Admission and Registration-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Admission to the ACC-SV Program

Assessment for Inclusion in the ACC-SV Program

As part of the CMU-SV admission process, non-native English speaking applicants are assessed to determine if they should enroll in the ACC-SV Summer Program to ensure success at CMU-SV.

Step 1: Consider you score on standardized language assessments. As a rough guide, students appropriate for ACC-SV will likely have the following test scores:

Score Range

BT Speaking

17 - 22

iBT Writing

19 - 23


580 minimum total

Step 2: If you have already been accepted to a Carnegie Mellon graduate program and if your TOEFL or IELTS scores are close to the above scores, contact us for a brief interview to verify that ACC-SV is appropriate. Program instructors can also answer any questions you may have about the program and discuss how the program will benefit you.

  • Setting up an interview is easy: Send an email to ACC-SV and include the best date/time when we can reach you. The preferred method is via Skype (so include your Skype ID), but if you cannot use Skype, include a phone number where we can reach you. Please have your TOEFL or IELTS scores available for the phone conversation.


Registering for ACC is a very quick process. If your interview indicates ACC is appropriate for you, we will send you a link to the online registration form, which you should fill out by the registration deadline. It is expected you will register for and attend the ACC-SV Summer Program before starting Fall classes.

Registration Deadline:
To insure the quality of the program, the ACC-SV Summer Program is limited to 15 students. The program often fills quickly, so you should register as soon as possible but no later than April 1, 2015.

Important Information about Visas and I-20s

Students attending the ACC-SV Summer Program must have an I-20 issued by Carnegie Mellon with a start date of July 12, 2015.

Federal legislation has greatly changed the process for entry into the United States. It may take several months for some students to complete the process required for getting an I-20 and visa for the US, so plan accordingly.

After you have registered for the ACC-SV Summer Program, we will send your name to the Office of International Education requesting that an I-20 be issued with a start date of July 12, 2015. 

  • NOTE: Students are able to enter the US 30 days prior to that date.

Be sure to let your academic department know that you are going to attend ACC-SV. If you have already received an I-20 from Carnegie Mellon with a start date for August 2015, you will need to return that I-20 and have a new one issued in order to attend ACC-SV. If you have already gotten your visa, you will have to reapply for the visa.