Key Summer Deadlines-Orientation & First-Year Programs - Carnegie Mellon University

Pre-Orientation Checklist

Below are the key tasks to be completed prior to your arrival on campus.

Determine Your Andrew User ID and Set Your Password 
Submit by: ASAP
Your Andrew account provides access to numerous campus resources. To check your Carnegie Mellon email, please set your password now and check our email weekly.

Update Student Information Online (SIO)  
Submit by: ASAP
SIO serves as your student profile: you should ensure it is kept up to date with your most recent contact information and emergency contact information. You can also access enrollment verifications, register for classes, manage your student account and provide important authorization (i.e. invoice viewing for family members) from this site.   SIO is an essential online resource that you will become familiar with during your first semester at Carnegie Mellon.

Mandatory English Placement Test for Nonnative English Speakers 
Submit by: ASAP
All nonnative English speakers are required to take an online writing placement test before the start of classes

Optional Calculus Assessment
Submit by: ASAP
Who is eligible, general information, and registration form can be found at the website.

International Students Requirements and Orientation

Housing Application and Agreement  
Submit by: May 31
Choose your first-year housing area! All first-years are required to be in campus housing.

Dining Plan Selection and Agreement  
Submit by: May 31
All first-year students are required to be on a traditional campus meal plan.  You should choose a meal plan that best suits your lifestyle. At the beginning of each semester, we offer the opportunity for you to assess your dining needs and to make adjustments to your meal plan during a designated period of time.  There are specific rules that govern this change period, so please review your meal plan agreement to inform your decision-making.  Please visit our website or call (412) 268-2139 if you have any questions.

Special Dining Needs Form  
Submit ASAP after submission of Dining Agreement. 
If you have any special dietary restrictions, please submit this form to University Health Services after you have selected your dining plan. 

Voluntary Disclosure of Disability Form    
Submit by: May 31
Carnegie Mellon has a number of facilities and services to accommodate students with unique circumstances. Contact Lawrence Powell or  for further information.

Parents Information Form  
Submit by:  May 31
This form will be completed with information about your parent or guardian for Carnegie Mellon's internal records. 

Plaid Cash    
Submit by:  June 20 (suggested)
Plaid Cash is a prepaid, stored-value/debit account that is accessible via your ID Card.  It is the convenient, cashless way on and off campus.  You can use Plaid Cash for textbooks and school supplies.  Some of the area’s most popular businesses accept Plaid Cash.  You can use it to pay for restaurant takeout, delivery and more.  Plaid Cash is separate from the FLEX and DineXtra dollars associated with your meal plan. 

Immunization Requirements    ‪
Submit by June 30
All incoming students must complete an online immunization form, documenting required immunizations by June 30, 2014.  A list of required immunizations and more details are available at

Final Grade Report
Submit by:  July 1
You must submit a copy of your final transcript including final grades for Senior year. 

Spirituality Preference Form    
Submit between: July 1 and September 1
Indicate any affiliation or preference you may have on the following survey. 

College Credit Assessment
Submit by:  July 1
Certain college courses or AP classes with accompanying examination may grant students credit at Carnegie Mellon. These requests must be submitted to individual colleges for assessment and will be granted on an individual basis. 

ID Card Photo Submission  
Submit by:  July 10
This photo will appear on your Student ID Card.  If you submit a photo by the due date, your ID Card will be ready for you when you check into housing.  If you do not submit a photo by the due date, you should visit The HUB when you arrive on campus to have your photo taken and ID Card produced.

Opens on July 20
Carnegie Mellon University expects all new undergraduate students to complete two online courses: AlcoholEdu for College+Haven, as part of our comprehensive alcohol abuse and sexual violence prevention programs. 

Prepare Your Computer for Campus  
Submit by: August 13
Be aware of which operating systems are supported on campus and make note of free software that you can download or access remotely. Follow steps to secure your computer prior to connecting to the campus network. 

Enroll in On Line Banking
You may link a U.S. Bank Account to your Student Information Online (SIO) profile to facilitate student account payments online.  You can also select the electronic refunding option to have any refunds due to you deposited directly into your linked bank account.

Student Account  Payment  
Submit by: August 15
Any remaining student account balance to be paid will be invoiced through Student Information Online (SIO).  You will receive an email to your Andrew email account when an invoice is ready.  Through My Plaid Student, your parent or guardian may view your student account information and invoices; you can provide authorization for My Plaid Student within SIO. 

Health Insurance Requirements
Submit by: ASAP   Students must take one of the following actions before September 14, 2015: ‪
1.    Enroll in a health insurance plan offered by the university; or
2.    Apply for a waiver, verifying that you already have health insurance that meets the university’s requirements.
Insurance requirement details, as well as enrollment and waiver information are available at‪ 

Academic Registration   
Submit by:  Varies by college
The date and procedure for course enrollment will vary by college. You should receive communications to your Andrew Email from your college with details regarding your registration process.  The information will also be included in a Pre Orientation  Booklet that will be in a PDF format in June.

The Word/ Student Handbook
Please bookmark the site for the student handbook, which contains specific information and linked resources designed to provide you with the tools, guidance and insights to help you achieve your full potential as a member of the Carnegie Mellon community.