Carnegie Mellon University

Whether you're a first-year student or a transfer student, preparing for college is exciting and also requires planning.

We're here to help! Review this page for required and recommended tasks to complete in the summer prior to your arrival on campus.

  1. All first-year undergraduate students must complete several required tasks. Please note that first-year undergraduate international students must also complete additional required tasks.
  2. All first-year undergraduate students are required to complete academic registration for fall semester courses.
  3. We strongly encourage all first-year students to complete recommended tasks before arriving on campus.

Required for All First-Year Undergraduate Students

Academic Registration

Process varies across the colleges

Parent Information Form

Due May 31

Housing Application & License Agreement

Due May 31

Meal Plan Enrollment Form

Due May 31

Immunization Form

Due July 1

Submit Photo for CMU ID Card

Due July 1

Writing Course Placement (non-native English speakers only)

Available early June; Due July 31

Fall Semester Student Account Payment

Available June 30; Due August 15

AlcoholEdu + Sexual Assault Prevention

Available late July; Due August 24

Set Up Your Personal Technology

Prior to your arrival

Waive or Enroll in Student Health Insurance

Due September 9

Required for First-Year Undergraduate International Students

International Student Information Form 

Due June 15

Affidavit of Support for Financial Sponsor

Due June 15

International Student Instructions Form

Due June 15

On-Campus Immigration Check-In

August 23

Admitted Student Questionnaire

Due May 31

Special Housing Needs Form

June 1

Send AP/IB/Cambridge Scores or Transfer Credit

Due July 1

Register for ORIGINS

Due July 12

Place Bed Bath & Beyond Orders

Due July 31


Computing@CMU Course

Due August 2

Submit dietary restrictions for First-Year Orientation meals

Due August 5

Online Banking via SIO

Prior to August 15

Tuition Insurance Program

Information mailed mid-July; Due prior to August 31

Voluntary Disclosure of Disability

Due September 1

Special Dining Needs Form (pdf)

Due 72 hours after submitting Housing Application

Add Plaid Cash to ID Card

Prior to arrival on campus

Invite Users to My Plaid Student

Complete prior to arrival on campus

Search for On-Campus Employment

Complete prior to arrival on campus

Review Online Career Launch Modules

Available July 1; Complete prior to arrival on campus

Open Local Bank Account

Complete prior to arrival on campus

Learn more about PNC banking on campus

Download the Events at Carnegie Mellon University App

Complete prior to arrival on campus


Attend Summer Welcome Events

Dates vary

Submit Required Financial Aid Documents

Dates vary

Obtain Textbooks (Buy, Rent or Borrow)

During Orientation Week

Follow CMU on Social Media

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