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University of pittsburgh scholarship

Penelope111Penelope111 Posts: 68Registered User Junior Member
I was accepted into the university of pittsburgh with a 29 act and 3.7 weighted, 3.5 unweighted gpa. I am an out of state student so would like to get a scholarship if I decide to attend the college, and I just recently moved my act score up to a 32. Do I have any chance at a scholarship?
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  • Penelope111Penelope111 Posts: 68Registered User Junior Member
    Act: moved up from 29 to 32.
    Gpa: 3.7 weighted, 3.5 unweighted.
    What are my chances of getting a scholarship (out of state student, already accepted)
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 60,693Registered User Senior Member
    UPitt has become unpredictable with merit scholarships. Your GPA seems a bit low for much merit, and you may need a 33+. Not sure. All you can do is wait and see.

    33% of UPitt's students have an ACT 30+.

    What state are you from? That might make a difference.

    How much will your parents pay? How much merit do you need?
  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse Posts: 24,328Registered User Senior Member
    THe kids getting merit money in the last few years have had either a 1450 (M and CR) SAT1 score or a 33 ACT composite schore with a 4.0 average., upper 5% of class. This group of kids have gotten awards ranging from $2K to full ride. It used to be a lot easier to get into the Honors College and from there get a nice award covering tuition. Not any more. Pitt is finding that it doesn't have to buy as many high stat students these days and the % of kids on merit money has dropped drastically.
  • entomomentomom Posts: 23,657Registered User Senior Member
  • naviancenaviance Posts: 161Registered User Junior Member
    call admissions and ask your admissions counselor.
  • entomomentomom Posts: 23,657Registered User Senior Member
    ^The link I posted has a direct quote from an adcom.
  • celesterobertscelesteroberts Posts: 1,738Registered User Senior Member
    The website scholarship page says that 'in past years' to be considered for a scholarship you needed 33 ACT and 'A' average and challenging curriculum, etc. I don't know what the 'in past years' is about, probably a way of not locking them into any promises. Check it out. You might still raise ACT score, but can't do much about GPA at this point. :(
  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse Posts: 24,328Registered User Senior Member
    Who gets the awards is often determined by who is in the applicant pool. If high test scores/gpas are not as plentiful in a given year, the threshholds may be lowered. Also no one knows what is on any given school's wish list and if you hit the jackpot that way, may get more too.

    So you give it a try. Basically, when looking at merit awards, look at the common data for the % of merit awards given, and basically you should be well in that %tile in terms of stats to get a scholarship unless you have something else the college is seeking. Also look for specific awards and what the amounts are. If you are looking for big chunks of money, to find out that the school only gives out a few of those with the rest being $1K type awards, the chances of getting a large scholarhsip are very small.

    Penn State has surpassed Pitt in the number of students getting merit money, but the awards are much smaller
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