First Generation College Students

Applying to highly selective colleges can be an unfamiliar process. Carnegie Mellon is committed to supporting you and your family during this time. We encourage you to reach out to us so that we can assist you throughout the admission and financial aid process.

The University Community

The Carnegie Mellon community is made up of highly talented students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents from all over the world. As individuals, we have many kinds of creative talents and intellectual strengths; as a community, we are widely regarded as a place where people connect and collaborate across disciplines to solve critical societal challenges.

Attracting and retaining a diverse community remains a significant challenge for Carnegie Mellon. We continue to work to recruit and retain students from under-represented backgrounds, including those who seek to be the first in their family to graduate from a four-year institution. The university is also focused on inclusive policies and practices that build a sense of community among people with many backgrounds, skills, and strengths.

We hope that the following pages are informative to you and your family.


Academic Support Services at Carnegie Mellon

Carnegie Mellon's Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion (The Center) offers resources to enhance the student experience in dimensions such as access, success, campus climate and intergroup dialogue. Additionally, The Center supports and connects historically underrepresented students and those who are first in their family to attend college in a setting where students’ differences and talents are guided, appreciated and reinforced. Staff in the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion partner with students to offer programs and initiatives to increase awareness and engage the community in creating a vibrant and inclusive campus environment.

The Academic Development Office offers a variety of academic support services to assist students in developing the skills, strategies and behaviors needed to perform as confident, independent and active learners.