Resources › For Students and Parents University of Pittsburgh: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics Share Flipboard Email Print catnap72/Getty Images For Students and Parents College Admissions Testing Graphs College Admissions Process College Profiles College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated April 14, 2020 The University of Pittsburgh is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 57%. For its many strengths, Pitt ranks among the top Middle Atlantic colleges and universities and the top national public universities. Considering applying to University of Pittsburgh? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students. Why the University of Pittsburgh Location: Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaCampus Features: The 132-acre campus of the University of Pittsburgh is easily recognized by the towering Cathedral of Learning, the tallest educational building in the U.S. The campus enjoys proximity to other highly regarded institutions including Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University.Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1Athletics: The Pitt Panthers compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference.Highlights: Pitt was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. The university also has strengths in medicine, engineering, and business. Acceptance Rate During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, the University of Pittsburgh had an acceptance rate of 57%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 57 students were admitted, making Pitt's admissions process competitive. Admissions Statistics (2018-19) Number of Applicants 32,091 Percent Admitted 57% Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 22% SAT Scores and Requirements The University of Pittsburgh requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 83% of admitted students submitted SAT scores. SAT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile ERW 630 700 Math 630 740 ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing This admissions data tells us that most of the University of Pittsburgh's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Pitt scored between 630 and 700, while 25% scored below 630 and 25% scored above 700. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 630 and 740, while 25% scored below 630 and 25% scored above 740. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1440 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at the University of Pittsburgh. Requirements Pitt does not require the optional SAT essay section or SAT Subject tests. Note that the University of Pittsburgh participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. ACT Scores and Requirements Pitt requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 34% of admitted students submitted ACT scores. ACT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile English 27 34 Math 26 31 Composite 28 33 This admissions data tells us that most of the University of Pittsburgh's admitted students fall within the top 12% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Pitt received a composite ACT score between 28 and 33, while 25% scored above 33 and 25% scored below 28. Requirements Note that Pitt does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. The University of Pittsburgh does not require the optional ACT writing section. GPA In 2019, the average high school GPA for incoming University of Pittsburgh freshmen was 4.07, and over 90% of admitted students had an average GPA above 3.5. These results suggest that most successful applicants to the University of Pittsburgh have primarily A and high B grades. Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph University of Pittsburgh Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex. The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to the University of Pittsburgh. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account. Admissions Chances The University of Pittsburgh, which accepts over half of applicants, has a selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being admitted. However, Pitt's admissions process focuses on more than a strong academic record; they are looking for students who succeed in rigorous courses that include AP, IB, and Honors courses. The admissions officers also place weight on applicants' responses to the optional short answer questions. To apply, students can use the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Pitt has rolling admissions, but it is certainly to your advantage to apply early for the best chance at scholarships. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As you can see, the majority of students who got in had "B+" or higher averages, SAT scores of about 1150 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 24 or higher. The higher the numbers, the more likely you are to get accepted. Behind the blue and green in the middle of the graph is some red (rejected students) and yellow (waitlisted students), so it's important to keep in mind that some students with strong GPAs and test scores still get rejected by Pitt. All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and University of Pittsburgh's Undergraduate Admissions Office. How Competitive Is University of Miami's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is the University of Maryland's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Fordham University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is University of Wisconsin's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is UT Dallas' Admissions Process? 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