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.

Leadership Development

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. 

ORIGINS Pre-Orientation Program

Recognizing the benefits of a good beginning, CMARC sponsors ORIGINS, 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.

Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science 

The Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science is a six-week rigorous residential experience for high school seniors who have a strong interest in computer science, engineering and natural sciences. The summer academy's goal is to equip students with essential skills necessary for successful completion of STEM majors. 

The program seeks to recruit underserved and underrepresented students who hail from a multitude of diverse backgrounds, including ethnic minority students, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, populations inadequately represented in STEM disciplines and students who reside in underserved school districts and/or are first generation college-bound students.