Carnegie Mellon University

The ORIGINS Experience

Start your transition to Carnegie Mellon early.

The ORIGINS Experience is a year-long inclusion program that begins a few days prior to First-Year Orientation. The ORIGINS Experience focuses on community building and leadership development for historically and socially marginalized first-year students, specifically uplifting social identities in gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. We also center those who are the first in their families to go to college (first generation) and Pell Grant recipients. All are welcome to join the ORIGINS Experience.

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 pre-orientation program, students will cultivate a sense of belonging, reflect on their transition to CMU, and build a network of resources.