Diversity at Carnegie Mellon

Our goal is to create an atmosphere that cultivates a sense of community and diversity at Carnegie Mellon while also embracing each student’s individuality. Students at Carnegie Mellon represent forty-nine states and over sixty-five nations. Needless to say, Carnegie Mellon students embody a wide array of backgrounds and cultures.

Affirmative Action in Higher Education

On June 23, 2003, the Supreme Court issued two landmark decisions addressing race and ethnicity-conscious admission in higher education.

The Court affirmed that student body diversity is a compelling governmental interest that permits colleges and universities to consider race and ethnicity in admission, as long as they do so in a “narrowly tailored” manner.

Carnegie Mellon believed this issue to be so important that it led in the preparation of an Amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court urging the Court to affirm, in accordance with Justice Powell’s opinion in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, that some consideration of race, as one of many factors in the selection of students for admission to a college or university, comports with the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.