University of Pittsburgh

Admissions and Requirements

Selection Factors

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Guaranteed Admissions Program

A limited number of freshman applicants are offered guaranteed admission to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Selection will be based on the candidate's application for admission. Learn more about this program.

We take measure of your desire and ability to interact with people. Because a large portion of your studies will be conducted in collaborative learning situations, you will be interacting with patients from day one, and success in this environment depends upon you personally valuing the person-to-person approach as much as we do.

Like other top-rated medical schools, we seek students with clear signs of native intellect and an excellent academic record.

We thoroughly review your evaluations by college pre-professional committees as well as your letters of recommendation.

We pay special attention to letters from faculty members with whom you’ve collaborated on scholarly pursuits and/or extracurricular activities.

We look for resourceful, creative applicants who are leaders and demonstrate the potential to add to the medical profession. We seek applicants who balance academic achievement with an abiding sense of personal discovery and a deep commitment to serving others.

The goal of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is to educate physicians who are science-based, skilled, and compassionate clinicians prepared to meet the challenges of practicing medicine in the 21st century and to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research that is focused on bettering the human condition and advancing the fundamental understanding of medical science. 

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.