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University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate49%

Pitt Admissions

It is very difficult to get into University of Pittsburgh. Around 49% of applicants get into University of Pittsburgh each year. Last year, 53,072 students applied to University of Pittsburgh and 26,079 were admitted.

If you are planning on applying to University of Pittsburgh, the fee for the application costs $55.

University of Pittsburgh Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of University of Pittsburgh's admissions stats.

University of Pittsburgh 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 56%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 47%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 16%
Waitlist Yes

University of Pittsburgh Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Pittsburgh.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Considering Applying Early to University of Pittsburgh?

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

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

More on University of Pittsburgh Admissions

How To Get Into University of Pittsburgh

It is very difficult to get into Pitt.

In 2022, Pitt accepted 49% of students, around 26,079 from 53,072 applicants.

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.

Transferring to University of Pittsburgh

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to University of Pittsburgh

In 2022, University of Pittsburgh waitlisted 6,905 students and 3,791 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 1,666 eventually got in.

What Does University of Pittsburgh Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at University of Pittsburgh

What does University of Pittsburgh consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Class Rank Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with University of Pittsburgh for more information on admission factors.

University of Pittsburgh 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to University of Pittsburgh, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with University of Pittsburgh'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(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Pittsburgh?

Students admitted to University of Pittsburgh have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0. University of Pittsburgh considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 28% submitted a class rank. At University of Pittsburgh 56% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 89% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Pittsburgh, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 70%
3.75 and 3.99 17%
3.50 and 3.74 9%
3.25 and 3.49 3%
3.00 and 3.24 1%
2.50 and 2.9
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to University of Pittsburgh directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

University of Pittsburgh 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 2022, 47% of University of Pittsburgh's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 16% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Pittsburgh students scored 750 or higher and 75% of students scored 640 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Pittsburgh students scored 720 or higher, and 75% scored a 640 or higher.

To be most competitive at University of Pittsburgh, you should strive to earn between 29 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Pittsburgh's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 29 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Pittsburgh students. Only one out of every four students scored below 29.

More Information on Transferring to University of Pittsburgh

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

Transfer students can enroll in University of Pittsburgh during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

University of Pittsburgh Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Pittsburgh?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to University of Pittsburgh.

Does University of Pittsburgh accept transfer credits?

✅ University of Pittsburgh accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of Pittsburgh accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does University of Pittsburgh accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ University of Pittsburgh accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Pittsburgh?

❌ No, University of Pittsburgh is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to send your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is University of Pittsburgh's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for University of Pittsburgh is 49%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of Pittsburgh?

❌ University of Pittsburgh does not offer early decision.

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Pitt Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Pitt? Pitt is a very selective institution. The Pitt acceptance rate is 49%. This means that the institution accepts 49 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

640 - 750


Reading SAT Range

640 - 720

Pitt GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Pitt, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.0. 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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