Carnegie Mellon University

Start your transition to Carnegie Mellon early.

We are invite you to learn more about the ORIGINS pre-Orientation retreat and Tartan Scholars, a year-long program that begins before Orientation for students who are academically high-achieving and from low-income backgrounds.


ORIGINS is an overnight, pre-orientation retreat 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 families to go to college and Pell grant recipients.

Connect and create community with other incoming and upper-class students, faculty, staff and alumni to learn about the CMU community together.

ORIGINS participants move into their residence halls a day prior to the start of First-Year Orientation.

Tartan Scholars

Tartan Scholars is a year-long program that brings the campus community together to offer academic and social opportunities and resources for talented students who are academically high-achieving and from low-income backgrounds.

The Tartan Scholars program kicks off a week before First-Year Orientation where students move into their residence halls early. Tartan Scholars get an early peek at life on campus, build meaningful relationships with staff and faculty mentors, and learn about the academic and co-curricular landscape. With this strong foundation, they join the rest of their classmates for First-Year Orientation, ready to step into their Carnegie Mellon adventure!

During the academic year, Tartan Scholars take their first year writing course alongside other Tartan Scholars, access peer tutors and small study groups, come together for regular community meals, enjoy one-on-one time with faculty or staff mentors, and more! The summer after their first year, Tartan Scholars can engage in undergraduate research, get work experience with an internship, and help welcome the next class of Tartan Scholars.