Carnegie Mellon University

First-Year Family Orientation 2020

Welcome parents and families of the Class of 2024+!

We know that while your student begins their journey at Carnegie Mellon University, the whole family is experiencing transition and change. We are here to support family members in addition to our new students. To learn more about the CMU experience and resources available to your first-year student, join us for Move-In and Family Orientation.

Students and families attend sessions August 22-23, 2020, together, then families depart and students continue their Orientation program from the evening of August 23 through August 30, 2020. Classes begin Monday, August 31, 2020.

Schedule Overview

Move-In: Saturday, August 22, 2020

Morning and Afternoon: Residence hall check-in
Evening: Dinner on your own and activities for students

Family Orientation: Sunday, August 23, 2020

Morning: President's Welcome
Late Morning: College and academic sessions
Afternoon: Family orientation programs, open houses, and events 
4-5 p.m.: Families depart campus
Evening: Dinner for students and residence hall activities for students

Move-In & Orientation: Review in Photos

Photo of a father with four CMU students moving into a dorm room

Move-In Day 

Check-in during Move-In is a breeze. Let our volunteers help unload your car. Students receive their Carnegie Mellon ID and Orientation materials at move-in.

Aerial photo of hundreds of students standing on a field in the pattern of a Scottie dog

CMU's first-year students are immersed in community during orientation.

Orientation activities are designed to help students get to know their university, their new community and, most importantly, each other.

Each year, the first year class gathers on the cut for a class photo.

Photo of students outside

Scenes from Playfair, a large-scale icebreaker and set of interactive activities held on the Mall.

Playfair helps new students meet other first-year students from across the university and build community across the entering class.

Photo of students participating in Housewars

Carnegie Mellon first-year students participate in House Wars on the Cut.

Residence hall communities show off their group pride and compete alongside their housemates for the Carnegie Cup.

The color red represents the house communities on "The Hill" area of campus.

Photo of students participating in Housewars

Carnegie Mellon first-year students participate in House Wars on the Cut.

Residence hall communities show off their group pride and compete alongside their housemates for the Carnegie Cup.

The color pink represents the house communities in Oakland.

photo to come

University President Farnam Jahanian addresses the incoming class.

Convocation is the formal welcome of first-year students into the Carnegie Mellon community and celebrates the opening of a new academic year.