Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, is a private university that is home to seven colleges and over 10,000 undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students. Nicknamed the Tartans, the student body comes from around the world to study subjects as diverse as the students themselves: from computers to creative writing; engineering to international relations; from biology to bagpipe music. It has grown considerably from its humble roots as a vocational school in 1900 to being today’s top-ranked, world-renowned research institution.
Some campus history
Andrew Carnegie believed in the power of education to improve lives and communities. In 1900, he created a technical and art school for Pittsburgh, a place to teach practical career skills to the children of steel mill workers. As times changed, with the Mellon family’s support of scientific research, business education, computer science and public management, the foundation was laid for today’s Carnegie Mellon, an international university that has helped shape the world through education, research, and outreach.
Carnegie Mellon today
Carnegie Mellon’s main campus sits on 140 acres of land nestled between Schenley Park and the neighborhoods of Oakland, Squirrel Hill, and Shadyside. The campus architecture reflects the diversity of the university’s rich heritage and its top-ranked programs. Today’s campus showcases its classic original architecture side by side with cutting-edge new buildings that are more than just pretty or functional—they demonstrate leadership in energy efficiency and environmental design.
Carnegie Mellon also has campuses in the heart of Silicon Valley, California, and Doha, Qatar, degree programs in ten countries, and academic and research partnerships across the world. The university is distinct in its interdisciplinary approach to research and education, establishing global leadership in fields such as computational finance, information systems management, arts management, product design, behavioral economics, human-computer interaction, entertainment technology, decision sciences, and robotics.
Undergraduates as well as graduate students are involved in research as an intrinsic part of their educational experience, and the university is home to more than 100 research centers and institutes.
There is always something happening on campus: technical talks and four nights a week of movies on campus are just the beginning. In addition to events held in students’ home graduate programs, the Graduate Student Assembly sponsors events during the semester like wine tasting, concerts, sporting events, meals, and more. The Graduate Programs Office sponsors luncheons with guest speakers on relevant topics, and also offers conference funding for students to travel to conferences and present their research. And every April, all classes stop for a day to enjoy spring carnival.
Across all of our campuses and programs, we welcome our diverse community of students, visiting researchers, faculty and staff, and look forward to continuing to build our global reputation for excellence.