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 between April 10 and May 1. If space becomes available in the first-year 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 beginning April 10 but no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on May 1. Initial Waiting List decisions will be available beginning May 4, and all students on the Priority Waiting List should receive their decision by June 1. If admitted from the Priority Waiting List, you'll have 72 hours to post your non-refundable enrollment deposit of $800. 

What is the prompt for my short response? How much time should I spend writing my response?

Students that elect to remain active on a Waiting List should respond to the following question after submitting their Waiting List Reply Form:

What additional information or updates would you like to share with Carnegie Mellon? Is there anything else you'd like to bring to our attention about your application?

Our goal is to make our waiting list process as straightforward and accessible as possible, so our expectation is that you don't spend any more than 20 minutes on your response. We may not go to the Waiting List for your academic program, and therefore don't want you to spend an inordinate amount of time working on your answer.

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

Students that elect to remain on a Waiting List can submit the Waiting List Reply Form via the Where Am I in the Process? portal beginning April 10. The deadline to submit the Waiting List Reply Form is May 1. 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. 

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 who 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 first-year class after the May 1 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 138 students from our Waiting Lists. Over the past five years, we've averaged 52 students per year 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're a US citizen, permanent resident or DACA recipient and have submitted all required financial aid documents by February 15, you'll receive a financial aid offer 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 offer letters. If you’re admitted from the Waiting List, your financial aid offer will become effective immediately. Students admitted from the Priority Waiting List are required to post their enrollment deposit within 72 hours. 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, any student admitted from a Waiting List is eligible for first-year housing. 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 first-year class for students on either of our Waiting Lists until after May 1. 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 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.  

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.