Committee will also seek an interview pool fairly representing the incoming class as demonstrated by academic schools/majors and demographics including residency, gender, ethnic diversity, etc.
Interview notifications will be sent in early-February and interviews will take place throughout the month of March. Only those candidates invited to the on-campus interviews will be notified. Those participants in the Chancellor’s Scholarship interview process are notified of their final status no later than mid-April. Each year, approximately 15 members of the incoming class are recipients of this competitive scholarship.
PA residents who are U.S. citizens and have demonstrated leadership, scholarship, service, perseverance and innovation are eligible to be considered for the Stamps Scholarship. Candidates must submit a completed application for admission and the PA Scholars Application no later than December 1.
The University of Pittsburgh will interview up to 32 Stamps Scholarship Semifinalists by March 1. Finalists will then be interviewed by representatives of the Stamps Scholars Strive Foundation who will make the final selection of five recipients. Recipients of the Stamps Scholarships will be notified of their selection on or before April 1.
PA residents who are U.S. citizens and complete the PA Scholars application are eligible to be considered for the Nordenberg Leadership Scholars Program. Candidates must submit a completed application for admission and the PA Scholars Application no later than December 1.
Representatives of the University of Pittsburgh Office of Admissions and Financial Aid and the Division of Student Affairs will interview a select number of semifinalists by March 1. Recipients of the Nordenberg Leadership Scholarships will be notified of their selection on or before April 1.
No, residency is not a factor in scholarship review.