Carnegie Mellon University

University-wide New Graduate Student Orientation

Welcome to Carnegie Mellon University! Greetings from Pittsburgh!

We have been busy coordinating with your departments and planning University-wide Graduate Student Fall 2020 Orientation. We look forward to having you join us for these events which are designed to support your transition to CMU. Graduate Student Fall 2020 Orientation will be offered remotely, with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for you to get to know the university, other new and returning graduate students, and staff and faculty who are thrilled to have you as members of the Tartan Plaid community. We will share more specifics about our schedule of events and the platforms we will use to deliver orientation over the next several weeks.

We will kick-off the synchronous opportunities on August 17, 2020 with an official President’s Welcome. President Farnam Jahanian will be joined by other leaders at the university for an energetic, heartfelt welcome to the CMU community! Be sure to check for Carnegie Mellon email for a formal invitation, coming soon.

For more information about the Graduate Student Fall 2020 Orientation program, visit the Graduate Student Orientation website. This website will be updated on a regular basis so check back often. If you have any questions, or need additional information, contact the Graduate Education Office . Welcome to Carnegie Mellon University! We can’t wait to meet you. 


The Graduate Student Fall 2020 Orientation Team
Desirée Chronick, Administrative Coordinator
Holly Hippensteel, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Community Standards and Diversity Initiatives
Jamie Rossi, Director of Student Academic Success Operations & Strategy




August 17-21, 2020



January 8, 2021


Office of International Education

ALL International students are required to attend a mandatory Orientation and Immigration check-in. 
Visit the Office of International Education for more information and to register.


It is our hope that your travel to Carnegie Mellon goes smoothly and we look forward to meeting you!  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.