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Admitted Student Portal

Welcome, and congratulations on your admission to Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy!

We invite you to explore the Admitted Student Portal, a one-stop shop providing you with resources to help understand and accept your offer of admission, learn about upcoming admitted student events, and prepare you for your upcoming graduate studies.

As always, the Heinz College Admissions team is available to answer any questions or provide resources that can't be found through the Admitted Student Portal. Contact us at

Please join us Monday, April 1st - Saturday, April 6th for our Admitted Student Open House (Virtual and In-Person). This not to be missed event is designed to provide you with a 360-degree view of Carnegie Mellon University and Heinz College.


Admitted Student Open House (Virtual and In-Person)

  • Monday, April 1st - Saturday, April 6th

    Admitted Student Open House is an opportunity for newly admitted students to meet faculty, administrators, and current students to learn more about our culture, curriculum, career development services, internship opportunities, financial aid, the City of Pittsburgh, and much more.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to join us in-person, online, or a combination of both.

    •  Monday, April 1, 2024 to Thursday, April 4, 2024: We will offer a Virtual Open House with both asynchronous and synchronous sessions
    • Friday, April 5, 2024 to Saturday, April 6, 2024: We will offer an in-person program

    Check the event page for more details.


First Steps to Complete

  • 1. Accept the Offer of Admission

    Accept the offer of admission by completing the online Response Form located within your online admission letter. details

    Deadline to Complete: "Response deadline" in your online admission letter

  • 2. Pay the Enrollment Deposit

    Not all students are required to pay a deposit. Please check your online admission letter. details

    Deadline to Complete: "Response deadline" in your online admission letter

  • 3. Activate your Andrew User ID
    You will receive an email entitled “Action Required: Your Andrew userID Has Been Created” from The email will provide instructions on how to receive your Andrew userID, set a password, and enroll in two-factor authentication (2fa) with DUO, Carnegie Mellon’s multi-factor authentication service provider. Please be sure to check your spam folder, in the event the email does not appear in your inbox.

    Expect this email 1-2 weeks after you accept the offer of admission. (You must accept the offer through your online admission letter. See checklist item #1 above)

    If you misplace or do not receive this email, please email to request the email be resent.

    Your "Andrew ID" is REQUIRED in order to login to university services such as SIO, Canvas, and HealthConnect.

    Deadline to Complete: Within 5 days of receiving the "Action Required" email

  • 4. Review Conditional Enrollment Information

    If your admission includes a condition on enrollment (QSSP, Programming course, etc.), review the information regarding Conditional Enrollment details

    Deadline to Complete: Prior to enrolling


  • Move to Pittsburgh (Recommended Timeframe)

    We recommend that students allow ample time for their housing search, moving-in activities, and getting settled in Pittsburgh. It is important that you give yourself enough time to be settled prior to the start of Heinz onboarding and classes.

    Fall 2024 Incoming Students: Early August 2024

    All resources provided will be useful regardless of when you move to Pittsburgh.

    You will find helpful details here about Moving to Pittsburgh.

    For guidance on travel related to COVID-19, please visit CMU’s Travel Protocol Updates.

  • Orientation

    Heinz College and CMU's Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs will offer Orientation programming to new incoming students.

    • Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs: August 12 - 14, 2024
    • Heinz College (MANDATORY): August 19 - 22, 2024
      • Additional mandatory programming will occur online in May, June, and July - More information to come

    While students are not required to attend the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs Orientation Program (August 12 - 14, 2024), it is highly recommended, as there is content covered that is not available during the Heinz College Orientation. Additionally, the orientation program is an opportunity to connect with other new graduate students from departments around campus.

    The Heinz College Orientation program (both online and in-person) is mandatory for all new Heinz College students - Detailed information will be shared later in May.

  • First Day of Classes

    Heinz College Academic Calendar and CMU Academic Calendar

    The Section (SEC) of a course defines the period of time the class will meet.

    • SEC A through J = Entire length of the semester
    • SEC A1, A3, A5 and J1, J3, J5 = 1st HALF of semester only
    • SEC A2, A4, A6 and J2, J4, J6 = 2nd HALF of semester only

    First day of classes for Fall start students: August 26, 2024

  • First Day of QSSP

    Students required to attend QSSP should review the information regarding Conditional Enrollment to determine the date you are required to start these programs.

    QSSP start date for August start students: see here