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University of Pittsburgh Admissions Information

University of Pittsburgh
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The University of Pittsburgh is a public research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is widely recognized for its extensive research activity, and the school was elected to the Association of American Universities (AAU) in 1974. Pitt medical researchers are credited with helping curb the spread of polio during the 20th Century, and the first polio vaccine was developed at the University in the 1950s. The school has four regional campuses in the Pennsylvania towns of Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville. Pitt offers over 100 undergraduate majors, and more than 200 graduate degree programs.

The University of Pittsburgh boasts 460 registered student organizations, including a Greek community which collectively channels its philanthropic efforts toward the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. Pitt hosts a variety of athletic programs ranging from basketball and rugby to football and gymnastics. The University’s main campus is located just three miles from downtown Pittsburgh, offering students convenient access to the city’s acclaimed performing arts scene, as well as its numerous sports venues.



Basic Info

Main Address: 4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone Number: (412) 624-4141  
Website: www.pitt.edu  


Type of school: Public, Research  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Urban  
Athletics: NCAA Division I, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 18,031  
Percent out-of-state: 22%  
Percent international: 2.03%  
Female to Male ratio: 50:50  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 16:1  
Most popular majors: Business/Marketing
Social Sciences
Health Professions
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Distance Learning
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
External Degree Program
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
ROTC, Navy
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Women's Housing
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Campus ministries
Concert band
Jazz band
Marching band
Music ensembles
Radio station
Student government
Television station
Choral groups
Film society
International students
Literary magazine
Model U.N.
Pep band
Student newspaper

Fun Facts

  • Voted #8 Happiest Students
  • Ranked #23 "Best Public Universities"
  • The first polio vaccine was developed at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Voted #11 Best Quality of Life
  • Ranked #13 "Best American Hospitals" (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)

Admissions Information


The University of Pittsburgh has a rolling admissions policy, which means that the school will admit qualified students until the freshman class is filled or until the Dean of Admissions closes the admissions process. The University has a simplified application process; one single application will be used to determine a student's eligibility for admission, scholarships, and admission into the University's Honors College. Applicants are encouraged to submit a personal essay, statement of academic intent, and letters of recommendation. These supplemental documents, however, are not required for admission.
Admissions officials note that a candidate's secondary school record, GPA, and standardized test scores are the most important factors in the admissions process. Other factors include a student's character, class rank, application essay, extracurricular activities, geographical residence, ethnicity, recommendations, volunteer and work experience, demonstrated talents, level of interest, and whether the applicant is a first-generation college student.


Admissions address: 4227 Fifth Avenue, 1st Floor
Alumni Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone number: (412) 624-7488  
Fax number: (412) 648-8815  
Admissions Website: http://www.pitt.edu/admissions.html  
Email: oafa@pitt.edu  
Contact Person: Betsy Porter, Director of Office of Admissions and Financial Aid  
Number of first-year applications received: 22,616  
Percent of applicants admitted: 59%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: No closing date  
Early decision/action deadline: N/A  
Accepts the Common Application? No  
Admission requirements: Standardized Test Scores  

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Yes (SAT or ACT)  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Highest section scores across test dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 2927  
ACT code: 3734  
Learn more about other Large Pennsylvania schools:
Drexel   Temple   Penn State  

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