The Carnegie Mellon Advising Resource Center (CMARC) is an advising and information center designed to assist undergraduate students of all majors in their academic and social development from their first year through graduation. Professional advisors work individually with students; directing them to appropriate communities, service providers and other areas of opportunity in order to help them find their place at Carnegie Mellon and make the most of their educational experience. The primary purpose is to build a supportive, intellectual and social community, bridging the campus’ diverse cultures. We have an additional commitment to support underrepresented ethnic minority students. CMARC is a place where students’ differences and talents are guided, appreciated and reinforced.
CMARC seeks to prepare students to make a long term, positive impact in their communities and workplaces. We provide a variety of experiences that educate and train students in effective leadership principles. Emphasis is placed on ethical decision making and collaboration; skills that can distinguish students in today’s competitive, global job market. Service learning opportunities are also made available.
Recognizing the benefits of a good beginning, CMARC sponsors a two-day, off-campus pre-orientation program for African American, Hispanic and Native American first year students. It is intended to serve as a bridge for ethnic minorities as they transition from high school to college and as an opportunity for community building with others of similar backgrounds. This retreat is held a few days before the university orientation so students can enjoy participating in both.
One of six pre-college programs at Carnegie Mellon, SAMS is designed to “make good students excellent.” This six week residential summer experience for juniors and seniors focuses on creating interest in technical disciplines, enhancing academic profiles and building personal competencies required for admission to competitive colleges and universities.