Carnegie Mellon University

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve answered common questions about the Orientation program on this site. If you have other questions about the program or the start of your Carnegie Mellon experience, please email the Office of First-Year Orientation.

No. New students and their guests do not need to register for the program. All incoming students are expected to attend the entirety of the First-Year Orientation program.

An overview of the Orientation schedule is available online. Students and guests will download the CMU Events App on their mobile device, tablet or computer to access the full schedule.

Incoming students and their families will receive detailed driving, check-in and parking instructions for Move-In on Saturday, as maps and parking instructions differ by residential community. When families return to campus on Sunday for Family Orientation, parking is available in the East Campus Garage, Morewood Lot, Doherty Parking Lot, and other garages with guest access.

Entering first-year students are not permitted to move in early to the residence halls. Move-In for 2019 is on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

Students participating in specific programs may be an exception if the program has a coordinated early arrival component. These groups can include first-year athletes, participants of ORIGINS, and students with disabilities.

It is not recommended that students arrive late to Move-In and Orientation. For students who plan to arrive on Saturday, August 17, 2019, after 3 p.m. and need late check-in, please see the Housing Services website for detailed instructions of where to check in to receive your room key and Orientation materials.

Starting the Monday of Orientation, students are attending sessions that are very important to their transition and success at Carnegie Mellon. If you plan to arrive after the Saturday of Move-In, please contact the Office of First-Year Orientation to discuss your situation and make arrangements.

Students are welcome and encouraged to bring parents, family members or guests to assist them with Move-In and attend Family Orientation. If a student does not have guests in attendance, additional support will be available from Resident Assistants and Orientation Counselors. Guests should plan to depart campus by 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 18, 2019, as student Orientation programming will begin with dinner on Sunday. Guests are not permitted to attend Orientation programming throughout the week.

Students are assigned a Saturday Move-In time slot between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Depending on where you are traveling from, some students and families plan to arrive in Pittsburgh on Friday and make arrangements to stay in a nearby hotel. Families are invited to stay for Family Orientation on Sunday which offers programming from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We ask family members and guests to depart campus by 5 p.m. on Sunday as student Orientation programming begins Sunday evening.

Students can stay in their house communities starting the Saturday of Move-In weekend. Families are responsible for meals and their own lodging on Saturday. The university will host breakfast and lunch on Sunday for families and students. Beginning Sunday evening, first-year students are provided meals as part of the Orientation program. Meal plans for first-year students will begin the night before classes start.

Incoming first-year students at Carnegie Mellon have been admitted into one of six undergraduate colleges or an Intercollege Degree Program. Admission to other colleges or programs may be possible via an internal transfer process, but is not guaranteed. If you have concerns that the college or program that you have been admitted into is not a good fit, please contact your academic advisor prior to arrival at Orientation to discuss your options.

There are several items that incoming students need to complete during the summer in order to be prepared for Orientation. Please see the Pre-Orientation checklist to review required and recommended items and their deadlines.