Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon Values

Principles to Learn By

Evolving from trade school to internationally recognized research university, Carnegie Mellon has remained true to three primary objectives:

  • to deliver distinctive, first-quality education;
  • to foster research, creativity and discovery; and
  • to use the new knowledge created on campus to serve society.

Carnegie Mellon's more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students pursue specialty programs that consistently rank among the best in the country and applications for undergraduate admission continue to rise annually.

Despite many changes, the Carnegie Mellon University of today has much in common with the Carnegie Technical Schools of 1900. The school still encourages great thinkers with diverse backgrounds to collaborate toward practical goals. It preaches collaboration and innovation across traditional barriers of knowledge, producing extraordinary individuals who leave their mark on the world. Above all, Carnegie Mellon still maintains a commitment to students, practical research and education.

The university is dedicated to enhancing undergraduate education so that students can explore other disciplines while maintaining a core focus on their primary subject. Realizing that today's graduates must understand international issues, Carnegie Mellon is now a global university with an ever-expanding presence across international borders.

Today, the university has seven colleges and schools: the College of Engineering, the College of Fine Arts, the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Mellon College of Science, the Tepper School of Business (formerly the Graduate School of Industrial Administration), the School of Computer Science and the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management.

In his letter to the mayor of Pittsburgh establishing Carnegie Technical Schools, Andrew Carnegie wrote, "My heart is in the work." Today, the students, faculty and staff of Carnegie Mellon University continue to live and work by these words.