Carnegie Mellon University

Registration Information by College

The university offers placement exams for certain subject areas. Check with your academic advisor to determine if placement exams are required or recommended to inform your academic registration.

  1. Late May: BXA students receive an initial welcome email with program information, timeline and next steps for enrollment.
  2. June 1: Students are enrolled in BXA Seminar I Canvas site with information about fall schedule planning,First-Year Writing (FYW) options, placement testing for Science, English, and CS, and AP/IB/Cambridge/transfer credit. Students can begin booking virtual advising appointments with the BXA first-year advisor to build a fall schedule plan and go over credit. 
  3. June 15-July 1: The BXA program will pre-register first-year students for all of their courses prior to the first-year registration date. BXA students have complex schedules with fixed CFA studio requirements and academic courses, so they will work with the BXA first-year advisor to determine what options and choices work for their individual path and will select a FYW option. Schedules can be adjusted throughout the summer.  
  4. July-August: Students can complete the Computing@Carnegie Mellon online course. Students will recieve information from their CFA advisors regarding placement testing (Music) and material requirements. 
  5. Early August: Students will receive BXA First-Year Orientation programming information.
  6. First-Year Orientation: BXA music students will take placement tests for Harmony and Solfege. Optional placement tests for math, biology and computer science will continue. BXA will hold drop-in schedule advising during the week.
  7. Students with questions can email Dr. Carrie Hagan, BXA associate director and first-year advisor. Please hold registration questions until after June 1.
  1. Early June: Initial outreach and welcome letter.
  2. July 1: Students will be enrolled in an engineering Canvas course that contains important information about placement tests, AP/IB credit and course registration. Your first-year academic advisor will contact you via email to discuss registration, timelines and other steps you need to complete prior to coming to campus.
  3. Mid-July: Students submit a draft of proposed class schedule for approval.
  4. Late July: Students enroll themselves in classes using our online registration system.
  5. July-August: Students can opt to begin the Computing@Carnegie Mellon (C@CM) online course.
  6. Orientation Week: Optional math placement exams are available (if eligible); resolve any scheduling issues in person with advisor.
  7. Students with questions can email the College of Engineering or call 412-268-2479.

Architecture

  1. Students will receive a welcome message and general information about the School of Architecture (SoA) by mid-June. At that time, students will be invited to join the Incoming First-Year Student SoA Canvas site.
  2. Students will receive information via Canvas about placement exams that are conducted in June/early July. Students who speak English as a second language are required to take the online English Placement test.
  3. On the Canvas site, students will receive as list of tools needed to start their first year in the SoA, computer requirements, and details about joining student organizations in the SoA. 
  4. All first-year architecture students will be registered by mid-July for their required courses by their School of Architecture academic advisor.
  5. Students may email Heather Workinger Midgley, senior academic advisor, with questions.

Art

  1. First-year students will receive a welcome message and preliminary information about the School of Art in June. They will also receive an invitation to the School of Art First-Year Resources Canvas site.
  2. The Canvas site will be the primary means of accessing information required courses and registration, placement exams, the required English placement test for students who speak English as a second language, and more.
  3. Art students are pre-registered for the majority of their courses for their first semester, but will select their section of First-Year Writing in July. The remainder of student schedules will be planned around this selection.
  4. Students can check their schedules through Student Information Online (SIO) in mid-August and will receive a copy of their final schedule during First-Year Orientation.
  5. Students with questions may email Mark Cato or call 412-268-1531.

Design

  1. Upon acceptance, all first-year Design students are encouraged to join the Facebook group called  “CMU Design Class of 2026.”
  2. By early June, Melissa Cicozi, design academic advisor, will email all first-year students via their CMU email addresses.
  3. Throughout the summer, students will receive important course registration information and supply lists via Canvas.
  4. Design students share a similar first semester and are pre-registered for all of their courses.
  5. Students with questions are encouraged to email Melissa Cicozi.

Drama

  1. Early June: Students will receive a welcome email from the Head of School.
  2. Early July: First semester School of Drama students have a set curriculum and are pre-registered for most classes. Acting, Dramaturgy, and Design & Production students will select topics for their First-Year Writing course. All students are encouraged to complete Computing@CarnegieMellon over the summer.
  3. Late July and Early August: Students will be able to view their schedules through the SIO website.
  4. Week prior to First-Year Orientation: Students will receive an email with Orientation information for Drama students. 
  5. Students with questions may email Valeria McCrary.

Music

  1. Students are emailed enrollment information by the first week of June.
  2. Students will send special requests for courses electronically by the first week of July.
  3. Students will be registered for most of their courses by the School of Music by the first week of August.
  4. In August, students will take placement exams in Harmony and Solfege and they will be registered for the rest of their courses.
  5. During First-Year Orientation Week, students can review their schedule on Student Information Online (SIO).
  6. By August 15, if a student is not registered for any courses, please email Sharon Johnston or call 412-268-2385.
  1. In early June, students will receive a welcome email in their CMU email account from their academic advisor. The email will include an invitation to the Dietrich College Class of 2026+ LAUNCH Guide via Canvas, which will introduce information about advisors, academics, course registration, important dates and more. 
  2. Students should begin working through the LAUNCH Guide as soon as they are able.
  3. In the LAUNCH Guide, students will be prompted to schedule their first mandatory virtual meeting with their academic advisor to discuss their background and interests and to begin developing a schedule for fall courses.
  4. In June and July, students who speak English as a second language will complete an online English placement exam
  5. Only July 27, students will register themselves for fall courses after receiving guidance and approval from their academic advisor.
  6. In July and August, students will have the option to complete the required University course, Computing at Carnegie Mellon (C@CM). We recommend that students complete C@CM over the summer if possible. More information about the course will be available in your LAUNCH Guide.
  7. Students should email their academic advisor with any questions. 
  1. Early June: Students receive a welcome message about how to access online course registration materials through Canvas. These messages are sent via CMU email.
  2. Throughout June and July: Students should review Canvas content regarding fall registration and departments in MCS. After reviewing this material, students should consult with their academic advisor (via phone or video chat) to discuss their backgrounds, interests, and general plan for a fall schedule. Students should plan to talk with their advisor prior to registering for fall courses.
  3. June and July: Students who speak English as a second language are required to take the online English Placement exam. Prospective math majors should also plan to complete an online math preparation course. All incoming students can opt to enroll in the Computing@Carnegie Mellon online course (C@CM), which is optional. All eligible incoming students can opt to take the computer science and/or biology placement exams starting in early July.
  4. Late July: After receiving advisor approval, students should register themselves for classes. 
  5. Students with questions can contact us via email or call 412-268-6679.
  6. During First-Year Orientation Week: Students will meet with academic advisors, faculty and upper-class MCS students and be welcomed into the MCS undergraduate community. Students can also meet with their advisor to discuss scheduling concerns. All incoming students can opt to take calculus, advanced math, and/or physics placement exams (if eligible). These exams will not be available before Orientation week.
  1. Tom Cortina, the SCS associate dean for Undergraduate Programs, and Veronica Peet, assistant dean for Undergraduate Experience, will contact students via email in late May.
  2. Many documents, forms, placement tests and important information will be provided incrementally throughout the summer months.
  3. During June and July, SCS students will take several placement tests and surveys. Once completed, SCS students will discuss their fall semester registration with Veronica Peet. As their schedules are approved, students register for courses by themselves in late July. Registration should be completed by early August.
  4. Reviews and changes to schedules will be done through the month of August and during First-Year Orientation week.
  5. For more information, email the SCS advising staff.
  1. First-year business administration students will receive access to the Class of 2026+ website in early June; the website will prepare students for their fall semester academics.
  2. Beginning in June and throughout the summer, students will interact with academic advisors, engage with new classmates, take course placement exams, and more through the website and other virtual outlets.
  3. Students will register for classes in late July.
  4. During First-Year Orientation week, students will meet with academic advisors, attend group sessions and be welcomed into the Tepper undergraduate community.
  5. Students should consult the Class of 2026+ website and can email the Tepper School as needed.