Opportunities to Visit

The School of Design is a special place and is best experienced in person. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and encourage you to visit us as part of your application. Plan your visit to the School of Design to meet members of our community, talk to current students, and tour our facilities. 

While we love visitors, we do not encourage drop-in visits—even for regularly scheduled tours and information sessions. Our staff and faculty maintain very full calendars, and it's far more likely that we can answer your questions fully if you email us in advance to confirm your plans.

Guided Design Studio Tours

We offer tours of our undergraduate studio spaces during the academic year (September–May) every weekday from 12:30pm–1:15pm. Tours are not offered during exam periods, school breaks, and holidays, so be sure to contact us in advance to confirm availability and reserve your space on the tour.

Currently, summer tours are suspended between August 12th through September 2nd. Fall tours will resume on Tuesday, September 3rd.

Please email us to request a tour, and we will do our best to accommodate you. All tours are led by a current Design student.

Q&A Sessions

During the academic year, we offer Q&A sessions for prospective undergraduate students and their families. These sessions are hosted by Melissa Cicozi (Assistant Head of the School of Design) or Stephen Stadelmeier (Associate Head), and last about 45 minutes. 

Dates for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Q&A Sessions are listed below. Each session begins at 10am. 

  • Friday, September 20, 2019
  • Monday, September 23, 2019
  • Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Monday, November 4, 2019
  • Monday, January 27, 2020
  • Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Friday, April 3, 2020
  • Monday, April 6, 2020
  • Friday, April 10, 2020
  • Monday, April 13, 2020
  • Monday, April 20, 2020
  • Friday, April 24, 2020
  • Monday, April 27, 2020


For those who are interested in a particular course or aspect of our programs, we can arrange classroom visits hosted by current students. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate drop-in visitors, so to reserve your place in a tour of the School or Q&A session please plan ahead by emailing us at visit@design.cmu.edu.


Before you come, check out CMU’s Student Experience for more information about life on campus, and this overview of what’s happening in Pittsburgh to get a sense of where the city is headed. While you’re here, you can also take a general campus tour or attend an information session offered by the Office of Admission. You can even learn firsthand what life on campus is like by participating in a Turn Tartan Overnight weekend stay.

Get to know Oakland (the neighborhood where campus is located) and be sure to leave time in your schedule to visit nearby design attractions like The Warhol, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Fallingwater, and the Mattress Factory.