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The online application for the 2016 Summer Pre-College Program is available. Your application for admission will consist of an application form provided by Carnegie Mellon and documents you'll be required to gather from other resources (i.e. high school transcripts). The Pre-College Application deadline is April 25th.

Application Requirements

Please mail all of your application materials together, with the summer Pre-College Cover Letter, to the following address:

Carnegie Mellon University
Pre-College Programs Application Processing Center
PO BOX 8028
Portsmouth, NH 03802

  • The Summer Pre-College Application will be available in early November. 
  • Application Fee - A $40 non-refundable application fee must be submitted after you complete the online application. Please note: If payment isn't received immediately, your application will be removed from our system.
  • High School Transcript - Please send an official, recent high school transcript, including as complete a listing as possible of your classes and grades.
  • Standardized Test Scores - Submit your most recent PSAT, SAT Reasoning Test, PLAN or ACT with Writing standardized test results.
  • Letters of Recommendation - We require recommendations from your guidance counselor or two teachers who are familiar with your work habits, as well as your academic and artistic progress and promise or your response to teaching/directing and spirit of cooperation in group situations.
  • Activities Resume - Provide a detailed description of your extracurricular activities and/or work experience, or your experiences as they relate to the arts.
  • Essay - a one-page, typed essay answering one of the following topics:
    • Please describe in detail some special interest, experience or achievement that you would like us to know about.
    • Describe an intellectual, cultural or creative experience occurring within the past two years that has given you the greatest satisfaction.
    • What characteristics do you possess or what academic or artistic experiences have you had that sets you apart from most other people your age?
  • Drama Resume (Summer Pre-College Drama Program applicants only) - listing of your experiences in theater.
  • Music Resume (Summer Pre-College Music Program applications only) - statement describing your past musical training and a recent audio recording of a solo representative of your level of performance (vocal/instrumental applicants), scores of recent original compositions (composition applicants), or portfolio materials (music technology applicants). Please upload your personal statements, audition recordings, original scores, and/or music technology portfolios here.

Age Requirement: Students must be in high school, have completed their sophomore year and be 16 to 18 years old (born between August 6, 1997 and June 25, 2000). This doesn't apply to commuters in the AP/EA program. No other exceptions will be made.

International Applicants

If you are an international student, U.S. Permanent Resident or U.S. Citizen and your native language is not English, Carnegie Mellon requires a TOEFL score of 102 or better on the internet-based test or an IELTS score of 7.5 and above. Please arrange to have these scores sent with your application materials. Both your official TOEFL and official transcript are required. The deadline for international students to apply to the summer Pre-College program is April 1st, 2016.

International students coming to Carnegie Mellon who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents may need to obtain an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility from the Office of International Education (OIE). If you are already in the U.S. on F-1 status, and will be returning to your current school next fall, you do not need an I-20 from us. Do I need an I-20?

If you'll be coming to the U.S. from overseas and will either:

  • Return to your overseas high school/college
  • Attend Carnegie Mellon or another school in the U.S. in the fall
You MUST complete the necessary paperwork to obtain an I-20. If you're admitted to the summer Pre-College Program, the Office of International Education (OIE) will send you paperwork (an international student information form and an affidavit of support form) that you'll be required to complete to obtain an I-20. The Form I-20 is used to apply for an F-1 student visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country. Students who receive an I-20 from Carnegie Mellon must arrive on Thursday, June 23, 2016 in order to complete a mandatory immigration check-in on Friday, June 24, 2016 to maintain legal status in the U.S. Admitted students will be sent more detailed instructions regarding this mandatory check-in.
Admission & Enrollment

Admission is on a rolling basis. Applicants will begin to receive notification of our admission decision in early February. If admitted, you'll need to submit a $200 deposit within one month of the date of notification in order to reserve your space in the program.

Full settlement of fees (excluding the cost of books) for all students must be postmarked by May 15, 2016 for enrollment in the six-week summer program.


Advanced Placement/Early Admission

Resident (2 courses) - $8,852
Commuter (2 courses) - $6,752
Commuter (1 course) - $4,102


Resident (6 week program) - $7,743
Resident (3 week program) - $4,364
Commuter (6 week program - $5,644
Commuter (3 week program) - $3,263

Art & Design

Resident (6 week program) - $7,743
Resident (3 week program - $4,364
Commuter (6 week program) - $5,644
Commuter (3 week program) - $3,263


Resident - $7,760
Commuter - $5,659


Resident - $7,343
Commuter - $5,244

National High School Game Academy

Resident - $8,352
Commuter - $6,252