Carnegie Mellon Advising Resource Center (Undergraduate Students)
Cyert Hall A64, 412-268-2150
Ty Walton, Director
The Carnegie Mellon Advising Resource Center (CMARC) is an advising and information center committed to supporting undergraduate students in their academic and personal development. The office works to connect students to appropriate communities, services and opportunities. As an advocate for diversity and inclusiveness, CMARC promotes social and academic networks between peer communities and cultures. The office is a place where students' differences and talents are guided, appreciated and reinforced. Founded as the Carnegie Mellon Action Project (CMAP), CMARC has an additional commitment to support underrepresented ethnic minority students.
CMARC advisors promote the maximum development of all undergraduate students by offering academic counsel, interactive advising programs, and information in order to help them develop their strengths and achieve their goals. Advisors encourage students to maximize their educational experience by promoting informed and responsible decision making. Advisors also work in cooperation with faculty and departmental advisors to promote academic success.
CMARC seeks to prepare undergraduate students to make a long term, positive impact in their communities and workplaces.
The office provides a variety of experiences that educate and train students in effective leadership principles which allow them to achieve their personal, professional, and organizational goals. Emphasis is placed on ethical decision making and collaboration skills that can distinguish students in today's competitive global job market. Service learning opportunities are also made available.
Establishing academic and social peer networks is a major tenet of student retention. Research suggests that students who become an integral part of the campus community usually persist and graduate. CMARC assists undergraduate students in establishing these connections by sponsoring a variety of activities that bring students together across all classes and disciplines. This programming helps students personalize their experience and ties them into the fabric of the university culture. They also enable newcomers to acquire useful informal networks and mentoring relationships with upper-class students.