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Aug. 14: Carnegie Mellon Welcomes First-Year Students to Campus on Aug. 19

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Ken Walters
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Photo Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Welcomes
First-Year Students to Campus on Aug. 19

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University will welcome 1,436 first-year students to campus on Sunday, Aug. 19 for Orientation 2007. This year's orientation, "In Your Element," will introduce incoming students to Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh and each other through a weeklong series of events on and off campus. Some highlights of the week include:

Move-in Day
9 a.m.–2 p.m., Aug. 19, Campus Housing and Oakland Apartments
First-year students will unload their cars and move into their campus housing with the help of families, friends and Carnegie Mellon staff and students. (Morewood Avenue, Margaret Morrison Street and Tech Street will be closed to accommodate students.) In previous years, a majority of students arrived between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Playfair
8–10 p.m., Aug. 20, Gesling Stadium
Billed as "the largest icebreaker ever," Playfair marks the first time the Class of 2011 will assemble as a group. Students and staff will gather on the football field for games, activities and mingling.

Convocation
5–6:30 p.m., Aug. 23, Baker Hall Lawn Tent
Faculty, staff and students will gather together to celebrate the arrival of the new class and the importance of the academic journey it's about to begin. This special ceremony marks the official start of the Class of 2011's collegiate careers.

House Wars
9 p.m., Aug. 25, the Cut
First-year students compete in the annual Carnegie House Games, a series of physical and intellectual challenges. Winners hoist the Carnegie Cup and get bragging rights until graduation.

For more information on orientation, visit www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/first-year/orientation.

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About the Class of 2011: The 566 women and 870 men in the Class of 2011 represent 25 countries, 47 states, including the District of Columbia, and one territory (Puerto Rico) with Arkansas, Mississippi, Wyoming and South Dakota missing from the distribution. Forty-eight percent of the students are from the Middle Atlantic States and 16 percent are from Pennsylvania. Ten percent hail from New England, 10 percent from the South, 9 percent from the West, 6 percent from the Midwest and 3 percent from the Southwest. Thirteen percent of the freshmen are international students representing Austria, Brazil, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, France, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Korea, Oman, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Venezuela.