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2020 Digital Orientation

Welcome to Heinz College 2020 Digital Orientation! 

We hope you're as excited as we are to get started as we countdown to the Fall semester. We've designed a fun, interactive, and informative program to get you ready for your Heinz College experience.

To stay informed about upcoming orientation sessions—which will be delivered starting the week beginning June 22—we ask that you regularly monitor your email as well as the Admitted Student Portal. Over the course of the next two months, you will be hearing from many members of the Heinz College community. Digital Orientation will provide numerous opportunities to get to know the influencers, advisors, and fellow students who will join you in your graduate school journey.

At this point, if you haven't received your Andrew ID, please let us know ASAP! You'll need your Andrew ID to participate in these events.


Here's some general information, helpful how-tos, and best practices for the following digital platforms:

  1. CMU Zoom Video Conferencing (you'll be using this a lot!)
  2. Canvas (this is essential for coursework and exams)
  3. CMU Virtual Private Network (VPN)
  4. Heinz College CampusGroups (gets you connected with all activities and events)
  5. Box (private and secure collaboration tool for storing files on the cloud)

Weekly Schedule

  • Week 8 - 10

    It's almost time! We're almost there! Now we'll cover some final, but very important, details.

    • Curriculum Review, Course Policies, and Registration (By Program)
      Students will meet with Program Director to discuss class schedules, electives, advising, course policies, and general onboarding information ahead of the first day of classes
      Attendance at this sesison is mandatory
      • MSHCPM & MSHCA
        This live session was not recorded

    • Self-care Tips & Strategies with CMU’s Counseling & Psychological Services CaPS
      Student psychological and emotional health is arguably as important as academic achievement, indeed, likely essential for such achievement. So, at Carnegie Mellon students can avail themselves of a range of resources intended to promote their overall wellbeing, including their mental health. One such resource is Counseling & Psychological Services (CaPS), which is available to students, at no additional charge, during their time at CMU. These confidential services are intended to provide students with a safe space to talk, seek support and get help. Such opportunities may be especially needed at a time of considerable ambiguity in the broader world and of possibly unmet expectations as university learning begins. This presentation will acknowledge current challenges CMU students will face and cover the CaPS services offered to CMU students.
      View a recording of this live event
    • Time Management for Professionals
      Graduate school is a juggling act. Between classes, work, research, extracurricular activities, and your social life, you need strategies to make sure you keep it all balance.
      View a recording of this live event
    • University-wide Graduate Fall 2020 Orientation
      The Graduate Education Office invites you to attend the University-wide Graduate Orientation on Monday, August 17 - 21, 2020. This orientation will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous events, giving you the opportunity to get to know the university, other new and returning graduate students, and staff and faculty who are thrilled to have you as members of the Tartan Plaid community. Orientation begins with a warm and energetic welcome from President Farnam Jahanian on Monday, August 17th.
      Visit the University-wide Graduate Orientation website for details
    • Heinz Student Affairs
      Annie Julian, Associate Director of Student Affairs, is here to support you in your journey as a Heinz College student. Learn more about how Annie can help you with your academic studies, joining student organizations, accessing professional development opportunities, attending social events, and all the other fun events she plans to enhace your experience as a Heinz College student.
      Monday, August 17, 2020 | 12:00 PM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT | Zoom Link
    • Career Services Orientation (By Program)
      Career Advisors from your program will take a deep dive into important information regarding career related events and programming, how to take advantage of all of the services and resources their office has to offer, and next steps you'll take towards finding and applying for your internship.
      Attendance at this sesison is mandatory

    • Career Academy: Assignments Due
      Visit Career Academy for more information.
    • Academic Advising and Finalizing Your Schedule (By Program)
      You will receive an email directly from your program Director or Academic Advisor with details on scheduling an appointment with your Academic Advisor.
    • Financial Aid and Student Accounts
      This session will cover information related to CMU’s Hub and Student Accounts Office, student loans (where applicable), Federal Student Aid (where applicable), student employment, other payment options and smart budgeting and borrowing for graduate school 
    • Academic Integrity: Expectations, Policy and Process
      This panel is hosted by Associate Deans: Andrew Wasser and Jackie Speedy as well as Heinz College Representative from the Office of Community Standards and Integrity, Geo Uriel Ramsey Miller. The panelists will discuss university and Heinz College expectations and related policies around academic integrity violations.
      Attendance at this sesison is mandatory
      View a recording of this live event
    • CMU Virtual Library Resources -- Public Policy and Data Analytics (Open for all Policy students)
      CMU Librarian, Sarah Young will share a myriad of resources available vitually to Heinz students through the CMU library. She will highlight library resources and services, Fall workshops, and operational changes, followed by Q&A.
      View a recording of this live event

The weekly schedule is subject to change in response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.