Tartans in Motion

Discovering the Carnegie Mellon experience beyond the classroom

We want to provide a window into the many activities, organizations and facilities that form the student experience.

At Carnegie Mellon University, a student’s college experience goes far beyond accomplishments in the classroom. While Carnegie Mellon supports students as they excel academically, it’s not without providing the foundation for a vibrant campus life. Outside of the classroom, our students embrace social and civic engagement as well as personal wellness in a robust campus community.

We want to provide a window into the many activities, organizations and facilities that form the student experience – especially with another class of first-year students ready to pack their suitcases and arrive in Pittsburgh in just a few months!

Cohon University Center Expansion

In May 2016, Carnegie Mellon opened the doors of a 62,000 sq. ft. expansion of the Cohon University Center. This project is a testament to the university’s commitment to student health and wellness. The most prominent components of the expansion include a two-level, state-of-the-art fitness center complete with weight and cardiovascular equipment and studio space for group exercise sessions, including spin, yoga and dance classes. This expansion compliments an extensive selection of pre-existing athletic and fitness facilities, including swimming and diving pools, tennis courts, soccer and football fields, and racquetball/squash courts.


For individuals who want to compete in a NCAA Division III varsity sport, Carnegie Mellon has 19 varsity teams. In March, the university announced its intention to add softball as an intercollegiate sport, beginning with the 2019 spring season. Across all sports, our student athletes thrive both on and off the field. Since the 2004-2005 season, 71 Carnegie Mellon athletes have been awarded Academic All-America honors. 


There are endless opportunities within Carnegie Mellon Intramurals. If you’re looking to keep it conventional with volleyball, soccer or flag football, or want to branch out and play inner-tube water polo or wallyball, the choice is yours. Approximately 2,100 students competed in intramural activities during the 2016-2017 school year, reported Anthony Miller, Coordinator of Intramurals and Club Sports. “Students love the environment – it’s where they relax and the release the tension of studying,” said Miller, whose personal goal is to maintain the fun and uplifting intramurals atmosphere. This year he’ll be introducing cornhole-style relay tournaments, pickleball tournaments and ultimate dodgeball.

Clubs & Organizations

With over 280 student-run campus organizations there’s opportunity for involvement across many social, spiritual, political, cultural and recreational interests. Between organizations like Chess Club, Quidditch Club (yes, Quidditch) and Tartan Parkour, the true test is finding something you aren’t interested in! Student organizations create an ideal space for students to bond over shared interests while developing new ones. Students can explore a full listing of organizations and activities on our student organizations directory.

Greek Life

Social engagement, service and scholarship unite in Carnegie Mellon’s Greek Life community. Fraternities and sororities offer an experience that compliments education and challenges students to become better leaders and citizens. 19% of the undergraduate community participates in Greek Life.

"Housefellows strive to understand each student’s motivation, passion, and interests to better connect them to diverse opportunities at the university."

Residential Life & Housing

Our housing communities strive to provide students with opportunities for growth and development. First-year student houses place a strong emphasis on exposure to new ideas and new people as students become acquainted to the Carnegie Mellon community. For instance, each residence hall has a Housefellow, Community Advisor, Resident Assistant and Facilities Coordinator to ensure that you’ll make a successful transition to campus. Helen Wang, Director of Residential Education, shared that “Housefellows strive to understand each student’s motivation, passion, and interests” to better connect them to diverse opportunities throughout the university.

We welcome you to experience Carnegie Mellon’s campus life when you arrive as a first-year student or when you attend an overnight weekend as a prospective student. The Carnegie Mellon experience expands far beyond the classroom. We value student leadership, involvement and engagement, and encourage you to get involved in some of the many opportunities available to our campus community.