How to Apply – Incoming First-Year Students

The School of Computing and Information does not directly handle undergraduate admissions. Please contact the University of Pittsburgh Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for more information about admission to the School.


Transfer Process

Internal (Regional and Pittsburgh Campuses)

To be considered for transfer to the School of Computing and Information, applicants must present an adequate lower-level undergraduate academic record and be in good academic standing in the college or school in which they are currently enrolled. Specifically, qualified students typically:

  • have completed at least 55 credits (which may include current term credits)
  • have an overall GPA of at least 2.75 if currently enrolled at Pitt’s Oakland campus
  • have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 if currently enrolled outside of Pitt’s Oakland campus

Additionally, students working towards their first degree at the University of Pittsburgh must be admitted to a SCI degree program. For degree-specific admissions requirements, click here.

(Internal) Pittsburgh campus schools
Upon completion of 55 credits, students can apply to the School of Computing and Information by meeting with their advisors and completing an Undergraduate Academic Program/Plan Add/Change Form with their current School’s Records Office or other administrative center.

(Regional) Relocation from regional campuses
Regional transfer students may apply directly to the School if they have met both the relocation requirements and the major-specific admissions requirements. Those who do not meet the both the relocation requirements and degree-specific admissions requirements must apply through the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

Students in Pitt’s undergraduate schools or regional campuses at the University should initiate the process of transferring into a SCI program by submitting an Undergraduate Academic Program/Plan Add/Change form with their current campus’s Records Office or other administrative center. Students currently on inactive status in the school of last registration must first be reinstated in that school before the transfer process can be completed.

Applications for internal transfer are reviewed by the SCI Records Office in conjunction with departmental faculty. Decisions are made in about two to four weeks. Students will be contacted by the SCI Records Office regarding the admissions decision.

External

Second-degree, non-Pitt
Students who completed a degree at another institution submit a Transfer Application and supporting materials to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. .

First degree transfers from external institutions
Students at other institutions who wish to apply for admission as transfer students to the School of Computing and Information should submit a Transfer Application and supporting materials to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Readmission
Students who previously attended the University of Pittsburgh before attending another institution and who wish to return to the University are considered transfer students and must reapply following the guidelines for transfer students. Former students who have enrolled in other institutions may apply for readmission with advanced standing. Such students should submit a Transfer Application and supporting materials to the University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

For more details regarding the different definitions and regulations for readmitted and reinstated students, see the Leave of Absence (LOA), Readmission, and Reinstatement section of the SCI Catalog page.

All applications for external transfer (second-degree, non-Pitt; first degree transfer; and readmission), including the associated evaluation of course work taken at other colleges and universities, will be reviewed by the SCI Records Office in conjunction with departmental faculty and the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Decisions are made in about two to four weeks and notifications will be made by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Students will later receive an evaluation of transfer credits and welcome letter from the School.

Additionally, students working towards their first degree at the University of Pittsburgh must be admitted to a SCI degree program. For degree-specific admissions requirements, click here.

International

Applicants are required to submit original or certified, official secondary school records; literal translations of your records if they are not in English; and an official credential evaluation of all international documents (transcripts, marksheets, certificates, examination results, etc.) from an approved evaluator. See details on the OAFA webpage for International Transcript Evaluation. The application process should be started 9 to 12 months in advance of the intended enrollment date.

An applicant whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit official test results.

For more information on international student applications, including TOEFL requirements and exceptions, refer to: http://www.oafa.pitt.edu/intladm.aspx.

Postbaccalaureate and Guest Students

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree and wish to take additional undergraduate courses on a non-degree-seeking basis (post-baccalaureate) or students who are students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at another university who plan to take courses for credit at the University of Pittsburgh with the intention of transferring those courses back to their home institution (guest students) should apply directly to the College of General Studies (CGS). Eligibility and application instructions are available on the CGS website.

Second Degree Program

Students who have already earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and who are returning to complete a second degree may be admitted to SCI directly as undeclared students while they complete the requirements for admission to a specific degree program. Students may not remain undeclared for more than three semesters after admissions.

Students who fall into this category should apply directly to the School of Computing and Information. Applicants should note the following:

  • Course work for the second degree will continue to be recorded on the original University of Pittsburgh undergraduate transcript.
  • All appropriate course work from the first degree will apply to the second degree.
  • The cumulative GPA and credit total will be based on all credits from the first degree and all new course work taken that applies to the second degree.
  • Students must earn a minimum of 30 new credits.

For additional Transfer information, including Evaluation of Transfer Credits, visit the University Catalog.