Celebration of Diversity Weekends are an opportunity to experience the diverse community, academic, extracurricular and cultural facets of both the campus and Pittsburgh. On Saturday evening, you’ll be matched with a current student who will be your Overnight Ambassador during your stay. As part of the Celebration of Diversity Weekend, you’ll have the chance to:

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Dates & Registration

October 28-30, 2017

Open to all prospective high school seniors interested in applying to Carnegie Mellon. Applicants to Architecture, Art, Design and Drama Design/Production, who wish to schedule an on-campus portfolio review as part of their visit should email admission-outreach@andrew.cmu.edu.

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January 20-22, 2018

Open to high school seniors who have applied for admission to Carnegie Mellon. Fine arts portfolio reviews may be offered, please review the Fine Arts Applicants section below and register for a review in advance.

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Please contact admission-outreach@andrew.cmu.edu for additional information or questions.

Tentative Schedule of Events

All registered students will receive a finalized schedule with event locations at the time of check-in. Overnight visits are only available on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Saturday (Celebration of Diversity):

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Registration
2:00 PM - Welcoming Remarks (MANDATORY)
2:30 - 3:30 PM - Ice Breaker/Admission Talk
3:00 - 5:00 PM - Parent/Counselor Session
3:30 - 4:30 PM - Student Panel
4:30 - 5:30 PM - Overnight Student Matching (MANDATORY)
6:00 PM - Networking Reception (MANDATORY)

Sunday (in conjunction with Turn Tartan Overnight):
10:00 AM - Student Services Fair
10:30 AM - Brunch
Noon - 2:00 PM - Office Hours with the Dean of Admission
Noon - 4:00 PM - Admission Interviews
1:00 - 5:00 PM - Campus Tours, Admission & Financial Aid Information Sessions, Academic Information Sessions
5:30 PM - Trolley Tour of Pittsburgh for Parents (Reservations available on-site.)
7:00 PM - Twilight Tour
Monday (in conjunction with Turn Tartan Overnight)
All Day - Observe Classes, Meet with Academic Departments
9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Campus Tours
10:30 AM - Parent Session on Campus Life
11:00 AM/1:00 PM - Residence Hall Visit

Admission Interviews and Consultations

During the weekend, one-on-one interviews with our admission staff are available and highly encouraged. Interviews will take place on Sunday afternoon and you’ll be notified of your interview time when you check in. Admission consultations will be available to students who have already interviewed with a Carnegie Mellon representative, but would still like to meet one-on-one with a member of the admission staff. 

Fine Arts Applicants

Applicants to the Schools of Architecture, Art, Design and Drama Design/Production, who wish to schedule an on-campus portfolio review as part of their visit, should email admission-outreach@andrew.cmu.edu.

Applicants to the Schools of Architecture, Art and Design, who plan to attend an on-campus portfolio review during the January COD Weekend should register for a review as soon as possible after October 1. 

Please note that Drama's Acting, Directing or Music Theater programs, as well as the School of Music, don't offer auditions during COD weekends. 

While the School of Music doesn't offer an audition day during the Celebration of Diversity Weekends, you may contact the School of Music's Director of Recruitment and Enrollment directly to inquire about an alternate audition during a COD Weekend.

Travel Assistance

Travel assistance may be available for students with financial need who have at least a 3.3 GPA on an unweighted 4.0 scale and a combined SAT score of 1270 or ACT score of 27. We give preference to students who are able to attend the weekend in its entirety. If you believe you qualify for travel assistance, please indicate so when registering. A Celebration of Diversity Coordinator will follow up with you regarding the possibility of travel assistance. Students will receive information about booking travel with our travel agency after being approved. Additional stipulations for travel assistance include:

  • You must live more than 200 miles from Carnegie Mellon
  • Assistance is only available for students living in the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
  • Preference given to students who qualify for financial aid.
  • Travel costs cannot exceed $600. Any additional costs must be covered by the student. (Students should book travel with our travel agency as soon as they are approved.)
  • We cannot provide travel assistance for family members.
  • We will only provide travel assistance for attendance to one Celebration of Diversity weekend.
  • You must initiate an application for admission.
Travel and Accommodations

If your parents plan on spending the night in Pittsburgh or you plan to extend your visit, visit our travel and 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 and accommodations page.

Overnight hosting is only available on Saturday and Sunday night of Celebration of Diversity Weekends. Overnight accommodations aren’t available for parents of participants.

Especially for Parents and School Counselors

Celebration of Diversity weekends are designed to be informative to students, parents and counselors. Please keep in mind that this is a true-to-life college experience so that your student can see if Carnegie Mellon is a good fit academically and socially.

Throughout the weekend, parents and counselors follow a slightly different schedule of events. Counselors interested in attending should call 412-268-2082 to make arrangements with a Celebration of Diversity Coordinator.

Non-Emergency Hotline

Beginning Saturday at the time of registration and lasting until Monday at 5 p.m., a 24-hour non-emergency 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. If you experience an emergency, please call the Carnegie Mellon Campus Police at 412.268.2323.

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'll need for an overnight stay, including:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • 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’ll 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 their room to you. This is meant to give you an accurate idea of student life at Carnegie Mellon. It's 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 resident 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 activities will be available in the evening?

You’ll have an opportunity to truly experience what life is like for a Carnegie Mellon student as all of our facilities will be available to you. Many students enjoy the $1.00 movie Sunday night, the athletic facilities located in the Cohen University Center, art exhibitions at the Frame Gallery and much more.

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 Cohon 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 should I arrive on-campus and when is the weekend over?

traRegistration for the weekend will take place on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Cohon University Center. Welcoming remarks will begin promptly at 2 p.m. Monday’s events and classes typically end by 4 p.m.

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.