Carnegie Mellon University

Pre-College Summer Programs

Pre-College Student Affairs

The Student Experience

The Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Program aims to develop students both inside and outside of the classroom. The program is designed to mirror the first semester of a CMU Freshman semester including Orientation, rigorous academics, Family Weekend, and experiential learning all in a safe and supportive environment.

Residential Life Information


All students not living at home in the Pittsburgh area are required to live on campus. All residential students will live in a residence hall that is typically used for first-year undergraduate student housing. Most students will live in a double room with a roommate. Some residence halls have triple and quad rooms that will also be used during the Pre-College program. The rooms are furnished with twin extra long beds, chests of drawers, desks with chairs, closets and wastebaskets. Pillows, sheets, and fans are NOT supplied.


Roommates are assigned randomly and matched by gender and program of study. Pre-College housing is coordinated by Conference & Event Services. Roommate information cannot be released prior to arrival on campus. A request for roommates must be submitted via the Student Life Information enrollment form from both roommates. Roommate requests are not guaranteed, however, we will make every effort to accommodate your request.

Residential Staff

The staff of RAs in the residence halls are under the supervision of the CAs (Community Advisors) as well as Director and Coordinator of Pre-College Student Affairs. RAs and CAs are seasonal student workers (all Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students), while the Coordinator and Director are year-round professional employees of Carnegie Mellon University.

The residential staff is responsible for creating community and shaping the lived experience. RAs, CAs, and the Coordinator live in the residence halls and are available to respond 24 hours a day. The residential staff will be pro-active in building community by hosting activities and creating clubs as well as ensuring safety measures such by enforcing curfew and other policies. Since all RAs and CAs are current Carnegie Mellon Undergraduate students, they also can serve as mentors to the Pre-College students and provide an authentic CMU experience.

Pre-College residential staff are selected through an intensive application and interview process during in the spring. All residential staff are compliant under PA Act 153 which requires a PA Criminal History, PA Child Abuse, and FBI Background check. The summer residential staff also receive a week of intensive training prior to the arrival of the Pre-College students.

Events and Activities

There are many diverse evening and weekend activities both on- and off-campus planned for the students. Day trips to the local amusement park, water park, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, movie theater trips, afternoons at local museums and art galleries, and a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game, are just some of the many exciting options available during free time. Please check the Pre-College Student Affairs online calendar for more details. Some off-campus day trips require a ticket purchase that has been subsidized by the Pre-College program. Tickets purchase information will be emailed directly to students when the ticket sales go live.

Keys/ID Card

Pre-College Student ID Cards will act as the room keys. Students will tap their ID on the locking mechanism to unlock their room. If students lock themselves out of their room, they must follow the procedure to unlock their room via a smartphone app (instructions upon arrival) or they must contact Carnegie Mellon University Police 412-268-2323.

In the event a student loses a Carnegie Mellon ID Card, it should be immediately reported via SIO (Student Information Online). There is a $25 charge for replacement of each lost key. To obtain a new student ID card, students should visit the Hub located in the lower level of Warner Hall. Please visit the Hub website for hours of operation. After hours, students should visit the Conference & Event Services satellite office in Stever House (located on Morewood Avenue, next to Mudge House) for a temporary key.


Washers and dryers are available in each of the summer residence halls at no charge. Students must provide detergent and any other laundry supplies.


All room and maintenance problems must be reported by submitting a maintenance request. In some instances, maintenance personnel may need to enter student rooms to attend to current maintenance concerns or to perform repairs. Rooms will be inspected regularly during the Pre-College Program by the Housing personnel.

Residency Status Change

If you wish to make a change to your residency status (resident to commuter), please contact the Pre-College Summer Studies Office  at 412-268-1125.


The Code of Conduct must be signed by both the student and parent. Policies and procedures have been established in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all of the students in the program. We expect the students to live independently much like they would in their first year of college. Residential staff will provide support to the students, however, we expect students to be able to self-advocate and take care of their basic needs. If parents have concerns about their students ability to live independently and self-advocate, please contact 412-268-2142 or in order to discuss their viability in the program.