Applying to Summer Opportunities for Access & Inclusion

The Summer Programs for Access & Inclusion are no longer accepting new applicants for 2018.

Application requirements are detailed below. The application deadline is March 1 and all supporting documents are due to our office by March 15.

The Summer Opportunities for Access & Inclusion Programs invite students with strong academic records, who are U.S. citizens/permanent residents, to apply.

Students with the following backgrounds are invited to apply:

  • Underrepresented minorities
  • Families of low socioeconomic status, which may be indicated by eligibility for public assistance programs or free/reduced lunch programs
  • Potentially first in family to attend college
  • Attendance at rural or inner-city high schools with historically low rates of admittance to top-tier colleges

Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, ancestry, belief, veteran status, or genetic information. Furthermore, Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate and is required not to discriminate in violation of federal, state, or local laws or executive orders.


Application Requirements

The Summer Opportunities for Access & Inclusion application must be submitted online by March 1 and all supporting documents are due to our office by March 15. Once we process your online application, you'll receive an email from the Pre-College Admission Team with information on how to upload supporting documents electronically. 

  • The Summer Opportunities for Access & Inclusion application is only available online.
  • High School Transcript - Please send your most recent high school transcript (may be unofficial), and any other grade reports not reflected in the transcript. We may follow up for your official transcripts at time of enrollment.
  • Standardized Test Scores - Please self-report your most recent PSAT, SAT, PLAN or ACT within your application. If you haven’t taken any of these tests, we can review your application without test scores. However, we may follow up for your official score report at time of enrollment.
  • Letters of Recommendation - We require a recommendation from your school counselor or one academic teacher who is 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. (Recommendations for the Summer Academy for Math & Science should be written by a STEM teacher.)
  • Activities Resume - Provide a detailed description of your extracurricular activities and/or work experience, or your experiences as they relate to your program of interest.
  • Essays- An essay is required for all programs (400 words maximum):
    How has your background, identity, academic interests or talents impacted or influenced your aspirations?
  • Music Applicants ONLY: 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 junior year and be 16 to 18 years old (born between August 11, 1999 and July 1, 2002). 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.