Admissions

Unless you are transferring from another university, the freshman and sophomore years are spent in the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of General Studies. During the first two years, a pre-Information Science student takes courses needed for admissions and begins satisfying some of the required Skills, General Education, Related Area, and Information Science course requirements.

Upon completion of 55 credits, pre-Information Science students can apply to the Information Science program by meeting with their advisors and completing an Undergraduate Academic Program/Plan Add/Change Form and a BSIS School Transfer Application. Your advisor will send these plus your folder to Information Science, and they will be reviewed by an admissions committee. Decisions are made in about two weeks.

Use the University transfer guidelines for detailed information on the transfer process.

If you are transferring from another college or university external to Pitt, you may access Pitt’s external transfer policies here. In addition, the School of Information Sciences has specific credit transfer arrangements with several local colleges and universities. You may access the details on those specific arrangements here.

Admission requirements

To be considered for transfer to the Information Science program, applicants must:

  • Present an adequate lower-level undergraduate academic record and be in good standing in the college or school in which they are currently enrolled.
  • Complete 55 credits (includes current-term credits)
  • Demonstrate strong evidence of academic achievement to include GPA, course grades, or recommendations. Note: Students who have a GPA less than 2.75 may be considered for provisional admission and should apply. Students should have earned a “C” or better for any courses that were taken to meet the General Education, Skills, Related or Information Science requirements.
  • Maintain an information science GPA of at least 2.75
  • Complete the INFSCI 0010 Intro to Information, Systems and Society course

Deadlines: August 1 for the fall term, December 1 for the spring term, and April 1 for the summer term.

Students already enrolled at Pitt may apply to the information science program simply by meeting with your current advisor and completing the:
  • Undergraduate Academic Program/Plan Add/Change form from the School/College at which you are currently enrolled.
  • BSIS Transfer Application from your current advisor's office.
Your advisor will submit the forms to the School of Information Sciences, and they will be reviewed by the admissions committee. Decisions usually are made within two weeks.
Students who are transferring from other institutions should visit the University of Pittsburgh's transfer site.
International students should visit the University's Office of Admissions and Financial Aid to learn how to complete an application. As part of the admissions review process, the chair of the undergraduate Information Science program (or designate) will review transcripts from students’ originating institution for acceptance or denial of transfer credits. Additionally, the application process and number of transfer credits allowed are dictated by University transfer student policies.

Postbaccalaureate and guest students are holders of bachelor’s degrees who have been permitted to take additional undergraduate course work as non-degree students. The number of credits that may be taken by non-degree, postbaccalaureate students is limited to a maximum of 12.

Guest students are students who are matriculated in degree programs elsewhere but who, with the permission of their home schools, wish to take courses in the information science program. The expectation is that credit thus earned will be transferred to the home school to be used in satisfying degree requirements. The home school must certify that the proposed arrangement is satisfactory before such a student will be admitted. Suspended or dismissed students, even with their home school’s permission, cannot be admitted as guest students. Guest student status is not usually granted for more than two terms.

Application forms for admission as either a non-degree postbaccalaureate or guest student are available from the School administrative office located at 135 North Bellefield Avenue. Acceptance cannot be granted until all necessary materials have been received, including the completed application form, official transcripts, and application fee. The deadlines for application for special students are August 1 for fall term, December 1 for spring term, and April 1 for summer term admissions.

Those who already have received a Baccalaureate degree and wish to earn a BSIS degree are encouraged to apply to the BSIS office in Room 720 of the Information Sciences Building. If you’ve received a Baccalaureate degree from the University of Pittsburgh within the last 12 years, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor. You will need to submit your official transcripts for any degrees earned. If you earned a Baccalaureate degree from an institution other than the University of Pittsburgh within the last 12 years, you will need to complete a Transfer Application and submit any requested fees. Visit the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for more details.