CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY: AN OVERVIEW
About Carnegie Mellon
Over the past 50 years, the university has set the standard for scholarship, education, and impact for a 21st-century research university. A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), CMU is a global university with nearly 14,800 students, more than 105,000 living alumni, and approximately 6,300 faculty and staff. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked CMU #25 among national universities, and many of its programs are among the top ranked in the world. CMU boasts academic strength across a broad range of fields spanning humanities, fine arts, social sciences, business, public policy, physical sciences, and engineering, and, indicative of this breadth, is home to the #1 ranked programs in computer science and drama.
The university is known for its distinctive culture, which champions interdisciplinary inquiry in a technology rich environment. It maintains a forward-thinking stance towards all disciplines, strives to be socially relevant, and embraces the traditions and values of humanistic inquiry across all pursuits. CMU faculty are renowned for inspiring students to think creatively, interpret with insight, and solve major societal, scientific, and technological challenges. Current and former faculty and alumni include 20 Nob0el Laureates, 79 members of the National Academies, 12 Turing Awards, 10 Academy Awards, 116 Emmy Awards, and 47 Tony Awards. Exceptionally talented students, roughly 47% undergraduate and 53% graduate, are drawn to the university’s commitment to innovative education and training and its outstanding programs across its seven schools and colleges. CMU has seen a dramatic increase in undergraduate applications that have led to increasing selectivity and rising yield, as well as substantial increases in master’s level students. CMU’s annual budget is over $1.3 billion with total research expenditures of $400 million.
In March 2018, Dr. Farnam Jahanian was named the university’s 10th president. A nationally recognized computer scientist, entrepreneur, public servant, and higher education leader, Jahanian led the development of a strategic plan that builds on the university’s distinctive strengths and capitalizes on its alignment with the current higher education landscape. The plan outlines objectives across a range of areas including: cultivating a diverse and inclusive community; advancing technology-enhanced education; promoting the physical and emotional well-being of the community; sustaining the special culture where interdisciplinarity, innovation, entrepreneurial thinking, and action are valued and fostered; and continuing to impact the economic and cultural life of the Pittsburgh region and the nation through a clear commitment to solving societal challenges.
CMU is a dynamic institution that has exceptional impact in the world relative to its size and endowment. The success of the university emanates from its deeply held core values: dedication, impact, collaboration, creativity, empathy and compassion, inclusion, integrity, and sustainability. It is a place of creativity, pragmatism, and ambition, with a tradition of strategically focusing its efforts and resources in areas where it can lead, then pursuing those areas with startling intensity.