University of Pittsburgh--Pittsburgh Campus campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
590 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 700
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 670
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 32

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Students Say

At the University of Pittsburgh (or 'Pitt," to its undergraduates), students enjoy "a large, urban campus that is very involved in its city." One undergrad comments, "I love its location, and it has a great reputation." At this public research university, students feel encouraged that "everyone can succeed academically and feel like part of a community." Partly due to its large size (and approximately 19,000 undergrads), "Pitt is a school that provides students with a plethora of opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom." Many students name "financial aid" as a key part of their decision to attend Pitt, and some even report receiving a "full tuition scholarship." In terms of academic offerings, a wide range of programs stand out, many within STEM fields: Pitt "has an amazing engineering school," its "nursing program is well known and respected," it has "one of the best physical therapy programs" in the Northeast, a "great pharmacy program," "strong Neuroscience department, and a "guaranteed medical program." One student notes jokingly, "Pitt is all about the pre-meds." Across the board, students feel that at Pitt they're receiving "a strong education with a down-to-earth mindset." Often, Pitt undergrads report that "professors are amazing within my major and my overall academic experience has been amazing because of them," and that faculty "are willing to write letters of recommendation, give extra help, and go beyond what is required." "Most of them are really interested in their lectures as well as their research and do a great job of incorporating that into lessons." Other students observe that some professors can be "hit or miss, so it's important to do your homework [in researching instructors] before registering." "Freshman advisors and career counselors are very helpful," and undergrads "really enjoy the way . . . students must be independent, but have plenty of resources for help available."


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Dan Marino
Miami Dolphins Quarterback

Mike Ditka
Chicago Bears Coach

Gene Kelly

Michael Chabon

William S. Dietrich
Industrialist, philanthropist

John A. Swanson
Engineering, entrepreneur

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

"Pitt is excellent at helping students find jobs, internships, job shadowing opportunities, and other activities to help solidify a career path." There is an internship "guarantee" for all students after their first semester and "an entire department devoted to internships and job placement." "Pitt is one of the best schools to help students with experiential learning, whether it be through an internship, research experience, or even service learning experience." Students describe the career office as "very helpful and . . . always willing to point you in the right direction." There are career consultants available to help students along the way as well. Many also extol Pittsburgh itself as a hotbed of "career opportunities." According to alumni who've visited the website, the average starting salary for recent graduates is $50,300.

Colleges that Create Futures

Hands-on Coursework

Pitt has several ways to help students get a leg up on graduate school—or even get them a guaranteed spot from day one of college. Through the University Honors College, Pitt is one of the only schools in the country to offer a Bachelor of Philosophy, or BPhil, a unique undergraduate degree which is awarded jointly by the Honors College and a student’s home school. In addition to the requirements of the major, students propose a program of study that must be approved by the university and that culminates in an undergraduate thesis. A BPhil candidate completes an oral thesis in front of a panel of professors, just like a graduate school thesis defense. Mary Ellen Callahan, who graduated with a BPhil in political science and Russian/Eastern European studies, told us that “because of the Honors classes, tailored advising, and the ability to receive a Bachelor of Philosophy degree with an undergraduate thesis, I was much better prepared, and had a more comprehensive education, than my Ivy League peers at the University of Chicago Law School.”
Pitt also offers guaranteed admission to nineteen of its prestigious graduate and professional schools, including law, medicine, and business, through the Freshmen Guarantee. For exceptionally qualified freshmen with a clear career trajectory, Pitt will guarantee admission into the appropriate graduate or professional school when the student is accepted as an undergraduate. That is certainly one way to avoid the nerve-wracking worry of graduate admission four years down the line. Beyond senior year stress relief, the Freshman Guarantee provides students with a sense of encouragement and reassurance about their career goals throughout their undergraduate careers. Several of the students we surveyed said that the Freshman Guarantee was what brought them to the University of Pittsburgh.
Practical Experience

Audrey Murrell, the associate dean for the undergraduate College of Business Administration, told us that Pitt students “are comfortable working in teams, sharing knowledge with their classmates, actively engaging in our various . . . student organizations and value what it means to be part of a broader university community.” It’s no accident that Pitt has a number of programs that help cultivate collaborative skills. While these abilities help make fun and engaging learning environments, they are also key to launching a successful career. This skill set “is an attractive asset for our corporate recruiters who look at students who can balance a strong academic program with healthy involvement in activities outside classrooms,” Dr. Murrell told us. Pitt’s Outside the Classroom Curriculum offers an expansive array of opportunities and experiences divided among ten different goal areas, including leadership, career development, wellness, appreciation of the arts, and others, all with the express purpose of helping students “gain a competitive edge for graduate or professional schools, internships, and the job marketplace,” according to the university. Students who complete the Outside the Classroom Curriculum by participating in all ten categories are able to graduate with distinction and are eligible for a Pitt Advantage grant, which provides funding for students to continue “extra-curricular involvement in the form of an experiential learning activity such as a study abroad experience, an unpaid internship, or a volunteering project.” The OCC works under the assumption that 80 percent of a student’s time will be spent outside of the classroom during their undergraduate education and that the school should create out-of-the classroom experiences and opportunities that complement educational and career goals. For example, to complete the global and cultural awareness goal students must participate in a diversity or social justice program, participate in an international program, and attend a seminar about ecological issues. Dr. Murrell told us that they are discovering how students “are engaging and progressing in terms of key competencies that are developed by [OCC].”
Global Education

According to Dr. Murrell, one of the most exciting parts of the Pitt Business educational journey is taking students “from the classroom, to the city, to the world.” For decades Pitt has been cultivating international relationships and developing curricula with a global perspective. “Our global focus as a university,” Dr. Murrell explained, “also helps to make sure I have the opportunity to equip students for the real nature of business today, which is global in nature. Teaching at Pitt Business allows me to have a living laboratory that helps students inside and outside the classroom come face to face with real business challenges and the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained to solving them.”
The best place to see this global reach in action is through Pitt’s extensive study abroad programs. With more than 1,700 students in 2013–2014 able to include a study abroad experience on their résumés, Pitt is a global studies dynamo. Its programs are grounded in specific, hands-on study, and they run the gamut from social policy issues in Cuba to bioengineering a better environment in Brazil. Pitt is practically guaranteed to have a study abroad program for every academic interest and career field. Students can select programs that last anywhere from a few weeks in the summer to a full academic year, but the programs that impressed us the most were the Plus3 Program and Pitt MAP, which show how powerful a truly global education can be.
For any business or engineering student wanting to make a big splash on the international stage, the Plus3 Program is a must. It offers students exposure to a range of developed and developing countries, each with its own unique engineering and business opportunities, and access to industry insiders. “Designed for undergraduate students in the summer after their freshman year,” the University explained to us, “the Plus 3 Program allows students to travel to foreign countries to examine issues related to business and engineering from a global perspective. Jointly sponsored by Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering and the College of Business Administration, the two-week, three-credit program features industry-specific company tours, Q&A sessions with executives, and academic lectures.” For the 2015 summer session, students can choose from studying the smartphone industry in China, automobiles and manufacturing in Germany, development in Vietnam, or coffee in Costa Rica. In the Plus3 Program, students stand at the intersection of culture, environment, history, engineering and international trade in some of the most dynamic and promising world markets. There is no better way to understand the forces that shape globalization than to step into the global marketplace.
In contrast to Plus3, in which students take a microscope to a single market in a single country, study in the Pitt MAP program spans three continents during a whole semester. Pitt MAP is designed to be interdisciplinary and incorporates broader topics and different study tracks, making it flexible to accommodate the research and professional goals of any student from conflict resolution to pre-med. A recent semester had MAP students focused on health, migration, and society through study in Spain, Morocco and China.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


Bottom Line

Pennsylvania residents should expect to pay $17,688 per academic year. Out-of-state undergraduates will need to shell out $28,828 annually. There are also additional, required fees totaling $930. Of course, the university offers a variety of grants, loans, and work-study opportunities.

Bang For Your Buck

Pitt endeavors to help all students with financial need and limited resources. To begin with, all prospective freshmen who present an outstanding academic record (and complete an application by January 15) will automatically be considered for merit scholarships. These awards range from $2,000 to full coverage for tuition and room and board. Importantly, these scholarships are renewable up to three years, provided recipients meet predetermined GPA and progress requirements.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



52% female
48% male
95% are full time
5% are part time

Students Say

University of Pittsburgh undergrads repeatedly assert that "there is no typical student" at Pitt: "The population is too diverse, and I honestly believe that any student can fit in and find their niche." "Students fit in by valuing differences" and because they all want the same thing: "academic success with a little fun." They view themselves as "studious and friendly," "very down to earth," and "kind, driven in their own way, curious, and respectful." They're "hard workers" who are "proud to call Pitt home." Pitt is all about "educating the whole student," and "offers more opportunities than any one student could experience—so as a student you should seize as many of these opportunities as you can!"


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Using their university-issued "free bus pass," Pitt undergrads love to "take advantage of the free entertainment and cultural experiences around campus, such as museums" and "many bars and restaurants," meaning that at a vibrant urban university, "there is never a lack of things to do." On campus, "there are definitely always parties going on, but there is absolutely no pressure for people who are not interested in that type of thing . . . The program council is constantly planning events that are interesting and fun for any undergrad to attend." "On the weekdays, everyone is focused on their work and classes, but when weekend comes, it's all parties and going out." "There is a big drinking culture at Pitt, but not more than any other average university," and sports are also popular: "Hockey is a major pastime here," and "basketball games are definitely a big component to having fun." "Life can be kind of hectic," since "students are busy with extracurricular activities and school," but "life here is great for those who want to live in a city."

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resources and Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Lynnett Van Slyke

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
Full Neuropsychological evaluation: within five years, adult norms

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Neuropsychological evaluation or Comprehensive report from a qualified professional

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

10% join a fraternity


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Panthers)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Panthers)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups: See

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Carnegie Mellon University
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus


Consistently ranked among the top public universities in the country, the University of Pittsburgh has had a lot to juggle in an effort to “maintain research and instructional excellence, realize cost savings and apply sound sustainability principles.” An original signatory of the Talloires Declaration, “supporting mobilization of the resources of higher education on behalf of sustainability,” Pitt has constantly made the environment a priority, in fact identifying sustainable concepts as one of its five engineering research focus areas—and that’s saying something for a school where Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine. Green infrastructure is at the forefront of Pitt’s movement; the university’s Carrillo Street Steam Plant is one of the cleanest university heating plants in the nation. Equipped with state-of-the-art ultra-low nitrogen oxide (NOx) burners and emission control technology, the plant’s six boilers produce greenhouse gas emissions at about half the rate associated with the university’s steam supply prior to the plant’s construction. The University has earned LEED certification for eight construction projects; six Gold and two Silver, and is pursuing LEED on eight additional projects. The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, housed in one of these LEED Gold facilities, “encourages and nurtures new collaborative projects based on strong and innovative research.” With all the sustainable initiatives in place to develop Pitt as an institution, the university doesn’t forget about its heart and soul—its students. Pitt's Office of Student Employment and Placement—besides offering paid internships for students and organizing periodic student symposiums—is staffed by an Employment Development Specialist who frequently assists students interested in working for organizations with sustainable practices.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Tessa Ludin
Visit Center Specialist

Office of Admissions
4227 Fifth Avenue, 120 Alumni Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Cathedral of Learning
William Pitt Union
Heinz Chapel
Petersen Event Center
Sennott Square

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Carnegie Museum of Art and History
PNC Park (Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates)
Andy Warhol Museum
Heinz Field (Home of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers)
Shadyside/Walnut Street Shopping District

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

varies - check website for times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year


Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available



Types of Transportation Available to Campus
By bus - Greyhound-Trailways bus station in Pittsburgh is located at 55 11th Street, downtown within about three miles of Pitt's campus. The campus can be reached by taxi service or by Port Authority Bus lines on Fifth Avenue, several blocks from the station. Yellow Cab and Classy Cab provide service to the Oakland area. By plane - Pittsburgh International Airport is about 20 miles west of Pitt. The 28X Airport Flyer runs about every 20 minutes from the airport to Oakland and the University of Pittsburgh. To learn more about this and other forms of ground transportation click here. From the airport - Depart the airport and take PA state route 60 toward Pittsburgh. Merge onto US route 22-30 east which will turn into I-279. After going through the Ft. Pitt tunnel, merge right onto I-376 toward Monroeville via exit 6A. After approximately three miles, take the Forbes Ave exit 2A toward Oakland. Forbes Ave will take you into the heart of Oakland and the University of Pittsburgh. Approximate distance and time from the airport: 20 miles/30-40 minutes. By train - Amtrak two east-bound trains and two west-bound trains each day. Connections can be made in Chicago and New York. The terminal is located at Liberty and Grant Streets downtown. Transportation to Pitt from downtown can be made by bus or cab.

Driving Instructions to Campus
By car from the East - Cars traveling from the east via the PA Turnpike (I-76) should take Exit 57 to I-376 West. From I-376 West take Exit 73B, Oakland, onto Bates Street. Remain in the right lane on Bates Street and proceed across the Boulevard of the Allies. Follow Bates Street until it ends at Bouquet Street and turn left onto Bouquet. Follow Bouquet until the traffic light at Forbes Avenue. At the stop light, turn right onto Forbes Avenue. From the West - Cars traveling from the west via the PA Turnpike (I-76) should take Exit 28 and follow I-79 South to I-279 South. (You exit to the left off I-79.) Follow I-279 South to the I-579/Veteran's Bridge exit. Take I-579 to the Oakland/Monroeville exit onto the Boulevard of the Allies. Follow Boulevard of the Allies to Forbes Avenue exit on your right. Merge onto Forbes Avenue which leads right into the Pitt campus. From the North - Take I-79 South to I-279 South. (You exit to the left off I-79.) Follow I-279 South to the I-579/Veteran's Bridge exit. Take I-579 to the Oakland/Monroeville exit onto the Boulevard of the Allies. Follow Boulevard of the Allies to Forbes Avenue exit on your right. Merge onto Forbes Avenue which leads right into the Pitt campus. From the South - Follow I-79 North to the I-279 North Downtown Pittsburgh exit. Follow I-279 North into the city through the Fort Pitt Tunnels. Stay in the right lane before entering the tunnels. Take the I-376 East Monroeville exit. Follow I-376 East to the Forbes Aveue/Oakland exit. Merge onto Forbes Avenue which leads right into the Pitt campus

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