Carnegie Mellon University
October 10, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon in Qatar Experiences Record Enrollment

107 New Students Include Highest Number of Qatari Nationals

Contact: Murry Evans / / +974 4454 8490/ Kimberly Mathern / / +974 6645 5177

DOHA, QATAR—Reflecting Carnegie Mellon University's growing presence throughout the region, the university's Qatar campus welcomed a diverse incoming class of 107 new students for the 2011-2012 academic year, including 98 new freshman and nine transfer students. The class included 41 Qatari nationals — a record in university history. This year's incoming class brings the total number of undergraduates to 335.

"The momentum continues to build for Carnegie Mellon Qatar and Education City. We were fortunate to receive a record number of applicants this year including prospective students from 65 nations," said Jarrod Mock, director of admission for Carnegie Mellon Qatar.

This year's total undergraduate enrollment comprises 52 percent women and 48 percent men from 39 different countries. There are 181 students majoring in business administration, 69 in computer science and 79 in information systems. Additionally, six students are enrolled in the new biological sciences program.

In addition to Carnegie Mellon's undergraduate enrollment, 63 students are cross-registered from other institutions in Education City, including 10 Qatari nationals participating in a newly established 5-year program in cooperation with the Academic Bridge Program. This brings the total number of students to 398.

Mock said: "We're excited to see the rise of Qatari students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon. Our efforts are continuously aimed at growing the number of qualified Qatari nationals. We embrace the opportunity to provide a world-class education to the Qatari youth, and we look forward to seeing how they will impact their nation in the future."

Noor Al Jassim, an alumna who majored in Business Administration, described how Carnegie Mellon helped her prepare for her current position at Tasweeq, a petroleum marketing company.

Speaking at a recent admissions event, Noor said: "I chose Carnegie Mellon because of its global reputation. Right here at Education City, I experienced a world-class education with state-of-the-art facilities and opportunities for innovative research in a multicultural environment. I am proud to see how Carnegie Mellon continues to grow."