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:

Please note to register for this event you must be a high school senior and at least 16 years old.

Registration, Dates & Fees



Dates for the 2018-2019 Academic Year will be as follows:

October 14 - 15 , 2018

October 28 - 29, 2018

November 4 - 5, 2018

January 27 - 28, 2019

Registration for the 2018-19 academic year is not yet available. 

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 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. 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.

Fine arts applicants should review the information below regarding availability of auditions or portfolio reviews during Turn Tartan Overnight weekends.

*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. 


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. Below is an example of some events that will be offered each day:


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 Dean 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 to 3:30 PM – Campus Tour
11:00 AM/1:00 PM – Residence Hall Visit

There's no formal end to Monday’s events although typically classes end around 4:00pm and information session are typically done by 3:00pm.

Admission Counseling Sessions

An admission counseling session isn't required as part of the admission process; however, admission counseling sessions will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis during both Sunday and Monday programming. 

Fine Arts Applicants

Applicants to the Schools of Architecture, Art and Design, who plan to attend an on-campus portfolio review during the November or January Turn Tartan Overnight, should register for a review as soon as possible after October 1. The November portfolio review day is limited to Early Decision applicants. Regular Decision applicants can register for a review during the January Turn Tartan Overnight. 

Applicants to the School of Drama, who plan to attend a portfolio review during the November Turn Tartan Overnight, should register for a review as soon as possible after September 1. The School of Drama only offers portfolio reviews for Design/Production applicants during the November weekend and is not offering any auditions or reviews during the January Turn Tartan Overnight. 

While the School of Music does not offer an audition day during the Turn Tartan Overnight Weekends, you may contact the School of Music's Director of Recruitment and Enrollment directly to inquire about an alternate audition during the January Turn Tartan Overnight.

Parking, Travel and Accommodations

On campus parking can be 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. Overnight parking is not 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. 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. 

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. 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 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.

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.

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