Prospective Students

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Freshman admissions

The information which follows is for students applying for admission in fall 2021.

Pitt Honors is competitive. We accept about 550-600 students each year into the Honors degree program. 

Incoming freshmen apply to Pitt Honors during their regular University of Pittsburgh application process. If you choose to apply, you'll 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:

  • 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 degree requirements 
  • Priority course registration
  • A guaranteed spot in Honors housing, although it is not required for all admitted Honors students.
  • The Pitt Honors program is flexible, so you will also get an assigned Honors Scholar-Mentor to help you tailor the most advantageous experience for your interests

The deadline for Pitt Honors freshman application is December 1. 

Things to consider: 

  • Although we don’t have set SAT/ACT requirements, our average student has a 1450-1500 SAT and/or 32-33 ACT. Generally, they also have an ‘A’ (or 3.80 unweighted) GPA.
  • All first-year Honors students are guaranteed a spot in Honors housing to live together as a community.
  • 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. 

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Visit Pitt Honors
Join us every Monday and Friday at 1 p.m. for information sessions about Pitt Honors on the 35th floor of the Cathedral of Learning. Register here (under the Daily Visit Options registration menu.)

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

You can also browse our FAQ about first-year admissions. 




Upperclass admissions

Pitt Honors admits a limited number of upperclass Pitt students into its degree program. 

Upperclassmen (including transfers from a regional campus) must have a minimum GPA of 3.50, and a minimum of 2 semesters (24 credits). Applicants are required to complete two essay prompts which can be found here and submit a letter of recommendation from an instructor or academic advisor. Applications for upperclassmen open in the spring for the following academic year. Follow the link below to begin the application process.

Apply as an upperclassman » 
Deadline: May 31, 2020



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.