Each year Carnegie Mellon Qatar welcomes the freshmen class with a four-day orientation that takes place the week before classes begin. Freshmen Orientation introduces first-year students to university life and helps ease the transition from high school into college. Upper-class students plan and implement Orientation with Student Affairs advisory direction.
The Involvement Passport is an incentive program in which students collect passport stamps for participating in meta-curricular programs and activities. Categories include: student organizations, academic exploration, community service, global awareness & cultural competence, health & wellness, leadership development, life skills, and professional development. Students receive stamps in their passports for completing activities. Depending on the number of stamps students receive they can obtain different levels of distinction.