Carnegie Mellon University
Big ideas start here
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 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 interdisciplinary programs, the academic options are as varied as the students who pursue them.
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. 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. Our students take advantage of all these opportunities, with 8,600+ students participating in career coaching sessions, 14,000+ students and alumni attending on-campus career fairs, and 220,000+ job applications being submitted by students through Carnegie Mellon’s online recruiting platform.
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. Youcan 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 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 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; one of our Fine Arts programs in Architecture, Art, Design, Drama, or 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 senses. 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/pre-college).
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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; the 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 staff, faculty, and current students; and eat on campus.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion
The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion promotes student success and engagement, supporting and connecting historically underrepresented students and first-generation students in a setting where students’ differences and talents are guided, appreciated, and reinforced. The Center offers resources to enhance the student experience in dimensions such as access, success, campus climate, and intergroup dialogue.
For more information, visit cmu.edu/student-diversity