Undergraduates planning to become English majors apply to the University (rather than directly to the English Department). The earliest that a student can declare a major is mid-semester of the second semester of freshman year. Primary majors should be declared no later than mid-semester of the last semester of sophomore year. Please visit the CMU Undergraduate Admissions website to learn about applying to CMU and the College of H&SS.
Applicants tell us that visiting campus is often a crucial factor in their decision to apply to our program and accept an admission offer, so we encourage potential applicants to consider doing so. Of course, a visit to campus is not a necessary requirement for your applying to the program, but it can be frequently be helpful as there's only so much that can be conveyed via a web presence. If you're able to come to Pittsburgh, we're happy to set up a visit that can include meeting with the Director of the PW program and other program faculty, sitting in on classes, and having time to meet and talk with current students and get their perspective on the program. Monday through Thursday is best for visiting as relatively few classes meet on Fridays.
We've tried to capture a sense of our program on this website but realize that there is only so much that a web presence can convey. Please do explore our website and consider joining our community of professional writers at Carnegie Mellon. If you have questions or interests the website doesn't address, or if you would like to arrange a campus visit, please contact us.
Dr. Andreea Deciu Ritivoi, Department Head