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. Early June: Students receive a welcome email with program information, timeline, and next steps for enrollment.
  2. Mid-June: Students are enrolled in a summer Canvas site with information on fall schedule, placement tests, and AP/IB/Cambridge/transfer credit. Student can begin booking appointments with the BXA first-year advisor to discuss their curriculum, registration, and credit questions. 
  3. Early July: The BXA office will register students for a majority of their courses and assist with selection on remaining courses. Students will select topics for their First-Year Writing course.
  4. July-August: Students can complete the Computing@Carnegie Mellon online course.
  5. Mid-August: Students can review their schedule online in SIO and will receive information regarding BXA First-Year Orientation activities.
  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. 
  7. Students with questions can email Dr. Carrie Hagan, BXA associate director and first-year advisor, or call 412-268-8326.
  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 online course (C@CM).
  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) in early 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 information for their tool kits needed to start their first-year in the SoA, the Architecture Peer Mentor program, instructions to join the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), and computer requirements. 
  4. All first-year architecture students will be registered by early July into their required courses by the School of Architecture academic advisor.
  5. Students may email Heather Workinger Midgley, first-year faculty advisor, with questions.

Art

  1. In early June, students will receive information regarding course scheduling, materials and common first-year questions.
  2. First semester School of Art students are preregistered for the majority of their classes.
  3. In July, students submit their preferences for mediums in their introductory sculpture course.
  4. Students can check their schedules through SIO in mid-August and will receive a copy of their final schedule during Orientation.
  5. Students with questions may email Mark Cato or call him at 412-268-1531.

Design

  1. Upon acceptance, all first-year Design students are encouraged to join the Facebook group called  “CMU Design Class of 2024.”
  2. By early June, Melissa Cicozi, Design academic advisor, will email all first-year students using their CMU email addresses.
  3. Throughout the summer, students will receive important course registration information and supply lists via both email and Facebook.
  4. Design students share a similar first semester and are preregistered for all of their courses.
  5. Students with questions may email Melissa Cicozi.

Drama

  1. Early June: Students will receive a welcome email from the Head of School.
  2. Mid June: First semester School of Drama students have a set curriculum and are pre-registered for most classes. Students will select topics for their First-Year Writing course and are encouraged to enroll in Computing@CarnegieMellon.
  3. Late July: Students will be able to view their schedules through the SIO website.
  4. Week prior to Orientation: Students receive an email with Orientation information for Drama students. 
  5. Students with questions may email Amy Nichols or call her at 412-268-1581.

Music

  1. Students are emailed enrollment information by early June.
  2. Students will send special requests for courses electronically by the first week of July.
  3. All first-year music students will be registered for most of their courses by the School of Music by the first week of August.
  4. In early August, students can review their schedules online.
  5. By August 15, if a student is not registered for any courses, please email Sharon Johnston or call her at 412-268-2385.
  6. During Orientation Week, students will take placement tests in harmony and solfege, and their schedules will be completed.
  1. In early June, students will receive a welcome letter via their CMU email from their Dietrich College academic advisor that contains instructions for accessing a course in Canvas with all the information and tools students will need to plan their fall schedule, as well as information about the Academic Advisory Center’s (AAC) and Information Systems (IS) social media accounts.
  2. Students should begin to work through this course as soon as they are able. Upon completion, students may begin scheduling one-on-one appointments with their academic advisor (in person, phone or video chat) to discuss their backgrounds, interests and general plan for a fall schedule.
  3. After receiving advisor approval, students will register for classes in late July.
  4. Students with questions may email the AAC or call 412-268-2924.
  1. HSP students are invited into the program when admitted to Dietrich College based on their demonstrated interest in the study of the humanities.
  2. All HSP students are enrolled in a fall semester HSP-specific Freshman Seminar.
  3. Students should work with their academic advisor in Dietrich College’s Academic Advisory Center over the summer to create a fall schedule.
  4. Students are welcome to contact the HSP director, Professor Tim Haggerty, at any time before arriving to campus. Otherwise, they will have the opportunity to meet him during Orientation Week. Professor Tim Haggerty can be reached at 412-268-6211 or through email.
  5. For more information visit the Humanities Scholars Program website.
  1. QSSS students are invited into the program when admitted to Dietrich College based on their expressed interest, aptitude and achievements in quantitative fields of study.
  2. After accepting admittance into the program, scholars may elect to join affinity housing with other QSSS classmates through the Housing Office (first come, first served).
  3. All QSSS students are enrolled in a fall semester QSSS-specific Freshman Seminar.
  4. Students should work with their academic advisor in Dietrich College’s Academic Advisory Center over the summer to create a fall schedule.
  5. Students are welcome to contact the QSSS director, Professor Mark Patterson, at any time before they arrive on campus. Otherwise, they will have the opportunity to meet him during Orientation Week. Mark Patterson can be reached at his email or call 412-268-5680.
  6. For more information visit the Quantitative Social Science Scholars Program website.
  1. Early June: Students receive a welcome message informing them about how to access online course registration materials through Canvas. These messages are sent via CMU email.
  2. Throughout June: Students should review Canvas content regarding fall registration and departments in MCS. Students may consult with their academic advisor (via email, phone, or video chat) to discuss their backgrounds, interests, and general plan for a fall schedule.
  3. July 5: Students MUST submit an online course registration form by this date. Students are registered for courses on a first-come, first-served basis.
  4. June and July: Students who speak English as a second language MUST take the online English Placement exam. Students can opt to enroll in the Computing@Carnegie Mellon online course (C@CM) and/or take an optional Computer Science placement exam. Prospective math majors should also plan to complete an online math preparation course.
  5. July 13 to August 7: Drs. Maggie Braun and Ken Hovis will register students for their classes. Schedule changes will not be made during this period.
  6. August 7: Students can review their schedules online and begin to request schedule changes. If a student does not have a schedule by this date, they should email Dr. Maggie Braun or call her at 412-268-6679.
  7. During Orientation Week: Students will meet with academic advisors, faculty, and upper-class MCS students and be welcomed into the MCS undergraduate community. Students can opt to take calculus, advanced math and/or physics placement exams (if eligible). Students can also meet with Drs. Braun and Hovis in-person to discuss scheduling concerns.
  1. Tom Cortina, the SCS assistant dean for Undergraduate Education, and Veronica Peet, Senior Academic Advisor, will contact students via email in early June.
  2. Many documents, forms, placement tests and important information will be provided incrementally throughout the summer months.
  3. During May, 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 should be able to register online by themselves, typically in mid-July. Registration should be completed by the end of July.
  4. Reviews and changes to schedules will be done through the month of August and during Orientation Week.
  5. For more information, email the SCS advising staff.
  1. First-year business administration students will receive access to the Class of 2024+ website that prepares students for the fall semester in early June.
  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 Orientation Week, students will meet with academic advisors, attend group advising sessions and be welcomed into the Tepper undergraduate community.
  5. Students can email or call 412-268-8685 with questions.