University of Pittsburgh Profile


The University of Pittsburgh, founded in 1787, is a public, comprehensive university. It offers students an outstanding array of educational options. The Pittsburgh campus is home to 16 schools, ten of which offer undergraduate programs and 14 of which offer graduate programs. Programs are offered in the Colleges of Business Administration and General Studies; the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Education, Engineering, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Information Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work; the Graduate Schools of Public Health and Public and International Affairs; and the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. Students can avail themselves of scholarship programs, undergraduate research opportunities, international studies programs, a semester-at-sea, the Engineering Cooperative Education Program, internships and volunteer outreach programs. The university’s Honors College offers challenging course work and an optional Bachelor of Philosophy degree. Outstanding freshmen are guaranteed admission to several of the graduate schools, including the School of Medicine. Affiliated with the six schools of the health sciences is the internationally renowned UPMC Health System. As a member of the Association of American Universities, the University of Pittsburgh is among the top 61 research institutions in the U.S. and Canada. To supplement the high-quality academic life found at the school the campus’ location in the very livable city of Pittsburgh provides easy access to cultural events, professional sports complexes and other entertainment venues. Its 132-acre campus is located in Pittsburgh.


Entrance Difficulty: Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate: 58% of 23,409 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered: No
Early Decision Offered: No
Regular Admission Deadline: Rolling

Factors Considered for Selection of Students

Academic GPA: Very Important
Standardized Tests: Very Important
Essay: Considered
Extracurricular: Considered

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA: 3.94
SAT Math: 648 average  600-690 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading: 632 average  570-690 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing: 614 average  560-660 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite: 28 average  25-30 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance: In-state: $30,714  Out-of-state: $40,404
Tuition and Fees: In-state: $16,590 Out-of-state: $26,280
Room and Board: $9,870
Average Percent of Need Met: 59%
Average Freshman Award: $12,172
Average Indebtedness of 2011 Graduates: $26,612


Academic Calendar System: Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum: required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates: 1,711
Regular Class Size: 2-9 students: 2-9 students: 2-9 students: 6% of classes
10-19 students: 34% of classes
20-29 students: 19% of classes
30-39 students: 14% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-59 students: 13% of classes
Over 100 students: 7% of classes

Financial Aid Office Contacts

Web Site: Financial Aid Web Site

Financial Aid Application Process

Application Deadline: Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification: On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid: Federal Methodology
Forms Required: Cost to File
FAFSA Code is 008815: Free

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