Our admission process is designed to select a highly talented, diverse undergraduate population who will succeed at Carnegie Mellon. Each college/school within Carnegie Mellon has its own high school course and standardized testing requirements.

If you’re applying to our academic programs, your high school performance will be one of the main factors in our admission decision. We pay close attention to your curriculum rigor, the grades you’ve earned and the work you’ve accomplished.

If you’re applying to one of our fine arts programs, your artistic performance will be the main factor or a significant factor in our admission decision.

The following are Carnegie Mellon’s specific academic requirements by school or college. Please review this information carefully and plan your high school curriculum accordingly.

College of Engineering

High School Course Requirements

  • 4 years English
  • 4 years Mathematics*
  • 1 year Chemistry
  • 1 year Physics
  • 1 year Biology
  • 2 years Foreign Language
  • 3 electives

*Four years of mathematics should include at least algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, elementary functions as well as pre-calculus. Advanced mathematics courses are encouraged.

College of Fine Arts

High School Course Requirements


School of Architecture

  • 4 years Mathematics*
  • 1 year Physics
  • 2 years Foreign Language
  • 5 electives

School of Design

  • 4 years English
  • 2 years Mathematics
  • 2 years Science
  • 2 years Foreign Language
  • 6 electives

School of Drama

  • 4 years English
  • 2 years Foreign Language
  • 10 electives

School of Music

  • 4 years English
  • 2 years Foreign Language
  • 10 electives

School of Art

  • 4 years English
  • 10 electives

*Four years of mathematics for Architecture should include at least algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, elementary functions as well as pre-calculus. Advanced mathematics courses are encouraged.

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

High School Course Requirements

  • 4 years English
  • 3 years Mathematics**
  • 1 year Science (2 years or more preferred)
  • 2 years Foreign Language
  • 6 electives

**DC applicants, three years should include at least algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, elementary functions as well as pre-calculus. Advanced mathematics courses are encouraged.

Information Systems

High School Course Requirements

  • 4 years English
  • 4 years Mathematics*
  • 1 year Science (2 years or more preferred)
  • 2 years Foreign Language
  • 6 elective

*Four years of mathematics should include at least algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, elementary functions as well as pre-calculus. Advanced mathematics courses are encouraged.

Mellon College of Science

High School Course Requirements

  • 4 years English
  • 4 years Mathematics*
  • 1 year Chemistry
  • 1 year Physics
  • 1 year Biology
  • 2 years Foreign Language
  • 3 electives

*Four years of mathematics should include at least algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, elementary functions as well as pre-calculus. Advanced mathematics courses are encouraged.

School of Computer Science

High School Course Requirements

  • 4 years English
  • 4 years Mathematics*
  • 1 year Physics
  • 2 years of Chemistry, Biology or Computer Science
  • 2 years Foreign Language
  • 3 electives

*Four years of mathematics should include at least algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, elementary functions as well as pre-calculus. Advanced mathematics courses are encouraged.

Tepper School of Business

High School Course Requirements

  • 4 years English
  • 4 years Mathematics*
  • 1 year Chemistry
  • 1 year Physics
  • 1 year Biology
  • 2 years Foreign Language
  • 3 electives

*Four years of mathematics should include at least algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, elementary functions as well as pre-calculus. Advanced mathematics courses are encouraged.

BXA Programs

Students interested in either the Bachelor of Humanities and Arts, Bachelor of Science and Arts, or Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts, need to apply and be admitted to a school within the College of Fine Arts and either the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mellon College of Science, or School of Computer Science. Please reference the college requirements for these individual programs.