Carnegie Mellon University
August 16, 2013

Photo Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Welcomes First-Year Students to Campus Aug. 18

Contact: Abby Simmons / 412-268-4290 /

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University will welcome approximately 1,430 first-year students to campus for move-in day on Sunday, Aug. 18. 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.-3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18, 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, as well as Morewood Avenue between Forbes and Fifth avenues.) In previous years, a majority of students arrived between 9 and 11:30 a.m.

Playfair, 8:30-10 p.m., Monday, Aug. 19, The Cut (outdoors, next to the University Center)

Billed as "the largest icebreaker ever," Playfair marks the first time the Class of 2017 will assemble as a group.

Day of Service, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Friday, Aug. 23

First-year students will engage in a variety of service projects throughout Pittsburgh. Sample of projects and locations:
  • Distributing classroom supplies to teachers and packing school supplies for K-12 students at The Education Partnership, 281 Corliss St. in the West End.
  • Gardening at the Garfield Community Farm at the corner of Wicklow and Cornwall streets and conducting a trash cleanup near the intersection of Columbo Street and North Aiken Avenue with Allegheny CleanWays.  
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About the Class of 2017: As of this advisory distribution date, Carnegie Mellon's first-year class on the Pittsburgh campus is anticipated to be approximately 1,430 students from 43 countries and 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. International students make up about 17 percent of the class.

More than 100 students from a dozen countries are expected to enroll at Carnegie Mellon's Qatar campus.