Carnegie Mellon University

Orientation Schedule

First-Year Orientation will take place August 17 - 24, 2024!

The First-Year Orientation program builds a foundation for academic success, community membership, well-being, campus involvement and pride in being a Tartan. All incoming first-year undergraduate students are expected to participate in First-Year Orientation.

View the Daily Schedule Overview for more information.

Special Schedule Instructions

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International Students

International students are asked to submit several required forms via the MyOIE portal in June, and to submit immigration information upon their arrival to campus in August. Updates about any COVID-19 impacts to visas and travel will be communicated directly to students from the Office of International Education.  

Transfer Students

Orientation is valuable to helping new undergraduate students transition to Carnegie Mellon—whether you have previous college experience or not.

Transfer students are invited to participate in the entirety of First-Year Orientation. All transfer students will be assigned to an Orientation group and will have an Orientation Counselor to welcome them to the university. A welcome session will be held for transfer students. 

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Commuter Students

Orientation is for all incoming first-year and new undergraduate students, whether they commute or live in a university residence hall. For students who have been approved for an exemption to the first year residential requirement, it is important that you participate in the week-long First-Year Orientation program to help with the transition to Carnegie Mellon.


Students with Disabilities

Students who have disclosed a disability to the university will be invited to a session during First-Year Orientation. If you have not yet disclosed a disability to the university and would like to find out more, please contact the Office of Disability Resources.

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Student Athletes

Student athletes are expected to participate in all First-Year Orientation programs as their practice schedule allows. Practice schedules are designed in coordination with First-Year Orientation so students are able to attend important house-based and academic programs during the week.


Starting in the spring semester?

Due to the small number of students who are admitted for spring semester, there is not a formal orientation program scheduled. Please email the Office of First-Year Orientation or call 412-268-2142 for information about getting started and connecting with your academic advisor.