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Waitlist Policy

The following is a guide to the undergraduate and graduate waitlist policies of various academic departments. Students who are waitlisted for courses during registration should consult this guide to determine how to resolve their status as policies vary by department.

Students are encouraged to wait at least two weeks following registration to allow departments the opportunity to lower their initial reservations and take a first pass at shrinking the waitlists. Departments have up until the tenth day of class to enroll students from the waitlist, if space permits.

  • Architecture - Waitlist decisions are made by course faculty (CFA 201).
  • Art - Waitlist decisions are handled by Mark Cato, mdcato@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-1531.
  • Design - Waitlist decisions are made by course faculty (MMC 110).
  • Drama - Waitlist decisions are made by course faculty (PCA 218).
  • Music - Waitlist decisions are handled by the Director of Student Services, Sharon Johnston, slj@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-2385, CFA 108, in consultation with course faculty.
  • Biomedical Engineering - Waitlists are handled by the undergraduate program office (Scott Hall 4N200).
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering - Waitlists are handled by Andrea Francioni Rooney, francioni@cmu.edu, 412-268-9723.
  • Chemical Engineering - Waitlists are handled by the undergraduate program office (Doherty 1106).
  • CIT Interdisciplinary - Waitlists are handled by the CIT Undergraduate Studies Office (Scaife 120).
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering - Waitlists are handled by Megan Oliver, mvoliver@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-5621.
  • Engineering & Public Policy - Waitlists are handled by Debbie Kuntz, deborahk@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-3303.
  • Integrated Innovation Institute - Waitlists decisions are primarily handled by course faculty in consultation with the Associate Director. All questions can be directed to iii@cmu.edu
  • Mechanical Engineering - Waitlist decisions are handled by the academic advising staff. For 24-101, please contact Kurt Larsen, klarsen@cmu.edu. For all other undergraduate courses (24-1xx through 24-4xx) please contact Danielle Turner, daniellt@andrew.cmu.edu. For graduate courses (24-5xx and above) please contact Melissa Brown, mlb2@andrew.cmu.edu
  • Materials Science & Engineering - Waitlists are handled by the undergraduate program office (Wean 3325).
  • Economics - Waitlists are handled by the undergraduate program office (GSIA 139).
  • English - Waitlist decisions for (76-101) course sections) handled by Mike Brokos, mbrokos@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-9490. All other undergraduate courses are handled by Laura Donaldson, ldonalds@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-9921. All graduate courses handled by Jennifer Loghran, jackson1@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-9921.
  • History - Initially, waitlists are handled centrally by the undergraduate program office (Baker 240); once classes begin, course faculty have input.
  • Information Systems - Waitlists are handled by the undergraduate progam office (Porter Hall 222) in consultation with course faculty.
  • Institute for Politics and Strategy - Waitlist decisions are handled by Emily Half, ehalf@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-7082, Baker Hall A55B.
  • Modern Languages - Waitlists are handled by Sue Connelly, sc7k@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-5669.
  • Philosophy - Waitlists are handled by the undergraduate program office (Baker Hall 161) in consultation with course faculty.
  • Psychology - Initially, waitlists are handled centrally by the undergraduate program office (Baker 339); once classes begin, course faculty have input.
  • Social & Decision Sciences - Waitlist decisions are handled by Lizzy Stoyle, estoyle@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-7810.
  • Statistics & Data Science - Waitlists are handled by Samantha Nielsen, samanthn@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-8463, Baker Hall 132-M2
  • Freshman Seminars - Waitlists for all Freshman Seminars are handled by the Dietrich College Academic Advisory Center (Baker Hall A57).

Waitlists are handled by MaryCatherine Dieterle, mb8f@andrew.cmu.edu, PTC 5313, inconsultation with faculty.

  • MMM, HCAIT, MSHCPM, MAM MEIM, MSPPM - DA, MSPPM - DC, MPM, Ph.D - Waitlists are handled by Margie Farinelli, mf0b@andrew.cmu.edu.
  • MISM, MSISPM, BIDA - Waitlists are handled by Erin Lovas, enl@andrew.cmu.edu
  • MSIT - Waitlists are handled by Allison Frankoski, allison@cmu.edu.
  • Biology - Waitlists are handled by the undergraduate program office (Doherty 1320).
  • Chemistry - Waitlists are handled by the Academic Advisor (Doherty 1316).
  • Interdisciplinary - Waitlist decisions for (38-xxx) handled by Christine Gilchrist, gilchrist@andrew.cmu.edu, Doherty Hall 1324.
  • Mathematical Sciences - Waitlists are handled by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Jason Howell, howell4@cmu.edu, Wean Hall 6117.
  • Physics - Waitlists are handled by the undergraduate program office (Wean 7325).
  • Computer Science - Waitlist decisions handled by Amy Weis, alweis@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-5516, GHC 4115.
  • Computational Biology Department - Waitlists are handled by the Academic Programs Office (GHC7414) in consultation with course faculty. Please email Samantha Mudrinich, smudrini@cs.cmu.edu, for undergraduate level courses and Nicole Stenger, nstenger@cs.cmu.edu, for graduate level courses.
  • Human-Computer Interaction Institute - Waitlist decisions handled by the Undergraduate Programs Manager, Indra Danti, indra@cmu.edu. Once clases begin, waitlist decisions are made by course faculty.
  • Language Technologies Institute - Waitlist decisions are handled by the graduate programs office in consultation with course faculty, Stacey Young, sf38@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-6591 and 412-268-2623, GHC 6513. 
    • Waitlist decisions for MCDS programs are handled by Jennifer Lucas, jmlucas@cs.cmu.edu, 412-268-9870.
    • Waitlist decisions for MIIS course/s (11-690, 11-687, 11-697 and 11-927) are handled by Kate Schaich, kschaich@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-4788.
  • Machine Learning - Waitlists are handled by the Graduate Programs Office in consultation with course faculty. Please email Dorothy Holland-Minkley, dfh@cs.cmu.edu, for undergraduate and 10-6xx courses and Diane Stidle, diane@cs.cmu.edu, for 10-7xx courses and higher. 
  • MSCF (Master of Science in Computational Finance)- Waitlist decisions handled by Jessica Bittel jdurst@andrew.cmu.edu 412-268-2154.
  • Economics - Waitlists are handled by the undergraduate program office (GSIA 139).
  • PhD Program - Waitlists are handled by Lawrence Rapp, lrapp@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-1319.
  • Undergraduate Business Administration - Waitlists are handled by Catherine Smith, uba@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-2874.

Waitlists are handled by the Academic Programs Office (CMU-Q 1198).