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Colleges / Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

About PIA

Ranked by Forbes as the No. 1 Two-Year Trade School in 2018, The Pittsburgh Institute Of Aeronautics (PIA) has produced top notch aircraft mechanics and avionics technicians to enter the workforce in aviation maintenance, electronics, and other related fields since 1929. PIA is a non-profit educational institution with campus locations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Hagerstown, Maryland, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Youngstown, Ohio. PIA Graduates are in demand throughout the US, and PIA offers employment assistance to help both students and alumni in their pursuit of employment in the field of aviation and related industries. PIA Graduates have gone on to work for NASA, SpaceX, American Airlines, Boeing, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Piedmont Airlines and Lockheed Martin to name a few.

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics is a private, nonprofit school that was founded in 1929. It is not competitive to get into PIA. The institution enrolls around 368 students a year, including 368 undergrads.

PIA does not offer early action and does not offer early decision.

PIA Acceptance Rate

Out of 64 applications received in 2021, 64 students were offered admission .

PIA Application Deadlines

Early Admissions at PIA

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics does not offer early decision. PIA does not offer early action.

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar Quarter
Tuition $21,639

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to PIA.

Financial Aid at PIA

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Does PIA Have On-Campus Housing?

Most PIA students live off campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at PIA.

How Do I Get Into Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics?

PIA is considered not competitive to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities, recommendations and essays.

Does PIA Require Test Scores?

PIA does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

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PIA Waitlist

PIA reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

Is PIA a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and Graduation Rates at PIA

Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 92 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $36,175 a year.

Based on this information, how does PIA sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is PIA a good school for you?

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Where is PIA?

PIA is located in the suburban setting of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If you want to see PIA for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 70 to Pittsburgh, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Pittsburgh International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what PIA and Pittsburgh are like without leaving home.

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College Info

PIA Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to PIA is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to PIA is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Wondering what life at PIA is like? There are approximately 368 students enrolled at PIA. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 74% percent are from PA and 26% percent of students are from other states.


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