Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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We are planning for a robust, in-person experience this fall. The expansion of vaccine production and eligibility, as well as widespread adoption, have enabled us to plan for resuming operations to support as many in-person experiences as possible, both inside and outside the classroom.

Our focus is to make sure that all students have the most supportive environment possible — both for their academic success as well as for their physical, emotional and mental health.

  • For STUDENTS: We expect most instruction to be in person, with remote instruction occurring on a limited basis. Housing and dining facilities will increase their capacities, as will other common spaces. Extracurricular and co-curricular student activities may also resume, and provided those activities are in compliance with CMU’s risk mitigation protocols, pre-approval is not required.
  • For FACULTY AND STAFF: We are expanding in-person delivery of services supporting CMU’s core education and research functions. Administrative units will begin transitioning back to on-campus work, especially those that support in-person on-campus activities. Provided this is done in accordance with CMU’s risk mitigation protocols, pre-approval for returning to campus is no longer required.
  • For RESEARCHERS: We are increasing capacity for on-site activities. Research labs and facilities are to be managed in accordance with revised guidelines, which unit supervisors have received. Provided research activities return to campus in accordance with revised guidelines, pre-approval for resuming research is no longer required.

Schedule of Classes

The Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 schedules are available in the Schedule of Classes (SOC) to view and for students eligible to register in Student Information Online (SIO). 

International Students

According to the most recent guidance, when schools resume normal operations in Fall 2021, students will be expected to comply with the normal immigration regulations requiring on-campus, in-person study. Thus, students traveling to the U.S. to participate in CMU’s plans for a robust in-person experience this fall should plan to register for in-person courses. See the International Students page for more information.

Study Abroad

The university has made the difficult decision that Carnegie Mellon will extend the suspension of participation in study abroad and educational exchange through the Summer 2021 semester. 

For Fall 2021, the university is optimistic about welcoming students and faculty back to campus. Due to the prioritization of the on-campus experience for students, though, CMU will, unfortunately, suspend incoming exchange for fall 2021. Office of International Education (OIE) staff and university leadership will continue to monitor the global situation and make a decision about fall study abroad programming and outbound exchange.

More information about study abroad can be found on the OIE website.