Carnegie Mellon University

Daily Schedule Overview

The schedule on this page is an overview of Orientation week, starting with Move-In Day.

A full schedule for First-Year Orientation will be available on the Events at Carnegie Mellon University App (download via iTunes or Google Play) and as a downloadable PDF on this webpage.

Move-In: Saturday, August 22, 2020

Moving can feel overwhelming at times, but we've got your back!

Be sure to visit the Housing Services website for information on procedures, maps, parking and even tips on what to pack for your first year at Carnegie Mellon.

Watch the video here to see the Class of 2022+ as they move in to their first-year housing!

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Residence hall move-in

5-7:30 p.m.

Dinner on your own


Various student activities in residence halls

First-Year Family Orientation: Sunday, August 23, 2020

Family Orientation sessions are open to all new students and their families and do not require registration. You're encouraged to use this day to attend Orientation sessions, get settled on campus and complete necessary university business.

All students and family members are encouraged to attend the President's Welcome and individual college programs. Families of international students are encouraged to attend the international student and family welcome.


President's Welcome
Academic Welcome sessions


Family orientation breakout sessions, open houses, and campus resource fair


Families depart by 5 p.m. 
Floor meetings and residential neighborhood block parties for students

Monday, August 24, 2020

8 a.m.-3 p.m.

House Day: Get to know students in your residential community

4-5:30 p.m.

Community Collage: Performances to showcase CMU's diversity of experience


Playfair: Group activities to get to know the whole first-year class

Tuesday, August 25, 2020


Making Your Mark: Learn about campus initiatives started by CMU students, and discuss your goals for your first year


Campus Sampler: Learn about co-curricular opportunities
Academic breakouts with your college or school 


Class Photo
Craig Karges: Illusionist and Mentalist

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Building healthy and responsible communities


Activities in Pittsburgh with your academic college or school

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Morning and Afternoon

Academic orientation with your college or school


Convocation: The formal academic ceremony marking the start of your college experience


Casino Night: Orientation's biggest social event featuring live entertainment, table games, refreshments, and prizes.

Friday, August 28, 2020


Orientation Day of Service


Student organization events, campus office presentations, religious services and open houses


Housewars: Quirky outdoor competition between housing communities

Saturday, August 29, 2020


Pittsburgh Connections: Explore off-campus activities


Student organization events and religious services 


First-Year Showcase: Talent show featuring first-year students

Sunday, August 30, 2020


Religious services and spirituality events


Student organization events


Floor meetings