Applying to Summer Opportunities for Access & Inclusion

Application requirements are detailed below. The application deadline is February 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 (may be unofficial): Please submit your most recent high school transcripts. 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 and submit an unofficial score report. However, we may follow up for your official score report(s) at time of enrollment.
  • Letters of Recommendation: We require a recommendation from your school counselor/community-based organization advisor AND one academic teacher who's familiar with your work habits, academic work, and cooperation in group situations. (Academic teacher recommendations for the Summer Academy for Math & Science should be written by a STEM teacher.)
  • We require responses to the following short answer questions. Submit your answers by uploading a word document through the Student Portal upload tool (300 word minimum per essay).
    1. Identify and reflect on an issue affecting your community. In what way(s) might a STEM-related discipline improve the issue you've identified?
    2. How has culture and family background influenced the way you see the world?
    3. Tell us about a significant challenge you've encountered and how you've overcome it. What values and skills did you learn in the process?
    4. Please discuss how and why you became interested in STEM. In what way(s) is your interest in STEM supported in your high school?
    5. How would attending the Summer Academy for Math and Science at Carnegie Mellon University support your academic and career goals? How would you contribute to the success of the program?

Age Requirement: Students must be in high school, have completed their junior 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.