How to Apply for Admission

The Office of International Services at Pitt-Johnstown is eager to assist you in all stages of the application process. Please review the information below for specific documents that you must submit and the academic standards that are required for admission.



Immigration Status

It is important to note that all international students must initiate the application process through the Office of International Services at the Pittsburgh campus. Since this process is a team effort between the Johnstown and Pittsburgh campuses, students receive correspondence from both institutions.


US Citizen, Permanent Resident, Asylee, or Refugee

Any student classified in one of the above categories should not apply as an international student. We advise that you visit the Office of Admissions to view the admissions requirements and application procedures to follow.


Basic Application Procedures

1. Complete the International Undergraduate Student On-Line Application for Admission. Please make sure you complete and submit all information requested. Failure to do so will delay the processing of your application. All required materials must be submitted before the deadlines.

2. Submit original or certified (notarized) copies of all original language academic records (mark sheets or transcripts) from all secondary and postsecondary institutions that you attended. Where the official original documents are issued in a language other than English, certified English translations must also be submitted. Certified copies of the original certificates or diplomas awarded at the completion of studies must also be submitted. Official transcripts must be submitted from all schools attended starting from at least the 9th year of education. Records should contain the dates of attendance and date of completion, level of study, a list of subjects studied, grades (marks) earned, grading scale, and rank in class (when possible).

3. Verify English language proficiency by submitting the results of one of the following tests:

a. International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Official results must be sent direct to the Office of International Services at the Pittsburgh campus for information contact the University of Cambridge - Local Examinations Syndicate. The minimum IELTS score for undergraduate admission is 6.5.

b. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The institutional code for the University of Pittsburgh is 2934. Results must be sent directly to the University of Pittsburgh by the Educational Testing Service. The minimum TOEFEL score for undergraduate admissions is 80 on the iBT (internet-based test); 213 on the cBT (computer-based test); or 550 on the pBT (paper-based test).

c. Exemption Based on Citizenship: Only applicants who are citizens of a country where the official language is English are exempt from the IELTS or TOEFL requirement. Click here for a list of countries where English is the official language.

d. Exemption Based on SAT Verbal Score: Student who have an SAT Critical Reading result of 600 or above are also exempt from the IELTS or TOEFL requirement.

4. Submit SAT Results. Results of the SAT are required for applicants for Freshmen (first year) admission who are currently attending a high school in the United States or a regionally accredited International School. Results are to be sent to the University of Pittsburgh, ETS code 2934. Although only required of applicants as noted above, all applicants are encouraged to submit SAT results.

5. Click on the links below for additional application instructions for Freshman (First-Year) Students, Transfer Students, Second Bachelor's Degree, or Non-Degree Admission procedures.


  • Freshman (First-Year) Students Students who have recently finished or are about to finish secondary education (high school) and have not completed any university level studies.
  • Transfer Students Students who have finished secondary education (high school) and completed some university or post-secondary studies.
  • Second Bachelor's Degree Students who have completed a first university degree that is comparable to a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
  • Non-Degree Admission Students who have completed a university degree comparable to a bachelor's degree and need to satisfy prerequisites for admission to a graduate program or take courses for enrichment. This category includes students who wish to enroll for one semester as a guest.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Semester (begins January 2016) October 15, 2015
  • Summer Semester (begins May or June 2015) February 15, 2015
  • Fall Semester (begins August 2015) April 1, 2015

It is strongly recommended that you apply at least two to three months in advance of the international student deadlines noted above.