35 Facts About Carnegie Mellon


Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Carnegie Mellon has operated as a single institution since the merger.

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Carnegie Mellon is known for its advances in research and creating new fields of study, notably being home to many firsts in computer science, pioneering the field of management science, and being home to the first drama program in the United States.

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Carnegie Mellon's vision was to open a vocational training school for the sons and daughters of working-class Pittsburghers .

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Carnegie Mellon was inspired for the design of his school by the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, founded by industrialist Charles Pratt in 1887.

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In 1927, the Carnegie Mellon Institute incorporated as an independent nonprofit.

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Carnegie Mellon's coordinate women's college, the Margaret Morrison Carnegie College, closed in 1973 and merged its academic programs with the rest of the university.

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Carnegie Mellon is bordered to the west by the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

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Carnegie Mellon owns 81 buildings in the Oakland and Squirrel Hill neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.

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In 2014, Carnegie Mellon re-dedicated the University Center as the Cohon University Center in recognition of the eighth president of the university, Jared Cohon.

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Carnegie Mellon is distinct in its interdisciplinary approach to research and education.

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In September 2012, Carnegie Mellon announced the construction of the Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall on the Pittsburgh campus.

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Further, in November 2013, Carnegie Mellon announced a $67 million gift from David Tepper, who previously donated $56 million, to develop the Tepper Quadrangle on the north campus.

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Alongside the Tepper Quad and Hamburg Hall, Carnegie Mellon finished construction in 2020 on TCS Hall, an innovation center made possible with a $35 million gift from Tata Consultancy Services, which will partner with Carnegie Mellon to develop technology and business solutions.

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In 2022, U S News ranked Carnegie Mellon as having 23 graduate programs in the Top 10 nationwide and 16 in the Top 5 nationwide, including three programs ranked first: Artificial Intelligence, Programming Language, and Information and Technology Management.

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Globally, Carnegie Mellon is ranked 28th by Times Higher Education, 52nd by QS World University Rankings, 97th by ARWU, and tied for 102nd by U S News.

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Carnegie Mellon is one of 66 elected members of the Association of American Universities and one of 29 members of the World Economic Forum Global University Leaders Forum.

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In 2019 Carnegie Mellon enrolled students from 48 U S states and more than 70 countries.

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Carnegie Mellon is home to the Carnegie School of management and economics.

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Carnegie Mellon develops cross-disciplinary and university-wide institutes and initiatives to take advantage of strengths in various colleges and departments and develop solutions in critical social and technical problems.

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Carnegie Mellon has made a concerted effort to attract corporate research labs, offices, and partnerships to the Pittsburgh campus.

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Carnegie Mellon established the Integrative Media Program at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, New York.

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Carnegie Mellon maintains the Carnegie Mellon Los Angeles Center in North Hollywood, California where students in the Master of Entertainment Industry Management program are required to relocate to Los Angeles in their second year and attend classes at this facility.

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In 2003, Carnegie Mellon established the Robot Hall of Fame in partnership with the Carnegie Science Center.

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Carnegie Mellon manages the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in Pittsburgh on which students throughout Pittsburgh's universities rely.

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Carnegie Mellon relies on the University of Pittsburgh to provide opportunities in Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps to its students.

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Carnegie Mellon is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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In 2015, in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, Carnegie Mellon became a partner of the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance to leverage data analysis in health care.

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Carnegie Mellon offers conventional housing for its students through single-gender, coeducational, and special interest options.

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Greek tradition at Carnegie Mellon began over 100 years ago with the founding of the first fraternity on campus, Theta Xi, in 1912.

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The Chi Omega chapter at Carnegie Mellon transformed into an independent sorority, Zeta Psi Sigma, and has since become Alpha Chi Omega.

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Currently, Carnegie Mellon has thirteen active fraternities: Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Tau Omega, Alpha Sigma Phi, Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Phi Epsilon, Phi Delta Theta, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu, and Sigma Phi Epsilon.

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Carnegie Mellon Tartans were a founding member of the University Athletic Association of NCAA Division III.

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The Carnegie Mellon Tech men's basketball team was a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Conference throughout the conference's existence from 1932 to 1939 and won the conference championship in 1936, defeating Pittsburgh in a conference championship playoff game.

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In October 2017, Carnegie Mellon took part in a study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh's Office of Child Development that examined food insecurity among students in the Pittsburgh region.

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