Diversity & Inclusion


Carnegie Mellon University has a long-standing history of supporting policies that cultivate a diverse and inclusive community, which is the foundation for excellence in learning, research, creativity, and human development. This commitment stands at the core of our mission, and it is reflected in our holistic admission process that looks at the unique and individual contributions each applicant can make to the university community. Diversity is our strength, and by bringing together our different backgrounds and experiences, we can solve society’s biggest challenges with new approaches and innovative research.

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Carnegie Mellon's Office of Admission is committed to recruiting and enrolling students from many backgrounds and cultures.

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Diversity and inclusion are top priorities for the university. We recognize that cultivating diverse perspectives and promoting inclusion will fuel the intellectual vitality essential for the health and progress of our campus community.

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Our university values include impact, inclusion, empathy & compassion and collaboration.

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Carnegie Mellon offers a wide array of academic programs, majors and minors, within six undergraduate colleges and inter-college degree programs.

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Resources like FastWeb.com and Raise.me can help connect you to scholarships to help fund your college education.

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Are just a few examples of active multicultural organizations here at Carnegie Mellon.

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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.

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We foster a student experience founded upon intellectual, occupational, emotional, spiritual, physical and cultural growth.

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Carnegie Mellon is committed to providing a safe campus for all students, domestic and international. #YouAreWelcomeHere

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.

The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion

Carnegie Mellon's Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion offers resources to enhance the student experience in dimensions such as access, success, campus climate and intergroup dialogue.

Learn more about The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion

Celebration of Diversity Weekend

Experience the diverse academic, extracurricular and cultural facets of our community when you attend our Celebration of Diversity overnight event.

Learn more about Celebration of Diversity Weekend

Multicultural Student Organizations

Diversity is something we embrace and celebrate every month of the year on campus with our 280+ student organizations.

Learn more about Carnegie Mellon's Multicultural Student Organizations

Summer Opportunities for Access & Inclusion

From the Summer Academy for Math and Science, a six-week STEM-focused experience, to programs related to the fine arts or artificial intelligence, Carnegie Mellon offers a variety of summer programs.

Learn more about Carnegie Mellon’s Summer Opportunities for Access & Inclusion

Diversity Hometown Admission Counseling Sessions

If you’re a rising high school senior, an admission counseling session in your hometown can help you determine if Carnegie Mellon is a good fit.

Learn more about hometown admission counseling sessions

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 through the admission and financial aid process.

Learn more about the admission and financial aid process

Striving for Access and Equity in Admission

Learn about inclusion as a part of our admission consideration