Carnegie Mellon University

Welcome New and Returning Graduate Students!

It's officially time to say Welcome to Carnegie Mellon and Greetings from Pittsburgh!  We invite you to watch President Farnam Jahanian's official welcome to the 2020-2021 academic year. The CMU community will kick-off the University-wide New Graduate Orientation with synchronous events on January 28 & 29, 2021. Partners around the university have contributed to your orientation experience. We are so excited to have you as part of the Tartan Community!

The Graduate Education Office is currently fully remote. Our workshops, resources and interactions will continue virtually. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us, Join us for a Zoom workshop, provide feedback on the virtual delivery of services, or let us know how we can help you navigate the semester. Our website and email remain the same, as does our desire to partner with you, GSA and university partners to make a successful academic year!

A priority is to help you connect to other grad students, campus resources and staff, professional & personal development opportunities and social events. Our newsletter will be coming to you and we welcome input on content.  The Grad Ed Office's Graduate Student Community Calendar (Pittsburgh Campus) is known campus-wide as a robust curation of opportunities for graduate students to join. We look forward to connecting with you and connecting you with others!




All incoming graduate students will receive an email invitation to access the Spring 2021 Graduate Student Orientation Canvas Course Site. This message will be sent to your ( email address. The Canvas course includes informational MODULES on both SYNCHRONOUS EVENTS and ASYNCHRONOUS content to support your transition to CMU. Be sure to access the course and complete the modules in preparation for the first day of classes. 

Please email Graduate Education Office if you have any questions or issues connecting to Canvas or our synchronous events.

Please email Disability Resources if you have a disability and need an accommodation for your disability in order to participate fully in Graduate Student Orientation.


  • Orientation & Immigration Check-In: Begins January 11 
    Students are encouraged to complete the canvas course as soon as possible after their arrival to the U.S., preferably by Monday, February 1. 
  • Welcome Session:  January 29 at 10am (EST)

    All new international students are invited to attend a virtual, live Welcome Session with OIE Director Linda Gentile and the OIE staff via Zoom. This session will include an introduction to the OIE office and services, remote orientation details, and answers to some frequently asked questions about the spring semester. Session details:

    • In January, OIE will send email to all new students with ll contain the Zoom link.
    • On the scheduled date and time, log in to the Zoom session with your AndrewID.

    • All international students are welcome, but not required, to attend the session. Registration is not required.


January 23 – February 13, 2021

Whether you are arriving in Pittsburgh for the first time, returning to campus, or studying remotely, let’s kick off the new semester with some fun! This three-week series of collaborative and celebratory events are designed to connect students to each other and the campus community. It’s a great way to meet new people, get involved with student organizations, learn about campus resources, build school spirit, participate in service projects, and practice wellness as you start the new semester.
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