Prospective Students

Pitt Honors is competitive. We accept about 300-400 students each year.

Incoming freshmen apply to Pitt Honors during their regular University of Pittsburgh application process.

The deadline for Pitt Honors is January 15, but for priority consideration, apply by November 1. 

If you choose to apply, you'll answer 2 additional essay questions about your intellectual curiosity and your interest in social good. Your academic record and your essay responses all have a major impact on your application strength. 

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.
  • All first-year Honors students are guaranteed a spot in Honors housing to live together as a community.
  • Unlike other Honors colleges, we welcome all undergraduates to engage with our programs, and even admit upperclassmen who show they’re a fit for our community. 

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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

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