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Pitt Transfer Application Essay

Admissions Review

Your continued academic success is important to us and your application will be reviewed ‘holistically.’  Holistic  review takes into consideration factors such as: grade trends, cumulative grade point average, number of credits completed, the level of challenge of your curriculum, your intended field of study, transferability of credits, coursework relevant to your school/major, and the type(s) of institution(s) you have attended. You must also be eligible to re-enroll at all prior institutions attended from the standpoint of academic, financial, and disciplinary records.

Successful candidates usually present a strong record of previous college study. The Transfer Credit/GPA Guidelines will give you an idea of what each school/college recommends.  Meeting the guidelines does not guarantee admission, nor does failure to meet the guidelines preclude admission. Non-academic factors may also be considered if:

  • You are an adult student and/or a veteran
  • You have significant work-related experience
  • You possess particular outstanding talents

Application Requirements

Your application is considered complete for review and will be sent to the admissions committee when we have received:

  1. An application for admission.
  2. A $45 application fee.
  3. Official high school transcript.
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  5. Official SAT or ACT test results. If you have previously taken either the SAT or ACT and you are in your first year of college, please arrange for all your official test results to be forwarded directly to Pitt from the testing agency.

Supplemental Materials—Additional Requirements

The following schools/programs require that you submit supplemental information:

  • School of Education
  • School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
  • School of Social Work

Your application will not be considered complete without this information. For specific requirements and printable forms, click here.

Transfer of Credit

The University of Pittsburgh generally accepts credits from institutions at which the applicant has received a grade of “C” or better in college-level coursework (not remedial)  that corresponds to a course in our curriculum in content and credit value. Pass/Fail courses may be accepted for transfer credit if it can be documented that a “P” grade corresponds to a grade of “C” or better.

To help facilitate the transfer of credits from Pennsylvania’s community colleges, state system of higher education and other selected colleges, the University has established Pitt Connection Guides, with links, at your right.

To receive a University of Pittsburgh degree, you must complete, at a minimum, your last 30 credits at the University of Pittsburgh. Specific graduation and other requirements for different University of Pittsburgh schools, vary. (Note: a maximum of 60 credits can transfer from a two-year degree program; and a maximum of 90 from a four-year college/university.)

Transfer Application Deadlines/Admission Guidelines

Click here for specific information about the terms for which different Pitt schools and colleges accept transfer students and dates/deadlines by which you should apply. If a school practices a rolling admissions policy, there is no deadline for applying and applicants are reviewed for admission on a first-come, first-served basis until the class is full or until we are notified by the dean of the school that we must close admission (usually a couple of weeks before the beginning of the semester).

Short Answer Questions

In lieu of an essay or personal statement, we ask interested transfer applicants to answer a series of short answer questions. Answering the following questions is optional, but strongly encouraged. Your answers may increase the likelihood that you are given special consideration due to extenuating circumstances. The Admissions Committee reviews responses for quality rather than length. However, the most effective responses typically range from 250-500 words in total for two questions. Responses that are longer or shorter are acceptable. If you decide to submit short answers, please answer both questions:

  1. Describe your life and work experiences since you graduated from high school.
  2. If you had any challenges in your academic studies, what changes have you made to be more successful in the future?

In order to submit your responses to the Short Answer Questions, you must first complete University of Pittsburgh application. You will then receive an e-mail with a link to complete the Short Answer Questions online. If you have already completed the application, you may complete the Short Answer Questions online.

University Honors College

The University seeks to recruit highly motivated and talented transfer students to the University Honors College.

Competitive prospective transfer students typically have completed 24 or more college credits with a preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher AND have a strong college preparatory high school record predictive of college level success. Applicants’ academic histories are reviewed ‘holistically’ and cumulatively so students with a weaker high school record may need to have earned more college level credits than others (48-60) to be considered competitive. Likewise, significant life and/or work experiences, if communicated in your application essay, will be part of your admission review. Should you have questions about applying, call 412-624-7488 and ask to speak with a transfer counselor.

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences applicants who have earned 48 or more credits will be expected to have satisfactorily completed one college level English composition course and a college level algebra class (or higher level math) with a ‘C’ grade or better. Students who have not completed these requirements will be reviewed on an individual basis.

A note for community college transfer applicants to the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the College of General Studies:If you are currently enrolled in an Associate’s Degree program or taking courses at a community college, we normally expect you to complete two full years of transferable coursework before you enroll at the University of Pittsburgh. However, if you completed a strong college preparatory curriculum in high school with grades and test scores (SAT or ACT) that would have made you admissible as a freshman, then it is likely that we may offer you admission even if you have completed less than two years of coursework, provided that your college-level work demonstrates academic success.