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Anne Witchner


On behalf of the Division of Student Affairs, welcome to the Carnegie Mellon University community. With this booklet of information in your hands, you might be feeling any number of emotions: relief, excitement, anxiety or curiosity. You are embarking on an amazing academic journey, and Carnegie Mellon considers parents and family members as essential partners in supporting your success at Carnegie Mellon.

Carnegie Mellon’s new student orientation is an extensive full-week program that will focus on academics, tradition and community. Through formal and informal meetings with academic advisors and faculty members, programming within your residence halls, participation in traditional ceremonies and events and engaging in community building activities, you will learn the values of scholarship and community living. The theme for this year’s program, Embark, is designed to help you create vibrant and meaningful memories of your first week on campus. Your engagement with Orientation Counselors, Resident Assistants, faculty, staff, alumni and even more importantly, with other new students, will help lay the foundation for your first year. The Orientation program aims to strengthen your connection to the university and provide you with a comprehensive set of personal and educational programs and resources that will assist you in making a successful transition to our vibrant community. We are here to help you capture new experiences and opportunities as you begin your Carnegie Mellon journey. Ahead of you lay unlimited possibilities!

Anne Witchner Levin
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Director of Orientation and Family Programs