Carnegie Mellon University

Start your transition to Carnegie Mellon early.

We invite you to learn more about The ORIGINS Experience, a pre-orientation program for historically and socially minoritized first-year students.

The ORIGINS Experience

The ORIGINS Experience is a three day pre-orientation program for historically and socially minoritized first-year students, specifically focusing on those social identities in gender, gender expression, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, as well as those who are the first generation in their family to go to college and Pell grant recipients. 

The experience will allow incoming first-year students the opportunity to connect with various community members including upper-class students, faculty, staff, and alumni. During the three day pre-orientation program, students will cultivate a sense of belonging, reflect on their transition to CMU, and build a network of resources.

The experience will call on students to engage in workshops, social activities and networking sessions with various departments. 

The ORIGINS Experience participants attend the program prior to the start of First-Year Orientation.