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Web Portal a "Digital Dashboard" for Navigating the Internet

Career Center and Post Office Move to University Center

Among the Nation's Best

A Smile a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Gift Boosts Hispanic Recruitment at Heinz School

West Coast Campus Celebrates First Graduating Class

University Surpasses Goal, Raises $49.4 Million in 2003

Grants Help University Train the Next Generation of Statisticians

Researchers Take Large Strides Toward Creating Life-Seeking Robot

Computer Science Professor Wins Prestigious AI Award

Developing a Cognitive Assistant for the Workplace

Virtual Chem Lab Honored as Exemplary Model for Education

Can Hydrogen-Fueled Cars Really Save the Environment?

Obituary: Barbara Lazarus Worked for Inclusion and Understanding

Design Students Encourage Girls in Math and Science

News Briefs
Off to the Races

Recycling Effort Yields 56 Tons

President Approves Faculty Title Changes

Annual Andy Awards Scheduled for Sept. 29

Professors Awarded NIH Grant for Cryopreservation

Supreme Court Rules on Affirmative Action

Researchers Win Grant for Growing New Bone

Jill Watson Festival Set for September 17 - 18

Poets Open Adamson Visiting Writer Series

New Season for Regina Gouger Miller Gallery

Robot Soccer Teams Take Fourth In Italy

Reaching Out to Young Students

Skinner Edits Book of Reagan's Letters

Faculty Feats

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Movin' In
This year's freshman class of 1,367 students (533 women and 834 men) is one of the most diverse in university history. Included in the Class of 2007 are 73 African Americans, 90 Hispanics, 10 Native Americans and 228 international students. The class represents 32 foreign countries, 49 states, the District of Columbia and two territories (Guam and Puerto Rico). The only state not represented is Montana. Students from Pennsylvania represent 19% of this year's class. The average overall SAT score of this year's freshmen is 1,350 (650 verbal, 700 math) and the average grade point average is 3.6. On average, this year's first-year students graduated in the top 6% of their high school class.

Web Portal a "Digital Dashboard" for Navigating the Internet
Imagine a Web site that gives you up-to-the-minute campus news, access to electronic bulletin boards, the Andrew calendar service, your personal calendar and email inbox at one URL. Now imagine that in the same place you could read headlines from the New York Times, check the local forecast and view the latest stock market numbers. Sound like a pipedream? It's not.

Computing Services' new Web portal offers all of those options and more. It's a customizable "digital dashboard" for navigating the Web that's now available to all students, faculty and staff at

Users of public Web portals like MyYahoo, MyWay or Iwon will immediately feel comfortable when using the Carnegie Mellon Web Portal. Like these commercial services, the university's Web portal is composed of a collection of smaller components, called "portlets," that appear as boxes on the page. Each portlet provides access to a service such as news headlines, email and local weather. More...

Among the Nation's Best
Carnegie Mellon ranked 23rd and its undergraduate programs in engineering and business are among the 10 best in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine's annual survey of "America's Best Colleges." The 2004 edition hit newsstands Aug. 22.

U.S.News "Carnegie Mellon's showing in national rankings continues to be very strong, and confirms something we know—that Carnegie Mellon and its many graduate and undergraduate programs rank among the best in the nation," said President Jared L. Cohon.

Carnegie Mellon's undergraduate business and engineering programs were ranked seventh and eighth, respectively. U.S. News & World Report ranks engineering and business programs, as well as specialty areas within those disciplines, on an annual basis.

In business specialty offerings, Carnegie Mellon ranked second in management information systems, productions and operations management, and quantitative analysis. In engineering specialties, it ranked fourth in computer engineering.

Callout Carnegie Mellon made a strong showing in another magazine "best" category—that of "undergraduate research/creative projects." The magazine lists, but does not rank, universities in this category. Carnegie Mellon has appeared in the "Programs to Look For" in undergraduate research and creative projects since the listing was established last year. "I'm particularly pleased that Carnegie Mellon's creative efforts in undergraduate education and our vibrant undergraduate research program continue to be recognized as trend setters," Cohon added.

The overall rankings were determined by several measures including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, or spending per student, graduation rate performance (described as the difference between actual and predicted graduation rates), and alumni giving rates, which the magazine describes as an indirect measure of satisfaction.

Harvard and Princeton were tied for the top spot in the best national university category. Carnegie Mellon ranked 21st overall in last year's rankings. Its business and engineering programs ranked 7th a year ago.

The university was also named one of 12 "Hot Schools" in Kaplan/Newsweek's "How to Get Into College" Guide. The Kaplan/Newsweek Hot Colleges List is based on admissions trends and interviews with teachers and students. Carnegie Mellon appears on the list as "Most Tech Savvy."


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