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Options Students

Welcome to our campus. You applied to the University of Pittsburgh and listed Pitt-Bradford as your second choice. You’re what we call an Options student, and we’re happy to have you on our campus.

We’ve tried to anticipate some of the questions you may have as you proceed through the admissions process and have answered them below. However, if you need more information or have other questions, please let us know. Give us a call at 1-800-872-1787, an e-mail at admissions@upb.pitt.edu.

Q. I applied to the Pittsburgh campus. Why was I offered admission to the Bradford campus?

A. As more students apply to the Pittsburgh campus, admission becomes even more competitive. For students whose academic profile suggests that they could benefit from the University’s educational philosophy, strengths, and reputation, the Admissions Committee may offer admission to one of the four regional campuses. At Pitt-Bradford, we offer the same philosophy, strengths, and international reputation that Pittsburgh offers; however, we offer it on a more personalized and intimate campus.

Q. I have been optioned to the Bradford campus, do I have to reapply?

A. No. You have already been accepted, and there is no need to reapply.

Q. Are there any academic scholarships available for incoming freshmen?

A. Yes. These scholarships are based on merit, not need. The scholarships range from $12,700 to $1,000, depending on your high school grade point average and SAT/ACT score, whether you’ll live on campus or commute, and if you’re an in-state or out-of-state student.

Q. If I decide to start at Pitt-Bradford, can I relocate to Pittsburgh?

A. Yes. You can relocate to Pittsburgh after you meet the minimum requirements.

Q. I have been optioned to another regional campus. Can I be considered at Pitt-Bradford?

A. Yes. Contact the Admissions Office at the campus where you were accepted. Ask them to forward your information to the Admissions Office at Pitt-Bradford. Also, ask them to deactivate your application at that campus. We ask you to do that because within the University of Pittsburgh system, you may only have one active application open at a time. Deactivate does not mean cancel, it simply means that the campus will step back and allow you to be admitted to the campus you requested. You can then make your ultimate decision.

Q. I am unfamiliar with the Bradford campus, how can I get information about the campus?

A. You can request more information from the Admissions Office or navigate our website. But the best way to learn more is to visit us. We offer several Open Houses and other events throughout the year to give you a chance to visit and get to know us. If you’d like to schedule a visit, you can contact the Admissions Office by calling 1-800-872-1787, emailing admissions@upb.pitt.edu.

Q. How big is the Bradford campus?

A. Our campus encompasses 319 acres, which are nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains and adjacent to the Allegheny National Forest. We currently have 1,400 students attending classes. The average class size is 18 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1. More importantly is what our students say about our size and the campus environment and how those factors affect them.

Q. What are the benefits of going to the Bradford campus?

A. We are a safe, friendly and personalized campus. As a Pitt-Bradford student, you’ll be part of a close-knit community that cares – really cares – about you. You’ll sit in small classes, so you’ll get to know your professors, and they’ll get to know you. If you live on campus, you’ll live in an apartment, not a traditional dorm.

We have more than 40 majors and more than 50 minors, concentrations and pre-professional programs. We also have a Crime Scene Investigation House , the only one of its kind within a 140-mile radius; a virtual reality lab, a computerized nursing lab and a psychology lab.

And, since we know that college isn’t all about studying, we offer more than 40 student clubs and  organizations, including the African-American Student Union, the Art Club, Gamers United, LGBTS Alliance and the Student Investment Club.

We also have 14 athletic teams, which compete at the Division III level, and a wide range of intramural and recreational activities, including white-water rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, flag football and rock climbing.

You’ll have all that and still receive a University of Pittsburgh degree, which is recognized all over the world, when you graduate. Want to learn more? Here are some other benefits.

Pitt-Bradford wasn't my first choice, but it became my only choice. Nathan Lawyer '18