Graduate Student Orientation-Graduate Education - Carnegie Mellon University

University-wide Graduate Student Orientation

The Carnegie Mellon University-wide Graduate Student Orientation takes place every fall and spring to provide an introduction to university-level services, programs, and resources for graduate students. Attendance is highly recommended. All events and sessions are free of charge.


Fall 2017: August 14-16, 2017

Please register for University-wide Graduate Student Orientation by Wednesday, August 9, 2017.   In preparation for your arrival to Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh community, please visit our Incoming Graduate Student website for information about graduate student deadlines, the university, finding a place to live and living in Pittsburgh.

The Carnegie Mellon University-wide Fall 2017 Graduate Student Orientation will take place on Monday, August 14, 2017 through August 16, 2017. Graduate Student Orientation will provide information about university-level services, programs and resources beyond your department. It is your chance to meet administrators and student leaders who are focused on the graduate student experience at Carnegie Mellon.  Please contact Jamie, with any questions.  

An outline schedule for orientation is provided below.  The full schedule with location details will be posted as of August 7, 2017, so be sure to check back for additional information.

The Office of International Education (OIE) will host several welcome and required sessions for ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS between August 4-August 17, 2017. This orientation is required for all international students (i.e. exchange, undergraduate and graduate students), and will have information about immigration issues, as well as cultural and academic resources at Carnegie Mellon and in Pittsburgh. Please visit the Officice of International Education website for more information regarding International Student Orientation. 

New Student Action Items

In preparation for your arrival and time here at Carnegie Mellon, there are several items that you SHOULD begin addressing PRIOR to your arrival!

Graduate Orientation 2017 Schedule Outline

Monday, August 14, 2017

9:30 a.m.   PhD Welcome Address with Interim Provost Weingart
9:45 a.m.  PhD Student Resource Panel
10:45 a.m. PhD Students – Carnegie Mellon: A Look Back to Understand Our Values of Today 
11:45 a.m. PhD Networking 
1:00 p.m.  All Graduate Student Welcome with Interim President Jahanian,  Interim Provost Weingart,
VP Casalegno, GSA President Carless
2:15 p.m. Standards and Expectations: Community, Communication and Relationships 
3:00 p.m. Graduate Student R esources for Master Students
Master Students – Carnegie Mellon: A Look Back to Understand Our Values of Today
4:00 p.m.

Master Students – Carnegie Mellon: A Look Back to Understand Our Values of Today

Graduate Student Resources for Master Students
2:15 p.m. PhD Students and Teaching at CMU
3:15 p.m. PhD Students and Research at CMU
4:15 p.m. PhD Student Panel

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
During each information session time period, graduate students will have the opportunity to choose between 3 to 4 different topics.  The list of information session topics will include, but is not limited to, sessions on University Libraries, The HUB and the Financial Life of Graduate Students, Responsible Conduct of Research, the Computing Environment at Carnegie Mellon, Living in Pittsburgh, Tenant’s Rights, Resources for Wellness, Health Insurance.

1:00-2:00 p.m.     Choice of Session
2:00-3:00 p.m.     Choice of Session
3:00-4:00 p.m.     Choice of Session
4:00-5:00 p.m.     Choice of Session
5:00-6:00 p.m.     Choice of Session

6:00-8:00 p.m.     Cook-out sponsored by Graduate Student Assembly - Partners and Families Welcome

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.   Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion Open House & Welcome Reception

12:00-1:00 p.m.             Campus Tour

2:00-3:00 p.m.               Campus Tour

3:00-5:00 p.m.               Resource Fair 

5:00-7:00 p.m.               Ice Cream Social sponsored by Graduate Student Assembly-Partners and Families Welcome