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Pitt Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Pitt, the fee for the application costs $55. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Applying Early to Pitt?

University of Pittsburgh does not offer early decision or early action..

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into University of Pittsburgh

Getting into Pitt is very difficult. Pitt evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Pitt **accepted 64% of students, around 20,791 of the 32,549 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Pitt, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. In 2021, Pitt waitlisted 2,207 students. Of those, 1061 eventually were offered a spot.

What Does Pitt Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Pitt

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Pitt 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Pitt must submit the following items. Double check with Pitt's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Pitt?

Students admitted to Pitt have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 42% submitted a class rank. At Pitt 54% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 86% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Pittsburgh, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 42%

Pitt has 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.

In 2021, 81% of Pitt's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 33% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Pitt?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Pitt students scored 720 or higher and 75% of students scored 623 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Pitt students scored 700 or higher, and 75% scored a 623 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Pitt?

To be most competitive at Pitt, you should strive to earn between 28 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Pitt's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 28 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Pitt students. Only one out of every four students scored below 28.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to University of Pittsburgh

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Pitt.Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Pitt during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term

Pitt Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Pitt?

Students who are admitted to Pitt must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does Pitt accept transfer credits?

Pitt accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Pitt accepts:

ACE recommendations for credit

Does Pitt accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Pitt accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Pitt?

No, Pitt is test optional, so you can decide whether to include your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

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Pitt Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

64%

How hard is it to get into Pitt? Pitt is a very selective institution. The Pitt acceptance rate is 64%. This means that the institution accepts 63 out of every 100 applicants.

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Pitt Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

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

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

Pitt ACT Scores

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ACT Range

28 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above

Good

28 to 32

Avg

28 and Less

Low

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Pitt SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

620 - 720

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Reading SAT Range

623 - 700

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Pitt GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.75

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Pitt, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.75. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

28,234

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

64%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$20,362

Out-of-State

$35,394

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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