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Program Description:

Advanced Placement/Early Admission (APEA)

Course Registration Information


We are delighted you plan to join us for an exciting summer of learning opportunities.

Purpose of the Program
The main purpose of the Advanced Placement Early Admission (APEA) Program is to provide the opportunity for talented and motivated high school students to take university courses at Carnegie Mellon University. Student earn college credit while working in an academic environment mirroring that which the student would encounter during the first year of college. All instructors in the APEA Program are selected by their respective academic departments for their knowledge of the subject as well as interest in presenting college material to younger students. The likelihood of a course being taught by a professor is approximately 80 percent.

Early Admission Policy 
Students who complete two courses in the APEA Program and who are able to graduate early from high school have the unique opportunity to apply Early Admission. By attending the APEA program during the summer, students who will be high school juniors in the fall will have a strong understanding of college life and academics. These rising juniors are eligible to apply Early Admission by January 1 and if accepted, can start as full-time degree students in the fall. Students admitted under Early Admission are not obligated to accept the offer of admission until May 1.

All APEA students may also apply to Carnegie Mellon during their senior year through Early Decision (various deadlines in November and December depending on the college) or Regular Decision (January 1 deadline, or December 1 for the College of Fine Arts).

Applying Course Credits
Regardless of whether students choose to apply to Carnegie Mellon, successful APEA students can leverage their experiences here as demonstration of their ability to succeed in college. APEA courses are college courses, not College Board AP classes, and as such, they count toward graduation requirements here and are widely accepted elsewhere. Students can request for official Carnegie Mellon transcripts to be sent to other institutions of higher education. Any use of APEA courses to satisfy high-school requirements should be approved ahead of time by an appropriate high-school official.

While most of the participants in the program will have just completed the sophomore or junior year of high school, suitably qualified students at earlier grade levels can participate. However, in order to reside in university housing, students must be at least 16 years old by the first day of the program.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 6 Weeks 2018 05/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 06/30/2018 08/11/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.