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Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University

A private, global research university, Carnegie Mellon stands among the world's most renowned educational institutions, and sets its own course. Carnegie Mellon University challenges the curious and passionate to imagine and deliver work that matters.

An Undergraduate Experience Like No Other

With cutting-edge brain science, path-breaking performances, innovative start-ups, driverless cars, big data, big ambitions, Nobel and Turing prizes, hands-on learning, and a whole lot of robots, CMU doesn't imagine the future, we create it.

At CMU, students become skilled and passionate scholars who embrace challenges and work across disciplines to find creative solutions to complex issues.

Carnegie Mellon supports your social, physical, mental and spiritual well-being, so you can thrive.

Carnegie Mellon students are global citizens, engaging new people and experiences, building cross-cultural fluency and seeing to the welfare of others.

Carnegie Mellon gives its graduates the communication skills, organizational savvy and leadership training to succeed throughout life.

Experiential learning, problem-solving and the ability to put classroom knowledge to work creates the foundation for careers and more.


To create a transformative educational experience for students focused on deep disciplinary knowledge; problem solving; leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills; and personal health and well-being.

To cultivate a transformative university community committed to (a) attracting and retaining diverse, world-class talent; (b) creating a collaborative environment open to the free exchange of ideas, where research, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship can flourish; and (c) ensuring individuals can achieve their full potential.

To impact society in a transformative way — regionally, nationally, and globally — by engaging with partners outside the traditional borders of the university campus.


Our traditions have a decidedly Scottish flavor, due to Andrew Carnegie's and Andrew Mellon's Scottish roots, and our campus is diverse and unique, reflecting our interdisciplinary approach to learning.

Spring Carnival: Carnegie Mellon's oldest tradition, it's also a favorite of faculty, staff, alumni and students. Held annually, the weekend's events include entertainment and competition, carnival rides and food, and an event not to be missed: Buggy Sweepstakes. Experience Carnival through the eyes of Scotty, the university's Scottish terrier mascot.

Buggy Sweepstakes: Buggy, the highlight of Spring Carnival, began in 1920 as the "pushmobile races" of Campus Week. Buggies — aerodynamic cylinders designed and built by student groups during the year — are pushed and driven through campus over a course measuring more than 4,400 feet and often reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour.

The Fence: The Fence is the university’s billboard for student groups. Located on the Cut (the grassy area of campus between Forbes Avenue and Hunt Library), the Fence must be painted in its entirety, between midnight and sunrise. Students complete their painted work and guard the fence through the night to make sure no one paints over it.

Bagpipers: Carnegie Mellon's Pipe Band features the sounds of Scottish bagpipes and performs at formal university events. The university is one of the few in the U.S. to offer a degree in bagpipes.

The Kiltie Band: Carnegie Mellon's Kiltie Band, dressed in full Scottish regalia including kilts and knee socks, performs during every home football game. Making its first public appearance on Nov. 25, 1922, the birthday of Andrew Carnegie, the band performed at a game on old Forbes Field between Carnegie Tech and the University of Notre Dame.

Student Life:

CMU’s housing communities strive to provide students with opportunities to enhance their own growth and development as they progress through their college years. Each community has its own distinctive character, traditions, and design, but all share core focus areas: transition, support, involvement, personal development, and community commitment. First-year student houses place a strong emphasis on exposure to new ideas and new people as residents become oriented to the Carnegie Mellon community.

School spirit and traditions at Carnegie Mellon include a lot of plaid, bagpipes, buggy races and a Spring Carnival that's the social event of the year.

Carnegie Mellon students work hard in the classroom, but they're also active outside the classroom in everything from sports to volunteer work to the arts.



Scotty the Scottie Dog
More than a century after Carnegie Mellon University opened its doors, an official mascot finally made its mark. Although students have dressed as a Scottish terrier — typically referred to as Scotty — for 50 years, it wasn't until 2007 that Carnegie Mellon officially welcomed the Scottish terrier as the university's first mascot. In keeping with tradition, students, faculty, staff and alumni voted to name the new official mascot Scotty. But it's not just the costumed mascot that voters named. The live dog is also known as Scotty to the Carnegie Mellon community.

Carnegie Mellon today:

Carnegie Mellon University consists of seven schools and colleges- College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Heinz College: Information Systems, Public Policy and Management, Mellon College of Science, School of Computer Science, Tepper School of Business- and offers a wide variety of majors.


Carnegie Mellon has an overall enrollment of almost 13,000 students, consisting of approximately 6,200 undergraduates, 4,700 master's students, 1,900 doctoral students, and 80 special enorllment students.

Famous graduates:

Aron Lee Ralston (born October 27, 1975) is a mountain climber who, trapped by a boulder in May 2003, was forced to amputate his lower right arm in order to free himself. Having left his job to study mechanical engineering and French at Carnegie Mellon University, and to climb all of Colorado's ‘fourteeners’ (peaks over 14,000 ft high), as Aron negotiated a narrow slot while solo-canyoneering in Blue John Canyon (Canyonlands National Park, Utah), a 800-1,000-lb boulder fell and pinned his right forearm, crushing it. Aron’s hand "died" from lack of circulation and, after 5 days’ trying to lift and break the boulder, dehydrated and facing certain death, Aron chose a final option that made him an international sensation - to free himself, he had to amputate his lower right arm. Now a public speaker, Aron and still climbs mountains prolifically - in 2005 becoming the first person to climb all of Colorado's ‘fourteeners’ solo in winter. 

René Auberjonois (born June 1, 1940) is a Tony Award-winning American actor, known for portraying Father Mulcahy in the movie version of "M*A*S*H" and for creating a number of characters in long-running television series, including Clayton Endicott III on "Benson," Odo on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," and, attorney Paul Lewiston on "Boston Legal." He also has had a long and successful stage-acting career. He is also a vocal supporter of various charitable organizations, such as Doctors Without Borders. He is the recipient of a Tony Award and a Prism Award.

Interesting facts about Carnegie Mellon:

The Smiley :-) was created by Carnegie Mellon research professor Scott Fahlman on September 19, 1982. This was the beginning of emoticons in email.

Started in 1994 to support Carnegie Mellon's wireless research, the "Wireless Andrew" network laid the foundation for today's Wi-Fi that allows computers and mobile devices to access the Internet anytime, anywhere - wirelessly. 

Polymer scientist and alumna Stephanie Kwolek made a discovery in 1965 that led to the Kevlar fiber, which is used today in protective clothing for firefighters and bulletproof vests for soldiers and police officers. This material has saved the lives of law enforcement officers for decades and is also used in 200 other products from bridge cables to tires.