Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Accelerated High School

Accelerated High School is for juniors or seniors who wish to take college courses on campus.

Each term, the Accelerated High School program permits qualified high school students to take up to six credits at the University while continuing their high school education. These students earn college credits that are often transferable to whichever college or university they may attend.

Part-time, undergraduate tuition at the University of Pittsburgh for
in-state residents for the academic year 2014-15 (terms 2151, 2154, 2157) is $703 per credit. Most classes are three credits.

Call the Accelerated High School (AHS) office at 412-624-7428 to request an application packet. Then submit your completed information, along with a high school transcript and your application fee, to be considered for admittance.

After you have received notification from the Accelerated High School office of your admittance and approval to take the course you have selected, you will be registered for your class. You may request an appointment to meet with an advisor in the Accelerated High School office to discuss course options and requirements during the application process. Once you have been registered, a printout confirming your enrollment will be sent to you.

Remember, you are registering for a college-level course.

Qualifications for Accelerated High SchooL

To be accepted, students:

  • Must have the approval of their parent(s)/guardian(s) and high school guidance counselor or principal, and, in some cases, the University department.
  • Must be high school juniors or seniors and at least 16 years of age.
  • 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.

Submitting the Application

To complete the application process, send the following materials to the Accelerated High School program office:

  • Approval form (must be completed by the high school principal and the parent or guardian of the applying student)
  • Application
  • Most recent high school transcript
  • Enrollment form
  • Application fee ($35 check or money order, made payable to "University of Pittsburgh." This one-time fee is nonrefundable.)

Please be sure forms are thoroughly completed, including applicant's signature on all forms, submitted with transcript and fee, in order to avoid delay in the application process. Send completed application materials to:

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

Deadlines and Registration

Be aware that course availability changes constantly during the registration period. Prompt application and registration maximizes the possibility of getting into the desired class. You must be admitted to Accelerated High School before you can register.

In order for you to be considered for admission, all required materials must be received at the University of Pittsburgh, Accelerated High School, 208 B Thackeray Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, by the last day to apply for each term.

Registration begins:

For fall 2014 (Term 2151): February March 24, 2014
For spring 2015 (Term 2154): October 27, 2014
For summer 2015 (Term 2157): February 16, 2015

Last day for application to Accelerated High School:

For fall 2014 (Term 2151): August 13, 2014
For spring 2015 (Term 2154): December 10, 2014
For summer 2015 (Term 2157): April 22; 6w2 session by June 10

Scheduling Courses

Once you receive confirmation from the AHS office that your application has been approved, you may be registered for your course. There is no mechanism for reserving space in a course except by formal registration. Please call the Accelerated High School office at 412-624-7428 to schedule an appointment or to speak with an AHS advisor to facilitate the process with you and answer any questions you might have.

You must meet any prerequisites for a course, which can be found in the description of the course. Regular restrictions apply, and some courses require a placement exam or departmental approval.

Check the "Special Indicators" column in the Schedule of Classes for course restrictions.

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, including 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 eBill system is in place. You will not receive a paper bill. All billing is electronic through PittPay. You will receive your tuition invoice via your Pitt e-mail account. For your convenience, each term’s 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 due dates are always the 17th of the month. 

For payment or viewing your account and other information log on to using your Pitt log-in and password and select Pittpay Log-in.

For billing and payment questions, contact the Student Payment Center, G-7 Thackeray Hall, 412-624-7520.

Usually, beginning approximately three weeks before the term for which you are registered, you may get your Pitt ID. Photo ID cards are issued at Panther Central in the Litchfield Towers main lobby, 3955 Forbes Avenue, 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon.-Fri.

Access from Fifth Avenue is often more convenient. Take the steps next to the University Book Center, and cross the courtyard to enter the lobby. Panther Central is to the left. You will be asked to present a current photo ID or, if there is no photo ID, other identification such as your birth certificate. Stop in or call Panther Central at 412-648-1100 if you have any questions.

A currently valid University of Pittsburgh ID card allows you access to University facilities and events such as libraries, athletic events, and recreational facilities. In addition, many community businesses offer discounts to students upon presentation of your valid student ID.

The Pitt ID also provides access to an extensive bus shuttle service as well as free transport on Port Authority buses within Allegheny County.


Academic Integrity, Term Calendar, and Other Information

It is the student's responsibility to know essential information such as add/drop and withdrawal deadlines in the academic calendar, and the Academic Policy on Academic Integrity. Review this information at