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Carnegie Mellon has several application plans to choose from. Please review each plan to decide which is the best for you.

Early Decision

Early Decision is a binding application plan for students who view Carnegie Mellon as their first choice university. You’ll be notified of our admission decision early in your senior year. 


Early Decision Deadline*

Due by: November 1

Notified by: December 15

Enroll by: February 1


*Early Decision is not available for Acting, Directing, Dramaturgy, Flute, Music and Technology or Music Theater. Early Decision applicants to the fine arts, who wish to be considered for a BXA program, should contact the Office of Admission.

Early Decision Instructions

Under Early Decision:

  • If you’re admitted to Carnegie Mellon, we expect you to enroll.
  • You can apply to only one college within the university.
  • Three decisions can be given: admit, deny or defer to Regular Decision.
  • You must agree to withdraw applications previously submitted to other institutions, in any country, when notified of Early Decision acceptance and financial aid granted at Carnegie Mellon.
  • You are not able to compare financial aid packages between Carnegie Mellon and other universities you may have applied to.
  • Not for applicants under the age of 17.

Note about November standardized tests for Early Decision applicants:

Students can take standardized testing in the month of November and still apply Early Decision, although earlier testing administrations are strongly preferred. Please make sure you've indicated what future tests you're taking on the Common Application and rush report your scores. The Office of Admission will then wait until these scores are in before making an admission decision. December testing is too late for Early Decision consideration.

Regular Decision

Regular Decision is the most common plan used by students who apply to Carnegie Mellon. It’s common for students to apply Regular Decision to a number of institutions and then compare financial aid offers.


Regular Decision Deadlines

Application Plan: Regular Decision
Due by: January 1
Notified by: no later than April 15
Enroll by: May 1


Application Plan: Regular Decision for Schools of Drama and Music
Due by: December 1
Notified by: no later than April 15
Enroll by: May 1

If you're applying to the School of Architecture, Art, Design, Drama or Music, please view our fine arts admission requirements. For fine arts students, it’s advantageous to apply earlier in the process in order secure auditions or portfolio review appointments.

Early Admission

Early Admission is for highly qualified juniors in high school who apply to Carnegie Mellon a year early. It’s ideal for mature, responsible juniors who’ve exhausted the courses offered at their high schools and taken all required standardized testing.


Early Admission Deadline

Due by: January 1
Notified by: No later than April 15
Enroll by: May 1

Please be aware that:

  • A high school diploma isn't required at time of application, though we encourage you to make arrangements to receive either a diploma from your high school by the end of your freshman year at Carnegie Mellon, or a General Education Diploma (GED). Without a high school diploma or GED, students cannot receive federal financial aid.
  • Applicants under the age of 17 must contact the Dean of Student Affairs Office to discuss housing, services and resources available.
  • You must be at least 16 years old in order to reside in university housing.
Transfer Admission

Each year, Carnegie Mellon admits a small number of transfer students, where space permits. The policy for transferring does vary from college to college within Carnegie Mellon, so please review our deadlines below, as well as the transfer application instructions carefully.


Transfer Deadlines

Application Plan: Spring Transfer (Engineering/DC/IS/MCS/TPR/SCS)
Due by: October 15*
Notified by: December 15 or soon after
Enroll by
: January 1

Application Plan: Fall Transfer (Engineering/DC/IS/MCS/TPR/SCS)
Due by: February 15*
Notified by: May 15
Enroll by
: June 15

Application Plan: Fall Transfer Fine Arts
Due by: December 1 for Drama & Music, January 1 for Architecture, Art & Design
Notified by: April 15
Enroll by
: May 1

* All supporting documents must be received by March 15 (Fall Transfer) or November 1 (Spring Transfer).