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Diversity Profile

Choose your program, change the world.

Our goal within the University is to create an atmosphere that cultivates a sense of community while also embracing a sense of individuality. And Carnegie Mellon students embody a wide array of backgrounds and cultures.

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 are as varied as the students who pursue them.

The Carnegie Mellon community is rich with diversity—not only in terms of the majors students can pursue but also in the backgrounds of its students. You will meet students from all over the world, each pursuing different majors.

At Carnegie Mellon there are a variety of events and organizations that focus on diversity each year. For example, students celebrate Black and Hispanic Heritage Months; Asian History Month; Ghandi’s birthday; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Native American Heritage; an International Festival; Multicultural Student Organization Fair; and more.

The Office of Admission hosts Celebration of Diversity Weekends for prospective students. These weekends are designed as two and a half days of activities for students interested in diversity issues or who want to engage in a diverse academic and social community. Students have the chance to tour campus; stay overnight in a residence hall; attend class; meet admission counselors, faculty members, and current students; and eat on campus. For more information, visit

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.

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 over 5,800+ career-coaching opportunities and 10,700 student and alumni career program attendees, and 1,000+ organizations participate in our career fairs. The Career and Professional Development Center also provides informational workshops on résumé writing 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 148-acre campus is a short ride from downtown. It borders the residential, educational, and shopping neighborhoods of Oakland, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill and the 500-acre Schenley Park. Within walking distance of campus are coffee shops, restaurants, movie theaters, shops, and galleries. Also close by are places of worship for many different religions, as well as opportunities to get involved in community service.

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 (



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 andPublic 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 organizations, 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