Carnegie Mellon University: Celebration of Diversity Weekend

From the website:

Celebration of Diversity Weekend is 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:

  • Attend a networking reception with faculty and staff

  • Meet current students, faculty members, deans and admission staff

  • Attend College and Department Information Sessions

  • Attend classes

  • Stay overnight in a residence hall

  • Tour campus

  • Eat in the dining facilities

    Sample 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 Counseling Sessions
    1:00 - 5:00 PM - Campus Tours, Admission & Financial Aid Information Sessions, Academic Information Sessions
    7:00 PM - Late Night Event for Students

    Monday (in conjunction with Turn Tartan Overnight)
    All Day 
    - Observe Classes, Departmental Information Sessions
    9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Campus Tour
    11:00 AM/1:00 PM - Residence Hall Visit

    Please note that Celebration of Diversity weekend runs in conjunction with Turn Tartan Overnight for the Sunday and Monday portion of the 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're able to provide travel assistance for attendance to one Celebration of Diversity weekend.

For Parents and Counselors

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.