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University of Pittsburgh 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Vidushi Vidushi
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In fall 2019, more than 30,000 freshman applications were received by the University of Pittsburgh. With an admit rate of 56.7%, only 18,000 were given admission and 4,026 were enrolled. Out of the total admitted students, 52% belonged in the top 10th of their class. Students are offered admissions under various UG, PG and doctoral programs at the five campuses of the University of Pittsburgh which makes it a popular option for pursuing higher education in the US

The average scores ranged between 1290 – 1460 in SAT and 27 – 32 in ACT, for 2019 admissions. The admissions are offered during the Fall and Spring sessions only. Deadlines, course fee, admission requirements, and application procedure differs for international applicants.

  • The admissions decisions are received by the applicants as and when the application reviewing gets completed.
  • UG students can apply online through either of the three application portals.
  • PG students can apply through the respective school’s website.
  • Deadlines and academic requirements vary for each Graduate program. 
  • The application fee for international students varies for PG programs.


Application PortalUG: Common/Coalition/University of Pittsburgh Application
PG: Varies
Application FeeUG: 55 USD
PG: Varies
Acceptance Rate59.7%
Mode of PaymentCredit Card
SAT Score (middle 50%)Math: 630 – 730
EBRW: 630 – 700
ACT Score (middle 50%)27 - 32
International Application DeadlinesUG/PG: Varies
Estimated annual tuition(2020)UG: 32,656 – 41,508 USD
PG: 39,898 – 65,820 USD
Total headcount enrollment33,744
Student to faculty ratio14:1
Academic CalendarSemester
Intake SeasonsFall/Spring
Work ExperienceRecommended for some programs
Financial AidNot available

University of Pittsburgh Admission Deadlines

The admission process at the University of Pittsburgh begins either during the Fall or Spring season. The following table indicates the application deadline for international students:

Program TypeDeadlines
UndergraduateFall: April 1
Spring: October 1
TransferFall: May 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 15

International Transfer students can apply for summer semester.

University of Pittsburgh International Admissions

International students must fulfill additional requirements before submitting an application to the University of Pittsburgh. Some of them are as follows:

Application Submission Requirements:

International students must ensure that they submit:

  • English Language Proficiency Test scores
  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Program-specific standardized test scores
  • Unofficial copies of translated transcripts/mark sheets.
  • Financial statement
  • Post-secondary grades, mark sheets and certificates.
  • Visa certification 

English Language Requirements

International students must demonstrate English language proficiency by providing scores of any one of the following tests given below, to be eligible for admission at the University of Pittsburgh:

Test NameScore Required

Scores may vary depending on the course opted for. Applicants are advised to consult their respective program page.

Visa Requirements

All international students who have received an offer of admission from the University of Pittsburgh must accept the admission by paying a 300 USD enrollment fee. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Once this fee has been paid, specialists from the Office of International Services (OIS) will contact the students regarding the visa-related process. 

Once the student has been issued the I-20 form from the University of Pittsburgh, they can proceed with the SEVIS and other visa-related formalities.

Most students who are enrolled in a full-time degree program need to fix an appointment with the nearby US Consulate/Embassy in order to get permission for an F-1 or J-1 Visa.

University of Pittsburgh Undergraduate Admissions

Over 104-degree programs are offered at the University of Pittsburgh. Students can apply through either of the 3 application portals. It is recommended for international students to submit their application much before the deadline so that their application could be evaluated in time.

Application Portal: Common Application or Coalition Application or University of Pittsburgh Application

Application Fee: 55 USD

Academic Requirements for International Students: Applicants must submit either ACT or SAT score along with the application. 

Supporting Documents: Certified or original secondary school records from 9 to 11 standard, transcripts (translated in English), mark sheets and exam results. 

University of Pittsburgh Graduate Admissions

The University of Pittsburgh offers 147 graduate programs to prospective applicants. Students can apply via the respective school’s website. Each program’s requirements, deadlines and admission procedure differs from the other.

Academic Requirements for International Students: Applicants must submit GMAT/GRE/LSAT/MCAT along with TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores.

CourseApplication PortalApplication DeadlineApplication FeeAcademic RequirementsMinimum English Language Proficiency
MBAM. Katz Graduate School of BusinessRound 1 – October 1;
Round 2 – December ;
Round 3 – February 1 &
Round 4 – April 1
50 USDGMAT/GRE, 2LOR, Essays, Current ResumeTOEFL (IBT): 100
IELTS: 7.0
MS Electrical and Computer EngineeringSwanson Engineering Apply Yourself PortalFall – March 1;
Spring – July 1
50 USDGRE, LOR, ResumeTOEFL (PBT): 550
TOEFL (CBT): 213
IELTS: 6.5
MA EconomicsDietrich School of Arts and SciencesJanuary 1550 USDGRETOEFL (IBT): 90
IELTS: 7.0
LLMLSACMarch 3155 USDLSAT, Resume, LOR, Personal statementTOEFL (IBT): 100
IELTS: 7.0
MS Information ScienceSchool of Computing and Information ApplyYourselfFall – January 15;
Spring – June 15 &
Summer – December 15
50 USDGRE; Three LORsTOEFL (IBT): 100
IELTS: 7.0

Supporting Documents: Personal statement, resume/CV, LORs, work experience, objectives and writing samples.

The admissions office of the University of Pittsburgh reviews each application critically. Admissions are offered to students on the basis of their academic achievements, outside class learning, official test score submission and an on-time application submission with the required fee.

To avoid last-minute confusions, students are recommended to submit their applications 2 weeks prior to the application submission. Admission decisions are released as and when the applications are reviewed, post submission. 

Undergraduate applicants must note that the University of Pittsburg does not offer any scholarship to international undergraduate students. Students who may need scholarships and financial aid must refer to other sources.

The University of Pittsburgh recorded an overall enrollment of 32,091 for 2019 admissions. Around 19,200 students were admitted to undergraduate programs, while 9,191 students were admitted to graduate programs.

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