Carnegie Mellon University

Who We Are  

A private, global research university, Carnegie Mellon University has a transformative impact on society through continual innovation in education, research, creativity and entrepreneurship.

A birthplace of innovation since its founding, Carnegie Mellon is known for solving important real-world problems through interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Forefront of Research

Pittsburgh streets are a living laboratory for researchers studying how to make cities smarter.  

Working at the nexus of technology and humanity, the university is enriching the everyday human experience through interdisciplinarity, innovation and ingenuity collaboration.

Home to more than 100 centers and institutes, researchers look across disciplines and reach beyond the boundaries of education for partnerships to create work that matters.

Among the centers is the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, which recently was awarded more than $250 million. The institute integrates industry practices and institutional knowledge across disciplines to realize the promises of a robust manufacturing innovation ecosystem.

CMU also uses its leadership role in artificial intelligence to change the way people live, work and learn. One example, AI experts have teamed up with agricultural leaders and plant scientists to solve the emerging global food crisis and change the future of food. And, as more of daily life happens online, CMU is at the cutting-edge of securing companies and protecting individuals from cybersecurity threats.

As a global model for smarter city solutions, Carnegie Mellon partners with the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and other government agencies, to incubate a range of technological systems that will improve safety, enhance mobility, promote efficiency and address pollution in the environment. Work related to traffic lights has decreased travel times and lowered emissions by over 20 percent in test areas, resulting in international recognition

RoboTutor LLC, a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff, was named one of five Global Learning XPRIZE finalists for its educational software that teaches children basic math and reading skills. The XPRIZE competition is attempting to address the acute shortage of teachers in developing countries.

Global institutions with Pittsburgh presences like K&L Gates and PwC also leverage their client engagement experience with CMU’s world-class research, faculty and students to partner with the university to invest in the future.

Industries also benefit from facilities and strategic partnerships that serve the next generation of university–industry collaboration and programs.

CMU also is one of only 25 universities invited to be a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum, where CMU experts have led global conversations in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence since 2011.

Excellence in Education

Justine Cassell, associate dean for Technology, Strategy and Impact and co-director of the Simon Initiative, discusses virtual humans at the 2017 World Economic Forum.

Carnegie Mellon provides a distinct educational experience for students, which is offered to more than 13,000 students through seven distinguished schools and colleges, augmented by campuses in Qatar and Silicon Valley, and degree-granting programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America.

As the only U.S. university with top 10 ranked units in computer science, engineering and the arts, Carnegie Mellon is uniquely placed to advance education and research in technology-arts based creative industries through its Integrative Design, Arts and Technology network. The unique culture at Carnegie Mellon allows students and faculty members to work with scholars outside of their schools and colleges through additional interdisciplinary programs.

Students, including the first-ever incoming class to have more women than men, are also drawn by curricula that complement academics with personal and career skills.

The Mellon College of Science's new core curriculum is one example that offers forward-thinking educational programming to help students develop as scholars, professionals, citizens and individuals. The program is based in the latest science of learning research out of CMU's Simon Initiative, which uses technology-enhanced learning to study and improve student outcomes.

To help support students, CMU leadership launched the Presidential Fellowship & Scholarship program in 2014 to lower the barriers of the cost of attendance for undergraduates and reduce the dependence on external funding sources for graduate students.

Outstanding and Diverse Talent

High school students in the Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science participate in a six-week rigorous residential experience.

Creating and nurturing a community of people with different experiences, perspectives and identities is the foundation for excellence in research, creativity, learning and human development.

The university is committed at all levels of the institution to recruit, retain and advance diverse world-class talent within students, faculty and staff. These efforts are supported by sustainable programmatic initiatives.

For the first time, women make up the majority of first-year undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon. The new parity between men and women comes at a time when CMU has had unprecedented success in attracting top students who have other outstanding options for college. Undergraduate yield rose to 37 percent from 30 percent four years ago, and the university admission acceptance rate in 2017 was 22.2 percent.

This fall, building on decades of support and advocacy for students, CMU opened a new Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion. The interdivisional, co-located center provides a new home for functions and resources in support of the student experience, enhancing student access, student success, campus climate and intergroup dialogue.

Carnegie Mellon has increased pipeline programs such as the Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science. The program focuses on providing an opportunity for outstanding college-bound students historically underrepresented in STEM fields, including women, students from low-income families, students who are the first to pursue a college degree and students of color.

The primary responsibility for all matters of educational and research policy and of academic freedom is held by the Faculty Senate. In addition, Staff Council provides a platform for policy advocacy and community involvement, which enables staff to realize their full potential and impact their quality of life.

Carnegie Mellon’s scholarly excellence is evident in the accolades and awards won by faculty, staff, students and alumni. CMU has been home to 20 Nobel laureates in five of the six categories, 12 Turing Award recipients, 12 Churchill Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, five Truman Scholars and more than 70 Fulbright recipients. In the arts, members of the CMU community have received 44 Tony Awards and 9 Academy Awards to date.

The CMU Experience

Incoming first-year students participate in a broad variety of activities during a weeklong orientation to CMU.

CMU strives to provide a holistic experience for students to foster intellectual and personal growth as well as create a united sense of spirit and purpose, or "One CMU." 

The university is committed to providing the most secure and nurturing environment possible for students, faculty, staff and alumni where the community also works together and supports its members. The Task Force on the CMU Experience is working to closely examine the university environment, make immediate progress where possible, and take steps to address complex issues over time.

A new Health and Wellness Center is set to open in 2020, that will include an expanded Counseling and Psychological Services. In addition, CMU’s Cyert Center for Early Education, a full-day early care and education program, opened a second location this summer.

A new host family program for international students launched in early 2017. Within the first few months of its inception, 73 students were matched with 40 families who serve as hosts, and numbers are expected to increase significantly.

In the 2017-2018 academic year, for the first time, CMU closed regular operations for three days creating an extended winter break, allowing staff and other members of the campus community to enjoy time away from their work.

Carnegie Mellon is also building for the future. The university recently embarked on a multiyear, $20 million renovation project to upgrade central teaching and learning spaces across the Pittsburgh campus. With the addition of the Tepper Quad, the TCS BuildingANSYS Hall and Scott Hall, the university is undergoing its largest expansion since the university’s founding in 1900. Another initiative, the UPLift Challenge, is enhancing common spaces with fun and collaboration in mind.

Impact in Pittsburgh

Carnegie Mellon produces an estimated $2.7 billion in annual economic impact for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, mostly in the Pittsburgh area, according to a new report commissioned by CMU. And a recent report by the Brookings Institution noted that Pittsburgh's innovation economy is strong and growing thanks to the region's universities.

With low costs of living, networking opportunities and an innovative community, Pittsburgh — known as the Steel City — thrives on technology, entrepreneurship and the arts.