Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Packing List


Most students will reside in a double room with a roommate. The double rooms are furnished with twin extra-long beds, chests of drawers, desks with chairs, bookshelves, closets, and wastebaskets. Pillows, sheets, and fans are NOT supplied. 

Items to Bring

The following is a list of items that are recommended for students to bring to campus. Please check program-specific information in the Enrollment Portal for any additional items needed for class.
  • Bed linens - extra-long twin-sized sheets, blankets, pillows, and pillowcases
  • Warm weather clothing (temperatures can get above 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer in Pittsburgh) including a bathing suit (students have access to the pool).
  • Dressy casual or semi-formal attire (there will be two dances during the Pre-College program)
  • Extra hangers
  • Optional: posters and decorations (All decorations should be hung using removable temporary adhesives such as Command strips or painters tape.)
  • Optional: sports equipment – a tennis racket, glove, bike, etc.
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Robe and shower shoes
  • Personal hygiene - shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush, etc.
  • Cell phone (for international students, please plan to have a cell phone that works in the U.S.)
  • Charging cords
  • Extension cords
  • Surge protectors
  • Personal reading lamp/light
  • Detergent or detergent pods
  • Fabric softener
  • Dryer sheets
  • Small basket or bag
  • Cash, credit card, or debit card for miscellaneous purchases
  • Photo ID
  • Medication*
  • Lock box*

*Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Programs and University Health Services are not responsible for admnistering any student's medication - students are required to do so on their own. All medication and unused needles should be placed in a lock box so no other student can have access to them; students should also bring their own red bins to put used needles in.

Items Not to Bring

The following items are not permitted, and should not be brought to campus.
  • Cars
  • Drones
  • Weapons
  • Drugs or alcohol
  • Animals
  • Toaster ovens, candles, incense, hotplates or burners, or any other open flames.
  • Expensive jewelry (and other valuables)
  • Large amounts of money