Turn Tartan Overnight Weekend

While our Turn Tartan Overnight visit program is currently on hold, our January Turn Tartan Experience for 2021 applicants will be fully online! You can learn what it's really like to be a Tartan from anywhere in the world. More information and registration will be available in December. 

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 Overnight begins on Sunday morning and lasts through Monday afternoon. During a Turn Tartan Overnight weekend, you’ll have the chance to:

Please note to register for this event you must be a current high school senior and at least 16 years old to attend any programming for these events. Registration capacity for each event is 200 students.

Registration, Dates & Fees

Dates for the 2020-2021 academic year will be available later this summer. 

 The cost of the weekend event is $50* per student and should be paid online. The fee covers the cost of meals on campus and a Carnegie Mellon t-shirt. You'll be prompted for payment immediately after submitting registration information.

We're able to accommodate 200 students per event and provide on-campus hosts to the first 150 students requesting to stay on campus. The registration page will indicate when overnight capacity has been reached for each Turn Tartan Overnight weekend. Once we’ve reached overnight capacity, students are only able to register as Day Visitors.  

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 for those who qualify and are given upon submitting your event registration. 

Sample Schedule of Events

Programming for the weekend events is “conference style” and will allow students to build their own schedule from various information sessions occurring during each time block. Please note that there may be multiple events occuring simultaneously and it's up to students to pick and choose which events they'd like to attend. This is a "self-guided" program that allows students to navigate campus as if they were a Carnegie Mellon student. Below is an example of some events that will be offered each day:


9:30 - 11:00 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 Dean of Admission
1:00 - 3:00 PM – Admission & Financial Aid Information Sessions, College Information Sessions and Student Panels
2:00 PM/3:00 PM – Campus Tour
5:00 PM – Host Matching Event
7:00 PM – Late Night Event for Students


All Day – Observe Classes, Departmental Information Sessions
9:30 AM to 3:30 PM – Campus Tour

Please note, there's no formal end to Monday’s events. Typically classes end around 4:00 PM and information session are done by 3:00 PM.

Admission Counseling Sessions

Carnegie Mellon doesn't offer admission interviews, but does offer one-on-one Admission Counseling Sessions for students who have further questions on the unique colleges/programs and admission process. An admission counseling session isn't required as part of the admission process; however, they will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis during Monday programming. 

Parking, Travel and Accommodations

On campus parking is limited. Visit our Parking, Maps & Directions webpage for more information. We encourage you to utilize hotel shuttle buses, taxi services, ride share services or the city bus system to get to campus. Please note that overnight parking isn't available on campus.

Visit our Travel & Accommodations webpage 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 information about the 28X Airport Flyer Bus on the Travel & Accommodations webpage.

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. This is a "self-guided conference style" program, meaning that it's up to the attendees to choose from various sessions occuring throughout the day. On Sunday afternoon, we offer Admission and/or Financial Aid Sessions for parents and a Parents Panel with a representative from the Division of Student Affairs. Student Panels, Host Matching and Monday Classes are offered for students only. 

Contact Information

During check-in, contact information is provided to connect students with the University Police in case of an emergency and the weekend phone number for the Office of Admission during their visit to campus. 

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. Sign-ups will take place on Sunday and space is limited to 50 attendees. In order to reserve a spot, your child MUST be registered and present on Sunday.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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. 

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 carry your belongings around with you during the day.

Who will I stay with?

Students registered as Overnight Visitors* will stay 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.

*The Office of Admission will provide hosts for the first 150 students who register as Overnight Visitors. 

What’s the role of my Overnight Ambassador?

If we are able to host you on campus then your Overnight Ambassador will open their 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 26 different residential communities. Check out the Housing Services website for more information on campus housing. 

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 a Turn Tartan Overnight visitor, you’ll be provided with a dining card that'll grant you access to our eateries during your stay.

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 can attend the Late Night event hosted by different student organizations on campus for a chance to mingle with other current students. 

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.