Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

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Choose your program, change the world.

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. Students and faculty from a variety of backgrounds unite within a collaborative culture—that’s the foundation of learning at Carnegie Mellon.

As a student, you’ll 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 numerous interdisciplinary programs, the academic options can be as varied as the students who pursue them.

Carnegie Mellon approach
Carnegie Mellon’s unique approach goes beyond course requirements. At Carnegie Mellon, premier Fine Arts, Business, and Humanities programs are equally matched by our renowned Technology, Science, and Computer Science programs. More than 1,341 full-time faculty balance teaching and research. Undergraduate students have ample opportunities to work on research projects independently and with preeminent faculty, developing cutting-edge technology every day.

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’re 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 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 ( 

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 of 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. 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, steelmaker second—passed on a number of his Scottish traditions to the University he founded. Check out these Carnegie Mellon traditions that you’ll discover:
• Scotty, our Scottish Terrier mascot
• Our motto, “My heart is in the work”
• Tartan, our official school color and team name
• Painting the Fence
• Meeting under the Clock
• Rubbing Hamerschlag’s nose
• Craig Street Crawl
• Writing your name in the Green Room
• Booth and Buggy during Spring Carnival
• Bagpipes
• Scotch‘n’Soda Theatre

Everything Tartan: A tartan is a woven wool fabric with a plaid design, and Carnegie Mellon’s official school color is tartan 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: In 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 the Guinness Book of World Records as the “most painted object in the world,” and it’s estimated that there are more than four inches of 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 buggies through the free-roll portion of the race in Schenley Park, reaching speeds of up to about 40 miles per hour!

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion
The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion promotes student success and engagement. The Center supports and connects historically underrepresented students and first-generation students in a setting where students’ differences and talents are guided, appreciated, and reinforced. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion offers resources to enhance the student experience in dimensions such as access, success, campus climate, and intergroup dialogue.

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: 6,500+ undergraduates; 7,700+ graduate students

Number of Faculty: 1,341 full-time, 67 part-time

Student-faculty Ratio: 13:1

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

Geographic Diversity: Student body representing 48 states and 50+ foreign countries

First-year class: 50% female, 49% male, 1% non-binary

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