Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

Where artistry and innovation share center stage

Undergraduate Admission Timeline


  • Review the academic requirements and guidelines through the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
  • Review the audition/portfolio requirements for your program of study.
    Pre-screening areas: Flute, Piano, Tuba, Violin, Voice
    Portfolio areas: Composition, Electronic Music, Musicology, Music & Technology
  • Complete the Common Application.  *please note that applicants to School of Music programs do not need to complete a SlideRoom Art Supplement.
  • Complete the School of Music Online Application.
  • The School of Music Online Application will ask all applicants for a music resume, repertoire list, and a 650-word personal statement (this can be the same as your CommonApp and does not have to be exactly 650 words. Please feel free to use a supplemental or main Common App essay).
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from a private teacher or conductor online through the School of Music application (this is separate from recommendations required by the Office of Undergraduate Admission). Music recommendation letters must be received by January 5.

To request a fee waiver for the School of Music Acceptd application please follow the following steps:

Please submit your request along with the documentation that qualifies you (see below) to the Acceptd support team via submitting a ticket or emailing
Acceptd offers financial assistance to applicants who meet our fee waiver requirements. If your application meet these requirements, please contact our Applicant Support Team.

18 and under (undergraduate applicants):
  • College Board SAT or ACT fee waiver documentation. For more information on the College Board fee waiver process, please visit their website.
  • Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL) documentation.
19 and older (graduate applicants):
  • Most Recent FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR). Must be within 2 years of fee waiver request to be eligible.
  • Unemployment Benefits Statement from the past 90 days.

(Follow the instructions on the Common Application to request a fee waiver for that portion of the Undergraduate Application process)



  • Supporting documents (recommendation) must be received by January 5 for undergraduate applicants.
  • Pre-screening results released by January 10.
  • Audition times released by January 15.
  • Recorded auditions are due February 1.
  • Audition/portfolio reviews will take place throughout late January/early February (review audition dates and formats here).


  • Admission Decisions released from the School of Music and Office of Admission.


  • Undergraduate students must confirm enrollment.

*Please note that Early Decision is not available for music applicants.

Apply Now