The Summer Pre-College application for 2019 is now open!

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The Summer Pre-College application consists of an online application (paper applications aren't accepted) and supporting documents listed within the application requirements below (i.e. high school transcripts). 

 

Application Requirements

The Summer Pre-College Program application must be submitted online by March 1. When you submit your application, you'll need to pay the $50 application fee electronically (checks aren't accepted). Once your application is submitted, the online portal will provide an application checklist and a place to upload supporting documents electronically. 

The Summer Pre-College application is only available online. Along with the application, students are also required to send us their high school transcript and standardized test scores:

  • High School Transcript - Please send a recent high school transcript, including as complete a listing as possible of your classes and grades. Your portal will indicate if an official or unofficial transcript is needed for your intended program.
  • Standardized Test Scores - Please self report your most recent PSAT, SAT Test, PLAN or ACT. If you haven’t taken any of the listed tests, we can review your application without test scores. Please indicate on your application you have not taken the test(s). In addition, you'll be asked to upload an unofficial score report.
  • Music Applicants ONLY: Please upload your personal statements, audition recordings, original scores, and/or music technology portfolios here.

If you are applying to the AP/EA program, you'll need everything above plus a letter of recommendation and an essay. This is required of student's interested in the AP/EA program ONLY:

  • Letters of Recommendation - We require one recommendation from either your school counselor OR one teacher who can speak to your work habits, academic/artistic work and cooperation in group situations. Some programs will not require a letter of recommendation
  • 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?

Age Requirement: Students must be in high school, have completed their sophomore year and be 16 to 18 years old (born between August 10, 2000 and June 29, 2003). This doesn't apply to commuters in the AP/EA program. No other exceptions will be made.

Commuter Policy: To be an eligible commuter student, you must have a permanent residence within approximately 30 miles of campus or within Allegheny County. 

 

International Applicant Requirements

TOEFL/IELTS
If you're an international student, or a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, 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 an official high school transcript are required.


International Student Application Deadlines
If you're an international student who will need an I-20 or F-1 student visa from Carnegie Mellon, you must apply and submit all supporting documents by March 1.

If you're an international student (non-U.S. citizen or permanent resident) who currently attends a U.S. high school and plans to return to the same U.S. high school after attending pre-college, you should apply by March 1, since you won't need a visa document from Carnegie Mellon.


International Student Information
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 Carnegie Mellon's Office of International Education (OIE). 

If you're already in the U.S. on F-1 student visa status, and will be returning to your current school next fall, you won't need an I-20 from Carnegie Mellon. 

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
Then you MUST complete the necessary paperwork to obtain an I-20. 
 
If you're admitted to a Pre-College program, the Office of International Education (OIE) will send you paperwork (International Student Information Form and Affidavit of Support for Financial Sponsor) 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 are REQUIRED to arrive in Pittsburgh on Thursday, June 27, 2019 in order to complete a MANDATORY Immigration Check-In and Orientation on Friday, June 28, 2019 to maintain legal status in the U.S. Admitted students will be sent more detailed instructions regarding this mandatory check-in.
Admission & Enrollment

Admission decision are made on a rolling basis, with consideration given to space available in a particular program. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Applicants will begin to receive notification of our admission decision in early February. If admitted, you'll need to submit a $400 non-refundable deposit within 10 days of receiving your admission notification to secure your enrollment.

Full settlement of fees (excluding the cost of books) for all students must be postmarked by May 15, 2019 for enrollment in the six-week summer program.

International Students
If you're admitted to a Pre-College program, the Office of International Education (OIE) will send you paperwork (International Student Information Form and Affidavit of Support for Financial Sponsor) 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 are REQUIRED to arrive in Pittsburgh on Thursday, June 27, 2019 in order to complete a MANDATORY Immigration Check-In and Orientation on Friday, June 28, 2019 to maintain legal status in the U.S. Admitted students will be sent more detailed instructions regarding this mandatory check-in.

Costs

Costs for Summer Pre-College 2019

AP/EA

Resident (2 courses) - $10,581
Commuter (2 courses) - $8,096
Commuter (1 course) - $5,196

Architecture

Resident (6 week program) - $8,972
Resident (3 week program) - $5,252
Commuter (6 week program) - $6,487
Commuter (3 week program) - $3,944

Art

Resident (6 week program) - $8,972
Resident (3 week program - $5,252
Commuter (6 week program) - $6,487
Commuter (3 week program) - $3,944

Design

Resident - $8,972
Commuter - $6,487

Drama

Resident - $8,989
Commuter - $6,504

Music

Resident - $8,573
Commuter - $6,088

Game Academy

Resident - $9,581
Commuter - $7,096

Computational Biology

Resident - $5,446
Commuter - $4,863