Waitlist Policy-The HUB - Carnegie Mellon University

Waitlist Policy

The following is a guide to the waitlist policies of the various academic departments at Carnegie Mellon (undergraduate and graduate). Students who are waitlisted for courses during registration should consult this guide to determine how to resolve their status as policies vary by department. It is recommended that students wait at least two weeks following registration to allow all departments the opportunity to lower their initial reservations and take a first pass at shrinking the waitlists themselves. Departments have up until the 10th day of class to enroll students from the waitlist if space permits.

College of Fine Arts (CFA)

  • Architecture - waitlist decisions are made by course faculty (CFA 201)
  • Art - waitlist decisions are made by course faculty (CFA 300)
  • Design - waitlist decisions are made by course faculty (MMC 110)
  • Drama - waitlist decisions are made by course faculty (PCA 218)
  • Music - waitlist decisions are made by course faculty (CFA 108)

Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT)

  • Biomedical Engineering - waitlists are handled by the undergrad program office (Doherty 2100)
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering - waitlists are handled by the undergrad program office (Porter 119)
  • Chemical Engineering - waitlists are handled by the undergrad program office (Doherty 1101)
  • Carnegie Institute of Technology intro - waitlists are handled by the associate dean's office (Scaife 110)
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering - waitlists are handled by the Academic Services Center (Hamerschlag 1112)
  • Engineering & Public Policy - waitlists are handled by the undergrad program office (Baker 129)
  • Information Networking Institute - waitlists are handled by the INI Enrollment Services Office (Henry 113)
  • Mechanical Engineering - waitlists are handled by the Academic Advising staff (Scaife 402)
  • Materials Science & Engineering - waitlists are handled by the undergrad program office (Wean 3325)

Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences (DC)

  • Economics - waitlists are handled by the undergrad program office (GSIA 139)
  • English - initially, waitlists are handled centrally by the undergrad program office (Baker 259); once classes begin, course faculty have input
  • History - initially, waitlists are handled centrally by the undergrad program office (Baker 240); once classes begin, course faculty have input
  • Modern Languages - waitlists are handled by the undergrad program office (Baker 160)
  • Philosophy - waitlist processing does not begin until the first day of classes; (Baker Porter 135M) decisions are made by course faculty
  • Psychology - initially, waitlists are handled centrally by the undergrad program office (Baker 343); once classes begin, course faculty have input
  • Social & Decision Sciences - waitlists are handled by the undergrad program office (Porter 208A)
  • Statistics - waitlists are handled by the undergrad program office (Baker 132) in consultation with course faculty
  • Freshman Seminars - waitlist for all Freshman Seminars are handled by the Dietrich College Academic Advisory Center (Baker Hall A57)

Entertainment Technology Center (ETC)

  • Entertainment Technology Center - waitlists are handled by course faculty (Pittsburgh Technology Center 5313)

Mellon College of Science (MCS)

  • Biology - waitlists are handled by the undergrad program office (Doherty 1320)
  • Chemistry - waitlists are handled by the undergrad program office (Doherty 1316)
  • Math - waitlists are handled by the undergrad program office (Wean 6119)
  • Physics - waitlists are handled by the undergrad program office (Wean 7325)

School of Computer Science (SCS)

  • Computer Science - initially, waitlists are handled centrally by the undergraduate program office (GHC 5007); once classes begin, waitlist decisions are made by the course faculty
  • Lane Center for Computational Biology - waitlists are handled by the department office (GHC 7401)
  • Machine Learning - waitlists are handled by the graduate programs office in consultation with course faculty (GHC 8203) 

Tepper School of Business

  • Undergraduate Business Administration - waitlists are handled by the undergrad program office (GSIA 139)