Carnegie Mellon University

Alumni Association

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to pre-register? What is the deadline?
We highly encourage pre-registration in order to get an accurate room and a food count, although onsite registration is available for events without a capacity limit. Pre-registration will close on Friday, April 8.

Will I receive a confirmation of my pre-registration?
Yes, by providing an email address, you will receive a message confirming details of your pre-registration.

Am I able to see who else is attending?
Yes, if someone has registered for overall Carnival and/or a specific event (and given permission to appear on the list), you will be able to search through the pre-registrants.

Where do I go when I first arrive on campus?
Stop at the Registration & Welcome Area in Wean Commons (First Floor), Cohon University Center to find out exactly what to do and where to go and get your FREE Carnival souvenir! Welcome area hours are:
          Thursday: 3-6 pm
          Friday: 10 am-6 pm 
          Saturday: 10 am-6 pm

What should I wear for the weekend?
Casual attire is appropriate for most events throughout the weekend, unless otherwise noted.

What are the hours for Booth and rides? What are the cost of rides? Where can I purchase ride tickets?
Booth hours are:
          Thursday: 3-11 pm
          Friday: 11 am-10 pm
          Saturday: 11 am-10 pm

Ride hours are:
          Thursday: 3-11 pm
          Friday: 10 am-11 pm
          Saturday: 10 am-11 pm

Tickets can be purchased on Midway during Carnival or at the UC Info Desk prior to Carnival. The cost varies per ride but most rides are between $.50 and $2.00.


Where should I stay near campus?
While our office no longer holds room blocks, we are happy to provide a list of local hotels.

Where should I park on campus?
Due to the influx of alumni returning for Spring Carnival, special parking rules are in effect. Parking is available:

  • Friday: Schenley Golf Course: A campus shuttle is scheduled to pick/up drop off on Forbes Ave. in front of Cyert Hall. Please note that parking is complimentary (no charge) and no pass is required.
  • Saturday: Parking will be available in the East Campus Garage (no cost) on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • For information on parking as related to the Cohon University expansion, please visit the Parking and Transportation Services website.
  • Short-term (under 30 minutes) parking in the East Campus Garage: Pull into the garage, take a ticket and park in the area that is marked “short-term” which is to the left as soon as you come in from the Forbes Avenue side. You may park in that area for 30 minutes free and when you pull out you would only need to take your ticket and put it into the exit gate. The gates are programmed for 30 minutes free; however, if you park for 31 minutes you would be charged for an hour, which is $3.00.
  • Additional parking is available in the Dithridge Street Garage (Weekdays: $12 daily rate; $5 weekends & weekdays after 5 pm) and the Gates Garage (Weekdays: $14 maximum rate; $4 weekends and weekdays after 5 pm).
  • Parking for the disabled available in the East Campus Garage and at the Alumni House. Both locations will require the blue decal being presented (pass or license plate) to utilize the spaces.

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Are there facilities for those with disabilities or special needs (including dietary)?
We want to make sure Carnival is enjoyable, welcoming and accessible for all alumni, families, students, and their guests. If you or any of your guests have special needs, please let us know.

  • In advance: Please contact us via email or 866-401-9529.
  • Onsite: Alert the staff by going to the Carnival Information Table at the Registration & Welcome Area in the Cohon University Center.

Are golf carts and wheel chairs available?
Should you need assistance, please speak with the staff at the Carnival Information Table in the Cohon University Center. If you would like to request a wheelchair in advance, please contact us.

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Where is the bookstore located? What are the hours of operation?
The University Bookstore is located on the first floor of the University Center. During Carnival, the Bookstore is having a sale:

Outdoor Sale and a Lemonade Stand on the lower level. The Art Store will also be offering screening of Carnival t-shirts from 12-3 p.m. on Saturday. Note: customers may bring their own t-shirt to screen print or purchase one at the store. On Saturday from 12-2 p.m. (Lower Level Bookstore), Rick Antolic (CFA93) will be signing his Pittsburgh Coloring Book. The first 50 customers will receive a free 12 piece colored pencil set!

Store Hours:
    • Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. (Sidewalk Sale hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
    • Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Sidewalk Sale hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Visit the University Bookstore online for additional details.

Where should I eat on campus?
In addition to the many activities throughout the weekend that will have food and beverages, if you are looking for a place to eat on campus, be sure to check out the Dining Service website.

May I use the gym?
Alumni and their guests may use the athletic facilities this weekend by presenting their Carnival name badge at the Equipment Desk, located on the first floor of the University Center, across from Wiegand Gym. You will receive a wristband and access to facilities, as available (including gymnasium, weight room, racquetball and squash courts). Note: Due to construction, the locker rooms and pool are not available. Gym may be offline for event rain locations.

  • Thursday & Friday: 6 am-2 am
  • Saturday & Sunday: 9 am-2 am

Is there a good spot to "catch up" on campus?
If you would like a quiet space to take a break or catch up with your student or friends, then stop by any of these locations:

Am I able to smoke on campus?
Many areas on campus have been designated smoke-free zones, inclusive of 20 feet proximity to all building entrances. Please adhere to the university policy and the posted smoking areas.

Is wireless available?
All guests can access the CMU guest wireless, valid from April 14-17. Code: H84RK2MW. Learn more:


What if I have (or witness) an emergency?
Contact University Police at 412-268-2323.

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