Student Support Services

Carnegie Mellon helps students succeed academically, professionally and socially

Carnegie Mellon University understands the transition to college life may present some challenges, but we're here to support you academically, professionally, physically and mentally throughout your time at Carnegie Mellon. Our top priority is the health and safety of our students. Backed by ongoing research from our world-class faculty, we're constantly refining the support services provided to Carnegie Mellon students.

One of your first contacts as a new student will be your academic advisor. This staff member will not only help you schedule your classes and ensure you fulfill your program requirements – they'll connect you to other campus resources. If you’re seeking academic support, they may direct you to Academic Development, which provides peer tutoring, academic coaching and supplemental instruction for traditionally difficult courses. Our Career and Professional Development Center is a great resource to build your career skills; they provide professional development workshops as well as personalized resumé and interview advice.

Ensuring the psychological well-being of our students is a major focus of our community. Counseling and Psychological Services is at the forefront of this objective and provides a safe, confidential environment for students to talk about personal concerns. Another initiative is Be Well @ CMU. With the help of a fifth-year scholar, they organize events like weekly Paws to Relax therapy dogs in the Mindfulness Room. In addition, Carnegie Mellon provides a free Headspace subscription to all students. All course syllabi outline appropriate accommodations for student well-being, and professors are willing to talk with students about any academic or personal concerns.

Carnegie Mellon has also established several departments focused on acceptance and inclusion. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion offers resources to enhance an inclusive and transformative student experience in dimensions including access, success, campus climate and intergroup dialogue. Disability Resources assists students who identify with a disability and require accommodations in the classroom and finding a career upon graduation. For international students making the transition to the U.S., the Office of International Education and Global Communications Center can assist with immigration, communication and cultural understanding.

The Task Force on the CMU Experience has been examining and developing recommendations to enhance our community. Since it was founded in 2016, the task force has suggested classroom, dining and study space renovations as well as more lenient add, drop and withdrawal policies to allow students to make better decisions about their work-life balance. Last year, the university opened a new athletic facility and began offering all group fitness classes free of charge. The Office of Residential Education has strengthened the Residential Curriculum with an intiative that provides resident assistants new strategies to engage students in their communities and be more involved as a peer advisors and supporters in living spaces.

We want our students to succeed in all aspects of their college exprience and have the resources in place for you to do so at Carnegie Mellon.