Carnegie Mellon University

About Us

Pioneering Solutions for the World

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a global research university with more than 12,000 students, 95,000 alumni, and 5,000 faculty and staff. 

CMU has been a birthplace of innovation since its founding in 1900.

Today, we are a global leader bringing groundbreaking ideas to market and creating successful startup businesses.

Our award-winning faculty members are renowned for working closely with students to solve major scientific, technological and societal challenges. We put a strong emphasis on creating things—from art to robots. Our students are recruited by some of the world’s most innovative companies.

We have campuses in Pittsburgh, Qatar and Silicon Valley, and degree-granting programs around the world, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America.

  • For 2013-2014, the Times Higher Education of London ranked CMU No. 24 in the world, and No. 17 among U.S. universities.
  • In a 2010 Wall Street Journal poll, job recruiters looking for new hires ranked CMU No. 1 in computer science, No. 4 in finance and No. 7 in business. CMU ranked 10 overall.
  • CMU is one of the only 25 universities in the world, 11 in the U.S., invited to join the World Economic Forum's Global University Leaders Forum. Business members of the Forum include the world's top 1,000 companies who drive the economy forward, and who collaborate on shaping global, regional and industry agendas.
  • Thirty-five percent of CMU’s students are from 115 countries outside the U.S., giving the university one of the 10 most international student bodies, by percentage, among four-year U.S. institutions.  
  • CMU has helped to greenlight more than 1,000 companies, creating jobs across the U.S. and internationally, with the highest concentrations in Pittsburgh, Silicon Valley and India.
  • CMU is a world leader in robotics. Software that guides NASA’s Mars rovers and crash avoidance systems in Cadillacs began at CMU. Now, our scientists are developing technology to assist the elderly with household chores, respond to natural or man-made disasters and land a robot on the moon in 2015.
  • In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter rated CMU's School of Drama among the world's best with a No. 4 ranking. 
  • CMU attracts award-winning talent. Current and former faculty and alumni are winning top awards in art, science and technology. 
  • With 100 percent of CMU’s electricity coming from green power sources, the university is ranked as a green power leader by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

CMU consists of seven schools and colleges: Carnegie Institute of Technology, College of Fine Arts, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social SciencesHeinz College, Mellon College of Science, School of Computer Science and the Tepper School of Business.

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