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Big ideas start here.

Carnegie Mellon University challenges the curious and passionate to imagine and deliver work that matters.

A private, global research university, Carnegie Mellon stands among the world's most renowned educational institutions, and sets its own course. Start the journey here.

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. 

In Pittsburgh

Some say there are smart brains in Pittsburgh. Others say that Pittsburgh is the next big food town.

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And Around the Globe

You’ll find CMU locations nationwide — and worldwide. Silicon Valley. Qatar. Australia. To name a few.

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13,650 Students

Representing 114 Countries

1,423 Faculty

Representing 48 Countries

100,000+ Alumni

Representing 141 Countries

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Brag Book

Little Brags of Big Ideas

Explore CMU's big ideas — a gallery of innovations and sparks of inspiration that have grown to shape the world.

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Kevlar® vest


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.

Java code on a coffee mug

Hello, World

In 1994, alumnus James Gosling became the "Father of Java" when he invented the Java computer programming language. Java has now become one of the most popular programming languages in use today.

digital soup can artwork

Fifteen Minutes & Counting

Carnegie Mellon alumnus Andy Warhol was an iconic figure in the pop art movement that explored the relationship of art to modern celebrity culture and advertising. His work included hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film and music. A pioneer in computer-generated art, he is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

Excerpt from book: A Behavioral Theory of the Firm

Building Business

Pioneering faculty at what is now the Tepper School of Business wrote one of the most influential business books of all time: A Behavioral Theory of the Firm. Professor Richard Cyert and professor James March developed theoretical building blocks that have become the foundation for current research in organizational studies in management, economics, political science and sociology.

#1 School of Computer Science

U.S. News & World Report, 2014

#1 Visual Communication & Multimedia

U.S. News & World Report, 2012

#1 Information & Technology Management

U.S. News & World Report, 2016

#3 School of Drama

The Hollywood Reporter, 2016

#5 College of Engineering

U.S. News & World Report, 2016

#10 Best for New Hires

Wall Street Journal, 2010

#22 University in the World

Times Higher Education, 2015-16

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