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For transfer students, do you still suggest that we should retake our standardized test scores if they weren't the best scores possible? I am applying for School of Design if that helps.
We do not require transfer students to retake standardized tests, but will review updated scores if the student wishes to retake the exam.
Hi CMU! Thanks again for an amazing summer at Pre-College 2014. I had a question. So in 8th grade, all of the courses I took were high school honors classes. Would Admissions then consider 8th grade as my freshman year, and look at my grades from 9th through 11th grades?
We will primarily consider your true high school academic history, but make sure that the classes taken in 8th grade appear on your transcript as well!
What factors do you consider in applicants for the School of Design?
The biggest factor in an admission decision is the student’s portfolio. We also consider secondary school performance, standardized test scores, and non-academic information. You can access more information here.
Science fiction and fantasy authors Bruce Coville and Tamora Pierce recently shared adventures in writing for young adults.
Their advice: Dream big.
The July 27 event was the first in a series of lectures on young adult literature made possible by a ProSEED/Crosswalk Grant from Carnegie Mellon University and support from Pittsburgh’sParsec organization, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and The Pittsburgh Foundation.
ProSEED/Crosswalk is a Carnegie Mellon-wide initiative designed to seed a wide range of ideas that build connections and collaborations across the Carnegie Mellon campus and neighboring communities. The grants fund projects that nurture the spirit of innovation and encourage boundary-crossing creativity and novel experimentation.
Diane Turnshek, a physics special faculty member and author, worked with Barbara Carlson, a staff member in the Tepper School and Ian Betancourt (DC’16) to apply for the grant. They also drew on the support of some two dozen people including staff, instructors and librarians.
Authors Coville and Pierce have been favorites among readers for more than three decades. During the lecture, they shared methods they use to create engaging worlds and stressed the benefits of reading and writing fantasy and science fiction.
"Fantasy is important, because fantasy is a way to talk about big dreams, big ideals, big ideas," Coville said. "It is the jailers of the human spirit, the jailers of the imagination who have the greatest problem with escapist literature, because it is a liberating thing. And that scares people who think we should be squashed into little boxes."
Hello! I was recently told that Carnegie Mellon does not consider Freshman year grades in admissions. Is this true? And if so, do you at least consider the Freshman year schedule (classes taken)? Thank you!
The admission committee is more concerned with your sophomore-senior year performance. However, they’ll still see your freshman year schedule.
Carnegie Mellon University’s Pre-College A-capella Club hit it out of PNC Park, where they sang the national anthem before a crowd of approximately 33,000. Singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a Pittsburgh Pirates game is an annual tradition for the summer Pre-College students.
It didn’t hurt that the Pirates defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 6–2, on Sunday, July 6.
The club, comprised of 25 students selected by audition and led by Pre-College counselors Theo Peterson (S’17), Shannyn Rinker (A’16) and Quinton Laurencio (A’17), represents one of many opportunities available to junior and senior high school students studying at Carnegie Mellon during the summer.
"It was amazing to hear everyone cheering," said Alex Low, 17, an Orange County, Calif., native. "It was just a wow experience."
I received a failing grade my sophomore year due to severe circumstances. I have a 3.75 with the most rigorous courseload possible throughout 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. How is failing one class viewed by admissions officers, if it's explained and is an extreme outlier from the rest of the students transcript?
The admission committee would consider severe circumstances when making an admission decision if an explanation is included with the application.