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Congratulations And Welcome to Heinz!

Welcome and congratulations on your admission to Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy!

In addition to the Heinz-specific information within this portal, be sure to also review CMU's online resource for new graduate students at The site offers information about graduate life, such as student services, professional development and financial assistance.


First steps to complete:

Save The Date for Orientation: Attendance is Required

All incoming students attend a Program Welcome and Orientation session, held live via Zoom. The dates and times for your specific incoming cohort's Program Welcome and Orientation session will be listed below when they have been scheduled (typically held 1-2 weeks before your first day of classes).

An email with registration instructions will be sent to you a few weeks ahead of the start of your first semester with additional details.

In addition to the Program Welcome, we strongly encourage all enrolling students to view the following videos.

  • Admissions Welcome and Onboarding: This video provides new incoming students with an important overview of the resources CMU and Heinz College have in place ahead of starting your degree program. You will learn about the Enrolling Student Checklist, The HUB, Heinz offices in the building, computing preparation, and more!
  • Financial Aid and Student Accounts Overview: Admissions and Financial Aid staff have prepared a presentation to help incoming students with making the necessary arrangements for financing your graduate studies. You will learn about managing your expenses, scholarships/fellowships, education loans, and how to access the Hub/Student Accounts.

Questions regarding Orientation?

Email your questions to David Danenberg or call 412.268.2164.

Visiting Campus

We welcome your visit to campus!  Please ask for our help in scheduling a meeting with your academic advisor, or other administrators. Email or call us at 412.268.2164.

Visits are available during our regular business hours (Monday - Thursday, 8:30 - 5:00 pm) and in the early evening (Monday - Thursday) with advanced notice. To schedule your visit, please contact us by calling 412.268.2164 or by sending an email to  

If you are a newly-admitted distance-learning student or will be relocating to Pittsburgh prior to starting classes, please let us know when you schedule your visit. That way, we'll be sure to provide some information on things to do in Pittsburgh while you are here. You may also find it helpful to explore information for visitors on our website.