Carnegie Mellon University

Cross-College and University Registration PCHE (Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education) Guidelines

POLICY TITLE: Cross-College and University Registration PCHE (Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education) Guidelines
DATE OF ISSUANCE: Guidelines are issued yearly to departments and are included in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Office of the Provost. General questions about Policy content should be directed to the University Registrar's Office, 412-268-7404.

ABSTRACT: Full-time, paying undergraduate and graduate degree students can cross-register for one course at a Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE) Institution.


Cross-registration provides opportunities for enriched educational programs by permitting full-time paying undergraduate and graduate students to cross-register for one course at a Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE) Institution. Full-time Carnegie Mellon degree students are eligible. The PCHE course may not count towards full-time status unless the student is enrolled in an inter-university program. There is no additional tuition charge, except for special course or laboratory fees. Carnegie Mellon students do not acquire status at the host institution, but are given library and bookstore privileges. Credit and grades are transferred directly to the home institution. Cross-registration is not applicable during the Summer Session(s) or during intersessions.

There are nine approved PCHE Institutions in the Pittsburgh area:

Carlow University (412-578-6084), Chatham College (412-365-1121), CCAC (412-237-2555), Duquesne University (412-396-6230), LaRoche College (412-367-9300), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (412-362-5610), Point Park University (412-392-3861), Robert Morris College (412-262-8256), University of Pittsburgh (412-624-1544)

  1. Each college or university accepts registration from the other institutions; however, first priority is given to students of the host institution, and not all departments or schools in all institutions are able to participate in this program.
  2. In each case of a student cross-registration, the approval of the dean or a designated individual from the home college or university must be obtained prior to registration.
  3. In addition, the student's advisor or dean is responsible for assuring the student's eligibility for the course in which he/she intends to enroll.
  4. Full credit and grades for cross-registered courses will be transferred to the appropriate institution; the academic regulations of the host university will prevail.
  5. The academic honesty code and other rules of conduct of the institution providing instruction apply with respect to its courses and behavior on its campus. That institution also determines whether its rules have or have not been violated. The student's own institution will impose such penalties as it considers proper when violations are reported to it.
  6. Cross-registrants do not thereby acquire the status of students in the institutions in which they are receiving instruction (e.g., for purposes of participation in student activities, insurance programs, etc.). They do receive library privileges at the host institution and may purchase course texts at the host bookstore.
  7. Each qualified student normally may enroll in no more than one course off campus in any one term or semester under this program. Students wishing to cross-register for more than one course in a term must have approval from the appropriate academic offices at both schools.
  8. No additional tuition charge is made to students who are participating in this program; however, the student who cross-registers is responsible for paying any course or laboratory fees to the host.
  9. Cross-registration does not apply to summer sessions at any of the institutions.
  10. Adding or dropping a course after the home institution's deadline date requires permission from the home institution; adding or dropping a course after the host institution's deadline date requires permission from the host institution.
  11. Students enrolled in approved joint co-op programs between two PCHE institutions are exempt from the requirement of being full-time at either school in order to cross register. Students are bound by the requirements of that program.
  12. Carnegie Mellon students may not cross-register for required courses that are normally available at Carnegie Mellon. Exceptions may be made if courses are unavailable or legitimate schedule conflicts seriously hinder completion of degree requirements within the prescribed timeframe.
  13. "PCHE Cross-Registration Request" forms are available from The HUB.