Summer Pre-College

Discover Carnegie Mellon

Are you going to be a junior or senior in high school? If so, consider spending the summer in one of our Summer Pre-College Programs:

Our Summer Pre-College Programs* will show you what life at Carnegie Mellon is all about - from the classroom to what's happening on weekends. You'll meet people from all over the world, be inspired by our world-renowned faculty, take part in the excitement of campus and have the opportunity to explore the city of Pittsburgh.

Watch what life is like for a Pre-College student at Carnegie Mellon! Also view the Pre-College Playlist on YouTube which is broken down by program.

We invite you to attend a Pre-College Preview Day on Monday, February 19. Pre-College Preview Day will provide students and their families with the opportunity to hear about the value of our Pre-College Programs, meet individual Pre-College Program Directors and representatives from Student Life, and also hear from current Carnegie Mellon students who previously attended Pre-College. We’ll discuss both the academic and social/residential aspects of our Pre-College Programs. Watch a recording of Pre-College Preview Day if you weren't able to attend!

*The Pre-College programs are no longer accepting applications for summer 2018.  Please check back in the fall for the 2019 summer application.


Age and International Documentation Requirements

Students must be in high school, have completed their sophomore year and be 16 to 18 years old (born between August 11, 1999 and July 1, 2002). Students can be exempt from the age requirements if they have a permanent address within Allegheny County.

If you're an international student who will need an I-20 or F-1 student visa from Carnegie Mellon, you must apply and submit all supporting documents by March 15.

If you're an international student (non-U.S. citizen or permanent resident) who currently attends a U.S. high school and plans to return to the same U.S. high school after attending pre-college, you may apply by April 15, since you won't need a visa document from Carnegie Mellon.

Due to the lengthy process for obtaining international documentation we recommend that international students be mindful of the application deadline. Applying earlier will provide the time necessary to process information as quickly as possible for I-20 administration. Students who receive an I-20 from Carnegie Mellon must arrive on Thursday, June 28, 2018 in order to complete a mandatory immigration check-in on Friday, June 29, 2018 to maintain legal status in the U.S.