Carnegie Mellon University

THE FAIR

A one-stop fair for both undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty to roam and find ways to get involved at Carnegie Mellon and beyond! THE FAIR will showcase many of our 300+ Student Government recognized student organizations, our 23 Greek organizations, and 25+ arts, cultural, and outdoor recreation partners from the Pittsburgh community. Organizations span a variety of interests and passions representing: religious/spiritual, community service/philanthropy, gender/LGBT, media/publications, club sports/martial arts, professional/academic, political/activism, performance/artistic, gaming, technology, and general interest groups. All are encouraged to attend THE FAIR and find their niche at Carnegie Mellon and in Pittsburgh!

THE Fair Registration

Registration is limited to Student Government recognized student organizations and Greek governing councils. Arts, Culture, and Outdoor Recreation partners from the Pittsburgh community will be invited via letter and will be asked to RSVP. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come first-served registration basis, so apply as soon as registration opens!

Registration will open two weeks before THE FAIR and will remain open until all available tables are assigned. THE FAIR coordinator will notify student organizations via email of their table status: Approved, denied due to space or denied due to recognition status. THE FAIR coordinator will be in touch via email or phone with partners from the Pittsburgh community regarding their table status.

Student and Greek organizations will find out their table number approximately 24 hours before THE FAIR via email. Groups can contact Andrew Greenwald to be added to the waitlist after registration closes and table spots are full. 

Yes, it is! THE FAIR is a combination of the traditional Activities Fair with the addition of Greek Life, and the former Pittsburgh Arts, Cultural, and Outdoor Recreation Fair that was traditionally held during Orientation Week. This structure gives all students, faculty, and staff a more comprehensive opportunity to see the majority of engagement opportunities across campus and the Pittsburgh community.
Complete the registration form in its entirety. Registration opens two weeks before the date of the fair.

Check to make sure your student organization page on The Bridge is fully up to date.

Meet with members from your student organization to plan and prepare for your table at THE FAIR. There will be less work on just one person and you’ll have more fun with each other. Remember to include those members who are a part of your organization but might not hold a leadership position.

Create a display that is engaging and will appeal to your audience. Your display/poster/banner/table cloth should have your organization name on it so when students walk by they know the table is a specific organization. Please keep in mind that a SLICE staff member may tell you to remove an item that is obstructing the view of another organization.

Do not expect to have electrical outlets. Generators are not permitted. We ask that any music or recorded sound be played only at a level that does not impede conversations at the table next you. Please keep in mind that a SLICE staff member may tell you to turn sound down or off. We will not be able to provide performance or demonstration space for your organization. However, if you are interested in showcasing your group’s talents, consider hosting a Late Night event! Please contact the Graduate Intern for SLICE who manages the Late Night program for more information.

Brainstorm with organization members for a creative giveaway to pass out to visitors. (Note: live animals are not permitted as giveaways). Have members at your table to answer questions. Be proactive and approach students instead of just setting up a display and standing by it. Have a sign-up sheet ready to collect names and emails of those interested in joining your organization. You can mass upload emails in the Manage Roster section of your Bridge page and invite those individuals to join your organization.

Plan when and where your first meeting or information session will be so that you can advertise at THE FAIR.
You will be provided with a banquet table 6 feet in length and two chairs. Although it is not anticipated, due to space constraints we may ask you to share with another organization in your same category. Please indicate your sharing preference on your registration form.
You are able to start setting up your table beginning at 3:30pm and you need to be ready to by 4:30pm. If you are a student organization, you were emailed your table number 24 hours prior to THE FAIR. You do not need to check-in at the SLICE table.

You must have a member present at your table by 4:15pm. SLICE will be checking tables starting at 4:15pm. If you are not present, your table will be given to an organization on the waitlist.
THE FAIR ends at 6:30pm. Please make sure to clean-up around your table area and discard any trash. This is extremely helpful to members of the SLICE staff during their clean-up process after hours.
Upload all of the email addresses you collected into the Manage Roster section of your Bridge page to invite individuals to join.

Get ready for your first meeting or information session that interested students will attend.

Follow up with interested students within a week of THE FAIR with a person email or message to let them know of upcoming events or meetings. The personal touch will help make your organization stand out.
Click on the category below to find an Organization!