Currently, over 400 veterans are enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh. We welcome you to contact us.
We appreciate your service to our country and in turn, would like to be of service to you. In an effort to
facilitate communication and increase access, staff in critical service offices have been designated to assist
you in the application process for admission and financial aid.
The University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies (CGS)
offers nontraditional students cutting-edge programs in the context of a world-class university system. Our flexible
course scheduling, online offerings, and off-site locations enable you to meet the challenges of work, family, and
Many students with life experience have unique needs and concerns. Pre-college planning sessions allow
students who have been out of the educational system because of work, military experience or family obligations,
etc. to explore in more detail their prior academic experiences and the academic options available.
Veterans can contact the College of General Studies to schedule a pre-college planning appointment
College of General Studies contact:
The enrollment admission process begins with the completion of the appropriate admission application.
Students who have not attended any schools since high school graduation will complete our
Students who have attended a college, university or other post-secondary school after graduating from high
school or earning a GED will apply using our
Information about the online application process, requesting printed application materials, or printing an
application in PDF form is all available at the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (OAFA)
Admission materials required of freshman or transfer applicants are also required of veterans. Exception:
prospective freshmen who are veterans and have not taken a SAT or ACT, will be exempted from that requirement
by applying for admission to the College of General Studies (CGS).
The $45 application fee will be waived for veterans. Just enter the code 'VETR' in the fee waiver box
under your name on the online application or attach a note to the printed application with the code on it.
Veterans, like other applicants, are reviewed on an individual basis in a holistic way. Self presentation
in the form of a personal essay about experiences in the military, additional training, leadership
opportunities, educational pursuits, and/or advancements/promotions, will help the admissions committee in its
holistic review process. Military transcripts or other supportive documents such as letters of recommendation
may also be provided.
Veterans should contact OAFA at firstname.lastname@example.org to request any special
accommodations needed in the admissions process as a result of being in the military or to meet any military
Veterans can contact the Veteran Admissions Contact with specific questions:
OAFA is a combined admissions and financial aid office and administers state and federal student
financial aid programs, with the exception of veterans' financial educational, which are administered
by the Office of Veterans Services (see Veterans' Educational Benefits, below.) If you
need financial assistance, we recommend filing for both student financial aid and veterans'
Veterans, like other applicants, can be seen on a walk-in basis by a financial aid counselor and
can be helped by any counselor. For information on the financial aid application process please click
The OAFA designated financial aid contact for veterans who need special assistance is:
Veterans' Educational Benefits
The Office of Veterans Services is your resource for connecting with the educational financial benefits
administered by the federal government for eligible veterans. For more information, contact:
On Campus Services
The University of Pittsburgh offers a variety of other services for students making the transition from the
military to university life.
We look forward to hearing from you!