Accelerated High School

Accelerated High School (AHS) is a challenging program and an excellent indicator of college readiness. All AHS students are required to meet all Dietrich School course requirements, including extensive inside and outside of class assignments. The University has high expectations for its students to have academic maturity and independence, and AHS encourages students to seek advice to determine if they are ready for the challenge of college courses.

Once admitted through AHS, a student can enroll in a maximum of six credits per term as a part-time, non-matriculated student in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences while continuing his or her high school education. AHS students are subject to the same policies and regulations as all other Dietrich School undergraduates.  

PLEASE NOTE: Students who will be minors at the beginning of the term can only be registered for courses in which the instructor and teaching assistant have the required clearances to work with minors.

Interested students should contact AHS (412-624-7428) to discuss the application process, course options, requirements, and any other questions. Courses descriptions may be viewed at

AHS Qualifications

To participate in Accelerated High School, students:

  • Must have written approval of their parent/guardian, high school principal or guidance counselor, and in some cases, the University academic department
  • Must be juniors or seniors and at least 16 years of age,
  • Must meet all prerequisites for courses, and may be required to take a placement exam. Check the prerequisites for each course as listed in the Course Descriptions.
  • May take no more than six credits per term.

How to Apply

High school students must apply and be accepted into Accelerated High School before registering for any University of Pittsburgh classes. Call the AHS office at 412-624-7428 to request an application packet. Please complete the following items for the application to be processed.

  • AHS Application
  • Most recent high school transcript
  • Application fee of $35 check or money order made payable to the University of Pittsburgh. This one-time fee is nonrefundable.

Student applicants should be sure that all forms are fully completed with all required signatures in order to avoid delay in the application process. All materials must be sent to:

University of Pittsburgh
Accelerated High School
208 B Thackeray Hall
139 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

AHS  Deadlines

Students must be admitted to AHS before registration. Course availability changes constantly during the registration period; prompt application maximizes the possibility of getting into the desired class. ALL REQUIRED MATERIALS must be received no later than 5 weeks before the beginning of the term.

Term Registration Period Begins Last Day to Apply
Spring 2017
(Term 2174)   
October 31, 2016 October 21, 2016
Summer 2017 (Term 2177) February 13, 2017

March 17 for 12wk and 6wk1

April 28 for 6wk2

Fall 2017 (Term 2181) March 27, 2017 June 28, 2017

AHS Registration for Classes

  • When a student receives an acceptance letter from the University of Pittsburgh for Accelerated High School, he or she should call the advisor at 412-624-7428 to set up a course selection meeting. Students may meet with the advisor in person or by telephone. This meeting is required in order to register for the class.
  • Students may be required to take a placement test, departmental approval may be required, and students must meet any prerequisites for a course. All regular restrictions apply.
  • View courses offered and prerequisites through the Course Descriptions.

Tuition, Fees, and ID Cards

Tuition charges and other fees are the same as those for other undergraduate students in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Current tuition rates can be found here. AHS students also pay a part-time student activity fee, which entitles students to use campus facilities and take advantage of student discount tickets for a variety of events. Additional costs may include textbooks, class materials, and lab fees.

The University of Pittsburgh uses an eBill system called PittPAY. For payment or viewing, students log onto using their Pitt log-in and password. Students then select “My Communities,” then “Student Services,” then “View” and “Pay My eBill.” The eBill and due date schedule is published on the Message Board in PittPAY. New eBills are posted in PittPAY just after the due date each month, and payment due dates are always the 17th of the month. For billing and payment questions, students can contact the Student Payment Center in G-7 Thackeray Hall at 412-624-7520.

Students may obtain a Pitt ID beginning three weeks before the first day of the term of registration. Pitt ID cards are issued at Panther Central in the Litchfield Towers main lobby, 3955 Forbes Avenue, between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Students will be asked to present a current photo ID.  If no photo ID is available, other identification such as a birth certificate can be used. Students can call Panther Central at 412-648-1100 with any questions.

A valid University of Pittsburgh ID card allows students access to University facilities and events such as libraries, athletic events, and recreational facilities. Many community businesses offer discounts to students upon presentation of a valid student ID. The Pitt ID also provides access to an extensive Pitt bus shuttle service as well as free transportation on Port Authority buses within Allegheny County.

Academic Integrity

It is the student’s responsibility to know essential information in the Academic Calendar  which includes add, drop, and withdrawal deadlines, as well as Pitt standards, procedures, and policies, such as the Academic Integrity Code.  This information is found in Academic Expectations.

Any academic questions not addressed by these links should be directed to Accelerated High School 412-624-7428.

Next Year's FAFSA Available Now

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available on October 1, 2016 for the 2017-18 academic year. This is the most important form to complete in order to qualify for almost all types of financial aid. Visit the Federal Student Aid Web site to access the online application and find many helpful tips.