Advanced Placement/Early Admission

Summer Pre-College Advanced Placement/Early Admission

The Advanced Placement/Early Admission (AP/EA) Program provides talented, motivated high school students with the unique opportunity to take summer courses offered by Carnegie Mellon. Students earn college credit while working in an academic setting that mirrors the supportive, rigorous environment of the first year of college. Every summer, AP/EA offers close to 40 courses from academic disciplines across the university. Successful AP/EA students leverage their experiences to demonstrate their ability to succeed in college, and have the potential to receive advanced college credit for the coursework from Carnegie Mellon and other institutions.



Every APEA student must be prepared for six weeks of challenging college courses in an intensive, supportive environment. Additional guidelines for specific courses include:

For 21-120, algebra, trigonometry and geometry are required; pre-calculus or an equivalent course is recommended. For 21-122, one semester of calculus is required.

Computer Science
For 15-110, some computer experience in high school is helpful but not required, as well as PSAT Math of 650 or higher, or SAT Math of 650. For 15-112 or 15-122, students must take a placement exam after being accepted and before being enrolled. In addition, for 15-122, students must have college credit (such as AP credit) for one semester of college-level computer science and must enroll in 21-127 during APEA.

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

Modern Languages
Students who seek to enroll in any Modern Language beyond the first semester (Elementary I) should contact the APEA administrators for appropriate placement.

76-101 is open to students with sufficiently strong skills in academic English. Other English courses are available at the discretion of the English Department.



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 2019 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) - $10,581
Commuter (2 courses) - $8,096
Commuter (1 course) - $5,196

Tuition Waivers

If you're looking to attend the Advanced Placement/Early Admission (AP/EA) program at no cost, there are limited opportunities for tuition waivers. When applying to this program, you'll be able to indicate you'd like to be considered for this option.