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									    Applying as a Freshman
    Admission Philosophy                                                  Standardized Testing                                      Application Instructions
    At Carnegie Mellon, we select our freshmen class                      Standardized test scores add to our knowledge of          1. Applicants must apply online by completing
    from a large group of very qualified candidates.                      your ability, but we don’t make decisions simply on       the Common Application and Carnegie Mellon
    We don’t use a calculation to arrive at our admitted                  the basis of test scores. Your high school record and     Common Application Supplement. Applications
    class. Calculations can’t take into account all of the                standardized test scores (all SAT Reasoning Test          will not be processed unless both an application
    factors we like to consider when making admission                     or ACT with Writing and SAT Subject Tests) work           and supplement are submitted. Request that
    decisions. No single grade, factor, score or activity                 together to make up the academic portion of your          your secondary school counselor send all high
    will automatically gain or deny you admission to                      evaluation.                                               school transcripts, including senior year courses
    Carnegie Mellon. We treat every applicant as an                                                                                 and mid-year grades, and a school profile to the
    individual, taking great care to make our admission                   Extracurricular Activities                                Office of Admission as close to January 1, 2011
    decisions fair, thorough and sensitive. We’re                         Your non-academic activities, including extracurricular   as possible. The Office of Admission does not
    interested in students who can be successful at                       accomplishments, part-time jobs, hobbies and              acknowledge receipt of these items. We do not
    Carnegie Mellon, while taking full advantage of                       community service also play a very important role in      confirm fax or FedEx materials for up to 48 hours
    all the university has to offer and enriching our                     the admission process. We also consider leadership,       during our peak times. However, we will let you
    campus community.                                                     motivation, out-of-class recognition, community           know if something is missing. It is your responsibility
                                                                          and volunteer service and other experiences when          to check what documents we’ve received at http://
    Admission Criteria                                                    making admission decisions.                               my.cmu.edu/site/admission/page.where. You will
    The majority of our applicants are admissible and                                                                               find the required Admission ID number in the
    could be successful at Carnegie Mellon. We use a                      Our students make Carnegie Mellon an exciting             letter confirming receipt of your application, your
    variety of factors to select our first-year class from                campus. The positive qualities and diverse                admission letter, as well as in your financial aid
    those admissible candidates.                                          experiences you bring with you will enrich our            award letters.
                                                                          community. By looking at this non-academic
    Academic and Artistic Potential                                       information, we develop a sense of your personality,
    Our admission process is designed to select a highly                  motivation and responsibility.                               Be sure to save your
                                                                                                                                                                Admission
    talented, diverse undergraduate population who will                                                                                    ID number found on
                                                                                                                                                                   your
                                                                          Interest in Carnegie Mellon                               application receipt lett
    succeed at Carnegie Mellon. If you are applying to                                                                                                       er and financial
    academic programs, your high school performance                       By showing an interest in learning more about                 aid award letters. You
                                                                                                                                                                 ’ll need
    will be the main factor in our admission decision                     Carnegie Mellon, you can enhance your application.          it to log-on to specia
                                                                                                                                                              l websites.
    because it’s the most meaningful indication of your                   We strongly recommend that you have a campus
    abilities. We pay close attention to your curriculum                  visit before mid-November, which adds a personal
    rigor, the grades you’ve earned and the work you’ve                   touch to our evaluation. There are no individual
    accomplished. We’re interested in seeing that                         interviews offered after mid-November. See the            2. Apply for admission only to the specific
    you’ve challenged yourself within your secondary                      “Experience Carnegie Mellon” section on page              college(s) in which you are interested.
    school environment. If you are applying to programs                   26 for more details.                                      • Indicate only the college(s) you’re interested
    in the arts, your artistic performance will be either                                                                              in, by ranking your program and/or major
    the main factor or a significant factor (depending                    Other Personalized Information                               preferences on the Carnegie Mellon Common
    on the program) in our admission decision.To better                   We want to have a sense of who you are as a                  Application Supplement.
    understand our admission process, review these                        person so we look very closely at the essay and           • You may apply to up to five colleges/programs.
    guidelines:                                                           personal statement you’re asked to write, your            • If you are applying to more than one college/
                                                                          secondary school counselor’s evaluation and your             program, there’s no need to submit multiple
                                                                          teacher’s recommendation.                                    applications and there’s no additional
     If you’re interested in:          You’ll be admitted primarily
                                       on the basis of:                                                                                application fee.
                                                                          College Selection                                         • Be sure to meet the admission requirements
     • School of Art, Design, Drama    Portfolio review, design project   Carnegie Mellon seeks to enroll students of the              for each college/program.
       or Music                        or audition, as well as academic
                                                                          highest academic and artistic quality, who also           • Early Decision candidates will only be considered
                                       performance
                                                                          have a broad range of experiences, into its six              for their first choice college/program.
     • School of Architecture          Academic performance, as well as   undergraduate colleges. Think carefully about your
                                       recommended portfolio review and   Carnegie Mellon college selection(s) before               3. Follow these guidelines for each specific
                                       online questionnaire               applying. While you may apply to up to five               area of interest:
                                                                          colleges that match your interests, bear in mind          Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT), College of
     • College of Humanities and       Academic performance with
       Social Sciences                 emphasis on reading and            that most applicants will only be selected for the top    Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS), Information
     • Information Systems             comprehension abilities and        college choices to which they are admissible. Only        Systems (IS), Mellon College of Science (MCS),
                                       mathematics courses                those students of the highest quality will be granted     School of Computer Science (SCS) and Tepper
                                                                          admission to all of their college selections. Early       School of Business (Tepper)
     • Carnegie Institute of Technology Academic performance,
     • Mellon College of Science        with emphasis on strength in
                                                                          Decision candidates may only apply to their first         We strongly urge you to indicate a program and/
     • School of Computer Science mathematics and sciences                choice college at Carnegie Mellon. Additional             or major preference at the time you apply. Although
     • Tepper School of Business                                          colleges may be added for consideration during            you might not declare a major until the end of
                                                                          Regular Decision for those Early Decision                 your freshman or sophomore year, we do limit
                                                                          candidates not offered admission. Please note             access to certain majors, such as electrical and
                                                                          that admission to the university is contingent upon       computer engineering, computer science and
                                                                          maintaining academic performance and citizenship          business.
                                                                          commensurate with that which resulted in admission.
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College of Fine Arts (CFA)                                 program is not available under Early Decision.           when used in combination with other measures
You must apply directly to one or more of the following:   Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA)             of your performance, provide accurate insight into
School of Architecture, School of Art, School of Design,   The Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts program        your academic abilities. The results of the January
School of Drama or School of Music. (See specific          is an intercollege degree-granting program. It is        tests will delay your admission decision. Results
application instructions on pages 11-20.)                  designed for students who would like to combine          of the March tests arrive too late to receive any
                                                           their interests in the fine arts and computer science    consideration.
Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA)                      rather than pursue a conventional major and degree       • You must submit all official scores from the
The Bachelor of Humanities and Arts program is an          in either the College of Fine Arts or the School of         Educational Testing Service (ETS). Do not
intercollege degree-granting program. It is designed       Computer Science. To be considered for the BCSA             send copies. When you register for the test,
for students who would like to combine and blend           program, you must apply and be admitted to both CFA         request that an official CEEB Score Report be
their interests in the fine arts and humanities/           and SCS (you must select a CFA school and apply             sent directly to Carnegie Mellon. You can also
social sciences rather than pursue a conventional          to SCS on the Carnegie Mellon Common Application            make this request at a later date by getting
major and degree in either the College of Fine Arts        Supplement). This program is only open to directing or      an Additional Report Request Form from your
or the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.          production technology & management in the School            guidance office. Make sure your name on the
To be considered for the BHA program, you must             of Drama and composition or music and technology in         application matches the name used to register
apply and be admitted to both CFA and H&SS (you            the School of Music. Not all students admitted to both      for these tests. The Carnegie Mellon code
must select a CFA school and H&SS major on the             colleges are selected for the BCSA program.                 number is 2074.
Carnegie Mellon Common Application Supplement).                                                                     • Register for these tests at least six weeks prior
This program is not open to music theatre or acting        Additionally, your application must include an essay        to the test date.
majors. Not all students admitted to both colleges         describing your interdisciplinary goals in both          • Visit your secondary school counselor for more
are selected for the BHA program.                          the fine arts and computer science and how the              information.
                                                           BCSA program would provide the opportunity and           • You may submit your application before receiving
Additionally, your application must include an essay       framework for you to accomplish these objectives.           all official score reports.
describing your interdisciplinary goals in both the        This essay is a central component in the selection
fine arts and humanities/social sciences and how           process. The BCSA essay fulfills the essay               6. If you’re an applicant whose native
the BHA program would provide the opportunity and          requirement on the Carnegie Mellon Common                language is not English, you must submit the
framework for you to accomplish these objectives.          Application Supplement. You do not need to               results of the Test of English as a Foreign
This essay is a central component in the selection         complete another essay. If you are selected for          Language (TOEFL) or the International English
process. The BHA essay fulfills the essay requirement      this program, you will be notified in your admission     Language Testing System (IELTS) in addition
on the Carnegie Mellon Common Application                  decision letter. This program is not available under     to the other required standardized tests.
Supplement. You do not need to complete another            Early Decision.
essay. If you are selected for this program, you will                                                               7. If you’re applying to the College of Fine
be notified in your admission decision letter. This        4. Send a non-refundable application fee                 Arts’ Schools of Art, Design, Drama or
program is not available under Early Decision.             of $70 electronically as you complete the                Music, you must complete portfolio review
                                                           Common Application. An additional audition fee           or audition requirements. If you are
Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA)                         will be required at the time of online registration      applying to the School of Architecture,
The Bachelor of Science and Arts program is an             for drama and music auditions. If you’re applying        you are encouraged to complete an online
intercollege degree-granting program. It is designed       to the School of Music, the additional audition fee      questionnaire and submit a portfolio of
for students who would like to combine studies in          is $50. If you’re applying to the School of Drama,       creative work. Please go to www.cmu.edu/
both the fine arts and natural sciences/mathematics        the audition or portfolio review fee is $85. Audition    admission/finearts for further information.
rather than pursue a conventional major and                fees are payable with VISA or MasterCard at the          The School of Drama requires that students apply to
degree in either the College of Fine Arts or the           time of reserving your audition online at www.cmu.       the university and obtain their Admission ID before
Mellon College of Science. To be considered for the        edu/admission/finearts. If you have a College Board      registering for an audition or portfolio review. There is
BSA program, you must apply and be admitted to             or NACAC fee waiver, you must call the Office of         no Early Decision consideration given for the acting,
both CFA and MCS (you must select a CFA school             Admission immediately after registering for your         directing, music theatre, composition, flute, music
and MCS major on the Carnegie Mellon Common                audition or portfolio review, in order to have your      and technology, piano, voice or the BHA/BSA/BCSA
Application Supplement). This program is not open          payment waived. International students (non-U.S.         programs.
to music theatre or acting majors. Not all students        citizens) are not eligible for fee waivers.
admitted to both colleges are selected for the                                                                      8. Sign the “Confidentiality Statement” on the
BSA program.                                               5. Take the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with               Common Application School Report Form and
                                                           Writing and two SAT Subject Tests preferably             give it to your secondary school counselor for
Additionally, your application must include an essay       by November, but no later than December. (If             completion. Your counselor should return this form
describing your interdisciplinary goals in the fine        you’re applying to the Schools of Art, Design,           along with the school profile and your transcript to the
arts and natural sciences/mathematics and how              Drama or Music, SAT Subject Tests are not                Office of Admission as soon as possible.
the BSA program would provide the opportunity and          required.) Please refer to the Required Test
framework for you to accomplish these objectives.          chart on page 5. Applicants are required to submit       9. Choose a teacher to complete the Common
This essay is a central component in the selection         all official results of either the SAT Reasoning Test    Application Teacher Recommendation Form
process. The BSA essay fulfills the essay requirement      or the ACT with Writing and SAT Subject Tests.           and make sure it’s submitted to the Office of
on the Carnegie Mellon Common Application                  While we are interested in the general pattern of        Admission by January 1, 2011 (November 1,
Supplement. You do not need to complete another            your scores, we give most weight to the highest          2010 or December 1, 2010 for Early Decision
essay. If you are selected for this program, you will      score you have received on any of the exams. We          candidates).
be notified in your admission decision letter. This        feel that the results of all standardized test scores,
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    Applying as a Freshman (continued)
    10. Our Regular Decision application deadline                        It is expected that all admitted candidates will                admitted under Early Decision. However, we do not
    is January 1, 2011. The College of Fine Arts                         maintain the same level of academic performance                 guarantee to meet full need for students who are
    Regular Decision deadline is December 1, 2010.                       and citizenship which resulted in admission. Failure            deferred or denied admission under Early Decision
    Refer to the table below for admission deadlines.                    to do so will result in nullification of your admission.        and later admitted under Regular Decision.
                                                                                                                                       • Three decisions can be given: admit, deny or
    Once your Common Application and Supplement                          University Housing                                              defer to Regular Decision.
    are processed, a letter confirming the receipt of                    You are required to live in university housing                • Apply to only one college within the university.
    your application will be sent to the mailing address                 freshman year unless you receive an exemption                 • Not for applicants under the age of 17 or for
    listed on your application. If you do not receive this               from the Dean of Student Affairs. Carnegie                      those applying under Early Admission.
    confirmation letter six weeks from the date you                      Mellon will attempt to honor your preferences for
    mailed your application, please contact our office                   university housing based on the date we receive               If you apply through Early Decision, we encourage
    at 412.268.2082.                                                     your enrollment deposit and availability of your              you to submit applications to other colleges/
                                                                         preferences. University housing is available on-              universities. However, you must agree to withdraw
    IMPORTANT: We prefer that you submit all forms and                   campus and in the Oakland community apartments.               these applications if notified of Early Decision
    documents at one time in order to reduce processing                                                                                acceptance and financial aid granted at Carnegie
    time, if you must submit them separately, be sure to                 Deferred Admission                                            Mellon.
    print your full name and address at the top of each                  If you’re admitted to Carnegie Mellon and wish
    document.                                                            to defer your admission, you must submit your                 Early Decision application instructions:
                                                                         request, in writing, to the Office of Admission               • Indicate on the Carnegie Mellon Common
    11. If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent                           along with the $800 enrollment deposit in order to              Application Supplement that you would like to be
    resident applying for financial aid, see pages                       confirm enrollment for the following year. In some              considered for one of the Early Decision plans.
    21-25 for details regarding our financial aid                        cases, students defer their enrollment in order               • You will be considered only to your first-choice
    requirements.                                                        to take a year off to work or travel. During that               college under Early Decision.
                                                                         year, enrollment in a degree program at another               • If possible, arrange to have a campus visit that
    Enrollment Deposit                                                   institution is prohibited.                                      includes an information session or an optional
    If you’re offered admission and wish to enroll, you                                                                                  interview with a member of the admission staff
    must pay a non-refundable deposit of $800 by May                     Application Plans                                               by November 12, 2010 (or an alumni interview
    1, 2011 (Candidate’s Reply Date), or February 1,                     Early Decision Plans                                            by January 1, 2011).
    2011 for Early Decision, even if you’re receiving                    • Ideal for students for whom Carnegie Mellon is              • Submit the application and supplement no later
    financial aid. The deposit will reserve your place in the              their first choice.                                           than November 1, 2010 for Early Decision I or
    freshmen class and in university housing. We credit the              • Receive our admission decision early in your                  December 1, 2010 for Early Decision II.
    entire amount of your deposit to the first semester’s                  senior year (by mid-January).                               • Early Decision applications to the College of
    charges. No extensions of the enrollment deposit will                • If you’re admitted to Carnegie Mellon, you are in             Fine Arts should be received by November 1,
    be granted.                                                            a binding agreement to enroll.                                2010. Once the application and supplement are
                                                                         • Not available for acting, directing, music theatre,           filed, art, design, drama and music applicants
    The admission staff assumes that your deposit to                       composition, flute, music and technology, piano,              are required to complete a portfolio review or
    Carnegie Mellon is your only deposit. We reserve the                   voice or BHA/BSA/BCSA applicants.                             audition, and for architecture applicants, an online
    right to cancel our offer of admission if you post an                • Not for students who want to compare financial                questionnaire and portfolio of creative work are
    enrollment deposit at another university. Enrollment                   aid offers from other institutions.                           highly recommended. You must go to www.cmu.
    deposits that are postmarked after the Candidate’s                   • Carnegie Mellon will meet the full demonstrated               edu/admission/finearts to register for all fine arts
    Reply Date (May 1, 2011) will be returned if space is                  financial need with a combination of grants,                  requirements.
    no longer available.                                                   federal and alternative loans and work-study
                                                                           as calculated by the university for all students




        Application Deadlines
                                                                                                                              File your FAFSA and CSS PROFILE
                                                                                                                              and submit other required forms          Financial Aid Award
        Application Plan              Application Deadlines                                  Admission Notification Dates     by this date:                            Notification Date

        Early Decision I              November 1, 2010                                       December 15, 2010                February 15, 2011                        No later than April 15, 2011
                                      (not available for acting, directing, music theatre,                                    (an early estimate of financial aid is
                                      composition, flute, music and technology, piano,                                        available between September-December)
                                      voice or BHA/BSA/BCSA)

        Early Decision II             December 1, 2010                                       January 15, 2011                 February 15, 2011                        No later than April 15, 2011
                                      (not available for architecture, art, design, drama,                                    (an early estimate of financial aid is
                                      music, BHA/BSA/BCSA)                                                                    available between September-December)

        Regular Decision              January 1, 2011                                        No later than April 15, 2011     February 15, 2011                        No later than April 15, 2011
                                      (December 1, 2010 for CFA)

        Early Admission               January 1, 2011                                        No later than April 15, 2011     February 15, 2011                        No later than April 15, 2011
        (high school juniors only)    (December 1, 2010 for CFA)


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IMPORTANT: You may apply for Early Decision                                       Regular Decision Plan                                                    While the campus environment is rich in educational
without having taken the required SAT Reasoning                                   This is the most common plan used by students to                         and social opportunities, students younger than
Test, ACT with Writing or SAT Subject Tests at the                                apply to Carnegie Mellon.                                                traditional college age often face unique challenges
time of submitting your application. However, you                                                                                                          in becoming acclimated to the university community.
should request that all test results be sent directly to                          Regular Decision application instructions:                               It is the responsibility of those students under the age
Carnegie Mellon as soon as they are completed,                                    • Submit your application and supplement by                              of 17 and their parents to contact the Dean of Student
but no later than December.                                                         January 1, 2011 (December 1, 2010 for                                  Affairs Office to discuss services and resources
                                                                                    College of Fine Arts), as well as all other required                   available in addressing their specific needs. Only
If you’re admitted under one of the Early                                           documents.                                                             students 16 years of age or older are permitted to
Decision plans:                                                                   • If possible, arrange to have a campus visit that                       reside in university housing.
• You’ll be notified officially, by mail, between                                   includes an information session or an optional
   December 15, 2010 and January 15, 2011. If                                       interview with a member of the admission staff                         Early Admission application instructions:
   accepted, the letter will also contain an enrollment                             by November 12, 2010 (or an alumni interview                           • Follow the same procedures as Regular Decision
   reply form to be completed and returned along                                    by February 1, 2011).                                                    applicants.
   with the $800 enrollment deposit by February 1,                                • If you’re admitted under the Regular Decision plan,                    • Plan to have an interview with a member of the
   2011 or your admission offer will be canceled.                                   you’ll be notified officially, by mail, by April 15,                     admission staff by November 12, 2010.
• If you’re applying for financial aid, please see the                              2011.                                                                  • Early Admission candidates are not eligible for
   instructions on page 21.                                                       • If you wish to enroll, let us know by posting a                          our Early Decision plans.
• You must withdraw all admission applications to                                   $800 enrollment deposit by May 1, 2011.                                Note that Carnegie Mellon accepts Early Admission
   other colleges or universities.                                                                                                                         applicants on rare occasions.
                                                                                  Early Admission Plan
                                                                                  • Opportunity for highly qualified high school juniors                   Mid-Year Freshmen
                                                                                    to apply early to Carnegie Mellon.                                     Carnegie Mellon does not accept applications for
                                                                                  • Ideal for mature, responsible juniors who’ve                           mid-year freshmen (i.e., freshmen cannot begin
                                                                                    exhausted the courses offered at their high schools.                   in the spring semester).
                                                                                  • Applicants under the age of 17 must contact the
                                                                                    Dean of Student Affairs Office to discuss housing,
                                                                                    services and resources available.




   Secondary School Preparation and Required Tests
   College                                                     Preferred High School Preparation                                                           Tests5

   Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT)                      4 years English                                1 year Biology                                SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing
   Mellon College of Science (MCS)                             4 years Mathematics1                           2 years Foreign Language                      SAT Subject Tests (2)
   Tepper School of Business (Tepper)                          1 year Chemistry                               3 electives                                       Math Level I or II, Physics, Chemistry or Biology4
                                                               1 year Physics                                                                              (Prospective business students may take any second test, but
                                                                                                                                                           preferably a science)



   School of Computer Science (SCS)                            4 years English                                2 years either Chemistry, Biology            SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing
                                                               4 years Mathematics                            or Computer Science                          SAT Subject Tests (2)
                                                               1 year Physics                                 2 years Foreign Language                        Math Level I or II, Physics, Chemistry or Biology
                                                                                                              3 electives



   College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS)            4 years English                                1 year Science (2 or more years preferred)   SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing
   Information Systems (IS)                                    3 years Mathematics2- H&SS applicants          2 years Foreign Language                     SAT Subject Tests (2)
                                                               4 years Mathematics1 - IS applicants           6 electives                                     Math Level I or II and one additional test




   School of Architecture                                      4 years English                                2 years Foreign Language                     SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing
                                                               4 years Mathematics1                           5 electives                                  SAT Subject Tests (2)
                                                               1 year Physics                                                                                 Math Level I or II Physics or Chemistry



   School of Art                                               4 years English                                                                             SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing
   School of Drama                                             2 years Foreign Language
   School of Music                                             10 electives3



   School of Design                                            4 years English                                2 years Foreign Language (preferred)         SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing
                                                               2 years Mathematics                            6 electives
                                                               2 years Science


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    The four years of mathematics should include at least algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry and elementary functions (pre-calculus).      The Biology SAT Subject Test is not acceptable for CIT applicants.
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   2
    For H&SS applicants, three years should include at least algebra, geometry and trigonometry.                                                           Only test results from the junior or senior year are acceptable.
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   3
    For School of Music applicants, some prior solfège is helpful.

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