Attend a Sleeping Bag Weekend for a Preview of Life on Campus
See first-hand what life on campus is like when you attend one of our overnight college visits. Sleeping Bag Weekends begin on Sunday morning and last through Monday afternoon.
During a Sleeping Bag Weekend, you’ll have the chance to:
- Meet current students and faculty members
- Attend classes
- Stay overnight in a residence hall
- Tour campus
- Eat in the dining facilities
Dates & Fees
October 12-13, 2014
Open to all prospective high school seniors
October 26-27, 2014
Open to all prospective high school seniors
November 9-10, 2014
Open to all prospective high school seniors
January 25-26, 2015 (Please note this date has changed!)
Open to students who have applied for admission to Carnegie Mellon
The cost of the overnight weekend is $50* per student and should be paid online within three days of registering**. The fee covers the cost of on-campus meals and a Carnegie Mellon t-shirt. We also offer the opportunity to participate in the weekend as a day visitor, and the fee is $15* per student. This fee includes a t-shirt and lunch on Sunday. To pay this fee online, visit our Overnight Weekend Payment page.
Overnight hosting is only available on Sunday night of Sleeping Bag Weekends and we often reach capacity and have to limit the number of overnight visits in a given weekend.
*Fee waivers are available on a limited basis. If you believe you qualify, please contact our office and ask to speak with the Sleeping Bag Weekend Coordinator within 24 hours of registering.
**To receive a cancellation refund, notify the Sleeping Bag Weekend Coordinator by the Monday prior to the event.
Tentative Schedule of Events
All registered students will receive a finalized schedule with event locations at the time of check-in.
9:30 - 11 AM – Student Services Fair
10:00 - 11:15 AM – Check In
10:00 AM – Campus Tour
11:15 AM – Welcoming Remarks
Noon – Luncheon
Noon - 2:00 PM – Office Hours with the Director of Admission
1:00 PM – Campus Tour
1:00 - 3:00 PM – Admission & Financial Aid Information Sessions, Academic Information Sessions, and Student Panels
2:00 PM – Campus Tour
3:00 PM – Campus Tour
5:00 - 6:30 PM – Overnight Matching
5:00 PM – Trolley Tour of Pittsburgh for Parents (Registration on-site)
All Day – Observe Classes, Departmental Meetings
9:30 AM – Campus Tour
11:30 AM – Campus Tour
1:30 PM – Campus Tour
3:30 PM – Campus Tour
11:00 AM – Residence Hall Visit
1:00 PM – Residence Hall Visit
An admission interview is not required as part of the admission process, however, one-on-one interviews with our staff are available on the Monday of Sleeping Bag Weekend. Students can register for interviews after the Welcoming Remarks on Sunday. We’ll accommodate requests on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fine Arts Participants
Applicants to the Schools of Architecture, Art, Design, Drama or Music, who plan to audition or attend a portfolio review during a Sleeping Bag Weekend, should register for your artistic evaluation as soon as possible after October 1st.
Travel and Accommodations
If your parents plan on spending the night in Pittsburgh or you plan to extend your visit, visit our Travel & Accommodations information for local hotels recommendations and be sure to ask for Carnegie Mellon's special rates. Most of these hotels provide complimentary shuttle service to and from campus.
You can also find directions to campus and information about the 28X Airport Flyer Bus on the Travel & Accommodations page.
Overnight hosting is only available on Sunday night of Sleeping Bag Weekends and we often reach capacity and have to limit the number of overnight visits in a given weekend. Overnight accommodations aren’t available for parents of participants.
Especially for Parents
Schedule for Parents
Our weekends are designed to be informative to both students and parents. Throughout the weekend, parents follow the same schedule of events as the students. On Sunday afternoon, there’s also an Admission and/or Financial Aid Session for parents and Parents Panel with a representative from the Division of Student Affairs.
Beginning Sunday at the time of registration and lasting until Monday at 5 p.m., a 24-hour hotline will be activated for parents and visiting students. This hotline will provide parents and students with a direct connection to an Office of Admission representative at any time during your visit.
Your son/daughter will be required to wear a visitor bracelet at all times while on campus. This bracelet identifies your child as an official visitor to the campus. All university shuttles, escorts and security services granted to current Carnegie Mellon students will be available to your child as well.
Trolley Tour of Pittsburgh
The Office of Admission will provide parents with a trolley tour of Pittsburgh. The tour takes place Sunday night from 5:00-6:45 p.m. Registration will take place on Sunday and space is limited. In order to reserve a spot, your child MUST be registered and present on Sunday.
Sleeping Bag Weekend FAQ
- What should I bring?
- Who will I stay with?
- What’s the role of my Overnight Ambassador?
- What are the residence halls like?
- What can I do Sunday night?
- What’s the food like?
- When does Sleeping Bag Weekend end?
What should I bring?
Bring everything you'll need for an overnight stay, including:
- sleeping bag
- bath towels
- toiletries (including your toothbrush!)
- phone charger
- photo identification (school ID, driver's license, passport)
- any prescription medications you take on a regular basis
- recreational clothing so you can take advantage of our athletic facilities
- notebook and pen/pencil to take notes on your experiences
There will be luggage rooms set up on both Sunday and Monday, so you won't need to lug your stuff around with you all day. Remember, it's important to bring your things with you when you leave your Overnight Ambassador's room on Monday morning in case you aren't able to meet up with him/her again before you leave campus.
Who will I stay with?
You’ll be staying with a current Carnegie Mellon student in a traditional residence hall or apartment–style suite. We try to match participants with a student majoring in the same intended field, though sometimes we aren't able to find an exact match. If the current student is not majoring in the field you're interested in, chances are he/she knows someone who is.
What’s the role of my Overnight Ambassador?
During your evening on campus, your ambassador will open his/her room to you. This is meant to give you an accurate idea of student life at Carnegie Mellon. It is important to note that these students may be busy with their own coursework and other activities, and therefore may not have as much free time as they would like to spend with you. In this case, we encourage you to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to get to know other prospective students and explore the campus with them, as there is always a myriad of activities available.
What are the residence halls like?
There are a variety of housing options available in our 20 different residential communities. Check out the Housing Services website for more information on campus housing.
What can I do Sunday night?
The Sleeping Bag Weekend is designed to be a true-to-life college experience. While you’ll be staying with a current student, you may not be with them at all times. You can expect that your Overnight Ambassador will maintain their typical Sunday schedule of club meetings, study sessions or lab research. We encourage you to connect with other prospective students, explore campus or tag along with your Overnight Ambassador.
What’s the food like?
Dining at Carnegie Mellon is unique in that we don’t have a central dining hall. Instead, we have a food court approach to meals and venues are placed across our campus, in academic buildings, residence halls and the University Center. A wide variety of dining options are available including Indian, sushi, Mexican, Italian and vegetarian/vegan. As an overnight visitor, you’ll be provided with a dining card that’ll grant you access to our eateries during your stay.
When does Sleeping Bag Weekend end?
Monday's events and classes typically run until mid-to-late afternoon, though students may leave campus at any time of the day.
Please be advised that prospective and university students may be photographed randomly while in the university's common areas either by the university's photographer or third party individuals who may or may not be affiliated with the university. Photographs taken by the university's photographer may be published in marketing or other university materials. The university shall not be liable for any damages or costs whatsoever alleged by any student or third party relating to any photographs taken and/or published.