Fast Facts about Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University has steadily built upon its foundations of excellence and innovation to become one of America’s leading universities. The university, founded in 1900, has a  unique approach to education — giving students the opportunity to become experts in their chosen fields while studying a broad range of coursework across disciplines — creates leaders and problem solvers for the changing marketplace of today and tomorrow. Students in this private, co-educational university come from 48 states and more than 65 countries. Students come from a variety of economic, social and cultural backgrounds and represent a wide range of academic and artistic interests. Famous alumni include pop artist Andy Warhol, author Kurt Vonnegut and the Nobel Prize winner, and subject of the book and film A Beautiful Mind, John Nash.

Carnegie Mellon welcomes applications from students with non-traditional academic backgrounds, including veterans and other prospective students who are seeking a first bachelor’s several years after graduating from high school or those who are seeking a second bachelor’s degree.

Carnegie Mellon Undergraduate Admission Requirements
  • Common Application
  • $75 application fee*
  • Official high school transcript (please review our Academic Requirements)**
  • All required standardized testing official score reports, which includes the TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your native language
  • Secondary School Counselor Evaluation
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Common Application essay and personal statement
  • All fine arts applicants to the Schools of Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music are required to arrange a pre-screen, audition or portfolio review.
  • Home schooled applicants should submit an academic portfolio/transcript consistent with their state guidelines and a list of all textbooks used.
  • Applicants must provide proof of meeting all requirements for an official high school diploma, by the end of May of the year of graduation, and submit an official final transcript, GED or certificate of completion from your local school district or state board of education by the end of July of the year of matriculation.

*Carnegie Mellon accepts fee waivers from students who meet one of the indicators of economic need as outlined on the Common Application.

**Transcript/graduation requirements: A high school diploma or equivalent is required for admission to Carnegie Mellon (for applicants who are 17 and over). Applicants should submit official transcripts from all secondary schools attended and enrolling students are required to submit an official final transcript as well. Applicants who have received a high school equivalency diploma are required to have official High School Equivalency Examination (GED) scores sent to the Office of Admission in addition to official transcripts from all high schools attended.

Transfer Applicant Instructions

In addition to our admission requirements, please keep in mind the following:

  • Transfer applicants are only considered for one college or program within Carnegie Mellon.
  • All supporting documents are due by March 15th for fall transfer (please note supporting document deadline of December 1 for drama and music fall transfers and January 1 for architecture, art and design fall transfers) and November 1 for spring transfer.
  • Transfer applicants must submit a college transcript in addition to a high school transcript, and email a copy of course descriptions from a college catalog from each college/university you attended to [email protected] with the subject line, “Transfer Course Descriptions.”
  • A recommendation from a professor or advisor should be submitted in place of a college counselor recommendation. The College Report (a Common Application form) is also required from your current academic institution. This form should be completed by your college/university registrar or appropriate dean/college official who can verify your enrollment and academic standing.
  • We require official SAT or ACT Tests and SAT Subject Test results if you’ve previously taken these tests. If you haven’t previously taken these tests, it’s recommended, but not required that you take them as you apply as a transfer student. If English isn’t your native language, the results of either the TOEFL or IELTS are required, even if you didn’t take either one previously, and please note our TOEFL/IELTS score requirements.
  • Fine arts transfer applicants should visit the Fine Arts Admission website for further details about portfolio review or audition requirements.
  • If offered admission, the college/school you’re admitted to will evaluate your courses for potential transfer credit.
  • If you’re offered admission for the spring semester, we don’t require a tuition deposit due to the short time between being offered admission and the start of the spring semester.
  • University housing is not guaranteed for transfer students.

The LMI Advantage If you find the SATs difficult to attempt, you can consider calling your LMI admissions advisor. We can help you in to CMU as a transfer student, which will eliminate your need to complete and score high on your SATs. Contact your LMI advisor today!

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