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 application fee; 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 your $25 application fee.
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.