A visiting/non-degree (VND) student attends classes at Carnegie Mellon, but has not been admitted into a specific degree program. Anyone may take courses as a VND student for three semesters. After three semesters, students must be admitted into a degree program in order to continue taking courses. The following are exempt from this limitation: high school students; students taking only summer courses; and Carnegie Mellon staff, faculty and retirees.
There is a one-time $25 processing fee that will be charged to your student account; however, Carnegie Mellon faculty, staff and retirees are exempt from this fee.
Tuition for VND students is assessed at the part-time, per unit tuition. Undergraduate and graduate courses will be assessed at the undergraduate part-time, per unit rate found on the Tuition & Fees webpage. Faculty and staff interested in taking courses should visit the HR website to review their eligibility and apply for tuition benefits.
To register, read the Visiting/Non-Degree Guide and then complete the petition form included in the guide. Return the petition form to The HUB (lower level, Warner Hall), along with any college transcripts, if applicable.
Attention Residents of AL, AR & MN
If you are a resident of Alabama, Arkansas or Minnesota, you are not eligible to apply for enrollment in Carnegie Mellon courses and programs delivered via distance education. View more details.