I've decided to remain active on a waiting list. What should I do next?

If you elect to remain active on either the Priority Waiting List or the Regular Waiting List, please complete the Waiting List Reply Form via the Where Am I in the Process? portal. If space becomes available in the freshman class, we'll first communicate with students on the Priority Waiting List. If space still remains after we've communicated with all Priority Waiting List candidates, we'll communicate with students on the Regular Waiting List.

I'm on the Priority Waiting List. When will I receive my admission decision?

Students that elect to remain on the Priority Waiting List should submit the Waiting List Reply Form via the Where Am I in the Process? portal by our preferred deadline of April 10, 2019. If space becomes available in one of the academic programs you applied to, we'll provide a writing prompt and ask you to complete a short response within a few days. Students on the Priority Waiting List won't be contacted until after May 1, 2019, but will receive an admission decision on or before May 6, 2019. If admitted from the Priority Waiting List, you'll have 72 hours to post your non-refundable enrollment deposit of $800. 

I can't find the writing prompt for my short response. What is the prompt?

We don't provide the writing prompt in advance to students that elect to remain on either of our waiting lists. We won't know if space is available for the academic program that you applied to until after the May 1, 2019 enrollment deadline. We may not go to the waiting list for your academic program, and therefore don't want students to work on the prompt needlessly. Our goal is to make our waiting list process as straightforward and accessible as possible. 

I'm on the Regular Waiting List. When will I receive my admission decision?

Students that elect to remain on the Priority Waiting List must submit the Waiting List Reply Form via the Where Am I in the Process? portal by May 1, 2019. If space is still available in one or both of the academic programs you applied to after we've communicated with all students on the Priority Waiting List, we'll contact you with next steps to be considered for admission. Students on the Regular Waiting List will receive an admission decision no later than June 1, 2019. 

Are either of the Carnegie Mellon waiting lists binding?

Neither of the waiting lists at Carnegie Mellon are binding. However, students on the Priority Waiting List that receive an offer of admission are expected to post their non-refundable enrollment deposit within 72 hours. 

What are my chances of being offered admission to Carnegie Mellon from either of the waiting lists?

Any offer of admission from either of our waiting lists is directly related to remaining space available in the freshman class after the May 1, 2019 enrollment deadline for admitted students. We won't know how many students will be offered admission from the waiting lists until we have an understanding of the space available. Because offers of admission from the waiting lists are contingent on space in our academic programs, we may go to the waiting lists for some academic programs but not others. Last year, we admitted 109 students from our waiting lists. Over the past five years, we've averaged 39 students admitted from our waiting lists. 

Are students on the waiting lists eligible for financial aid?

Yes. If you elect to remain on either of our waiting lists, please login to the Where Am I in the Process? portal to confirm that you've completed your application for financial aid. If you submitted all required financial aid documents by February 15, you'll receive a financial aid notification letter on your portal within a week of receiving your "Wait List" decision. If you haven’t yet applied for financial aid, please do so immediately.

We encourage students to remain active on either of our waiting lists only after having received and reviewed their financial aid notification letter. If you’re admitted from the Waiting List, your financial aid package will become effective immediately. Students admitted from the Priority Waiting List are required to post their enrollment deposit within a 72-hour period. Because University resources are limited, decisions regarding either of the waiting lists may not be need blind.

Are students on the waiting lists eligible for first-year housing?

Yes. All first-year students at Carnegie Mellon are required to live in on-campus housing. Students that enroll at Carnegie Mellon are guaranteed on-campus housing for four years, provided they remain within the University housing system. Please visit the Housing website for more information. 

Should I enroll at another college or university?

Yes. It's important to secure a place at another college or university where you've been offered admission by the relevant deadline. We won't know if space is available in the freshman class for students on either of our waiting lists until after May 1, 2019. If you're ultimately offered admission from either waiting list at Carnegie Mellon, you'll likely forfeit the tuition deposit you submitted to the college or university where you previously enrolled.

I applied to two academic programs. What if I received a "Wait List" decision for both?

If you elect to remain on the waiting list for more than one academic program within Carnegie Mellon, you'll receive separate admission decisions for each academic program. 

What should I expect if I visit the campus?

We offer a brief Waiting List Information Session and campus tour to students who are on either of our waiting lists. If you wish to attend, please register online. Please note that this session isn't an opportunity for students to advocate for themselves or interview with the Office of Admission. Attendance at these events won't be considered as we review students for admission from either of the waiting lists.

What else can I do?

If Carnegie Mellon is your first-choice university and you've elected to remain on the Priority Waiting List, no further action is required of you. We won't consider any demonstrations of continued interest in their many forms, as we strive for access and equity in our admission process. If space becomes available in one of the academic programs you applied to, we'll communicate with you no sooner than May 1, 2019 by providing a writing prompt and asking you to complete a short response. 

I no longer want to remain on either the Priority Waiting List or the Regular Waiting List. How do I remove my name?

You can remove yourself from either the Priority Waiting List or the Regular Waiting List by logging in to the Where Am I in the Process? portal and changing your waiting list preference on the Waiting List Reply Form up until May 1, 2019.