Carnegie Mellon University

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August 14, 2018

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

Abby Simmons
  • Marketing & Communications
  • 412-268-2900
Julie Mattera
  • Marketing & Communications
  • 412-268-2900

Carnegie Mellon University will welcome approximately 1,565 first-year students to its Pittsburgh campus on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Students from the Class of 2022+ represent 30 countries, 45 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories. Additional facts about the first-year class are:

  • Number of applicants: 24,351;
  • International students: about 16 percent; and
  • Underrepresented minorities: about 15 percent.

The class will participate in a weeklong orientation program that aims to help them learn about each other, campus life and the local community. Highlights include:

Move-In Day, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, Campus Housing and Oakland Apartments
Reporters and photographers are welcome to approach students, their families and volunteers as they move into campus housing. Members of the media must remain outdoors and may not enter residence halls or apartments.

Community Collage, 4 - 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20, The Tent (on College of Fine Arts Lawn)
New students will be able to discover the richness and diversity of CMU as current students demonstrate the integral role that personal reflections and cultural performances have in shaping the culture of Carnegie Mellon.

Playfair, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20, Baker Hall Lawn
Billed as "the largest icebreaker ever," Playfair marks the first time the Class of 2022+ will assemble as a group. Students and staff will gather on Baker Hall Lawn to participate in a number of activities to introduce themselves to one another.

Class Photo, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21, Baker Hall Lawn
The Class of 2022+ will gather on Baker Hall Lawn for their class photo.

Craig Street Crawl, 3 - 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, Craig Street and Forbes Avenue (extends to Winthrop Street)
CMU is partnering with Craig Street restaurant and shop owners to introduce students to neighboring businesses. The block party will include food, balloon artists, live music and dancing.

Learn about orientation.