Undergraduate Program Admissions

Welcome! We’re excited that you’re interested in applying to our undergraduate degree program in the School of Design. There is a two-part process required to complete your application; the first is your application to the University using the Common Application; the second is your submission of the materials required by the School of Design (see below).

How to Apply:

Start by filling out your Common Application and directing it to Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Once you submit to CMU, you will automatically be directed to questions that are specific to CMU Admission. In addition to your essay responses, you can select “Design” as your program of interest. If you're applying for the BXA programs, follow up by visiting the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs website for further information. 

Materials Required by the School of Design

All conventional undergraduate degree applicants to the School of Design, or those that have selected the BXA intercollege degree program with a focus in the School of Design, will have to submit a digital portfolio of creative work, a short video, and an essay (this essay is different from the one you provided for the Common Application) so we can better understand your potential as a designer. See Preparing and Submitting Design Requirements

Dates to Remember

  • All application materials for Early Decision: November 1st. (Aim to get your Common Application form submitted in early October)
  • All application materials for Regular Decision: January 3rd. (Aim to get your Common Application form submitted in early December)
  • Design required materials (portfolio, video, essay) uploaded to SlideRoom no later than 11:59pm EST on January 15th.
  • Design Info Session: TBA.