Carnegie Mellon University

Welcome New CEE Graduate Students!

We are very pleased that you’ve chosen to pursue your graduate degree in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon this Fall.

The next few months may be a bit stressful, but also very exciting as you make your plans for your new adventure at Carnegie Mellon.

In this section incoming students will find answers to commonly asked questions about arrival, housing, health insurance, classes and more.

Please note that some of the university links mentioned below have not yet been updated with the new semester information and will be updated throughout the summer.

Watch your email for additional information and reminders as they become available.

Connecting With Your Classmates

A Facebook group has been set-up so you can connect with other graduate students and recent alumni. This is a great place to find out where are the best places to live, if you need a car, or the best place to get lunch on campus.

Getting Started

Over the summer you will receive a number of emails from us with information about deadlines, orientation, and other information. In addition, this site will provide you with a lot of useful information to get your launched into Pittsburgh and your graduate program.

Late April

You will be notified of your Andrew ID and given log-in instructions from

All emails from us wil be sent to your Andrew email. Please check it frequently.

Mid May CEE Graduate School FAT Letter. This email will provide information that is also found on this website about deadlines, questions about orientation, etc.
Mid June You will receive your advisor assignment and course registration information.
Mid July Agenda for the New CEE Graduate Student Orientation and specific program information (PhD, MS, etc).
Mid July to Early August Online orientation login information. The online orientation must be completed prior to campus arrival.


Buying a laptop?

Check with the CMU Computer Store to ensure compatibility and capacity. PhD students should not purchase a computer until they've discussed what is needed with their advisor.

Already own a laptop?

Any special connections, software, or configuration required can be arranged with CEE computing staff  at CEE check-in. Please do not register your computer on the CMU networks until after you have been provided with registration information at the CEE check-in.

Networking and printing support will be provided for your personal machine as long as your computer is compatible with the campus network, as outlined at the CEE Orientation.