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Admissions Criteria

The i3 admissions process is competitive, however, students are evaluated for qualities beyond GPA. We seek students who have shown academic promise, including those who have demonstrated improvement over their college careers.

Students from all majors and disciplines are encouraged to apply. The information sciences are interdisciplinary and connect with many other fields of study. Past i3 Scholars have majored in information science, computer science, psychology, sociology, public policy, communication, business, economics, public health, history, English, and engineering, among others.

Underrepresented Students

Students from underrepresented populations and students with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities for graduate study and careers in the information sciences are encouraged to apply.

The i3 admissions committee considers a broad set of criteria when defining underrepresented in order to provide as much opportunity for students as possible. In addition to racial and ethnic diversity, i3 considers gender, sexual orientation, ability/disability, national origin, ancestry, and status as a veteran in its admissions. Students are encouraged to explain in their application essays how they will use their background and experiences to make a valuable contribution to the information sciences.

Who Should Apply?

Application Requirements

Application Materials

Instructions for submitting transcripts: In your application form, please upload a copy of your undergraduate transcripts, including any transcripts from previous transfer schools. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. If your college/university uses e-transcripts, request that a copy be sent to yourself and upload using the application form.

Application Deadline Extended to April 1, 2017


Update [Feb. 17]: Applications received by the initial February 17 deadline will receive priority consideration and an admissions decision by March 1.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only 25 Scholar placements are available in the 2017 cohort. Early applications will receive priority consideration. Please direct all questions to i3info@pitt.edu.