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Feb. 15: Carnegie Mellon Receives Record Number Of Undergraduate Applications


Abby Houck

Carnegie Mellon Receives Record Number
Of Undergraduate Applications

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University has received a record number of applications for undergraduate admission for the 2010-2011 school year.

As of Feb. 1, the university's Office of Undergraduate Admission reports that 26,431 applications have been received for 1,400 available spots. This marks a 16 percent increase over the previous record of 22,780 applications received for the 2009-2010 school year.

"It's great to know that even in times of great economic uncertainty, the desire to pursue a college education remains strong," said Michael Steidel, director of admission. "Carnegie Mellon's balance of creative and technical oriented degree programs provides students with a great set of innovative skills, which serve them well in their careers or graduate or professional education."

The Office of Undergraduate Admission also reported a significant increase in applications to the Information Systems (IS) Program, a unique and innovative interdisciplinary program in Carnegie Mellon's College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Drawing on a wide range of exciting college and university strengths, IS majors study the organizational, technological, economic and societal aspects of information systems. Applications to the program increased 30 percent, from 605 for the 2009-2010 academic year to 788 for 2010-2011.

"It's exciting to see the especially strong interest in the Information Systems Program," said Randy Weinberg, professor and head of the program. "Being a part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is a real strength for us. We attract interesting and lively students with a passion for using technology to make a real difference in the world around them."