Turn Tartan Overnight Weekend

Experience life as a Tartan both on-campus and in the city of Pittsburgh when you attend one of our weekend overnight events. Turn Tartan Overnights begin on Sunday morning and last through Monday afternoon. During a Turn Tartan Overnight, you’ll have the chance to:

Continue reading for helpful information:

Dates & Fees

Account registration is required to sign up for a Turn Tartan Overnight Weekend. Please create your account or sign in if you have already registered an account.

October 9-10, 2016
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October 30-31, 2016
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November 13-14, 2016
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January 22-23, 2017
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The cost of the weekend event is $50* per student and should be paid online within three days of registering**. The fee covers the cost of meals on campus and a Carnegie Mellon t-shirt. 

We're able to provide on-campus hosts to the first 150 students requesting to stay on campus. Students interested in attending Turn Tartan Overnight as a day visitor or after the overnight capacity has been reached should plan to make hotel accommodations in Pittsburgh for the Sunday night of the event.

*Fee waivers are available on a limited basis. If you believe you qualify, please contact our office and ask to speak with the Turn Tartan Overnight Coordinator within 24 hours of registering.

**To receive a cancellation refund, notify the Turn Tartan Overnight 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/1:00 PM – Campus Tour
11:15 AM – Welcoming Remarks
Noon – Luncheon
Noon - 2:00 PM – Office Hours with the Director of Admission
1:00 - 3:00 PM – Admission & Financial Aid Information Sessions, Academic Information Sessions, and Student Panels
2:00 PM/3:00 PM – Campus Tour
5:00 PM – Host Matching Event
5:00 PM – Trolley Tour of Pittsburgh for Parents (Registration on-site)
7:00 PM – Twilight Tour


All Day – Observe Classes, Departmental Meetings
9:30 AM/11:30 AM/1:30 PM/3:30 PM – Campus Tour
11:00 AM/1:00 PM – Residence Hall Visit

Admission Interviews

An admission interview is not required as part of the admission process; however, one-on-one interviews with our staff are available on Monday. Students can register for interviews after the Welcoming Remarks on Sunday. We’ll accommodate requests on a first-come, first-served basis. As an alternative, you could interview with a Carnegie Mellon alumni in your hometown prior to or after your visit to Carnegie Mellon. Visit our Alumni Interview Directory (available in early fall) to contact someone in your area. 

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 Turn Tartan Overnight should register for your artistic evaluation as soon as possible after October 1st.

Travel and Accommodations

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.

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. 

Emergency Hotline

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. 

Identification Bracelets

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.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What should I bring?

Bring everything you would need for a typical night away from home! This could include:

  • a sleeping bag and pillow
  • toiletries (including your toothbrush!)
  • phone charger
  • photo identification (school ID, driver's license, passport)
  • any prescription medications you take on a regular basis
  • notebook and pen/pencil to take notes on your experiences

There will be luggage rooms set up for hosted students on both Sunday and Monday so you won't need to lug your belongings around with you all day.

Who will I stay with?

It is the expectation of the Office of Admission that we will be able to provide hosts for the first 150 students who request student housing for the Turn Tartan Overnight Weekend. If we are able to host you on campus then you’ll be staying with a current Carnegie Mellon student in a traditional residence hall or apartment–style suite. Students are expected to bring sleeping bags to stay on the host's dormitory floor. If you plan on attending as a day visitor or the registration form indicates that overnight capacity has been reached, please make arrangements for accommodations off-campus prior to your arrival.

What’s the role of my Overnight Ambassador?

If we are able to host you on campus then your Overnight Ambassador will open his/her room to you. 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 are 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 Turn Tartan Overnight Weekend is designed to be a true-to-life college experience. We encourage you to connect with other prospective students, explore campus or Pittsburgh and generally soak up the Carnegie Mellon experience! Students and their hosts can also attend the "Night at the Underground" event featuring free cupcake bar and a capella performances.

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 Turn Tartan Overnight 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.