Carnegie Mellon University

All in the Family

What is a legacy family? The Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Association defines legacies as students who have family members who also graduated from CMU, including parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and other more distant relatives. Love of CMU is genetic — our community boasts nearly 4,000 legacies among the current students and alumni, including five families who have five generations of CMU graduates.

Legacy Family Events

Fall: Open House at Move-In Day

New students can meet fellow legacy students and form new friendships, while families can reconnect with other CMU alumni whose children have joined the CMU community with theirs.

Spring: Legacy Day

CMU celebrates legacy families which a special virtual family event. Invites will be sent in March.

Spring: Commencement Preferred Seating

CMU offers preferred seating during the main graduation ceremony for our legacy families. Information about this opportunity at commencement will be sent to families in April. For additional questions, please email

Looking to follow in your family's footsteps?

Your status as a potential legacy family is very important to us, but CMU's admission process uses the same criteria for all applicants, regardless of legacy status. All applicants are evaluated fairly and individually throughout the review process. Please note that the Alumni Association has no involvement with the admission process. Admission to CMU is fiercely competitive, and all prospective students should present themselves robustly and truthfully during the process.

Learn more about the undergraduate admission process at CMU

Learn more about the graduate admission process at CMU