Carnegie Mellon University

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Registration FAQ

New Students

If you’re a new undergraduate student, Sharon Johnston will register you in July and August for all of your classes for the first semester. You will register yourself for each subsequent semester.

If you’re a new graduate student, Sharon Johnston will register you in July for most of your required courses, if you have not already registered for them; you will register on SIO for the rest of your courses. Note that you can start the registration process now and you can continue the registration process until the add and drop deadlines of the applicable semester.

All students: You will be able to view the current status of your class schedule on the SIO. Important – while registration is in process, your class schedule may change.

You’ll have a full schedule of required classes, so taking another class would mean taking an extra class. We recommend that you wait to take extra classes until after your first semester, after you’ve adjusted to the demands of university study and demonstrated that you can satisfactorily pass your required classes.

If you have a specific reason for wishing to take an additional class this fall, please contact Sharon Johnston.

To complete your class schedule, you will need to select a music support course and/or an elective course or courses. Voice majors, you will also need to select a language course.

To select a music support (a graduate history or theory) course, see information about them here. You will register yourself for your preferred course or courses.

To select an elective (any music or non-music graduate) course, see information about them on the CMU Schedule of Classes. You will register yourself for your preferred course or courses. Note that you may take up to 12 units of undergraduate credit (restrictions apply) towards your elective requirement. Voice majors, to select a language course, please contact Sharon Johnston.

See the list below, or contact Sharon Johnston if you have questions about your class schedule.

If you are an undergraduate music and technology major, or a graduate music education or music and technology major, or a graduate music certification student, your class schedule will be determined individually. Please contact Sharon Johnston during July.

If you are an undergraduate transfer student, your class schedule will be based on a tentative assessment of the eligibility of your previous college credit for transfer to Carnegie Mellon. Please plan to see Sharon Johnston as soon as possible after you arrive on campus to discuss your schedule and the procedures for a final confirmation of the transfer of your credit.

If you are an undergraduate double major, your class schedule will be based on an assessment of the best combination of the highest priority class requirements for both majors. You will need to discuss your schedule with Sharon Johnston, your music advisor, and also with your advisor for your other major. Please contact Sharon Johnston during July.

If you have completed academic courses or have relevant experience (for example, an AP theory class) that you believe might qualify you for placement in an advanced level of a class or beyond the first level of a class, you will need to discuss your schedule with Sharon Johnston, your music advisor. Please contact Sharon Johnston during July.

New undergraduate students: If you are interested in taking a class in addition to your required classes, your class schedule will need to be approved. An additional class during your first semester is usually not approved unless you need to take it for admission to a minor or an additional major. You will need to discuss your schedule and the procedures for requesting an overload with Sharon Johnston, your music advisor. Please contact Sharon Johnston during July.

New graduate students: If you are interested in taking more than 48 units, your class schedule will need to be approved. You will need to discuss your schedule and the procedures for requesting an overload with Sharon Johnston. Please contact her during July.

Read all of the registration instructions (start with the "registration information" message).

Prepare a draft class schedule (using the information listed in the “registration information” message and in other registration messages) to bring to your appointment.

Sign up for an appointment with Sharon Johnston (undergraduate students), or Kate Heston (graduate students).

All Students

See your personal class schedule on SIO.

Returning students and new graduate students: You may add and drop classes yourself. 

New undergraduate students: You may not change your schedule yourself until regstration for your second semester.

You may take a graduate course with the permissino of the instructor if there is an available space in the class after graduate students have registered.
To request that an undergraduate course count towards your graduate requirements, please submit an undergraduate credit petition to Kate Heston BEFORE you register.
Search the CMU Schedule of Classes by keyword.

You may not be able to register for one of two reasons:

1. The School of Music put you on registration hold. (See Sharon Johnston if you have a question.)

2. Enrollment Services coded you as ineligible to enroll or put you on registration hold. (See The Hub if you have a question.)

You may not be able to register for a class you need for one of seven reasons:

1. Your home department or class level may be coded incorrectly. (Check SIO to confirm your department and class status. See Sharon Johnston if you discover a discrepancy.)

2. You may be attempting to register for a class which is coded as having a prerequisite that you either haven't fulfilled or have fulfilled in a nonstandard manner; or which is coded as being for a different class level than yours; or which is coded as requiring special permission from the instructor. (See Sharon Johnston for assistance.)

3. You may be attempting to register for a class that requires a request form (Chamber Music/Sonatas, Collaborative Piano, Independent Study, Keyboard Studies (Studio), or Performance for Composers).

4. You may be an undergraduate student inadvertently attempting to register for a class by using the graduate course number, or a graduate student inadvertently attempting to register for a class by using the undergraduate course number. This results in your being placed on a wait list. (Check the course number.)

5. You may be attempting to register for a class for which you have insufficient free units. If you anticipate registering for an overload class schedule, over 58 units for undergraduate students or over 48 units for graduate students, please complete and submit a registration worksheet to Sharon Johnston, if you’re an undergraduate student, or John Ito, if you’re a graduate student, BEFORE you register.

6. You may be attempting to register for a class that partially or completely overlaps with the scheduled time for a class for which you’re already registered. You will need to either drop the first class, or see Sharon Johnston for information about how to negotiate the class time conflict.

7. You may be attempting to register for a class that is coded in error. (See Sharon Johnston for assistance.) 

See the university class schedule here. See the School of Music music support courses, course descriptions, and course syllabi information on the Current Students webpage.

A mini is a class that meets for only half of the semester.

If there is a 1 [1st half fall], 2 [2nd half fall], 3 [1st half spring], or 4 [2nd half spring] after the section letter, the class is a mini.

What you should do now or later depends on the reason:

1. The wait list is real: There are no more seats in the class. (You'll have to wait for a space to open.)

2. The wait list is semi-real: for example, for multiple-section classes like eurhythmics, solfege, and theory. The capacity for each of these classes is set low to allow for more flexibility is managing the balance of the number of students in each section. In most cases, you'll get in the section for which you're wait listed; in some cases, you'll be asked to register for a different section. (You'll have to wait for a space to open.)

3. The wait list isn't real: for example, for studio. Either the capacity is set too low, or you're an undergraduate student who inadvertently attempted to register using a graduate course number, or vice versa (See Sharon Johnston if you have a question.) 

These reasons can also apply to wait lists for classes in other departments. (Contact that department for assistance.)

The procedure to cross-register at another member school of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE) is outlined here.