Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Hybrid Learning, Course Schedules and Registration

Academic leadership, in collaboration with deans, faculty and academic advisors worked together on a hybrid-learning approach. This strategy offers the ability to accommodate your needs in support of your continued academic progress while also maintaining our standards of academic excellence.

Courses are offered in one of four modalities: in-person plus remote (IPR), in-person rotating plus remote (IPR), remote only (REO) and in-person only (IPO). The decision for which courses will be offered in-person and in hybrid modality was a careful process that considered optimal course design and content, public health and safety protocols, guidance from department heads, classroom space and number of enrolled students in each class.

Regardless of modality, you will receive a quality educational experience from Carnegie Mellon.

Hybrid Course Modalities

The hybrid model is designed to provide flexibility: access to your courses will be available in remote mode in almost all cases.

Very few courses (less than 1%) will be offered as in-person only due to their highly specialized nature and/or equipment. Students who are residing in Pittsburgh (whether living on or off campus) will have the option to attend approximately 30-40% of their courses in person while other students access those courses remotely.

The number of courses offered with an in-person option will vary by academic program.

The spring 2021 schedule is available in the Schedule of Classes (SOC) to view and for students eligible to register in Student Information Online (SIO). 

Undergraduate Students

For incoming undergraduate students, you may view and review your course schedule and educational modality assignments in SIO. Your academic advisor will be available to answer schedule-related questions.

For upperclass undergraduate students, course schedules and planned modality (in-person plus remote, in-person rotating plus remote, remote only and in-person only) are available in SIO (Student Information Online). While there have been some adjustments made to class start times and we have incorporated longer breaks between classes, returning undergraduate students should expect minimal, if any, disruptions or conflicts to their existing schedules. Your academic advisor will be available to answer schedule-related questions.

Graduate Students

See Doctoral and Master's Degree Students page.

International Students

See International Students page.

Study Abroad

The university has again made the decision that Carnegie Mellon will extend the suspension of study abroad through the spring 2021 semester, including for academic courses which contain a study abroad/international travel component. More details about the decision can be found on the Office of International Education website.

Academic Success

Academic services are available via remote tools. 

  • Academic advising
  • Academic coaching
  • Accommodations and exam accessibility
  • Language support


Additional Resources