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Tartan Life Outside the Classroom

Academic life is just one part of your experience as a college student. Campus life is a big part of it, too! About 65% of our undergraduate students choose university housing. Living on campus can give you a place to prepare for classes or share a quick bite with friends, a place to find peace and privacy, and space to chill out after a full day.

Eager to hear about Tartan life from current Tartans? Be on the look-out for communication in the spring regarding official visit opportunities and events. Are you the more one-on-one inquiring kind? Connect directly(opens in new window) with a Tartan Ambassador to get your questions answered!

We want you to have all the information you need to make Carnegie Mellon your home for the next four years. There's specific information for admitted students below, but be sure to explore housing, dining and more online for additional information. If you have questions, you can always reach the Office of Admission at 412.CMU.IMIN (412.268.4646) or @email.

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Caring Community

Watch and learn how Student Affairs nurtures your intellectual and personal growth and works alongside you to shape a rewarding and unforgettable college experience.


Student Athletes in Action

We are #TartanProud! At Carnegie Mellon, we boast more than 400+ Tartan student athletes and 19 NCAA Division III teams. Watch some of our Tartan teams in action.

Who We Are. Where We're From.

Carnegie Mellon's Fall 2023 first-year class at a glance








First-year Fall 2023 students


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Countries Represented


First-year students are required to live on campus and are guaranteed university housing. After you enroll at Carnegie Mellon, you'll receive more detailed information and gain access to the online housing application. On your housing application, you'll not only indicate your residence hall preferences, but also answer several questions that will help us match you with a roommate. Housing assignments will be made at random, without regard to the admission deposit date.

You can find more information about first-year housing options and how to apply for housing on the Housing Services and Residential Education website. You can even take virtual tours of all the residence halls and room types!

If you can't wait to hear more about being a Tartan, watch a recorded campus life session to learn more!

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Meal plans vary based on your individual needs and interests. With a meal plan, you may dine at any of our 35+ dining concepts located across campus, including in the Cohon University Center, residential areas and academic buildings. You should select the meal plan that best reflects your lifestyle and dining habits. You can find more information on meal plans on the Dining Services website(opens in new window). Enjoy this video from Dining Services for an overview of the exciting cuisine options on campus.

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Get Involved

With 400+ student-run organizations on campus, there are boundless opportunities to get involved and make your mark. Below is just a sampling of the kinds of student-run organizations you can join. For a complete list of student organizations, check out TartanConnect, and for more information about getting involved on campus, check out SLICE, our office of Student Leadership, Involvement and Civic Engagement. 



Arab Student Organization

Asian Students Association

Awareness of Roots in Chinese Culture

Chinese Student Association

Hong Kong Student Association

Indonesian Students at Carnegie Mellon

Japanese Student Association

Korean Student Association

Korean-American Student Association

Mayur - South Asian Student Association

Romanian Students Association

SALSA Spanish and Latin Student Association

Singapore Students' Association

SPIRIT Black Student Union

SIAM Thai Students Association

Turkish Student Society



Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity

Minority Association of Pre-Health Students

American Marketing Association

National Society of Black Engineers

Carnegie Leadership Consultants

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

CMU Science Olympiad

Carnegie Mellon Sports Analytics Club

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Student Chapter

Society of Women Engineers

Women@School of Computer Science


Young African Leaders Association

Spirituality & Meaning Making

Agape Christian Ministry

Asian Christian Fellowship

Catholic Newman Club

Chabad of Carnegie Mellon University

Chinmaya Yuva Kendra

Christians on Campus

Council of Religious Advisors

Hillel Jewish Students Association

Klesis Christian Fellowship

Muslim Student Association

CMU OM - An Indian Cultural Organization

Gender-Related & LGBTQIA+

Feminists Engaged in Multicultural Matters and Education

MOSAIC: A Conference on Intersectionality

Strong Women Strong Girls

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics



Carnegie Mellon University Model United Nations

College Democrats

College Republicans

SAFE: SARV Activisim for Everyone

Sustainable Earth


Women in Politics

Student Support

We offer support for all aspects of your student experience. Learn more about student support resources at Carnegie Mellon:

The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion (The Center)

Student Academic Success Center

Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS)

Disability Resources

Career and Professional Development Center

Watch recorded campus life sessions to see how Carnegie Mellon can help foster your personal and intellectual growth.

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Campus Services

Faculty, staff and students have access to CMU's on-campus post office, our Tartan Ink copy and print center, and transportation and parking services. You can also visit the University Stores to purchase art and school supplies, Carnegie Mellon University clothing and gifts, computers and technology, and textbooks and course materials.

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Check out CMU's Student Affairs Instagram page to see a day in the life of a Carnegie Mellon student and discover the latest news and events.