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Frequently Asked Question


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for this program? 
Any CMU student who is at least 18 years old and will have completed one semester before they attend the program can apply online to Disney.  So, CMU students can range from Freshman-Senior year and be from any major.​

How early should I apply? 
Disney recruits a semester out, meaning that they will recruit in early fall (Sept-Oct) for their spring programs….and early spring (Jan-Mar) for their fall programs.  We suggest you apply the semester before, at the very beginning of a semester, when Disney opens up their online application process for the program.  Once open, they will recruit for approximately 6-8 weeks and then close it off.

Is there a best time to consider this experience during a student’s 4 years at CMU?
No, we have not seen any favorable pattern in 30+ years that shows a better time to experience this program.  Freshman students have gotten just as much out of the program as our seniors.  Students will want to confer with their parents and academic advisors to look at more favorable academic schedules when they consider which Disney program to apply for.

What if my major has nothing to do with Disney like history, sociology or psychology?  Will this experience be a benefit?
Yes, we have seen this experience and skills that are developed from this program be a benefit to any student and any major.  The transferable skills and maturity gained and developed from this opportunity are immeasurable.  Developing better communication, problem solving, leadership, time management, teamwork, and guest service skills to name a few, will all benefit any student in any career choice.

Will this experience away from campus for one semester put me behind? 
In some cases yes, and others no.  Every student’s situation is different than the next when it comes to their major, year in school, career goals, and requirements.  We will be happy to point out credit options for students but some students by their own choices find that while credit may be taken, it may not help them towards graduation requirements.  Bottom line, every student situation is different than the next.  Even if no credit is earned, the experience is definitely going to help students gain valuable experience that future employers have recognized during employment decisions.  There is no substitute for gaining valuable experience and skills (small or great) from a model company as Disney.

What are the Disney jobs or roles like? 
Disney is up front and honest, these are not supervisory or managerial positions.  These roles are entry level, seasonal employment positions with very high guest contact, no matter what role the student has been offered.  The training, work, cast member relationships, cultural and living experience and educational opportunities are what enhance these experiences.

What have previous CMU Disney College Program alumni said about their programs and experiences?
>>> Read about our Disney Alumni Experiences here <<<​​

I understand that Disney teaches their own courses, are they transferable back to CMU? 
Usually not, but is up to the academic advisor in a student’s major to review and decide if the Disney course will meet CMU’s similar course requirements to make it acceptable or not.  Check with an advisor first.   Disney provides their course syllabi on their Disney College Program website for further review.

What are the Disney courses like? 
Disney offers two types of courses, Disney Collegiate Courses and Disney Exploration Series Seminars.  Both offer different learning styles.  See the Disney College Program website for a listing of both types of courses along with explanations and syllabi. 

The Disney Collegiate Courses meet once a week for 4 hours, for 11 weeks and are very similar to a regular college class with a Disney (academically credentialed) professor, with course rigor including lectures, books, projects, assignments, and tests.  These courses are not specifically about or related to Walt Disney, (the company), but they are focused on the subject matter of the course title. 

The Disney Exploration Series Seminars meet once a week for 2 hours, for 8 weeks and are just that…seminars focused specifically on Disney.  These seminars do not have any course rigor to them…….no tests, no books, no homework.  They are meant to give students the opportunity to learn more specifically about Disney areas of expertise and interest than they would learn just from their jobs and training.  Disney leaders will come into the class to speak, present panel discussions or take fieldtrips behind the scenes to see current projects or work areas.  Many students have wanted to learn more about Disney (behind the scenes) that the rest of the world would like to know and these seminars have been very popular with students.

How many Disney classes can a student take while on the program?
Disney and CMU would only recommend taking 1-2 courses during a semester along with the full time work experience.  And Disney will schedule a student’s work around their class commitment.

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