New Student Orientation
Welcome to Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley! The New Student Orientation program is geared to welcome and acclimate new students to Carnegie Mellon, their academic program and to the Silicon Valley area.
For newly admitted students, detailed information regarding Orientation is noted below. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the Silicon Valley campus at email@example.com.
Welcome from the HUB
Welcome to Carnegie Mellon! The staff at the HUB located at the Pittsburgh campus are glad you have chosen CMU for the pursuit of your graduate education and professional goals. To assist with your transition to graduate school, we have compiled a list of important resources and services. Reviewing these items should help you in preparing to begin your graduate studies at CMU.
- New Graduate Student Enrollment and Finances Information
- Getting Started at Carnegie Mellon
- Graduate Student Enrollment and Financial Matters
Graduate students should contact an Assistant Director for information regarding registration, financial assistance, student accounts and ID Cards. The Assistant Director assigned to the Silicon Valley campus is Jenna Tracy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Graduate Education Office
For information regarding Pittsburgh-based admissions, student life, professional development, research opportunities and policies, visit the Graduate Education Office website.
Fall 2014 Orientation Logistics
Important Fall 2014 Orientation dates
- July 23 — Watch the Pre-Orientation Video Welcome
- Download the welcome presentation [PDF]
- Wed August 20 at 10:00am - Orientation Check in for All New ECE Students (Ph.D. and MS)
- Thurs August 21 at 8:30am - Orientation Check in for New Full Time International Students
- You must bring your original I-20, Passport and Visa to complete your official check-in procedure with OIE. Most students will not receive an immigration stamp on the I-20 or DS-2019 Form; forms will be accepted without stamps.
- Thurs August 21 at 10:30am - Orientation Check in for New Full Time Domestic Students
- Friday August 22 - Electrical and Computer Engineering Orientation (PhD ECE, MS ECE, MS Software Engineering)
- Friday August 22 - Integrated Innovation Institute (MS Software Management)
- Full time check-in: 9:00 a.m.
- Part time check-in: 11:00 a.m.
- Saturday August 23 - Integrated Innovation Institute Orientation (MS Software Management)
- Saturday August 23 - Information Networking Institute Orientation (MS Information Technology)
- Sunday August 24 - Integrated Innovation Institute (MS Software Management)
- Optional - social event (TBA)
RSVP for Orientation [Updated 7/23/2014]
There is no RSVP required for the required mandatory Orientation programs listed above. However, if you do have any dietary restrictions please contact Stacy Marshall at email@example.com with your name, your program and your dietary needs.
Pre Orientation Webinar
As a new Silicon Valley student, please watch the Pre Orientation Welcome Video on AdobeConnect. This video is in lieu of the Wednesday July 23 & Thursday July 24 Pre Orientation Webinar. The video covers what you need to know…
- …as a CMU Student
- …as a Silicon Valley resident
- …about Orientation
- …about academic success at CMU
- …about CMU and CMU-SV resources
You can also download the presentation slide deck as a PDF.
Connect with your fellow incoming students via Facebook! Join the CMU-SV Fall 2014 Incoming Students group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/305043239644248/
CMU Student ID Card
To ensure your CMU student ID card will be available for pick up at CMU-SV Orientation, please submit your photo online at http://www.cmu.edu/idplus/idcards/idphotos.html *as soon as possible*. You will need a digital photo of yourself and you will need to know your Andrew ID and password.
The Orientation Schedule for August 21 will be posted on this page in August. Department-specific schedules will be sent to students via your home department.
For those who are making travel arrangements to attend Orientation, note the times for each day:
- Wednesday August 20 - [PhD ECE Orientation] Check in at 10am
- Thursday August 21 - [Full Time Student Orientation] Check in at 9am
- Friday August 22 - Check in at 9am
- Saturday, August 23 - Check in at 9am
- Clothing: The dress for orientation is casual. Please bring comfortable attire, including shoes for walking. Typically, the weather is fairly warm although it cools down in the evening. Bring a light jacket or sweater. We will be outside at various times, so be sure to bring sunscreen.
- Security: You are required to have a valid government I.D. (i.e. passport or driver's license) to enter Moffett Field. Tell the guard that you are a student at Carnegie Mellon. Please be aware that you may be subject to a random car search. If you are an international student, please provide your passport and any other government issued picture ID.
- Parking: You may park on any side of Building 23 but we recommend the lot behind the building.
- Meals: Generally breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided each day of Orientation. If you have any dietary restrictions, please note them when you RSVP for Orientation.
- Lodging: For remote students looking for lodging during Orientation, a convenient housing option is the NASA Lodge, located across the street from our building at Moffett Field. Call the NASA Lodge directly at 650-603-7100 and inquire about room availability. When you make a reservation, note that you are affiliated with Carnegie Mellon.
Fall 2014 Calendar and Payment Information
Fall 2014 Academic Calendar
- Monday, August 25 - Semester & Mini-1 Classes Begin
- Friday, October 13 - Mini-1 Last Day of Classes
- Monday, October 10 - Mini-2 Classes Begin
- Friday, December 5 - Semester & Mini-2 Last Day of Classes
- December 8-9, 11-12, 14 - Final Examinations
The CMU-SV Academic Calendar is aligned with the CMU Pittsburgh Academic calendar. See the CMU academic calendar 2014-2015 (PDF).
Viewing your Student Account
Your can view student account information, including your student account balance, at Student Information Online at http://www.cmu.edu/hub/sio with your Andrew UserID and your password
Paying your Student Account
The deadline to pay for Fall tuition and fees is Friday, August 15. Payment options are outlined at http://www.cmu.edu/hub/billing/payment/index.html
For those students with a Student Recovery Tuition Refund charge noted on their account, see the CMU-SV Tuition & Costs page for an explanation of this state-imposed assessment.
Sponsored billing occurs when an entity, government or a third party assumes responsibility for all or part of a student’s educational expenses. Sponsors pay the university directly on behalf of the student with an agreement, commitment and/or obligation between the paying party and the student.
For complete details, visit Sponsor Billing & Third-Party Payments.
Student Information and Resources
Housing and Lodging
For newly arrived or remote students looking for lodging during Orientation, a convenient housing option is the NASA Lodge, located across the street from our building at Moffett Field. Call the NASA Lodge directly at 650-603-7100 and inquire about room availability. When you make a reservation, note that you are a student with Carnegie Mellon.
For students relocating to Silicon Valley, visit the housing page for further information and resources to assist you in your housing search.
Carnegie Mellon Student Information
Student ID Number: Your home department will provide you your Carnegie Mellon Student ID number. This student ID number, along with your Andrew UserID, is your primary identifier at Carnegie Mellon and allows you access to your Andrew account information and additional resources.
Andrew UserID and Carnegie Mellon Email Address: As a Carnegie Mellon student, you have been issued a Carnegie Mellon Student ID and email address. Your Student ID is known as your "Andrew UserID". Visit the Technical Resources section below for more information.
Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley email: You will be notified when a CMU-SV Google Apps account has been created for you to access Silicon Valley resources. Visit Technical Resources for more information.
For incoming full-time international students: Please make sure you submit your International Student Information Form and Affidavit of Support for Financial Sponsor to the Office of International Education (OIE) as soon as possible so they can process your I-20. All I-20s are processed by the OIE office at the main campus in Pittsburgh. Please do not send your documents to our campus in California. An FAQ about how your I-20 is processed can be found here: http://www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/oie/forstu/faqs.html
Be aware that the OIE strongly advises against calling their office to check on the status of your I-20. They post the following message on their website: Do not call OIE to check on the status of your I-20. We understand your concern but responding to phone calls and emails regarding the status results in delaying the processing of your I-20. The receptionist who answers the phone CANNOT provide detailed information or guidance. You will receive an email from OIE if further information is needed.
We understand the anxiety involved in receiving your I-20, and we want to assure you that in addition to your submitting documents to the OIE, our office is also keeping the OIE updated with your names.