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Transfer Applicants

Each year, Carnegie Mellon admits a small number of transfer students as space permits.

The policies and processes for transferring vary from college to college within Carnegie Mellon, so please carefully review the deadlines, as well as the transfer application instructions, below.

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Fall Transfer

 
Application Deadline
 
Supporting Document Deadline
 
No later than May 15
Admission Decision Notification

*Transfer applicants to the College of Fine Arts must meet the first-year application deadlines.

Spring Transfer

 
Application Deadline
 
Supporting Document Deadline
 
December 15 or soon after
Admission Decision Notification

*Spring transfers must have completed a semester of college before the application deadline in order to apply for admission.

Transferring By College

All colleges/schools except the College of Fine Arts

  • Fall transfer is possible if space is available.
  • Spring transfer is typically extremely limited due to space constraints.
  • Those transferring from another college or university are unable to apply to BXA programs.

College of Fine Arts (Architecture, Art, Design, Drama, Music)

  • Only fall transfer is available for fine arts applicants, and transfer applicants to the College of Fine Arts must meet first-year application deadlines.
  • Transfer applicants are considered alongside first-year applicants and are likely to be given first-year status.
  • Those transferring from another college or university are unable to apply to BXA programs.
  • Visit our Fine Arts Applicants webpage for further details about portfolio review or audition requirements.

Additional Instructions for Transfer Applicants

In addition to reviewing our general admission requirements, please make note of the following:

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  • Transfer applicants must submit a college transcript in addition to a high school transcript. Email a copy of course descriptions for courses you've taken from each college/university you attended to @email with the subject line, “Transfer Course Descriptions.” Please don't send an entire college course catalog.
  • A recommendation from a professor or advisor should be submitted in place of a college counselor recommendation.
  • The College Report (a Common Application form) is also required from your current academic institution. This form should be completed by your college/university registrar or the appropriate dean/college official who can verify your enrollment and academic standing.
  • We require official SAT or ACT Tests if you've previously taken these tests. If you haven't previously taken these tests, we don’t require you to submit official test results. We neither require nor recommend taking SAT Subject Tests, and we won't use those scores in the admission review process.
  • If English isn't your native language, the results of either the TOEFL or IELTS are required, even if you didn't take either one previously. Please note our TOEFL/IELTS score requirements.
  • Fine arts transfer applicants should visit the Fine Arts Applicants webpage for further details about portfolio or audition requirements. Transfer applicants to the College of Fine Arts must meet the first-year deadlines for CFA.

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Important Information for Transfer Students

Transfer applicants are only considered for one college or program within Carnegie Mellon.

Spring transfers must have completed a semester of college before the application deadline in order to apply for admission.

If you're offered admission, the college/school you're admitted to will evaluate your courses for potential transfer credit.

If you're offered admission for the spring semester, we don't require a tuition deposit due to the short time between being offered admission and the start of the spring semester.

If no transfer space is determined to exist after the application deadline in your college, we'll inform you and offer to return your application fee.

University housing is not guaranteed for transfer students.