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.

There are several items that incoming students need to complete during the summer in order to be prepared for First-Year Orientation and the fall semester. Please see the First-Year Onboarding Checklist to review required and recommended items and their deadlines.

First-Year Orientation will be offered in-person, while utilizing any appropriate COVID mitigation protocols that exist at the university at the start of fall semester. Additional asynchronous First-Year Orientation content will be available on Canvas, our online learning management system. 

First-Year Orientation is scheduled for August 20-28, 2022 and asynchronous content will be available through Canvas, our online course management system. An overview of the schedule will be available on the Orientation website in June. The full First-Year Orientation schedule will be available in mid-August on the Events at CMU App which you can download from the App Store or Google Play

Residence hall Move-In for incoming first-year students, including transfer students, will occur on Saturday, August 20, 2022. Parents and family members are invited to assist their student with Move-In.

First-Year Family Orientation 2022 will be offered primarily in-person with sessions scheduled on Sunday, August 21, 2022. Family sessions will conclude and families should plan to depart campus by 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 21 as First-Year Orientation sessions for students will begin that evening.

Family members who are listed by their first-year student in Student Information Online (SIO) will automatically be enrolled in the Family Orientation Canvas module which will offer webinars, videos, and resources about Move-In and First-Year Orientation, the academic experience, and other campus offices and support opportunities.


No, new students do not need to register for First-Year Orientation. All first-year and transfer students are expected to attend First-Year Orientation and will be automatically enrolled in the First-Year Orientation Canvas module. 

Students will receive meals through First-Year Orientation Sunday, August 21 through Saturday, August 27. Student meal plans begin on Sunday, August 28. 

Incoming first-year students at Carnegie Mellon have been admitted into one of seven 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 the start of First-Year Orientation to discuss your options.