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If you’re looking for an intellectual environment that blends academic and artistic richness with classroom innovation, explore Carnegie Mellon.

Consistently recognized as one of the premier research universities in the world, Carnegie Mellon has produced some of the most distinguished and innovative leaders in the last century. Left-brain and right-brain thinking unite within a collaborative culture—that’s the foundation of learning at Carnegie Mellon.

As a student you will acquire both a depth and breadth of knowledge while sharpening your problem-solving, critical-thinking, creative, and quantitative skills. You will develop sound critical judgment, resourcefulness, and professional ethics through a collaborative and hands-on education. As a graduate you will become one of the innovative leaders and problem solvers of tomorrow.

While a Carnegie Mellon education is marked by a strong focus on fundamental and versatile problem-solving skills in a particular discipline, your talents and interests won’t remain confined to one area.

The University respects academic diversity and provides opportunities to explore more than one field of study. While its programs maintain a strong professional focus, Carnegie Mellon encourages you to think in innovative ways. In a community with seven colleges and programs, the academic options can be as varied as the students who pursue them.

Carnegie Mellon approach
Carnegie Mellon’s unique left-brain/ right-brain approach goes beyond course requirements. At Carnegie Mellon premier Fine Arts, Business, and Humanities programs are equally matched by our top-ranked Technol
ogy, Science, and Computer Science programs. More than 1,223 full-time faculty balance teaching and research. Undergraduate students have ample opportunities to work on research projects both independently and with renowned faculty, developing cutting-edge technology every day.

Here music, molecular science, acting, analysis, opera, and organic chemistry weave in and out of the lives and minds of Carnegie Mellon students on a daily basis, creating an inner foundation of knowledge that will continue to reveal itself in exciting and unexpected ways throughout the rest of their lives.

Research—it’s not just for scientists anymore!
Research is synonymous with Carnegie Mellon; if you are interested in doing research (and we’re not just talking about in the sciences or engineering), you can do so with faculty who are at the forefront of their respective fields. There are hundreds of research centers and projects to choose from and even undergraduate grants to pursue individual research interests.

Test drive a major
One of the best ways to learn about Carnegie Mellon is to spend time on campus. Our summer Pre-College Programs will show you what life here is all about, from the classroom to what’s happening on the weekends. Choose from either our Advanced Placement/Early Admission credit-bearing program—which allows you to take two courses in Engineering, Computer Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Math, or Science—or one of our Fine Arts programs in Architecture, Art and Design, Drama, Music, or the National High School Game Academy. We offer the opportunity to experience college in a diverse environment in both the social and educational sense. You’ll have a chance to be inspired by our world-renowned faculty, experience the excitement of campus life, and explore the city of Pittsburgh (cmu.edu/enrollment/pre-college).

What about my future?
The Career and Professional Development Center serves as a bridge from a hands-on classroom environment to opportunities that exist beyond graduation, further preparing you for the real world. It offers career counseling and graduate school planning services, in addition to coordinating student employment, internships, and mentorships. Students participate in 5,800+ career-coaching opportunities and 10,000+ students and alumni program attendees, and 1,000+ organizations participate in our career fairs. The Career and Professional Development Center also provides informational workshops on résumé writ
ing and interviewing techniques to help you land your dream job when you graduate.

A world-class city
Pittsburgh has evolved from a steel town to an internationally recognized city known for its research and industry, medical facilities, corporate headquarters, cultural community, and professional sports teams.

As a student in Pittsburgh, you can explore internship and mentorship opportunities in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. You can sample courses through cross-registration with nine other institutions in the Pittsburgh Council of Higher Education and experience the arts in the Cultural District.

Carnegie Mellon’s campus borders the residential, educational, and shopping neighborhoods of Oakland, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill. Within walking distance of campus are coffee shops, restaurants, movie theaters, boutiques, and galleries. Also close by are places of worship for many different religions, as well as opportunities to get involved in community service.

Carnegie Mellon traditions
Andrew Carnegie—Scotsman first, steel-maker second—passed on a number of his Scottish traditions to the university he founded. Check out these Carnegie Mellon traditions that you’ll discover:
• Scottie dog mascot
• “My heart is in the work”
• The Tartans
• Painting the Fence
• Meeting under the clock
• Rubbing Hamerschlag’s nose
• Thistle
• Writing your name in the Green Room
• Booth and Buggy during Spring Carnival
• Bagpipes
• Scotch‘n’Soda Theatre

The Tartans: Carnegie Mellon’s official school color is tartan plaid, consisting of blue, red, green, and yellow. Carnegie Mellon is true to its Scottish roots in being one of the few schools that offers a major in Bagpiping.

Painting the Fence: A long-standing campus tradition, anyone can paint it, whether it’s to promote an upcoming event or just to wish a friend happy birthday. But strict tradition dictates that the Fence must be painted between midnight and sunrise using only paintbrushes. The Fence was in th

Guinness Book of World Records as the “most painted object in the world,” and it’s estimated that there are four inches or more paint on it!

Spring Carnival: Dating back to 1920, the annual Spring Carnival celebration includes carnival rides, games, food, and entertainment. One of the main events of Carnival is Buggy. Student organizations participate in buggy races—a fierce competition of high-tech soapbox races. The drivers steer the buggy through the free-roll portion of the race in Schenley Park, reaching speeds of up to about 40 miles per hour!

What’s in a name?
Carnegie Mellon is named after two famous Pittsburgh philanthropists, Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon, as is our revolutionary computer network, Andrew.

Carnegie Mellon Advising Resource Center
CMARC is an advising and information center that assists students, connecting them to appropriate communities, services, and opportunities by providing academic planning and one-on-one counsel. Its primary purpose is to build a supportive, intellectual, and social community across diverse cultures. It’s a place where student differences and talents are
guided, appreciated, and reinforced. CMARC originated in the Carnegie Mellon Action Project (CMAP), which was founded in 1968.

 


 

AT A GLANCE

Type of SCHOOL: Private, coeducational four-year university granting bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees

Size: 148-acre main campus, plus outlying research buildings

Location: Five miles east of downtown Pittsburgh, bordered by 500-acre Schenley Park and three culturally active residential neighborhoods

Number of Students: 5,950 undergraduates; 5,000 graduate students

Number of Faculty: 1,223 full time, 167 part time

Student-faculty Ratio: 13:1

Average Class Size: 27

Student Diversity: Freshman class population 15% African American, Hispanic/Latino American, and Native American; 17% international

Geographic Diversity: Student body representing all 50 states and more than 65 foreign countries

Freshman class: 50% women, 50% men

Our majors
• Business Administration
• Computational Biology
• Computer Science
• Engineering
- Biomedical*
- Chemical
- Civil
- Electrical and Computer
- Engineering and Public Policy*
- Materials Science
- Mechanical

• Fine and Performing Arts
- Architecture
- Art
- Design
- Drama
- Music
• Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
- Economics
- English
- History
- Information Systems
- Institute for Politics and Strategy
- Modern Languages
- Philosophy
- Psychology
- Social and Decision Sciences
- Statistics

• Science
- Biological Sciences
- Chemistry
- Mathematical Sciences
- Physics
• Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts
• Bachelor of Humanities and Arts
• Bachelor of Science and Arts

* May be taken as an additional major only

What else is there to do?
Outside the classroom there are hundreds of ways to take a study break. You can get involved with a student organization; play varsity, club, or intramural sports; or attend a campus event.
Carnegie Mellon students work hard and play hard. They are involved in many sports, clubs, and organizat
ions, as well as in the Pittsburgh community. Students embody the motto “My heart is in the work,” whether that work is painting “the Fence,” splitting the atom, or winning the game.
• 280+ campus organizations
• 18 NCAA Division III varsity sports (the Tartans) competing in the University Athletic Association
• 40+ club teams and intramural sports
• Four years of guaranteed campus housing (if you stay within the campus housing system)
• 66% of students living on campus, with 28 residential halls and apartments to choose from
• Flexible meal plans with options at various on- and off-campus locations
• An Interfaith Council providing educational programs, worship services, and social events for many religions and denominations 

Pittsburgh fast facts
• 446 bridges in Pittsburgh
• 1.5 million Pittsburgh metro area population
• One of the safest cities in America
• World-class medical centers for health care and research
• Home to nine Fortune 500 companies
• View from Mount Washington voted the second-most beautiful place in America by USA Weekend
• Pittsburgh Pirates’ PNC Park rated best baseball park in the country by ESPN
• Home to 1,600+ technology firms



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