The i3 admissions process is competitive; applications are holistically evaluated far 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. Students across all years at US-accredited colleges and universities, as well as recent graduates, can apply.

Due to COVID-19, the Introductory Institute for new i3 Scholars is postponed until Summer 2022.

For more information about the program structure and commitment, visit our About page.


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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?

  • Undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited college, including community colleges, or university in the United States OR students who have recently graduated
  • Students enrolled in any academic major; undeclared or undecided students are also welcome to apply
  • Students who have an interest in graduate school
  • Students who are open to exploring the information sciences and its many interdisciplinary fields
  • Individuals that can demonstrate a commitment to diversity and increasing opportunities for underrepresented populations
  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients

Application Requirements

  • Online application form including three essay questions:
    • 1) Graduate school programs often provide students with unique opportunities to work on projects that require a high level of planning, collaboration, and attention to detail. Describe a challenge you have faced in your life that has prepared you for such projects.
    • 2) The information sciences focus on helping people to discover better information, design and use better technology, and make better decisions to solve problems. Whether those problems are in business, medicine, education, the arts, or any number of other fields, information professionals are able to grapple with the challenges and opportunities of the digital age. What about the information sciences do you find interesting and would like to explore?
    • 3) One of the goals of i3 is to increase the number of graduate students and faculty members who reflect the diversity of the overall population and who can serve as role models for future generations. Please tell us why you think that this is important and how you could contribute to this effort.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Undergraduate transcripts

Application Materials & Instructions

Essay questions:

In your application form, upload all 3 essays as a single document. Please include your first and last name in the file name of the document.

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.

Letters of recommendation:

Please share this link with your letter recommenders and ask them to fill out the form and upload their letters.

Letters of recommendation are an opportunity to tell us more about you than we would know from a transcript, GPA, or essay. This can include former teachers, university faculty and staff, as well as leaders within communities in which you are a part (e.g., community service supervisors, religious leaders, etc.).

If you would like to apply to i3 but cannot procure letters of recommendation, please contact i3info@pitt.edu. We are happy to work with you!


Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only 25 Scholar placements are available. The application deadline is February 17, 2022; however, early applications will receive priority consideration.

Please direct all questions to i3info@pitt.edu.