Carnegie Mellon is ranked in the top 6 for national universities with the highest percentage of international undergraduates, with students from outside of the United States making up 21 percent of the degree-seeking undergraduate student body in the 2014-2015 academic year, according to the U.S. News Short List.
The Office of International Education (OIE) helps international students with their social and academic transition to the U.S. and Carnegie Mellon, and informs them of their immigration rights and responsibilities. In addition to other programs, the office organizes a mandatory orientation program for international students, which begins one day prior to the first-year student orientation. The day’s activities include:
- A session on cross-cultural adjustment
- A presentation on immigration
- Discussions on banking, social security, health services, health insurance and campus security
- A session on the United States education system
Carnegie Mellon also boasts a number of international student organizations for international students or students who want to learn more about other cultures.