Frequently Asked Questions:
You and your family may have questions about applying to Carnegie Mellon for Fall 2022. We have answers! We hope the information below will clarify some of our policy updates since the start of the pandemic. We're here to help, so if you still have questions after browsing, you can reach our office via LiveChat, email or phone during normal business hours.
To learn more about Carnegie Mellon's commitment to honor self-care and care for others during the pandemic, please read “Care Counts in Crisis: College Admissions Deans Respond to COVID-19.” We've joined over 300 other colleges and universities to sign this collective statement from Harvard’s Making Caring Common project.
Due to Carnegie Mellon’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, our on-campus visit opportunities are limited. We’re currently offering a self-guided Outdoor Campus Walking Route and an on-campus Information Session for prospective students to see campus this summer. These are the only on-campus visit opportunities available at this time, and registration is required. Check back for changes and updates as the summer progresses.
In the meantime, we encourage you to check out our online visit opportunities to engage directly with our current students and staff. You can also sign up for our Admission Mailing List to receive news about future in-person events as they become available.
Carnegie Mellon has announced that the university will shift to primarily on-campus, in-person operations when the Fall 2021 semester begins, although there may still be a select few hybrid or remote courses through the next year.
All Carnegie Mellon coursework and formal summer programming will continue to be offered in remote or online formats through August 1.
For up-to-the-minute information on our reopening plans, please visit the university's COVID-19 website.
Recognizing that standardized testing opportunities may not be available to all potential applicants, Carnegie Mellon University is extending our test-optional policy through Fall 2022, removing the SAT/ACT standardized testing requirement for all first-year applicants.
Pursuant to this policy, students who are unable to take either the SAT or ACT or choose not to submit their standardized test scores will be considered equally for admission along with those who submit scores. We also recognize that candidates who do submit scores may not have been able to take the SAT or ACT more than once as planned.
We'll continue to review and evaluate our process to make a determination regarding future standardized testing requirements for admission to Carnegie Mellon.
Carnegie Mellon is committed to a holistic approach to admission. No single grade, factor, score or activity guarantees or disqualifies any candidate admission to Carnegie Mellon. We treat every applicant as an individual, taking great care to make our admission decisions fairly, thoroughly and in context. We’re interested in students who can be successful at Carnegie Mellon while taking full advantage of all the university has to offer and enriching our campus community.
If English is not a first language for you, you must submit official results from the TOEFL or IELTS exams. While we only accept the IELTS Academic exam, we accept three versions of the TOEFL: the iBT, the iBT Home Edition, and the Essentials exam. To ensure we can consider your scores, all IELTS and TOEFL results must still be valid when you submit them.
For those applying to join the Fall 2022 first-year class and beyond, SAT Subject Tests are neither required nor recommended, and these scores won’t be considered in our admission review process.
Like previous years, there are four different ways to apply: Early Decision, Regular Decision, Early Admission, and Transfer Admission. However, students interested in our Early Decision plan now can choose from two options:
Early Decision 1: This is for students that know Carnegie Mellon is their first choice and will enroll if admitted. Applications are due November 1 and students are notified by December 15.
Early Decision 2: If Carnegie Mellon becomes your first choice after November 1, you can either select this plan on your Common Application or switch your application from Regular Decision to Early Decision 2. Applications are due January 3 and students are notified no later than February 1.
Here are our three other plans:
Regular Decision: Most students choose this plan, as they have until January 3 to submit an application. Music and Drama applicants must submit theirs by December 1 to leave time to schedule auditions.
Early Admission: This is for high school juniors graduating early and follows the same deadlines as Regular Decision. This isn't the same as Early Action, which we don't offer.
Transfer Admission: If you've completed a semester of college in a degree-granting program, you can submit your transfer application until February 15. A very limited number of spots may be open for Spring 2022 as well.
Please visit our Application Deadlines page for more information.
Yes! You can switch your application plan from Regular Decision to Early Decision 2 until the January 3 application deadline. If you decide to participate in Early Decision 2, we'll send you a decision by February 1.
We understand and support the move to pass/fail grading options which many schools and colleges have adopted as a valid COVID-19 accommodation. As such, we will be accepting pass/fail results in the normal review of transcripts during this time.
Yes, we’ll accept official test results from AP special testing administrations offered during the COVID-19 crisis and taken at home. We’ll also accept calculated official IB results if your school postponed or withdrew from formal IB testing during the pandemic.
If the pandemic has prevented you from taking your Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam(s), this won't affect your admission decision. AP/IB examinations aren't required for applicants but can be used for credit. At Carnegie Mellon, each college or school has its own curriculum and thus decides how AP or IB exams contribute toward your degree. Carnegie Mellon may grant advanced placement and credit for 4's and 5's on AP exams taken in the College Board Advanced Placement program or for 6's and 7's on IB exams. Visit The Hub's credit awarding page for more information on the guidelines for receiving credit.
We understand that the CBSE may have plans to modify the 2021 Class 12 Board Examinations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the situation’s still in flux, we’ll continue to monitor any updates. As of now, we have no plans for any changes in admission due to proposed examination modifications.
All College of Fine Arts applicants still must submit additional materials beyond our general admission requirements. However, our Schools are still determining how auditions, interviews and portfolio reviews will be offered for Fall 2022 applicants. We’ll provide additional information as soon as these updates are available.
Please review our Fine Arts Admission page for more information.
The Department of Education has indicated that any aid received by victims of an emergency by either a federal or state entity for purposes of providing financial relief will not be counted as income for the calculation of Expected Family Contribution (EFC) or estimated financial assistance (EFA). This would apply to any funds a student received from a stimulus check and/or funds a student received from the CARES Act Economic Stabilization Fund — the fund to provide emergency grant aid dollars to institutions and students.
Carnegie Mellon students are passionate, fearless and ready to confront systemic injustice wherever it exists. If you choose to peacefully protest in response to injustice, we support you and your right to be heard. Your admission decision won't be negatively impacted if you're arrested during peaceful protest or assembly.