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International Applicants

Regardless of where in the world you’re coming from, you’ll be in good company

The diverse perspectives and backgrounds of international students help make Carnegie Mellon the innovative, collaborative place it is. 

Carnegie Mellon often ranks in the top five for national universities with the highest percentage of international undergraduates — students from outside of the United States made up 16% of the undergraduate student body in 2020-2021.

We define an international applicant as someone who is a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than the United States and who will be studying in the United States on a temporary visa. For international students, the application procedure and timetables are essentially the same as for candidates applying from schools in the U.S.

Student takes a photo during International Student Orientation

Carnegie Mellon doesn't offer financial aid to international students. If you're an international student who plans to enroll at Carnegie Mellon, you and your family must plan to pay the total cost of attendance.

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International Student Admission Requirements

Please review our undergraduate admission requirements first.

Then consider the following additional requirements/reminders for international students:

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  • Deadlines are the same for international students as those posted for Early Decision 1, Early Decision 2, Regular Decision and transfer applicants.
  • It’s important that the name used in your application, recommendations and test scores is identical to the name listed on your passport. This will eliminate any confusion in the processing of your application.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Duolingo English Test (DET) is required if your native language is not English. 
    • IELTS: We require at least a 7.5 overall band score on the Academic Examination and give consideration to those with subscores of 7.5 and above.
    • TOEFL iBT or iBT Home Edition: We require at least a 102 overall score and give consideration to those with subscores of 25 and above.
    • TOEFL Essentials: We require at least an 11 overall band score and give consideration to those with subscores of 11 and above.
    • Duolingo English Test: For 2022 applicants and beyond, Carnegie Mellon accepts the Duolingo English Test. Check back soon for score requirements.
    • Please arrange to have these scores sent no later than January 1. Carnegie Mellon's TOEFL code is 2074.
  • Should a student take the TOEFL more than once, we'll use the set of TOEFL scores corresponding with the highest overall score. We don't use TOEFL MyBest scores, which ‘superscore’ subsection results from more than one test administration of the TOEFL.
  • InitialView(opens in new window) or Vericant(opens in new window) interviews are recommended for nonnative English speakers but aren't required. Often these interviews can measure readiness for engagement in the classroom and also showcase a student’s personality, likes and dislikes as well as the area of intended major. These interviews can also show English language proficiency while also corroborating the application with more details about the student.
  • If your secondary school transcript or any other admission document is written in a language other than English, it should be accompanied by an official translation and verified by a counselor or school official to be true copies of the original.
  • If you are preparing for the International Baccalaureate or the General Certificate of Education (GCE) A-level examinations, please send your expected exam results.
An international family at CMU's President's Welcome event

Feel right at home

If you’re an international student, you’ll easily find your place in our creative, collaborative community fueled by the diverse perspectives of individuals. More than 16% of our undergraduates are international students.

International Student Resources