Carnegie Mellon University

First-Year Orientation

Welcome to Carnegie Mellon University, undergraduate first-year and transfer students!

First-Year Orientation 2024 dates will be announced soon!

First-Year Orientation supports new students in a successful transition to Carnegie Mellon. Our summer communications and programs, combined with our week-long First-Year Orientation program, introduce incoming undergraduate students to our inclusive and caring campus community. Our First-Year Orientation program is a dynamic and engaging experience that will help new students build the foundation for academic success, community membership, well-being, campus involvement and pride in being a Tartan. 

Orientation 2023 Snapshot


At this year's Convocation, the Class of 2027+ gathered to mark the formal start of their academic journey.

First-Year Showcase

First-year CMU students perform their talents for their classmates during Orientation 2023.

Community Collage

Enjoy the talents, diversity and performances of CMU students.

President's Welcome 2023

Enjoy the recording of the Present's Welcome to the CMU Class of 2027+!

First-Year Student Welcome & Onboarding Webinar

Recording of the 2023 First-Year Student Welcome & Onboarding Webinar
(1 hour and 15 minutes)

First-Year International Student Webinar

Recording of the 2023 First-Year International Student Webinar
(57 minutes)

What's life like at CMU? Follow @lifeatcmu to find out.

The Carnegie Cup

A CMU Orientation tradition, The Carnegie Cup, brings the residence hall communities together for a competition full of puzzles and field games unlike any other!

The Carnegie Cup with Donner's blue whale