Advanced Placement/Early Admission

Summer Pre-College Advanced Placement/Early Admission

The main purpose of the Advanced Placement/Early Admission (AP/EA) program is to provide the opportunity to take university courses at Carnegie Mellon for talented, motivated high school students. Students earn college credit while working in an academic environment mirroring that which the student would encounter during the first year of college.

Regardless of whether students choose to apply to Carnegie Mellon, successful AP/EA students can leverage their experiences here as demonstration of their ability to succeed in college. AP/EA courses are college courses, not AP classes, and as such they count toward graduation requirements here and are widely accepted elsewhere. Students applying to another college or university can request an official Carnegie Mellon transcript be sent to that institution. Any use of AP/EA courses to satisfy high school requirements should be approved ahead of time by an appropriate high school official.

While most of the participants in the program will have just completed their junior or senior year of high school, suitably qualified students at early grade levels can participate. However, in order to stay in university housing, students must be at least 16 years old. This does not apply to commuters. AP/EA students should not be current college undergraduates students. Full time AP/EA students cannot be employed on or off campus for the duration of the program.


Algebra, trigonometry and geometry. Pre-calculus or an equivalent course is recommended.

Computer Science
Knowledge of computers or some computer experience in high school is helpful but not required. PSAT Math of 650 or higher, or SAT Math of 650.

Students enrolled in physics, chemistry, biology or engineering must have completed a physics, chemistry or biology high school course.

Students with special qualifications may apply for permission to enroll in a third course with an additional non-refundable charge. Carrying three courses in the AP/EA program is not generally recommended.


AP/EA courses are regular Carnegie Mellon classes, so you should anticipate intense, college-level work. Many of the AP/EA faculty members are the same faculty who teach during the regular school year. Upon admission to the program, students will select their courses. View the 2017 AP/EA course list.

AP/EA students are required to take two courses during the summer. This two-course schedule completed in six weeks is comparable in demand to the typical five-course schedule completed in a semester. The flexible AP/EA program allows you to take a combination of math, science, engineering and humanities courses. 


Resident (2 courses) - $9,689
Commuter (2 courses) - $7,374
Commuter (1 course) - $4,474