Carnegie Mellon University

Pre-College Summer Programs

Pre-College Student Affairs

Message to Parents and Legal Guardians of Students

We are looking forward to welcoming your child into the Carnegie Mellon University community this summer. We hope to develop their skills both in and out of the classroom. We set out to give families a realistic expectation of what their interface may be with an institution of higher education beyond high school. Some of the outcomes that we seek to develop for students are building confidence, independence, time management, and self-sufficiency.

Based on these intended outcomes, we have created a framework that allows students to experience college life in a safe and supported manner. We encourage students to be the primary communicator with staff and faculty leading up to the program, while in session, and post-program. We do hope you will stay constructively engaged during the program and in regular contact with your child, however, please refrain from bypassing the student immediately in order to contact staff or faculty to give the student the opportunity to self-advocate.

In addition to our intended outcomes for students, the university has legal obligations concerning the privacy of educational records that preclude many types of communication you may be accustomed to receiving from secondary schools and other summer programs. Please refer to the Understanding FERPA document in order to learn more about the restrictions.

There will certainly be times when it is appropriate for parents/guardians to get involved in the process including emergency or urgent situations, so rest assured that we will be in touch whenever necessary. We will also include parents on regular program updates throughout the summer.

We are looking forward to being a part of your child's development this summer and providing a meaningful growth experience.