Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Review the content and links below for details on undergraduate admission requirements, application plans and deadlines, academic course and standardized test requirements and College of Fine Arts admission procedures. Download the 2018 Carnegie Mellon Application Instructions Booklet here

Carnegie Mellon welcomes applications from students with non-traditional academic backgrounds, including veterans and other prospective students who are seeking a first bachelor’s several years after graduating from high school or those who are seeking a second bachelor’s degree.

Carnegie Mellon Undergraduate Admission Requirements
  • Common Application
  • $75 application fee*
  • Official high school transcript (please review our Academic Requirements)**
  • All required standardized testing official score reports, which includes the TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your native language
  • Secondary School Counselor Evaluation
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Common Application essay and personal statement
  • All fine arts applicants to the Schools of Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music are required to arrange a pre-screen, audition or portfolio review.
  • Home schooled applicants should submit an academic portfolio/transcript consistent with their state guidelines and a list of all textbooks used.
  • Applicants must provide proof of meeting all requirements for an official high school diploma, by the end of May of the year of graduation, and submit an official final transcript, GED or certificate of completion from your local school district or state board of education by the end of July of the year of matriculation.

*Carnegie Mellon accepts fee waivers from students who meet one of the indicators of economic need as outlined on the Common Application.

**Transcript/graduation requirements: A high school diploma or equivalent is required for admission to Carnegie Mellon (for applicants who are 17 and over). Applicants should submit official transcripts from all secondary schools attended and enrolling students are required to submit an official final transcript as well. Applicants who have received a high school equivalency diploma are required to have official High School Equivalency Examination (GED) scores sent to the Office of Admission in addition to official transcripts from all high schools attended.

Instructions for DACA, Home-Schooled/Cyber or Non-Traditional Applicants

Applying as a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Student

Carnegie Mellon welcomes applications from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students. Follow the instructions for either freshman or transfers applicants and review the admission requirements noted at the top of this page. We accept College Board or NACAC fee waivers for the non-refundable application fee. Students who need an application fee waiver should contact the Office of Admission. Also be aware of this additional information:

  • When completing the Common Application, DACA students should apply for either freshman or transfer admission as international students (by selecting “other (non-US)” as your citizenship status).
  • DACA students may be eligible for institutional financial aid and must apply for financial aid in order to be considered.
  • To apply for institutional financial aid, you must complete the CSS PROFILE and provide either federal tax returns or documentation of household income to College Board IDOCS. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) isn’t required for DACA students. Students who need a CSS PROFILE fee waiver should contact the Office of Admission.
  • At the time of admission, Carnegie Mellon may request DACA documentation to confirm your status in order to process financial aid accordingly.

Applying as a Non-Traditional Student

Carnegie Mellon welcomes applications from students with non-traditional academic backgrounds, including prospective students who are seeking a second bachelor’s degree or those interested in a first bachelor’s degree several years after graduating from high school.

To apply for a second bachelor’s degree if your first degree is from Carnegie Mellon:

  • Complete the Common Application.
  • Arrange to have a copy of your Carnegie Mellon transcript sent to the Office of Admission by February 15, if applying as a transfer, or by January 1, if applying as a freshman.

To apply for a second bachelor’s degree if your first degree is from another college or university:

  • Complete the Common Application.
  • Schedule an interview with a member of the admission staff by November 1.
  • Follow the instructions for transfer applicants.

To apply for a first bachelor’s degree from a non-traditional background:

  • Complete the Common Application.
  • Schedule an interview with a member of the admission staff by November 1.
  • Submit an essay explaining what you have been doing since graduating from high school.
  • Submit a recommendation from a counselor, teacher, colleague or advisor who can speak of your potential for success at Carnegie Mellon.
  • Follow the instructions for transfer applicants.
  • Campus housing is only available for traditional age college students.

Applying as a Home-Schooled or Cyber Student

Carnegie Mellon welcomes applications from students who have been schooled at home or online. Follow the instructions for freshman applicants and review the admission requirements noted at the top of this page.

Home-schooled applicants should submit the Common Application and academic portfolio/ transcript consistent with state guidelines and a list of all textbooks used for your coursework. You must also provide proof that you’ll have met, by the end of May of the year of graduation, all requirements for an official high school diploma and submit an official final transcript, a GED or a certificate of completion from your local school district or state board of education by the end of July of the year of matriculation.

To apply to the university, you must:

  • Submit a completed Common Application.
  • Submit a syllabus/course descriptions of the work you’ve completed prior to applying.
  • Submit a transcript of grades and/or evaluation of your work.
  • Submit a recommendation from a counselor, representative of the State Board of Education, your home school association or other person of authority.
  • Schedule an admission interview with an admission staff member by November 1 (strongly recommended).
  • Follow instructions for required testing based on the college/program you’re applying to