Our Institutional Commitment to Diversity

The University of Pittsburgh and its School of Arts and Sciences and School of Medicine recognize that the diversity of its students, faculty and staff is crucial because it strengthens our institution, it strengthens our science, and it strengthens are ability to work together. The University of Pittsburgh is committed to promoting diversity in its educational programs. To achieve this goal, we support the recruitment and retention of:

  • Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in health-related sciences
  • Individuals with disabilities that substantially limit one or more major life activities
  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, as defined by qualification for Federal disadvantaged assistance

Student Services

If there are aspects of your personal background that will enhance the diversity of our student body, we encourage you to include such information in your personal statement. All students in our programs have access to advice and counsel through the Office of Graduate Studies and other offices within the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine, and the University at large.  

Office of Health Sciences Diversity

The schools of the health sciences maintain an Office of Health Sciences Diversity. Through their website, one can find extensive information and links describing the extent of diversity throughout the University and the City of Pittsburgh.  The site also describes additional opportunities for summer training and post-baccalaureate training for students whose ultimate goal is to enter graduate and/or medical school.

Office of Disability Resources and Services

The University of Pittsburgh's Office of Disability Resources and Services can help students map a strategy for implementing appropriate academic accommodations that will aid their success in graduate school.

University Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center is available to assist students in the pursuit of personal and academic growth through its services, which are free and confidential.