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Aug. 11: Photo Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Welcomes First-Year Students to Campus Aug. 15

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Photo Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Welcomes
First-Year Students to Campus Aug. 15

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University will welcome approximately 1,480 first-year students to campus Sunday, Aug. 15 for Orientation 2010. The Class of 2014 is expected to be the largest entering class in the university’s history, breaking the former record set by the 1,465 members of the Class of 2012. This year's orientation will introduce incoming students to Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh and each other through a weeklong series of events on and off campus. Some highlights of the week include:
Move-in Day, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 15, Campus Housing and Oakland Apartments
First-year students will unload their cars and move into campus housing with the help of families, friends and Carnegie Mellon staff and students. (Margaret Morrison Street and Tech Street will be closed to accommodate students.) In previous years, a majority of students arrived between 9 and 11:30 a.m.

Playfair, 8:30–10 p.m., Monday, Aug. 16, Gesling Stadium
Billed as “the largest icebreaker ever,” Playfair marks the first time the Class of 2014 will assemble as a group. Students and staff will gather on the football field for games, activities and mingling.

Convocation, 4:30–6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 19, Baker Hall Lawn Tent
Faculty, staff and students will gather together to celebrate the arrival of the Class of 2014. Alumnus Jeffrey Zaslow, senior writer and columnist for The Wall Street Journal and co-author of “The Last Lecture” with Randy Pausch, will be the keynote speaker. Students read the book before arriving on campus. Prior to Convocation, faculty and staff will engage with students in small group conversations about college, life and what it means to “really achieve your childhood dreams.”
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About the Class of 2014: Carnegie Mellon’s first-year class is expected to include between 1,470 and 1,480 students, representing about 30 countries and more than 40 states. About 45 percent of students are from the Middle Atlantic states, and about 17 percent are from Pennsylvania. The West claims approximately 14 percent of the first-year class, while the South and New England each claim about 8 percent. Approximately 5 percent are from the Midwest, while about another 5 percent are from the Southwest. Fourteen percent are international students.