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Log in to your student portal using the same username and password you created for your application. Once you log in, you’ll see your admission letter and have access to some of your next steps.

Submit your $175 enrollment reservation deposit, and you'll be able to schedule an orientation date – that's when you'll build your own class schedule.

Why the deposit? Paying your enrollment reservation deposit saves your spot in the incoming class. The deposit is not binding. It is refundable if you request a refund before May 1.

Submit my deposit

In your student portal, access your admission letter. You'll find your "New CMU Account PIN" at the bottom of the letter.

Create your student account by using the PIN.

Why create the student account? You'll need this account to:

• Receive your student ID card.
• Create your student email.
• View and accept your financial aid package.
• Register for classes.
• Apply for housing.

Set up my account

Schedule an orientation date after your enrollment deposit is submitted and processed.

Registration opens in January, and you'll be able to schedule a date for the following April, May, or June.

Why register for orientation? This is where you'll sign up for classes. An earlier orientation date means and earlier chance to enroll in classes and customize your class schedule.

Register for orientation

Log in to your housing application after your enrollment deposit is processed and you've set up your student account.

You'll receive our Residential Community Living Guide via your student email. This guide will walk you through your housing application, selecting your meal plan, choosing your residence hall preferences and finding roommates.

For incoming freshmen
All first- and second-year students are required to live on campus, unless you qualify for an exemption.

For incoming transfer students
While transfer students are not required to live on campus, there is a Residence Life Grant that awards $2,000 per year (a total of $6,000 over three years) to full-time transfer students who choose to live on campus. One option is our Transfer Student Community in Kulhavi Hall, where you’ll live alongside other transfer students.

Apply for housing

Other reminders

We recommend having your official transcripts submitted as soon as you can after high school graduation or after your final semester ends, but you can submit them any time before July 1.

For incoming freshmen
Have your high school counselor email your final transcripts to or you can order them through Parchment.

For incoming transfer students
You'll need official transcripts from each of the previous schools you've attended to apply your transfer credits. If you have fewer than 24 college credits, you'll also need to have your final, official high school transcript sent in. Have your school registrar's office send your transcripts to

Plan to send in all of your official transcripts before registering for courses. That way, all of your earned credit will be applied in advance.

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA is the only way to qualify for some of the $120 billion the U.S. Department of Education awards in federal grants, loans, and work-study aid. CMU’s school code is 002243. We strongly encourage you to complete your FAFSA by Feb. 15.

Complete my FAFSA