Consistently recognized as one of the most livable cities, Pittsburgh is home to over 86,000 students from 10 colleges and universities. Among mid-sized metros, the American Institute of Economic Research ranks it No. 3 for students.
The City of Bridges, the Steel City, or simply The 'Burgh, whatever you call it, there’s no disputing that our Carnegie Mellon community is proud to call this city home.
Pittsburgh is an internationally recognized city, known for its research and industry, world-class medical facilities, corporate headquarters, cultural community and professional sports teams.
Carnegie Mellon is a vital component of the city's DNA. In August of 2017 it was reported that Carnegie Mellon creates approximately $2.7 billion in economic impact each year, mostly in the Pittsburgh area.
Some 177,000 people work in Pittsburgh's tech-related industries, and their ranks continue to grow. Low costs of living, networking opportunities, small business accelerators, and an innovative community make the city appealing to entrepreneurs, especially recent graduates. Pittsburgh is emerging as a city of makers and entrepreneurs that The Atlantic calls "the next tech mecca." Additionally, Pittsburgh was ranked as one of the top 25 U.S. cities for millennials.
Robotics and software engineering lead the way. The city is home to Google, Uber, Disney Research, Intel and Apple offices and a budding ecosystem of tech startups including Duolingo, Modcloth and 4Moms, all of which have Carnegie Mellon roots.
You can always find something new in the city of Pittsburgh. Between the 88 distinct city neighborhoods and the 10 local colleges with 86,000 students – there’s so much to explore and so many different people to meet along the way.
Carnegie Mellon is situated in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood, close to the surrounding neighborhoods of Oakland and Shadyside. Get to know the city by exploring these and other culturally unique neighborhoods. Don't leave without visiting some of the many locally-owned businesses and restaurants that give Pittsburgh its personality (there's no shortage of great food in Pittsburgh).
With their Carnegie Mellon ID, students have access to prominent cultural centers, including:
- Carnegie Museum of Art
- Carnegie Museum of Natural History
- Carnegie Science Center & Highmark SportsWorks
- The Andy Warhol Museum
- Mattress Factory
- The National Aviary
- Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
- Senator John Heinz History Center
The Steel City has become known for its green living. Pittsburgh has more trees per square mile than any other U.S. city, 1,700 acres of city parks and is bike-friendly. The city also has one of the world’s largest concentrations of certified "green" buildings, including the Phipps Conservatory.
If you’re an avid biker, check out the Great Allegheny Passage, one of America’s best bike trails connecting 150 miles across state lines. And in the winter, take the bus downtown to PPG Plaza and skate around the 2,000 square foot outdoor rink.
Thrill seekers may visit Kennywood Park, named among the best theme parks in the nation for its old-fashioned atmosphere and big-league roller coasters.
- Top 30 - Best Cities in the United States | National Geographic
- Top 25 - Ranking for U.S. Cities for Millennials | Forbes.com
- #3 - Mid-sized Metro City for Students | American Institute of Economic Research
- #8 of Top Cities Techies Should Consider Moving to | The Huffington Post, 2016
- #9 on Forbes' List of the Top 15 Most Livable Cities in the Country | Forbes Magazine
- #6 of the Best College Cities in America | Wallet Hub
- 1 of Traveler's Choice Destinations on the Rise | TripAdvisor
- 1 of seven U.S. Cities Chosen as the Best Places to Visit in 2016 | Travel + Leisure International Survey
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