Carnegie Mellon University

First-Year Orientation

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

First-Year Orientation 2022 is August 20-28.

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. 

President's Welcome Event for the Class of 2026+

President Farnam Jahanian embraced incoming students with a warm welcome to the Carnegie Mellon University community, kicking off the 2022 Orientation. The class of 2026+, joined by family and friends, gathered in McConomy Auditorium in the Cohon University Center to hear Jahanian's advice about their next four years at CMU.

Jahanian was joined onstage by Provost and Chief Academic Officer James H. Garrett Jr.; Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Director of the Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement Liz Vaughan; Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Gina Casalegno; and Head Orientation Counselor Leela Jay, a social and decision sciences major in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, who served as the master of ceremonies.

Academic Orientation Webinars

Prior to your arrival in Pittsburgh, each academic college and school offered an Orientation webinar for incoming students and their family members. These webinars introduced information about the transition to CMU and resources in your college or school. Recorded sessions are available on the Family Orientation website.

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