Applying | What We Look For | What to Expect
Note: International students should go to the
'International Students' link under 'Applying' above,
to apply and for specific application instructions and deadlines.
A username and password is required to access our online application system. Both items
may have already been automatically created for you. Before attempting to create a new
username or password, click on the "Forgot your User Name or Password?" link found
to recover that information. Also, check your e-mail and spam filter. An e-mail containing your username
and password may have been recently sent to you. Finally, you can contact our office at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-624-7488 to retrieve a username and password that
may have already been created for you or if any assistance is needed.
A Two Way Street
We believe the admissions process is a two-way street and experience has shown that it can be more efficient when we
work together to reach your goal. Contact us with your questions, you keep us informed, and we will keep you informed. Your
application process will also be more effective if you make every effort to maintain open lines of communication with your
guidance counselor and your parents.
Less Is More
You are probably applying to a number of colleges with varying procedures and requirements, so we've simplified our
application process. With one completed application you will automatically be evaluated for eligibility for:
When Should I Apply?
We operate on a rolling admission policy. This means we will offer admission to qualified students on
an ongoing basis until the class is full or until we are notified by the dean that admission is closed. It
is to your advantage to plan ahead and apply early, as that spaces can fill up early in the admission cycle for
smaller schools or programs such as the School of Pharmacy's conditional
Complete Your Application
You may apply with our printed application or online.
Details of required supporting documentation are listed with each application.
When is my application considered complete?
Your application is considered complete for review and will be sent to the admissions committee when we have received:
- An online or paper application for admission.
- A $45 application fee.
- Official high school transcript.
- Official SAT I or ACT test results.
Please arrange for all your official test results to be forwarded directly to Pitt from the testing agency. Contact
information is listed, below:
SAT I Identifying Code # 2927
ACT Identifying Code # 3734
Wondering if we have received your required credentials?
If you have applied and been assigned a user name and password, go to:
These portals allow you to check the status of your application at any time. Accessing this link will tell you if all of
the required items—the application, the application fee, your test scores and your official transcript—
have been received. Please note that these sites will not tell you if supplemental information such as an essay or
letter of recommendation has been received. To confirm receipt of any items, or to address any concerns about the status of
your application, you may contact the admissions processing center.
For contact information and more about these portals, click
What is 'supplemental information?'
Typically, it consists of a personal essay, statement of academic intent, or some other information about your interests
and activities that will reveal more about you to the committee. Letters of recommendation from one to three people who can
support your academic and personal objectives are also welcome. Note: If you want to be sure that
supplemental information is considered in your review for admission, you should make every effort to submit this
information at the same time as your application. For more detailed information about supplemental information and suggested
personal essay questions, click here.
The Admissions Committee
When your file becomes complete, the processor will prepare it for admissions committee review. We receive
close to 25,000 applications for about 3,540 freshman spaces but we review each application individually, in committee.
The admissions committee is comprised of people who remain committed to the
holistic review of each and every application, individuals who come from a variety of professions in higher
education and bring a mix of perspectives, backgrounds, combined with many years experience to your
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
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