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Enrolling Student Portal


We are thrilled you have selected Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College for your graduate studies!

Between now and the start of classes, you will need to navigate through a series of enrollment and onboarding procedures, as well as New Student Orientation. This portal was designed to help you follow the steps necessary to be prepared for the start of the semester.

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First Steps to Complete


  • 1. Complete the Enrolling Student Checklist

    Complete the Enrolling Student Checklist here.

    Deadline to Complete: Please see details on the Enrolling Student Checklist page.

  • 2. Activate your Andrew User ID

    If you haven't already done so, activate your Andrew User ID. You will receive an email from IT-HELP (it-help@cmu.edu) with the Subject: "FirstPass: Setting Your Andrew Account Password." Follow the directions in that email. Expect this email 2 to 4 weeks after accepting the offer of admission.

    Deadline to Complete: Within 5 days of receiving the First Pass email

  • 3. Complete the Credentials Verification Process

    Complete the credentials verification process after you receive an email message from "Carnegie Mellon University - Heinz College <automation@instascreen.net>" with subject line Credential Verification Disclosure and Authorization Form.

    Timeline to receive this email: Click here for more details
    • Summer semester incoming students: Toward the start of the semester
    • August semester incoming students: Toward the start of the semester

    Please Note: ProVerify will contact your recent employers and application recommenders shortly after you submit the Disclosure and Authorization Form. We recommend that you make your recent employers and recommenders aware of this in advance.

    Deadline to Complete: Within 14 days of receiving the email

Important Dates


  • Move to Pittsburgh

    We recommend that students are moved-in and settled in Pittsburgh at least 10-14 days prior to the start of classes. It is important that you allow enough time for moving-in activities as we expect all students will be settled prior to the start of Heinz orientation/onboarding and classes.

    Summer 2021 Semester Incoming Students: May 7, 2021

    Fall 2021 Semester Incoming Students: August 16, 2021

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

    You will find helpful details here about Moving to Pittsburgh.

  • Heinz College Orientation

    Your graduate experience doesn't begin with classes - it begins with New Student Orientation! Between now and the start of the semester, we will be hosting a number of wide-ranging asynchronous, live online, and in-person on campus sessions to provide you with opportunities to prepare for your first semester and get to know the other members of the Heinz community including faculty, staff, continuing students and your classmates.

    A select number of orientation programs will be Mandatory (attendance and view time will be recorded).

    Summer 2021 Semester Incoming Students
    Click here to learn more about Heinz College Summer Orientation

    Fall 2021 Semester Incoming Students
    Click here to learn more about Heinz College Fall Orientation

  • Placement Exams

    Students who wish to place out of or enter the intermediate section of a required course are required to take a placement exam. Students will have only 1 opportunity to take each exam. No make-up exams are offered. Some exams will require a pre-registration. If this is the case, students will be notified via email. Faculty reserve the right to adjust Placement exam processes as needed.

    Detailed information regarding the schedule and delivery of Placement Exams will be available soon. Click here to learn more.

  • University-wide Graduate Student Orientation

    Attending University-wide graduate student orientation is a great way to learn about Carnegie Mellon University from a campus-wide perspective. All graduate students across the CMU campus are invited to learn more about campus services, health insurance, transportation, shopping and more. Most topics covered are not included in the Heinz College Orientation programming, but you may see some themes or topics overlap.

    This orientation is planned and presented by the Carnegie Mellon University Office of the Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education.

    Because these Orientation dates are not required, we ask that you RSVP to attend these dates.

    University-wide graduate student orientation will be offered in a digital format for 2021. Click here for more details.

    RSVP to Attend

  • International Student Orientation "OIE" (Mandatory for International Students)

    International Students and International Exchange Students who are able to arrive on campus for the Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 semester are required to attend one of the International Student Orientation sessions presented by the Office of International Education.

    Beginning May 2021: OIE will host Virtual Orientation and Mandatory Immigration Check-In sessions for students starting in Summer 2021. These sessions are for students who plan to be physically present on a CMU campus in the U.S. for the fall semester, as well as guidance for students who plan to start their studies remotely overseas. Full details and instructions for these sessions can be found at www.cmu.edu/oie/orientation.

    Beginning August 2021: OIE will host Virtual Orientation and Mandatory Immigration Check-In sessions for students starting in Fall 2021. These sessions are for students who plan to be physically present on a CMU campus in the U.S. for the fall semester, as well as guidance for students who plan to start their studies remotely overseas. Full details and instructions for these sessions can be found at www.cmu.edu/oie/orientation.

    For international students who are able to physically make it to CMU's Pittsburgh campus, attendance to one international orientation session is mandatory.

    Click here for details and to RSVP

  • 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 Summer start students: (Officially on the University calendar - May 21, 2021, but MISM-12's will not have classes actually begin until May 24, 2021)

    First day of classes for Fall start students: August 30, 2021

  • 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