Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions that we typically get asked about Family Weekend. If you do not see the answer to your question here, do not hesitate to email or call us at 412-268-2075.
What is Family Weekend?
Family Weekend is an informative, engaging and important yearly tradition! Over the course of the weekend, Carnegie Mellon welcomes parents and families to visit campus in order to interact with the organizations, people and places that have become important to your student. This year, we look forward to a variety of recreation, social and cultural events, including varsity athletics, topical and interesting programs by faculty and staff, academic programming presentations, student performances and exhibits.
How do I register for Family Weekend?
Registration for families will open online in early September.
Why should I attend Family Weekend?
In addition to the opportunity to experience programs, discussions, concerts, performances and more from members throughout the Carnegie Mellon community, attending Family Weekend also provides a wonderful chance for you to spend quality time with your student. Not only does it strengthen your relationship, but it can also provide your student the opportunity to share some of their experiences with you.
What time should I plan to arrive/depart?
Family Weekend events are scheduled Friday afternoon through Sunday morning. On site registration and check-in will be available in the Cohon University Center, Kirr Commons on the first floor from Noon - 8 pm on Friday and 8 am - 4 pm on Saturday. You may register on-site or online in advance of the weekend. You will also be able to pick up a schedule booklet, maps, and information during this time. You may depart campus at any time you wish.
How can I get Internet access while on campus for the weekend?
You will be able to gain access over the weekend. You will locate CMU-GUEST in your Wi-Fi list. Browse to any web page to be redirected to the guest wireless page. Enter your email address and the access code listed within the Family Weekend materials.
Where do I park on campus?
Should I bring younger siblings?
Yes, it is appropriate to bring siblings to campus. We welcome all family members and others who give our students support during their time on campus.
What can I do if I have special needs?
The online registration form will allow you to inform us of your needs (i.e. wheelchair, dietary restrictions, etc.). A Family Weekend staff member will reach out to you with more information. We do our best to accommodate everyone.
How can I find out about events in the city?