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Experience CMU

A visit is a great way to get a feel for all things Tartan.

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In-Person Campus Visits

There's no better way to imagine what life is like as a Tartan than to see it for yourself. Join us for a campus visit to experience the sights, sounds and people that make Carnegie Mellon special.

CMU offers a range of visit opportunities and events for you and your guests to explore, including campus tours, information sessions, one-on-one admission counseling sessions, and department-specific events.
As different events are offered throughout the year, we recommend viewing the calendar to maximize your time on campus.

Ways to engage on campus

Information Session and Campus Tour Bundle

This bundled experience pairs an Information Session with a Campus Tour for a seamless visit experience. The Information Session + Campus Tour lasts approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.

More Ways to See CMU

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Schedule Your Tour

This calendar is a resource for prospective and admitted students and families to find and register for scheduled events and tours. Select a day to view available visit opportunities, and be sure to select “Load More Events” to see the full schedule for the day.

Selecting the “View Full Calendar” feature will allow you to search the calendar by keyword (i.e. engineering, drama, virtual, in-person, tour). In the full calendar view, prospective student events are color-coded as red.

Some departments also offer appointments and tours by request.

Plan Your Visit

Explore the vibrant culture of Pittsburgh's 90 neighborhoods to enrich your visit, and arm yourself with all the essential information to make the most of your time on Carnegie Mellon University's campus.

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Explore Campus




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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Welcome Center hours of operation?

The Welcome Center is open in the spring from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Welcome Center is closed on Wednesdays. You can visit the Welcome Center website for the most up-to-date operating hours.

What types of online engagement opportunities are available if I can’t make it to campus?

We offer online information sessions, live streamed campus and residence hall tours led by our Tartan Ambassadors, Tartan Talk student panels, remote admission counseling sessions and more to allow you to get a feel for CMU from wherever you are in the world. Learn more and register.

Will I have the opportunity to have my questions answered during online visit opportunities?

Yes, all of our online visit opportunities provide space for Q&A with either current students or admission counselors.

How many guests can I bring with me on my In-Person Campus Visit?

You may bring up to five guests with you during your visit, you’ll need to indicate the number of guests you plan to bring with you when you register.

Can I go inside buildings during the In-Person Campus Tour?

Yes, the In-Person Campus Tour will take you inside buildings to see classrooms, labs, common spaces, a first-year residence hall and unique campus architecture.

Do you have a waitlist for In-Person Campus Tours?

No, there's no waitlist for in-person tours at this time. You can check back on the tour registration page to see if any additional space has become available. Please note, registration closes 48 hours prior to a tour.

All In-Person Campus Tours for the day I'm visiting are full; can I join a tour as a walk-in?

Unfortunately, we're not currently able to accommodate walk-in guests for the In-Person Campus Tour. However, you're free to stop by the Coulter Welcome Center between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to ask questions, pick up more information about the university, explore the Welcome Center and grab a map for a self-guided Outdoor Campus Walking Route  around campus.

Does CMU accommodate large -group tours for High Schools?

We offer tours and visit opportunities to groups of High School students 10+ throughout the year. We can plan a visit day including in-person touring, admission info sessions, or virtual opportunities for your group. These specialized group visits must be requested at least one month in advance. Learn more and request this kind of experience.(opens in new window)

How can I tour campus if I am unable to register for an In-Person Campus Tour?

The Outdoor Campus Walking Route is a self-guided option, which includes both indoor and outdoor components to allow you to explore our campus. The Walking Route includes 25 stops with audio clips available for each stop; both a printed and digital version of the Walking Route map are available.

Will I have the opportunity to have my questions answered during the campus visit?

Yes, the Information Session includes a Q&A at the end of the presentation. If you don’t have the chance to ask all your questions during the Q&A, contact the Office of Admission to connect with a counselor.

Can I schedule a department visit or connect with faculty?

Many departments offer prospective students the chance to tour facilities, attend department-specific information sessions or meet with a faculty member. Learn more and register.

Will my pet be permitted to join the tour and enter the Welcome Center?

Certified service animals are permitted in the Welcome Center and on tours. All other animals and pets are not permitted in university buildings.

Can I tour Residence Halls as part of my Campus Visit?

Yes, the In-Person Campus tour includes a stop in Stever House, where you will see an example of a typical first-year room assignment. We also offer live streamed online residence hall tours at various times throughout the year. If you are unable to make it to campus or register for a guided online residence hall tour, you can explore virtual room tours of all the residence halls and apartments available.

Will tours and other visit events be canceled in the event of inclement weather?

While we try not to cancel visits, we want to make sure all of our visitors and staff are safe during inclement weather. If we know there is weather approaching that could affect your visit, we will reach out to you ahead of time. If inclement weather approaches the day-of your visit, we may need to adapt, delay, reschedule, or cancel the visit.

Will I be able to connect with an Admission Counselor if Admission Counseling Sessions and Information Sessions are unavailable during my visit?

Yes, the Office of Admission accommodates walk-in visitors with questions whenever possible. You can visit the Office of Admission on the second floor of Warner Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you are visiting on a Saturday or Sunday, you can reach out to the Admission Office with your questions at or 412-268-2082

I am a high school counselor interested in touring CMU, how should I register?

I need to change or cancel my visit registration, how should I go about doing so?

You can find a link to change or cancel your visit in your registration confirmation email, or you can alert the admission office by emailing @email or calling 412-268-2082.