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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1900
    • Size:
    • Medium (5000~15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Cold (Continental)
    • Location:
    • 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15213
    • Phone:
    • +14122682000
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Carnegie Mellon University 

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a private research university based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie as the Carnegie Technical Schools, the university became the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1912 and began granting four-year degrees. In 1967, the Carnegie Institute of Technology merged with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research to form Carnegie Mellon University. With its main campus located 3 miles (5 km) from Downtown Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon has grown into an international university with over a dozen degree-granting locations in six continents, including campuses in Qatar and Silicon Valley, and more than 20 research partnerships.

Academic Highlights

The university has seven colleges and independent schools, all of which offer interdisciplinary programs: the College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mellon College of Science, Tepper School of Business, H. John Heinz III College of Information Systems and Public Policy, and the School of Computer Science. Carnegie Mellon University challenges the curious and passionate to imagine and deliver work that matters.

Life in Carnegie Mellon University

The Carnegie Mellon Tartans were a founding member of the University Athletic Association of NCAA Division III. Prior to World War II Carnegie Mellon (as Carnegie Tech) played with NCAA Division I teams. In 1936, the Carnegie Tech riflery team won the national intercollegiate championship. Currently, varsity teams are fielded in basketball, track, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, volleyball, tennis, hockey, and rowing. In addition, club teams exist in ultimate frisbee, rowing, rugby, lacrosse, hockey, baseball, softball, skiing & snowboarding, soccer, volleyball, water polo, and cycling. Carnegie Mellon Athletics runs a comprehensive and popular intramural system, maintains facilities (primarily Skibo Gymnasium, Cohon University Center, and Gesling Stadium), and offers courses to students in fitness and sports. Carnegie Mellon's primary athletic rivals are fellow UAA schools Case Western Reserve University and Washington University in St. Louis; the Tartans had an especially intense rivalry with the latter's football team from the 2000s to 2017.

School Ranking

Nationally, U.S. News & World Report ranks Carnegie Mellon tied for 25th among American research universities in 2019. Several of its graduate programs have been ranked in national and international surveys. U.S. News ranked Carnegie Mellon as tied at 1st for graduate studies in computer science, 6th for fine arts, 8th for statistics, 14th for public affairs, 17th for psychology, 32nd for mathematics, 35th for physics, 39th for biological sciences, 41st for chemistry, 44th for history, and 51st for English. It ranked Carnegie Mellon's graduate program outright at 4th for engineering, 17th for business, and 20th for economics.

Admissions

In 2019 Carnegie Mellon enrolled students from 48 U.S. states and more than 70 countries. Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2019-2020 is $57,119 and room and board is $14,972.

Notable Alumni

  • Cote de Pablo, Actress known for NCIS

  • Pop artist Andy Warhol

  • Inventor of Java, James Gosling

  • Author of "The Last Lecture" Randy Pausch

Acceptance Rate

For the class of 2023 (enrolling fall 2019), Carnegie Mellon received 27,634 applications and accepted 4,265 (15.4%), with 1,585 enrolling.The acceptance rates of the individual colleges and programs ranged from Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture's 30% to Carnegie Mellon School of Drama's 3%.



Other Campuses
    • 23 NASA Research Park, Moffett Field, California, United States
    • 444 N. Capitol Street NW, Suite 399, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
    • 4640 Lankershim Boulevard # 125, North Hollywood, California, United States

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