Carnegie Mellon University

Dietrich Facts and Figures

The Basics

Dean: Richard Scheines

Number of Undergraduate Students: 1,228

Number of Graduate Students: 294

Number of Full-time Faculty: 203

Number of Part-time Faculty: 4

Did You Know?

  • Currently, the Dietrich College is home to six American Academy of Arts and Sciences members: John R. Anderson, Psychology; Joseph B. Kadane, Statistics; Roberta Klatzky, Psychology; George Loewenstein, Social and Decision Sciences; Teddy Seidenfeld, Philosophy; and Wilfred Sieg, Philosophy.
  • Four Dietrich College faculty members belong to the National Academy of Science: Psychology’s John R. Anderson and Marlene Behrmann; Institute of Politics and Strategy's Baruch Fischhoff and Statistics’ Larry Wasserman.
  • Sheldon Cohen, in the Psychology Department, and the Institute for Politics and Strategy's Baruch Fischhoff are members of the National Academy of Medicine.
  • Carnegie Mellon’s only two members of the National Academy of Education are from the Dietrich College: the Psychology Department's David Klahr and Robert Siegler.
  • In 2007 and 2008, Social and Decision Sciences’ David Hounshell and History’s Joel Tarr won back-to-back Da Vinci Awards from the Society of the History of Technology. The award recognizes a lifetime of excellence in the history of technology.
  • Dietrich College students receive many prestigious honors and awards, including Fulbright Awards, Luce Scholarships, U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships and Soros Felowships.
  • Technical writing, behavioral economics and decision sciences are all fields pioneered by Dietrich College faculty. The B.A. in creative writing was one of the first undergraduate degrees offered in creative writing and is still one of only a handful of programs to offer a full degree rather than a concentration.
  • Founded in 1966, the college’s Department of Statistics evolved separately from the traditional umbrella of mathematical sciences and emphasized computation, understanding human behavior and decision-making and cross-disciplinary research.
  • Students in the capstone Information Systems Applications course collaborate with community-based organizations to develop useful software solutions for real management needs. Recent clients include Meals on Wheels, United Way, Best of the Batch Foundation and Light of Life Foundation.
  • Psychology Professor Marcel Just can read minds. In 2008, Just and his School of Computer Science colleague Tom Mitchell applied machine-learning techniques to brain imaging data to identify the contents of an individual’s thoughts of concrete objects. A demonstration of how the process works – from one computer displaying a labeled picture of a concrete object (e.g. hammer) to a person in the MRI scanner, to a separate computer analyzing the resulting brain image to determine which object was shown – was featured on 60 Minutes. In 2013, Just and Social and Decision Sciences Karim Kassam and George Loewenstein took the research a step further and identified the emotions a person experiences based on brain activity.
  • Faculty members in the Department of Philosophy focus on research connected to the real world. They work with organizations such as the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, National Security Agency and NASA as well as with the community through deliberative democracy.
  • Despite no university-wide language requirement, approximately 50 percent of CMU undergraduates – from every school and college – take a course in the Department of Modern Languages. This is a striking contrast to the 8.6 percent of undergraduates who take a foreign language course nationally.