University of Pittsburgh

Admissions and Requirements

Guaranteed Admissions Program

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Guaranteed Admit Program (GA) is for outstanding high school seniors who have been admitted to the University of Pittsburgh as undergraduates and are interested in attending the University’s medical school after completing their undergraduate degrees.

Students meeting the required criteria will receive initial notification of their eligibility to apply for the guarantee program by the undergraduate Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, and then be asked by the School of Medicine via e-mail to submit additional information in support of their candidacy. Students selected on the basis of their submissions will subsequently be invited for an interview by the School of Medicine. Interviews take place at the School of Medicine in March.

Applying for the Guaranteed Admit Program

An applicant must indicate interest in Pre-Medicine or Bioengineering on their undergraduate admissions application to the University of Pittsburgh. The completed application and supporting credentials must be received by the undergraduate Admissions Office on or before November 15 for best chances of consideration.

To compete for the medical school guarantee, applicants must be a US Citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident (not pending or conditional) or have Asylee Status.  In addition, the applicants must meet the initial eligibility requirements of earning the highest grade point average available in their high school in the context of a curriculum showing the greatest academic rigor possible and earning a minimum SAT I score of 1490 (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 33 ACT.

Students meeting these criteria will be asked by the School of Medicine to submit additional information in support of their candidacy. Students selected on the basis of their submissions will subsequently be invited for an interview at the School of Medicine.

Selection for the interview is based on:

  • Academic performance

  • Medically related experiences

  • Research Experience, if available

  • Community Service

  • Two letters of recommendation (1 from either a school counselor or and teacher and the other from a person who knows the applicant through their participation in the activities above)

  • An essay

After this material is reviewed, the applicant may be invited for an interview.  (No one is admitted to the medical school without an interview.)  On the day of the interview, applicants will be given a tour of the medical school and additional information about the opportunities available at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Requirements

If accepted into the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Guaranteed Admissions Program, students must:

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.75 with a Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics  (BCPM) GPA of 3.75 as an undergraduate

  • Complete the undergraduate degree within four years

  • Continue to gain medically related experiences* during their undergraduate years

  • Seek research opportunities in a medically related field

  • Seek opportunities for community service 

  • Meet with the Director of the Guaranteed Admit program once every semester to discuss their progress in terms of medically related activities, research and community service.

  • Meet with the University Pre-Medical Advisor at the start of each semester in order to confirm that they are fulfilling the academic pre-requisites for admission to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.   In addition, students will be given information regarding various research** and volunteering opportunities.

  • Provide the Office of Admissions with an official transcript at the completion of their junior year

Please keep in mind, students must also meet with the advisor who was assigned to them by the University of Pittsburgh at matriculation.

*Students need to be HIPAA certified before they can be permitted to volunteer in any UPMC-affiliated hospital. The certification can be done online by:

  • Visiting http://cme.hs.pitt.edu

  • Clicking on “Internet Based Studies in Education and Research” and then

  • Clicking on “HIPAA Privacy Awareness for Faculty, Students, Health Professionals and Trainees.”

**For those interested in Neuroscience Research visit the website of The Center for Neuroscience for the University of Pittsburgh.

Procedures for Matriculation into the School of Medicine

At the end of the junior year, students who meet the requirements listed above should apply to AMCAS in order to get an AMCAS ID.  They should submit this information to the Office of Admissions at the School of Medicine as pre-approval is required.  Students will be identified as a Special Program applicant to the University of Pittsburgh.  Students need to make sure that they apply as a Special Program/Early Assurance applicant (application type is located near the end of the application) and choose only the University of Pittsburgh.  By doing this, students will not be charged the AMCAS application fee.

Since students are applying to AMCAS with a guaranteed acceptance to medical school, they are not required to complete all parts of the AMCAS application. Applicants should complete the Biographic, Family/Additional Information, Academic Record, Education and Criminal Background Check sections of the AMCAS application. The only material that must be submitted to AMCAS is an official transcript. 

Students are required to provide the Office of Admissions with an official transcript upon matriculation.

Students are not required to take the MCAT.  However, taking the MCAT is required if applicants choose to apply to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s MD/PhD program. Students interested in applying for the MD/PhD must also complete the entire AMCAS application and pay the full AMCAS application fee.   

Our Mission

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and populations through cutting-edge biomedical research, innovative educational programs in medicine and biomedical science, and leadership in academic medicine.