Carnegie Mellon University
August 15, 2014

Photo Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Welcomes First-Year Students to Campus Aug. 17

Contact:  Abby Simmons / 412-268-4290 /

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University will welcome approximately 1,470 first-year students to its Pittsburgh campus for move-in day on Sunday, Aug. 17. This year's orientation will introduce incoming students to Carnegie Mellon, the city 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. 17, 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. 18, The Cut (outdoors, next to the University Center). Billed as "the largest icebreaker ever," Playfair marks the first time the Class of 2018 will assemble as a group.

Day of Service, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Friday, Aug. 22. First-year students and upperclassmen involved with the Partners Allied in Civic Engagement student organization will complete a variety of service projects throughout Pittsburgh, including:

  • Gardening and installing a mosaic path at the Winthrop Street Community Garden with support from the Community Garden Sustainability Fund, an initiative of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Grow Pittsburgh; located at the corner of Winthrop and S. Neville streets in Oakland.
  • Fence painting at Propel Hazelwood, which serves students in kindergarten through fourth grade; located at 5401 Glenwood Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa., 15207.

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About the Class of 2018: As of this advisory distribution date, Carnegie Mellon’s first-year class on the Pittsburgh campus is anticipated to be approximately 1,470 students from 23 countries and 45 states, plus Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. International students make up about 18 percent of the class.

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