Carnegie Mellon University

University-wide New Graduate Student Orientation

Welcome to Carnegie Mellon!

It's officially time to say Welcome to Carnegie Mellon and Greetings from Pittsburgh! 

You have been emailed notification that you are added to the Fall 2022 Graduate Student Orientation Canvas Course Site. Here you will be able to review the MODULES of information on IN PERSON EVENTS, as well as our asynchronous information. As we update information, please be sure to check here and Canvas for updates.

President Farnam Jahanian and members of the university community will kick-off the University-wide New Graduate Orientation with words of welcome, bits of advice and a highlight of things to come in your graduate experience on Monday, August 15, 2022 with a University Welcome at 1:00pm (EDT) in the Orientation Tent on the CFA Lawn.

Please note facial coverings will be required for ALL events held in the Tent.

All of our events are IN PERSON, and only those marked as such will be recorded and available for viewing later via Canvas. Please note these Orientation events are not madatory, but we strongly encourage you to attend. Follow up with your individual department on their required events. Partners around the university have contributed to your orientation experience. We are so excited to have you as part of the Tartan Community!

Sincerely,

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

FALL 2022 ORIENTATION

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AUGUST 15-19, 2022

Classes begin August 29

COVID-19 UPDATES

Information & Resources for the CMU Community
Students are strongly encouraged to check often for updates and information.
Resources to support your physical and mental health include guidelines for mask-wearing and staying connected while social distancing are available.

QUICK LINKS

  • Email us any questions, issues connecting to Canvas or our events.
  • Email the Office of Disability Resources if you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate fully in New Graduate Student Orientation.

CANVAS COURSES

You will have received an email notification you were added to your appropriate Orientation Canvas Course. Here you will be able to review the MODULES of information on IN PERSON EVENTS, as well as our asynchronous information.

FALL ORIENTATION - In Person Events

MISCELLANEOUS

Campus Logistics: On Your Own
Use this time to take care of your needs like picking up your ID Card, visiting Parking & Transportation, PNC Bank, or the University Stores

Meals: On Your Own
Visit various restaurants and cafés across campus

Campus Tours: Self-guided
Printed maps will be available at the mobile welcome center on Monday, August 15 and at our Welcome Table inside the Cohon Center throughout orientation, or view maps online.

MONDAY, AUGUST 15

University Welcome (All students)
1:00-1:45pm (EDT)
Orientation Tent on CFA Lawn
(Rain Location: CUC Rangos & McConomy)
*This session will be recorded 

GSA Welcome (All students)
2:00-2:30pm (EDT)
Orientation Tent on CFA Lawn
*This session will be recorded 

CMU Resources: The Basics (All students)
2:30-3:30pm (EDT)
Orientation Tent on CFA Lawn
*This session will be recorded

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16  [DOCTORAL]

Doctoral Students Welcome 
10:00-10:45am (EDT)
Cohon University Center, Rangos
               
Doctoral Students Key Resources 
11:00-11:45am (EDT)
Cohon University Center, Rangos
            
Doctoral Students College Welcome Programs
12:00-2:00pm (EDT)
Locations vary by college - info in Canvas
*Lunch will be provided
    
Resources to Support Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (All students)
2:30-3:20pm & 3:30-4:20pm (EDT)
Cohon University Center, McConomy
*Concurrent session: same session repeats
        
Health & Wellbeing Resources (All students)
2:30-3:20pm & 3:30-4:20pm (EDT)
Orientation Tent on CFA Lawn (Rain Location- CUC Rangos)
*Concurrent session: same session repeats
      
Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) Welcome BBQ (All students)
5:00-7:00pm (EDT)
Cohon University Center, Rangos

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16  [MASTER'S]

Master's Success Resources
1:30-2:20pm (EDT)
Orientation Tent on CFA Lawn (Rain Location- CUC McConomy)
     
Resources to Support Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (All students)
2:30-3:20pm & 3:30-4:20pm (EDT)
Cohon University Center, McConomy
*Concurrent session: same session repeats
        
Health & Wellbeing Resources (All students)
2:30-3:20pm & 3:30-4:20pm (EDT)
Orientation Tent on CFA Lawn (Rain Location- CUC Rangos)
*Concurrent session: same session repeats
    
Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) Welcome BBQ (All students)
5:00-7:00pm (EDT)
Cohon University Center, Rangos

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17

Office of International Education Welcome
9:30-11:00am (EDT)
Orientation Tent on CFA Lawn (Rain Location- CUC Rangos)

Current Doctoral Student Panel (Doctoral students)
1:00-2:00pm (EDT)  
Doherty Hall 2210 

Current Master's Student Panel (Master's students)
1:00-2:00pm (EDT)  
Cohon University Center, McConomy

Campus Resource Fair (All students)
2:00-3:30pm (EDT)  
Cohon University Center, Rangos

Neighborhood Commons Open House (All students)
3:30-5:30pm (EDT)
Fifth Clyde Building, 4735 Fifth Avenue

Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion Meet & Greet (All students)
4:00-5:00pm (EDT)
Cohon University Center, Merson Courtyard

Mindfulness Room Open House (All students)
5:00-6:00pm (EDT)
West Wing, First floor

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18

GSA Ice Cream Social (All students)
5:00-7:00pm (EDT)
Tepper, Atrium & Patio

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CAMPUS EVENTS

The FAIR  
September 7 at 4:30-6:30pm
The Cut 

University Health Services COVID Vaccine Clinics

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Office of International Education

International students with a Fall 2022 program start date on their I-20/DS-2019 who are physically present in the U.S. are required to complete a mandatory orientation and immigration check-in with the Office of International Education (OIE). This includes:
  • New fall 2022 admits who are physically present in the U.S. for the fall semester
  • Return from leave students who are physically present in the U.S. for the fall semester 

Students must complete the OIE online immigration check-in by August 22, 2022. Students are invited to attend the Fall 2022 Orientation Welcome Session for international (and transfer) students, where there will be an opportunity to complete the check-in, if not already completed.

Visit OIE for more information.

Mandatory Orientation & Check-In

Orientation & Immigration Check-In: Begins late-July

STUDENTS WHO WILL BE PHYSICALLY PRESENT IN THE U.S.
The orientation and check-in is mandatory for non-immigrant international students on Carnegie Mellon’s visa documents (F-1 or J-1 status) and who are physically present in the U.S.

Visit OIE for more information.

International Graduate Student Welcome

August 17 at 9:30-11:00am (EDT)
Orientation Tent on CFA Lawn
(Rain Location- CUC Rangos)
All new international students are invited to attend this Welcome Session with the Office of International Education Director Linda Gentile and the OIE staff. This session will include an introduction to the OIE office and services. Session details:
  • Registration is not required.
  • All international students are welcome, but not required, to attend the session.
Visit OIE for more information.

NEW STUDENT ACTION ITEMS

University Health Services
  • UHS Services during COVID-19

  • Health Insurance
  • Immunizations
  • Vaccine requirements
  • Substance Use, DEI, & Sexual Violence Prevention Programs

CMU ID Cards

This photo identification card classifies you as a member of the CMU community and will be part of your everyday campus life. From bus access and Plaid Cash spending to campus events and museum entry, your ID Card is an essential tool for on and off campus.

Student Employment Verification
 
Every individual receiving a stipend from CMU or employed by CMU must comply with the I-9 Policy.
Tech Quick Start
Make sure your computing resources are in place for the start of class!
  • Essentials Checklist
  • Find On-Campus Tech
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Software

TARTAN PRIDE KIT

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Show your Tartan Pride by downloading a cut-out, sign or virtual background that can be used while you participate in events and even during virtual classes!

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Orientation Cutouts [pdf]
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Orientation Signs [pdf]

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FUTURE ORIENTATIONS

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SPRING: JANUARY 12-13, 2023

Classes begin January 17

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FALL: AUGUST 14-18, 2023

Classes begin August 28