Carnegie Mellon University

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is necessary for us to limit student, faculty, and staff physical presence on our Pittsburgh campus. With this in mind, we have made the difficult decision to limit or eliminate some visiting/non-degree in-person educational experiences for the coming academic year. Learn more.

Visiting/Non-Degree Students

A visiting/non-degree (VND) student attends classes at Carnegie Mellon University, but has not been admitted into a specific degree program. Visiting students may take courses as a non-degree student for three fall/spring semesters. After three semesters, students must be admitted into a degree program in order to continue taking courses. The following are exempt from this limitation: high school students, and Carnegie Mellon faculty, staff and retirees. 

There is no limit on the number of summer sessions in which a visiting student might take coursework. There is a one-time, non-refundable $25 processing fee that will be charged to the student's account; however, Carnegie Mellon faculty, staff and retirees are exempt from this fee.

Get started:

Step 1

Read the Visiting/Non-Degree Student Guide (pdf).
The guide contains important details, including restrictions and student account/billing information. Interested VND students are required to read this guide prior to submitting a petition.

Step 2

Complete the Visiting/Non-Degree Student Petition (pdf).
This petition must be completed in its entirety each semester of enrollment.

Step 3

Return the petition and applicable college transcripts to The HUB.
Petitions and transcripts can also be sent as email attachments to

Petition submission deadlines:

2020 Spring Semester: December 23
2020 Summer Sessions: May 4
2020 Fall Semester: August 17


Step 4

Receive Andrew User ID and Student ID Number.
Once the petition has been processed, the student will receive emailed instructions on how to find their Andrew User ID and Student ID Number. 

Course Registration

VND students do not have specific start times and can register any time after 6 a.m. on the Friday of registration week. Below are the registration steps for VND students:

  • Look over the Schedule of Classes to find courses of interest.
  • If you find that a course has a pre-requisite or is restricted to degree-seeking students, contact the instructor directly to request permission to enroll. If permission is granted, forward the message to the visiting/non-degree advisor, who will register you for the course. 
  • If there are no restrictions, register for the course by logging into Student Information Online (SIO)
  • Once registered, if you would like to take the course as a pass/no pass or if you would prefer to audit, submit the appropriate request form by the date listed on the Academic Calendar. Otherwise, you will receive a letter grade for the course. 

Visiting students receive college credit and can request a transcript from the University Registrar's Office. Learn more about requesting transcripts

Course Drops/Tuition Adjustments

If you decide to drop a course, you must to do so before the course add/drop deadline to automatically receive a full tuition adjustment for that course. If you decide to drop a course later in the semester, you must do so by the drop deadline for full semester courses or by the mini-course deadline depending on which courses you are taking (refer to the Academic Calendar for dates). Courses dropped after the course drop deadline are not refunded unless a tuition adjustment request is approved.