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Is the SAT 1450+ CR+M scholarship still out there?

KalookakooKalookakoo Registered User Posts: 471 Member
edited August 2010 in University of Pittsburgh
I remember reading about how OOS students with SAT scores (CR+M) of 1450+ automatically receive full scholarships, and I was wondering if it still is available with the recent budget cuts?

If not, would I still be able to acquire a substantial scholarship with my stats? I'm going in for Computer Engineering.

NY Resident
African American
Top 15% of my class, hopefully enter top 10% with first marking quarter of Senior year
3.68UW/3.92W GPA
SAT 1330/1950 (I'm working hard for the extra 120 points and I hope it won't be in vain for Pitt, retaking SAT in October)
Lots of normal EC's
District Band (auditioned)
National Achievement Commended
40 or so Unofficial Volunteer Hours
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Replies to: Is the SAT 1450+ CR+M scholarship still out there?

  • mictedginmictedgin Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    I'm a NYer who had 1450 & 33 on ACT. received full tuition. will be a freshman this fall.
  • wgmcp101wgmcp101 Registered User Posts: 936 Member
    What budget cuts? There is going to be a reduced disbursement of the endowment over the next two years but I don't think it will affect scholarships. You should be in good shape. I don't know if any scholarship is technically "automatic", but I doubt they'll be less of them.
  • Riley13Riley13 Registered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
    I don't think full tuition is automatically granted based upon just your SAT score. We were told there are three main considerations, the ACT/SAT, GPA, and class rank. As I recall, they look for top 5% in your class in addition to the scores and grades.
  • wgmcp101wgmcp101 Registered User Posts: 936 Member
    Pitt strongly considers rigor of HS curriculum and class rank, as well as SATs. Even if you don't get a full ride, you may get very substantial help. Certainly, the better scores the better shot. It certainly doesn't hurt that you are both out-of-state and a minority. BTW, Pitt just released their budget today. The good news is they ended salary freezes and added $6 million to the budget for financial aid. The bad news is OOS tuition went up 3.0%, which isn't that bad considering what is happening across the nation.
  • KalookakooKalookakoo Registered User Posts: 471 Member
    Sounds good. And I've taken the toughest course load that is possible at my schools which will amount to all honors courses and about 8-9 AP classes in which I've gotten 3+ on the AP exams on. I really hope my class rank doesn't hurt me.
  • wgmcp101wgmcp101 Registered User Posts: 936 Member
    Make sure they know you are really interested. Set up an official visit if you haven't already.
  • MTnestMTnest Registered User Posts: 1,793 Senior Member
    The full scholarships are NOT AUTOMATIC! There have been plenty of students who didn't get the scholarships even though their score was better than the 1450 and their stats were better than those who got the scholarships.

    Pitt is "known" for giving out merit scholarships so the numbers of students applying are increasing especially those with great stats. I am sure the full scholarships will be extremely competitive this year as it was last year.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is -- don't be surprise if you don't get one but if you do :)
  • schriztoschrizto Registered User Posts: 4,099 Senior Member
    The "full scholarship" you're referring to is actually full tuition. It is not an automatic scholarship, but it is heavily based on stats and if you have 1450+ M+CR you are competitive. The time you file your application is important too, since if you apply late there will be fewer of those scholarships available since they are awarded on a rolling basis.
  • LurkNessMonsterLurkNessMonster Registered User Posts: 2,015 Senior Member
    There are also diversity scholarships that are given out in addition to the full-tuition 1450 SAT ones.
  • KalookakooKalookakoo Registered User Posts: 471 Member
    Thanks guys. I think what most worries me is my class rank, but there's not much I can do about it. What truly frustrates me is that I would be in the top 5% if I did not slack freshmen year. No use ranting about it now. Guess I'll know how it all turns out when I apply, but I hope to ask an admissions officer (though I know it's all speculation) at my campus visit next Saturday.
  • LurkNessMonsterLurkNessMonster Registered User Posts: 2,015 Senior Member
    mictedgin, best of luck to you at Pitt! We are also New Yorkers. Let me know if you have any questions. My daughter will be a senior at Pitt. She's had a great experience there.

    Kalookakoo, definitely apply to Pitt if it meets your needs, and keep your fingers crossed for scholarship money. Best of luck!
  • mictedginmictedgin Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    thank you LurkNessMonster
  • DonnaMomDonnaMom Registered User Posts: 384 Member
    We are also from - my son will be a Freshman. We got the Full Tuition Scholarship. Applied in October.

    Our HS does not rank so I am not sure how ranking factors in to the scholarship decision.

    He did have very good SATs though.
  • KalookakooKalookakoo Registered User Posts: 471 Member
    Let me ask you guys something. I would like to apply in October, but if I were to wait until November when first quarter ends my rank would most likely go higher (not into top 5% though) and my unweighted average would increase. I don't know if waiting another month would work against me though.
  • MD MomMD Mom Registered User Posts: 6,728 Senior Member
    It may not be worth waiting, Kalookakoo. Some schools use the rank at the end of junior year for rank and don't adjust it every quarter. You might check with your school.
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