The Waiting List

Our Waiting List

If you have received a Waiting List decision, we've identified that you're academically and artistically qualified to succeed as a Carnegie Mellon student. However, the university is limited in how many students we're able to accept. When we meet these enrollment limitations, qualified students may be placed on a Waiting List.

To remain an active candidate for Carnegie Mellon University’s Waiting List, you must both (1) elect your preferred Waiting List by submitting the Waiting List Reply Form and (2) submit the Waiting List Update Form. Both forms are available starting April 9 and must be submitted by May 3.

Once we determine whether we have additional space, we’ll reach out to you.



Keep Your Spot on the Waiting List

In order to remain on our Waiting List, you must complete a two step process: 

1. Choose Your Waiting List & Submit Your Waiting List Reply Form*

Is Carnegie Mellon your top choice? Select the Priority Waiting List if you plan to enroll at Carnegie Mellon if you are offered admission. Students who select the Priority Waiting List will be among the first admitted after May 3 if space is available in their respective positions.

Considering other universities? Select the Regular Waiting List if Carnegie Mellon is not your top choice and you would like to be considered after Priority Waiting List candidates.

No longer interested? You can remove your name from the Waiting List entirely.


Submit Your Waiting List Reply Form


2. Submit the Waiting List Update Form*

After selecting your Waiting List, complete your Waiting List Update Form by 11:59 p.m. ET on May 3. We expect you to spend no more than 20 minutes on the form. Once submitted, you won't be able to edit your response.

On the form, you'll respond to the following prompt:

What additional information or updates would you like Carnegie Mellon to consider? 


Submit your Waiting List Update Form


*Both Waiting List Forms are available April 9 through May 3.


What to Expect Next

We anticipate the Priority Waiting List process will be ongoing throughout May. On May 6, the Office of Admission will begin reaching out to students on the Waiting List on a rolling basis as we evaluate space availability in each of our colleges and programs. 

If admitted, we require that you submit your enrollment deposit within 72 hours. If you plan to apply for financial aid and haven't completed the aid application process, we strongly encourage you to do so during the month of April so you can consider your financial aid offer if admitted.

You can register for a Waiting List Presentation to learn more about how the Waiting List works at Carnegie Mellon and get answers to any questions that you might have. 

 For a brief overview of the Waiting List, watch the Waiting List Information Session below:


Learn more about how we're ensuring access & equity in the Waiting List process.