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Attending classes in fall junior year visit?

hs2015momhs2015mom 622 replies54 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 676 Member
edited September 2013 in Parents Forum
My d is a rising junior interested in an art/math dual major or joint degree. Carnegie Mellon's BSA program (5 yr BS/BFA) is high on the list. We'll be in Pittsburgh in the fall for an occasion independent of the college search, and are wondering what she'll be able to do on a campus visit to CMU.

We're just getting started here, but I think I've read that 'official' interviews - in general, nothing specific to CMU - aren't granted until second semester of junior year. Are unofficial, informational ones sometimes available?

And are juniors allowed to sit in on classes? If it's not organized by the admissions office, can arrangements be made by contacting professors directly?
edited September 2013
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  • LasMaLasMa 10768 replies138 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,906 Senior Member
    It looks like your rising junior could take a campus tour or attend a Preview Session (Feb-April). Interviews, visiting classes, and overnights are open to seniors only.
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  • mathmommathmom 31930 replies155 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 32,085 Senior Member
    I've known juniors who visited classes by e-mailing professors directly.
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  • thumper1thumper1 73022 replies3179 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 76,201 Senior Member
    You need to contact the school directly. Different schools have different policies regarding this.
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  • sydsimsydsim 291 replies22 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 313 Member
    Not sure about CM specifically, but DD was able to sit in on classes at American and Syracuse during her sophomore year.
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  • LasMaLasMa 10768 replies138 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,906 Senior Member
    My post was based on what I could find on the CMU website. But the OP should contact them; it may be that the info is wrong or out-of-date, or that CMU is flexible.
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  • hs2015momhs2015mom 622 replies54 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 676 Member
    Reporting back, just after our visit. We went on an official tour but didn't say anything to admissions about visiting classes. D wrote directly, a couple of weeks in advance, to a math and and art professor teaching freshman classes (all the info, even class room numbers, is on the web) and they agreed to have her attend. She wrote to an officer of extracurricular club that was meeting the evening of our visit, and they also were happy to have her. So it worked out perfectly this first time out, though we realize that this may not always be the case.
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  • intparentintparent 36271 replies644 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 36,915 Senior Member
    Our experience has been that most colleges will bend their rule on attending class as a junior (if they have such a rule) if you are coming from far away for your visit. Admissions will usually just say "sure" and help you set it up in that case.
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