Prospective Students

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Freshman admissions

The information which follows is for prospective students applying for admission during Fall 2021.

Pitt Honors is competitive. We accept about 600 students each year into Pitt Honors and the Honors degree (jointly-conferred) program. 

Prospective students may apply to Pitt Honors through the regular University of Pittsburgh application process, Common App, or Coalition App.

If you choose to apply, you'll be asked to answer the following essay question:

If you could change anything in the world, what would it be? Explain why and how you would change it. Responses should be stated in 500 words or less.

Admitted students get:

  • Admission into the Honors Joint Degree program.
  • A designation on your transcript as soon as you're admitted, and an Honors-designated degree (BA-H or BS-H) from your academic school upon completion of the Honors Joints Degree requirements.
  • Priority course registration beginning your first spring term.
  • Priority access to first-year Honors housing community (Honors LLC). Keep in mind that Honors housing placement is not guaranteed.
  • A flexible Pitt Honors experience where you also be assigned to an Honors Scholar-Mentor to help you tailor the most advantageous path for your interests.​

The deadline for Pitt Honors freshman application is December 1. 

Things to consider: 

  • Although we don’t have minimum SAT/ACT requirements, our average student has a 1450-1500 SAT and/or 32-33 ACT as well as a 3.80 unweighted GPA.
  • Unlike many other Honors colleges, most of our programs (like our fellowships and courses) are open to all undergraduates—so you can still participate if you aren't admitted to the degree program. If you don't get in your first year, you can also re-apply at the end of your freshman or sophomore year.
  • The 2021 Pitt Honors application will be test (SAT/ACT) optional.

Pitt Honors applicants will be notified on or before Mar. 1, 2022.

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Pitt Honors Virtual Info Sessions

Virtual information sessions are offered weekly with dates and times found on the Pitt Admissions website. Register here (under the Daily Visit Options registration menu.)

Interested in a 1-on-1 meeting? Contact our Manager of Recruitment, Matt Schultz, at




Upperclass admissions

Pitt Honors admits a limited number of upperclass Pitt students (including transfers from a regional campus) into its degree program. 

Requirements include the following:

  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.50
  • A minimum of 2 semesters (24 credits)
  • Complete one essay prompt which can be found here (see attached PDF)
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from an instructor or academic advisor

Applications for upperclass students open in the spring for the following academic year. Follow the link below to begin the application process.

Apply as an upperclass student 

Deadline: May 31, 2022



Transfer admissions

Transfer students from other institutions can apply for the Pitt Honors degree program as part of their regular application to Pitt. The application will consider your academic performance, as well as your answers to additional essay questions about your interest in working for the public good, and intellectual curiosity. Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.