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University of Pittsburgh Class of 2023 Discussion Thread

hew100hew100 16 replies3 threads Junior Member
edited November 2018 in University of Pittsburgh
I've been patiently waiting for someone to make an official thread for the the prospective class of 2023 since most of us are are finally done our junior year of high school, but nothing thus far so please post stats, visits, courses, or anything Pitt.
edited November 2018
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  • rlenardrlenard 19 replies6 threads Junior Member
    I'm applying to Pitt hopefully soon (i would love to do it as early as possible haha) and have filled everything out on the app except for the short answer questions. I'm applying to the main campus and the school of arts and sciences (which i think is the general one) for hopefully a major in public health/neuroscience. I'm OOS from VA and take mostly IB classes but am not an IB diploma candidate. I have decent Ecs, sports and music mainly and have a 4.3 weighted and 1500 sat (730 r/w, 770 math). I'm hopeful I can get in but preparing for anything honestly...I visited back in october and it was gorgeous aside from the fact that it was pouring the entire campus tour. Hopefully I can go back in nicer weather later on. One thing I am a little confused on is the earliest date for applications. Obviously i am not going to submit it in July and am not really close to finished with the app but would like to do it as soon as possible, I know the rollover date hasn't come since it still asks me if i am fall 2018 or spring 2019, which i'm not either one of them. good luck to you guys in applications and I am sure the rolling admissions will (hopefully) provide us a huge favor haha
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  • HopetobeapittmomHopetobeapittmom 32 replies0 threads Junior Member
    edited July 2018
    @rlenard.. You have very nice credentials. Good Luck to you. The application opens up 8/1 (that is when it opened up when my son applied last year) Best of luck!
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  • amh1002amh1002 24 replies22 threads Junior Member
    This is great! Im trying to find as many college chat threads for my prospective college choices and this is definitely one
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  • shortnukeshortnuke 517 replies10 threads Member
    @rlenard Make sure you put a lot of effort into the essays. Your credentials are great and I seriously doubt that you would not get an acceptance. You'll likely get Honors Program and merit, but the essays will have an impact.
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  • carachel2carachel2 2986 replies25 threads Senior Member
    @rienard Man if you can find the strength and time to take the SAT one more time and get a few more points you will really strengthen your chances for merit aid! Best of luck, you sound like a solid admit.
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  • Kadel1023Kadel1023 112 replies12 threads Junior Member
    Pitt in recent years has been a tough admission.

    4 majors require a bit more than others. Nursing, Engineering, Pharmacy, ......and cant recall the 4th, sorry. The average SAT for those 4 is 1460.

    They have Gold and Blue days you could visit and get application fee waiver. They do not use the common app but do use the coalition, or you could apply on the main web site.

    I live 10 mins away from grew up a strong Pitt person. Recently I realized I prefer rural campuses, so Pitt is only my safety school. H2P!!!

    Good luck to all.
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  • Winky1Winky1 1376 replies1 threads Senior Member
    @rlenard , best of luck! My D will be moving in on 8/20, so we are very excited for her. She was in your shoes last year. She also had a 1500. My girl had no interest in taking the SAT again, and she did not. However, I firmly agree with @carachel2 - take it again. Bump up a bit on your math or your reading (they will super score, correct?) I encourage you to look at it as separate scores, then perhaps you'll see the wiggle room. My girl had a 770 on math, and I think she was afraid of doing worse. But her reading was a 730. She could've gained maybe 20 points or more in the reading based on her practice tests. Who cares if she would've dropped 10 or 20 in math? Over all, it would've been a 1520+. And that would've gone a lot farther, not just at Pitt, but at the other crazy competitive schools she applied to as well. Higher scores = higher merit, and that's a general rule for all schools.

    Overall, she did well with Pitt's offer, but at the time that she applied, she had a 5.0 weighted - she is also neuroscience, got $10,000 merit per year (was originally $5,000 per year but we submitted a successful cost comparison, and she got more!, and Honors College. She also got a spot in the GAP for Physician Assistant. So my point is - go for it!!!!! Don't be afraid of pushing this application, of working it hard! Best of luck to you.
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  • rlenardrlenard 19 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Thank you! I hope to be in the same boat as your daughter if i get admitted. I worked a ton on editing my essays and hopefully they are good, but i’ll just have to wait and see. I submitted my app on the 3rd so my fingers are crossed until i find out!
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  • hew100hew100 16 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Just for an FYI everyone, I recently attended one of the blue and gold days and my tour guy said that the incoming class of 2022 has an average GPA of a 4.2 (W obviously).Not sure how accurate that is but just wanted to let everyone interested in Pitt know.
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  • carachel2carachel2 2986 replies25 threads Senior Member
    ^^^ And average ACT of 30.
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  • BoroDadBoroDad 109 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @rlenard Definitely take it again or try the ACT.

    My son is moving in next week. His 34 ACT converted to a 1540 SAT and was worth $10k in merit which we argued up to $15k with comp schools. A 35 ACT would probably have gotten him more upfront. Every point is worth $. Take a look at the threads from the last two years. good luck
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  • BoroDadBoroDad 109 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Sorry he did get a 35 ACT. Actually his HS schedule strength was probably the difference - his scores were there. What i think I meant was get good grades with a tough schedule then the extra SAT/ACT points do help
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  • MayachhetriMayachhetri 2 replies0 threads New Member
    edited August 2018
    I am looking to enroll into the Swanson school of engineering, how would you say my chances are?
    SAT:1270 (EBRW- 610, M 660)
    GPA: 4.6 Weighted, 4.0 Unweighted
    Rank: 1/150 with unweighted GPA and top 4% with weighted
    I am taking the SAT one more time in August and I'm hoping for at least 1330 (maybe a 630 in EBRW and 700 in Math), if not more. I am in state but I'm originally from Asia. I have lots of extra-curriculars (NHS, student council, etc.) including many volunteer hours. Throughout my high school years, I will have a total of 10 AP classes. I know I am not going to get merit aid at all but what are my chances of getting into the engineering school at Pitt? It's my number 1 choice!!
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  • carachel2carachel2 2986 replies25 threads Senior Member
    edited August 2018
    @Mayachhetri --get that SAT into the high 1300s and your chances should be good. Your math score is strong. Are you taking AP Calc BC, AP physics and AP chem? Also, have you tried the ACT?

    The average ACT for this year's entering class is 30. I would expect for Swanson the average is a bit higher.
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  • MayachhetriMayachhetri 2 replies0 threads New Member
    @carachel2 Yes, I have already taken AP Physics, but Im taking AP Calc AB, AP Chem, AP Computer Science and a few others my senior year. I did worst on the ACT so it's not for me! I am just hoping to get in from my SAT scores.
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  • carachel2carachel2 2986 replies25 threads Senior Member
    @Mayachhetri that looks like a solid senior year. I wish you well! Keep us posted.
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  • WaitingPittWaitingPitt 14 replies0 threads New Member
    My D submitted on Aug 1st, has anyone heard back yet? They told her 2-4 weeks but she is really nervous. Just wanted to see if anyone else has heard yet. Thanks and good luck to everyone!
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  • hailtopitt1787hailtopitt1787 1979 replies2 threadsCollege Rep Senior Member
    edited August 2018
    Hello, @WaitingPitt - She should not expect a response until September.

    Best of luck!
    A Pitt Admissions Staffer
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  • DJCURRYBEATS19DJCURRYBEATS19 140 replies2 threads Junior Member
    @hailtopitt1787 I submitted my application on the 20th, when should I expect to have a decision back? Also, I got an email with log in credentials for the portal, what will those be used for? Thanks!
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  • Setter4lifeSetter4life 56 replies3 threads Junior Member
    A few familiar names here from last year have posted already. Glad to see the process is over and everyone is doing well. I just want to emphasize what some of them already mentioned based on my own experience. If you are OUT OF STATE and you are LOOKING FOR MERIT, you better have somewhere along the lines of a 4.0 plus GPA as well as something north of 34 on the ACT , otherwise do not count on PITT to offer any merit at all. If you are looking into the DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP, the same will apply. Having said that, many of you will have decent stats for admissions and chances are you might be admitted (3.8 GPA and above 29 plus ACT etc), but again do not count to get any merit at all. Admission came early for me, but then months went by before realizing that merit will not be extended. Some of the information they put out last year on their website was not completely clear. They seem to have listen to those (yours truly) who brought it up because the website was revised for the better... All and all extremely thrilled my end results and where I ended up with. At the end, it all works out. I just want to bring this up in order for those of you looking to apply to the University of Pittsburgh as an OOS not to took into any merit without the numbers.

    Not sure what the final results or yield is for the class of 2018, but I am assuming that many of those applicants with those stats had amazing merit offers from other schools as well . Another piece of advice is get familiar with these boards and past results from at least the last few years. Tons of knowledgeable people here. I know everyone is different and many of you bring your own spin into the application process, but the overall results don;t lie. Good luck to all of you.


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