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This is a list of notable people associated with Carnegie Mellon University in the United States of America.

Notable students and alumni[edit]

Nobel laureates[edit]

  • John L. Hall (B.S. 1956, M.S. 1958, Ph.D. 1961), 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Lars Peter Hansen (faculty member, 1978–1981), 2013 Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences
  • Finn E. Kydland (Ph.D. 1973, faculty member), 2004 Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences
  • Robert Lucas, Jr. (faculty member, 1963–1974), 1995 Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences
  • Merton H. Miller (faculty member, 1953–1961), 1990 Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences
  • Franco Modigliani (faculty member, 1952–1962), 1985 Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences
  • Dale Thomas Mortensen (Ph.D. 1967), 2010 Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences
  • John Forbes Nash (B.S. 1948, M.S. 1948), 1994 Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences, the subject of A Beautiful Mind
  • Edward C. Prescott (Ph.D. 1967, faculty member 1971–1980), 2004 Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences
  • Clifford Shull (B.S. 1937), 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Oliver E. Williamson (Ph.D. 1963), 2009 Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences

Turing Award recipients[edit]

  • Edward Feigenbaum (B.S. 1956, Ph.D 1960), artificial intelligence, 1994
  • Shafi Goldwasser (B.S. 1979), cryptography, 2012
  • Allen Newell (Ph.D 1957, faculty member 1961–1992), artificial intelligence, 1975
  • Alan Perlis (B.S. 1943, faculty member 1956–1971), compiler construction, 1966; first Turing Award winner
  • Ivan Sutherland (B.S. 1959), computer graphics, 1988

Wolf Prize recipients[edit]

Enrico Fermi Award winners[edit]

Stockholm Prize in Criminology winners[edit]

  • Daniel Nagin (B.S, M.S. 1971, Ph.D. 1976, Professor), criminologist, 2014

National Medal of Science recipients[edit]

  • Raoul Bott (Ph.D. 1949), Mathematical, Statistical, and Computer Sciences, 1987
  • Allen Newell (Ph.D 1957, Professor), Mathematical, Statistical, and Computer Sciences, 1992
  • George Pake (B.S., M.S. 1945), Physical Sciences, 1987
  • Frederick Rossini (B.S. 1925, M.S. 1926, DSc (hon.) 1948), Chemistry

National Medal of Technology recipients[edit]

MacArthur Fellows[edit]


  • Paul Allaire (MBA 1966), former Xerox director (1986–1990) CEO (1990–2000) and Chairman (1991–2000)
  • Kushagra Bajaj (B.S.), Vice Chairman of Bajaj Group
  • Francisco D'Souza (MBA 1992), CEO of Cognizant Technology Solutions
  • Dina Dublon (MBA 1979), former EVP and CFO of JP Morgan Chase; board member of Microsoft, Accenture, PepsiCo, and Carnegie Mellon University
  • Marc Ewing (B.S. 1992), co-founder of Red Hat Inc., maker of Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Yoshiaki Fujimori (MBA 1981), President and CEO of Lixil Group
  • Scott Griffith (1981), Chairman and CEO of Zipcar
  • Cormac Kinney (B.S. 1993, MSIA 1994), software inventor and entrepreneur
  • Alexander Knaster (B.S. 1980), billionaire private equity investor; founder and chairman of Pamplona Capital Management
  • Jim Levy (B.S. 1965, MSIA 1966), founding CEO of Activision (1979–1986)
  • Frank Marshall (B.S.), former Director of Juniper Networks, former Vice President of Cisco (1992–1997)
  • Gerald C. Meyers (B.S., M.S.), former Chairman of American Motors
  • Ted Nierenberg (B.S. 1944), founder of Dansk International Designs[1]
  • David Tepper (MBA 1982), founder and Chairman of Appaloosa Management
  • Romesh Wadhwani (M.S., Ph.D.), billionaire private equity investor; founder and chairman of Symphony Technology Group
  • Charles Erwin Wilson (1909), CEO of General Motors (1946–1953), President of General Motors (1941–1953) (See also: Government and politics section)

Science and technology[edit]

  • Kimberly W. Anderson (Ph.D.), chemist, Gill Eminent Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering, Associate Dean for Administration and Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky.
  • Allen Barnett (1966), principal investigator of the DARPA-funded Consortium for Very High Efficiency Solar Cells
  • Andy Bechtolsheim (M.S. 1976), co-founder of Sun Microsystems; Managing Director of Cisco 1996–2002; Chief Architect of Sun Microsystems 2003–2005; an original investor in Google, and the first person to document the company name
  • Joshua Bloch (Ph.D. 1990), Chief Java Architect of Google, author of Jolt Award-winning book Effective Java
  • Nik Bonaddio (B.S. 2004, M.S. 2005), founder of numberFire
  • Nathaniel Borenstein (M.S. 1981, Ph.D. 1985), Chief Open Standards Strategist and Distinguished Engineer at IBM, co-creator of MIME for formatting multimedia email
  • Mark Canepa (B.S. 1976, M.S. 1977), Executive Vice President of Network Storage Products Group, then Data Management for Sun Microsystems
  • Jane C. Charlton (B.S. 1983), professor of astronomy and astrophysics, received her B.S. at age 18 [2]
  • Bob Colwell (Ph.D.), Chief Architect of IntelPentium Pro
  • Robert Dennard (Ph.D. 1958), inventor of dynamic random access memory (DRAM); IBM Fellow; proved the theories leading to Moore's Law
  • Scott Fahlman (M.S. 1973, Ph.D. 1977), creator of the emoticon
  • Gerald Gardner (1922–2009), geophysicist and social activist whose statistical analysis led to the banning of classified advertising segregated by gender in a 1973 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court[3]
  • Charles Geschke (Ph.D. 1973), co-founder of Adobe Systems
  • James J. Gillogly (Ph.D. 1978), cryptographer who was the first to publicly solve parts 1-3 of Kryptos
  • Virgil D. Gligor, pioneer in computer security and co-director of Carnegie Mellon's CYLAB
  • James Gosling (M.S. 1983, Ph.D. 1983), Vice President and Fellow of Sun Microsystems, creator of Java programming language
  • Feng-hsiung Hsu (Ph.D. 1990), co-creator of ChipTest (while at CMU), the predecessor of Deep Thought, which evolved into Deep Blue at IBM
  • Phil Karn (M.S. 1979), engineer; his name is on at least six RFCs; inventor of Karn's Algorithm, a method for calculating the round trip time for IP packet retransmission
  • Vinod Khosla (M.S. 1978), co-founder of Sun Microsystems, venture capitalist at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers
  • James H. Kindelberger(1920), pioneer of aviation, Chairman of North American Aviation (1948–1960)
  • Kai-Fu Lee (Ph.D. 1988, Assistant Professor), former President of Google China
  • Qi Lu (Ph.D. 1996), President of Online Services Division, Microsoft, former Executive Vice President at Yahoo!
  • Mao Yisheng (Ph.D. 1919), bridge engineering expert, first Ph.D. graduate of Carnegie Tech
  • Edgar Mitchell (B.S. 1952), astronaut, 6th man to walk on the moon
  • James G. Mitchell (Ph.D. 1970), computer scientist, Vice President and Fellow of Sun Microsystems, developer of WATFOR compiler
  • Harvey C. Nathanson (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.), inventor of first MEMS device, former Chief Scientist at Northrop Grumman
  • Bruce J. Nelson (Ph.D. 1981), inventor of the Remote procedure call for computer communications
  • Andrew Ng (B.S. 1997), professor at Stanford University and co-founder of Coursera
  • John Ousterhout (Ph.D. 1980), inventor of the Tcl scripting language
  • David Parnas (M.S. 1964, Ph.D. 1965), early pioneer of software engineering
  • Randy Pausch (Ph.D. 1988, Professor), founder of Alice (software), and the man behind The Last Lecture
  • Drew D. Perkins (B.S. 1986), author of Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP)
  • Judith Resnik (B.S. 1970), astronaut who died in the Challenger accident during the launch of the mission STS-51-L
  • Mark Russinovich (B.S., Ph.D. 1994), Windows expert and technical fellow of Microsoft
  • Mahadev Satyanarayanan (Ph.D. 1983), principal computer architect of Coda and Andrew File System
  • Joshua Schachter (B.S. 1996), founder of del.icio.us
  • Jonathan I. Schwartz (transferred to Wesleyan University), CEO of Sun Microsystems
  • Harry Shum (Ph.D. 1996), Corporate Vice President, Microsoft
  • Pradeep Sindhu (Ph.D. 1982), co-founder and CTO of Juniper Networks
  • Javier Soltero (B.S. 1997), former founder and CEO of Hyperic, former CTO of SaaS at VMware, currently founder and CEO of Acompli
  • Ivan Sutherland (B.S. 1959), Vice President and Fellow of Sun Microsystems
  • Shanghua Teng, Professor of Computer Science at Boston University and winner of Gödel Prize
  • Avie Tevanian (M.S. 1985, Ph.D. 1988), former Apple CTO
  • Richard Wallace (Ph.D. 1989), Chairman and co-founder of the A.L.I.C.E. Artificial Intelligence Foundation; author of Artificial Intelligence Markup Language; Botmaster of the chatbot A.L.I.C.E.
  • Red Whittaker (M.S. 1975, Ph.D. 1979), professor at CMU; led CMU teams that won second and third place in the DARPA Grand Challenge in 2005 and first place in 2007
  • Yishan Wong (B.S. 2001), chief executive officer of Reddit Inc.

Performing arts, film, television and video games[edit]

  • William Atherton (1969), film, stage and television actor, Die Hard, The Day of the Locust, The Girl Next Door
  • Jason Antoon (1994), actor, No Ordinary Family
  • René Auberjonois (1962), actor, Benson, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Boston Legal
  • William Ball, director, founder of American Conservatory Theatre
  • Brent Barrett, film and Broadway actor, singer; Chicago, Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, The Producers
  • Shari Belafonte, actress, singer, Hotel, Cane River, The Heidi Chronicles
  • Natalie Venetia Belcon, actress, singer, originated role of Gary Coleman in BroadwaymusicalAvenue Q
  • Benny Benack, orchestra leader, "King of Pittsburgh Dixieland"
  • Lourdes Benedicto, actress, NYPD Blue, ER, Dawson's Creek, 24
  • Denée Benton (2014), actress, Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812
  • Paul Ben-Victor (1987), actor, The Wire, The Shield, Entourage
  • Bridget Berger (2000), actress, Broadway; Curtains, Jersey Boys
  • Steven Bochco (1966), writer, producer, Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, NYPD Blue; ten-time Emmy Award winner
  • Matthew Bomer (2000), actor, White Collar, The Normal Heart, Magic Mike
  • Liam Bonner (2004), baritoneopera singer
  • Christian Borle, actor, Legally Blonde; Tony Award winner in 2012 for Peter and the Starcatcher and in 2015 for Something Rotten!
  • Barbara Bosson (1970), actress, Hill Street Blues, Murder One
  • Abby Brammell (2001), actress, The Unit
  • Albert Brooks (attended for two years), actor, screenwriter and director, Finding Nemo, Broadcast News, Lost in America
  • Robert Brooks (1969), actor
  • Lori Cardille (1976), actress, Day of the Dead
  • Jack Carpenter (2006), The Good Wife
  • Jean Carson (1945), actress, The Andy Griffith Show
  • Eduardo Castro (1976), costume designer, Ugly Betty
  • Arthur Chadwick (1997), set designer for Accidentally on Purpose
  • Donna Lynne Champlin (1993), actress, Crazy Ex Girlfriend
  • Carol Channing (1943), Tony Award-winning actress, Hello Dolly!
  • Gaius Charles (2005), actor, Friday Night Lights
  • Francois Clemmons (1969), founder/director of Harlem Spiritual Ensemble, special guest, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • Rhys Coiro (2002), actor, HBO's Entourage
  • Frank Converse (1962), actor, Coronet Blue, The Rowdyman, N.Y.P.D.
  • Casey Cott (2016), actor, Riverdale
  • Corey Cott (2012), actor, Disney'sNewsies
  • Ellen Crawford (1975), actress, Boston Legal
  • James Cromwell (1964), actor, known for L.A. Confidential, The General's Daughter, Babe; Oscar nominee and winner of the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
  • Bob Cummings (1930), actor, known for films (Dial M for Murder, Saboteur) and television's The Bob Cummings Show
  • Ted Danson (1972), actor, Cheers, Three Men and a Baby, The Good Place; two-time Emmy Award winner; three-time Golden Globe Award winner
  • Joan Darling (1957), actress, Mary Hartman, MASH
  • Cote de Pablo (2000), actress, NCIS
  • Nicole DeHuff, actress, Meet The Parents, Unbeatable Harold
  • Kim Director (2000), actress, Orange is the New Black
  • Dagmara Dominczyk (1988), actress, The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Neil Druckmann (2005), writer and creative director at Naughty Dog[4]
  • Peggy Eisenhauer (1983), Tony Award-winning lighting designer
  • Esteban (1970), flamenco guitarist
  • Abe Feder (1930), lighting designer, lighting director
  • Barbara Feldon (1955), actress, Get Smart, Fitzwilly, Mad About You
  • Jules Fisher (1960), lighting designer; won a Tony Award
  • Seth Fisher (2004), director, The Good Wife
  • Sutton Foster (left after freshman year), actress, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes; won two Tony Awards
  • Robert Foxworth (1965), actor, Falcon Crest, Six Feet Under
  • Mark Frost (1975), producer, Twin Peaks
  • Sidney Furie (1955), director, screenwriterBeavis and Butt-Head do America, The Ipcress File
  • Josh Gad (2003), actor, "Olaf" in Frozen, The Book of Mormon, The Wedding Ringer
  • Herb Gardner (1956), Tony Award-winning playwright, A Thousand Clowns, I'm Not Rappaport
  • Michael Goldenberg (1986), screenwriter and director Harry Potter
  • Renee Elise Goldsberry (1993), actress, Tony Award for Hamilton, The Lion King, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Frank Gorshin (1955), actor, best known as "The Riddler" in the Batmanlive action television series
  • Ralph Guggenheim (1974), producer, Toy Story
  • Javier Grillo-Marxuach (1991), television screenwriter, producer, best known for his work on the first two seasons of Lost
  • Josh Groban (left after freshman year), singer and Broadway actor
  • Demetrius Grosse (2003), Justified
  • Charles Haid (1968), actor and director, NYPD Blue, L. A. Law, Doogie Howser, M.D.
  • Van Hansis (2004), actor, Luke Snyder of As the World Turns; three-time Emmy Award nominee
  • Ian Harding (2009), actor, Pretty Little Liars
  • Mariette Hartley (1965), Emmy Award-winning actress, Ride the High Country, Peyton Place, The Incredible Hulk
  • Lisa Hartman-Black (1978), actress, Tabitha
  • David Haskell (1970), actor (Godspell)
  • Ethan Hawke (briefly attended), actor
  • Sian Heder (1999) writer, filmmaker; Orange Is The New Black, Tallulah
  • Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (2009), actor, A Little Night Music
  • Megan Hilty (2004), actress, played Glinda in Wicked and Ivy in TV series Smash
  • Leonard "Hub" Hubbard, Grammy Award winner, composer, bassist, The Roots
  • Chuck Hittinger (2005), Screamfest, Boogeyman 3
  • David Hornsby (1998), actor, How to be a Gentlemen
  • Holly Hunter (1980), actress; won an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award
  • Sam Hyde (attended for one year), actor, writer, comedian and co-creator of Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace
  • James Jacks (1969), producer, Raising Arizona, The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, Mallrats, Michael, Tombstone
  • Cherry Jones (1978), actress; won an Emmy Award and a Tony Award
  • Kourtney Kang (2000), How I Met Your Mother, Fresh Off The Boat
  • Caren Kaye (1973) (M.S., Ph.D. in Psychology), lead actress, My Tutor
  • Jessica Kender (1997), Medium, Dexter
  • Arthur Kennedy (1936), actor, 5-time Oscar nominee, Lawrence of Arabia, All My Sons, Elmer Gantry
  • Jack Klugman (1948), Emmy Award-winning actor, best known for The Odd Couple, Quincy, M.E.
  • Frederick Koehler (1997), actor, Kate and Allie and All My Children
  • Michael Kooman, musical theater composer, half of Kooman and Dimond, whose works have been performed at The Kennedy Center, Williamstown Theater Festival, and American Conservatory Theater
  • David Lander (1969), actor, Squiggy on the sitcomLaverne and Shirley
  • David Larsen (1999), actor, The Book of Mormon
  • William Law (1966), How to Make an American Quilt, Iron Man Returns
  • Eugene Lee (1962), two-time Tony Award-winning scenic designer
  • Telly Leung (2002), actor, Allegiance
  • Kara Lindsay (2006), actress, Newsies
  • Judith Light (1970), Daytime Emmy Award and two-time Tony Award-winning actress, One Life to Live, Who's the Boss?
  • Keith Lockhart (1983), conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra
  • Arthur Lubin (1920), film director and producer of the 1943 film Phantom of the Opera and the 1960s TV series Mister Ed
  • Gabriel Macht (1994), actor, Suits
  • Erin Mackey (2008), Broadway, television, and film actress, known for playing Glinda in Wicked
  • Henry Mancini (1947), composer; nominated for 72 Grammy Awards, winning 20; also nominated for 18 Academy Awards, winning four
  • Joe Manganiello (2000), actor
  • Sonia Manzano (1972), actress, writer, Maria Rodriguez on Sesame Street
  • Nancy Marchand (1949), actress, known for Lou Grant and HBO's The Sopranos; four-time Emmy Award winner
  • Rob Marshall (1982), director; nominated for two Academy Awards (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha)
  • Henry Mazer, conductor and recording artist for Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra[5]
  • Gilmer McCormick (1969), actress, Godspell
  • John McDaniel, producer, composer, conductor, known for leading the band on The Rosie O'Donnell Show
  • Michael McKean (1969), actor and ensemble comedian (Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, This Is Spinal Tap, Better Call Saul); played Lenny on Laverne and Shirley
  • Michael McMillian (2002), True Blood
  • James Meena (1973), conductor and opera administrator
  • Patina Miller (2006), Tony Award-winning actress (Pippin, Sister Act, All My Children)
  • Corey Moosa (2000), producer, Margin Call; executive producer, All is Lost
  • Katy Mixon (2003), actress, Mike & Molly, American Housewife
  • Roger Morgan (1961), The Crucifer of Blood
  • Greg Mottola (BFA, Art), director, Superbad, The Daytrippers, several episodes of Undeclared and Arrested Development
  • Jeffrey Mylett (1971), actor, Godspell
  • David Norona (1994), The Mentalist
  • Vince O'Brien (1949), Broadway, television, and film actor
  • Leslie Odom, Jr. (2003), actor, Hamilton, Red Tails
  • Rory O'Malley (2003), actor, The Book of Mormon, Hamilton
  • Stephanie Palmer (1997), Hollywood executive, author of Good in a Room
  • Van Dyke Parks, composer, arranger, producer, musician most notably with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys
  • John Pasquin (1969), Emmy Award-winning director
  • George Peppard (1951), actor, best known for Breakfast at Tiffany's and as John "Hannibal" Smith on The A-Team
  • Fern Persons (1934), actress, Risky Business, Hoosiers, Field of Dreams
  • Martin Platt (1971), producer, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
  • Billy Porter (1991), actor; Tony Award for Kinky Boots
  • Billy Price (1971) (M.A.), blues singer
  • Derek Stephen Prince (1991), voice actor, Bleach, Naruto, Love Hina, Cowboy Bebop, Digimon
  • Zachary Quinto (1999), actor, played Sylar on Heroes, and Spock in 2009 Star Trek film
  • Sally Jessy Raphaël, talk show host; briefly attended
  • Lester Rawlins (1950), A Man for All Seasons
  • Norman René (1974), theatre and film director; Obie Award winner
  • Darren Ritchie (1999), actor/singer
  • Kali Rocha (1993), actress, Sledge
  • Lori Rom (1997), actress, Love's Enduring Promise
  • George A. Romero (1960), film director, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead
  • Ann Roth (1953), film and Broadway costume designer; won an Academy Award and two Emmy Awards
  • Polly Rowles (1936), film and TV actor, Springtime in the Rockies, Auntie Mame
  • Laura San Giacomo (1984), actress, Just Shoot Me!, Quigley Down Under, Sex, Lies and Videotape, Pretty Woman
  • Lou Scheimer (1952), Flash Gordon
  • Mary Kate Schellhardt (BFA 2001), actress, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Free Willy 2, Apollo 13
  • Robert Schmertz (1921), architect and folk musician, CMU faculty and author of the CMU fight song
  • Pablo Schreiber (2000), actor, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Stephen Schwartz (1968), composer of shows including Wicked, Godspell, and Pippin (originally a Carnegie Mellon production, presented by the Scotch'n'Soda theatrical club on campus under the title Pippin Pippin)
  • John Shaffer (1976), art director, The Big Bang Theory, Friends, Dharma & Greg
  • Mel Shapiro (1961), An Actor Performs, Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Leigh Silverman (1996), producer, Violet
  • Emily Skinner (1992), musical theater actress; nominated for a Tony Award alongside Side Show co-star Alice Ripley
  • Josef Sommer (1957), actor, Dirty Harry, Absence of Malice, Witness
  • Aaron Staton (2004), actor, Mad Men
  • Patricia Tallman (1979), actress and stunt woman, playedLyta Alexander on Babylon 5, Barbara in 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead
  • John-Michael Tebelak (1971)(MFA), playwright and director (Godspell; originally a Carnegie Mellon production)
  • Irene Tedrow (1929), actress, Eleanor and Franklin, James at Sixteen, Bonanza
  • Jim Tetlow (1977), lighting designer and theatre consultant; won an Emmy Award for lighting design
  • Thom Thomas (1963), playwright, Without Apologies
  • Sada Thompson (1949), actress, Family
  • Michael Tucker (1966), actor, L.A. Law
  • Tamara Tunie (1981), actress, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • William J. G. Turner (1974), composer, director, dramatist, producer, and actor
  • Blair Underwood (1988), actor, L.A. Law, LAX, Gattaca, Sex and the City
  • Michelle Veintimilla (2014), actress, Not Cool
  • Paula Wagner (1969), film producer and executive
  • Loudon Wainwright III, musician; withdrew in 1967
  • Bruce Weitz (1966), actor, Hill Street Blues, Deep Impact
  • John Wells (1970), writer, producer, China Beach, ER, The West Wing, Third Watch; won an Emmy Award
  • Ming-Na Wen (1986), actress, ER, The Joy Luck Club; Annie Award winner as voice of "Mulan" in Mulan; voice of Aki Ross in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
  • Daniel Wilson (2003, 2004, 2005), TV host, The Works, writer, How to Survive a Robot Uprising
  • Patrick Wilson (1995), actor; nominated for a Tony Award, an Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe Award
  • George Wood (1945), actor, Harold and Maude
  • Bud Yorkin (1948), producer, director, writer, actor (All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, Diff'rent Strokes)

Visual arts[edit]

  • Mel Bochner (1962), pioneer of postminimal arts and conceptual art
  • Jonathan Borofsky (1964), 20th-century conceptual artist and sculptor
  • Mia Brownell (1993), painter'
  • Sheila Butler (1960), visual artist
  • Virgil Cantini (1946), artist and professor at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Elizabeth Carpenter (1976), author, clothing designer, creator of educational children's puzzles
  • John Currin (1984), contemporary figure and portrait painter
  • Ken Ferguson (1952), ceramist
  • Raymond Kaskey (1967), sculptor
  • Joyce Kozloff (1942), artist and founder of Pattern and Decoration movement
  • Burton Morris (1986), pop artist
  • Shalom Neuman (1970), painter and sculptor
  • Philip Pearlstein (1949), figure painter
  • Richard Rappaport (1966), painter
  • Andy Warhol (1949), painter and major figure in the pop art movement

Architecture and design[edit]

Government and politics[edit]

  • Gust Avrakotos (attended for two years), Directorate of Operations, Central Intelligence Agency
  • Nilofar Bakhtiar (M.S.), Senator and Federal Minister for Tourism in Pakistan
  • Peter Corroon (B.S.), Mayor of Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Carmen Yulín Cruz (MS in Public Policy), member of the 28th House of Representatives of Puerto Rico (2009–2013); Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico (2013–present)[6][7]
  • Peter J. De Muth (BS 1914), U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
  • Charles L. Evans (M.S., Ph.D. in Economics), President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 2007–present
  • Rich Fitzgerald (BSME 1981), President, Allegheny County Council, Pennsylvania (January 2001–present)
  • Larry Giammo (MBA 1992), mayor of Rockville, Maryland (2001–2007)
  • Anita K. Jones (Ph.D. 1973), Director of Defense Research and Engineering of the U.S. Department of Defense
  • Sydney Kamlager (MA, 1994), Trustee-Elect to the Los Angeles Community College District Seat 3, District Director for California State Senator Holly Mitchell
  • Salim Saifullah Khan (BS Mechanical Engineering, 1968), Senator and Federal Minister for Petroleum & Natural Resources, Commerce, Housing & Works, Inter-Provincial Coordination in Pakistan
  • Vasili Kuznetsov, Soviet political figure
  • Keith B. McCutcheon (B.S. 1937), four-star general and Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps (1970)
  • Bill Peduto (attended), Mayor of Pittsburgh
  • Dennis B. Sullivan, U.S. Air Force general
  • Charles Erwin Wilson (1909), United States Secretary of Defense (1953–1957) under President Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Yarone Zober (MPM 2000), Chief of Staff, Mayor's Office, City of Pittsburgh (September 2006–present); former Deputy Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh (August to September 2006)



  • Padmanabhan Balaram (Ph.D.1973), Director of Indian Institute of Science, India
  • John P. Crecine (B.S. 1961, M.S. 1963, Ph.D. 1966), former Dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon and President of Georgia Institute of Technology (1987–1994)
  • Michael D. C. Drout (B.A. 1990), professor at Wheaton College and scholar specializing in Anglo-Saxon and medieval literature, science fiction and fantasy, especially the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Marvin L. Goldberger (B.S. 1943), former President of the California Institute of Technology (1978–1987), former director of Institute for Advanced Study (1987–1991), former dean of the natural science at University of California, San Diego (1994–1999)
  • John Graham (Ph.D. 1983), former Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School and current Dean of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Robert Lepper, art professor who developed the country's first industrial design degree program
  • Michael C. McFarland (M.S. 1979, Ph.D. 1981), President of College of the Holy Cross, former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Gonzaga University (1996–2000)
  • Joseph S. B. Mitchell (B.S. 1981, M.S. 1981), Professor, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at Stony Brook University
  • William F. Pounds (B.S. 1950, M.S. 1959, Ph.D. 1964), Dean of MIT Sloan School of Management (1966–1980)
  • Suh Nam Pyo (Ph.D. 1964), President of KAIST, South Korea
  • Madhav V. Rajan (PhD 1990), former associate professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, full professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and dean of the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago[8]
  • Mendu Rammohan Rao (M.S. 1968, Ph.D. 1969), Dean Emeritus of Indian School of Business, India
  • Jon Strauss (Ph.D. 1964), Dean of Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering, Texas Tech University, former President of Bainbridge Graduate Institute (2008–2009), Harvey Mudd College (1997–2006) and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1985–1994)
  • Richard L. Van Horn (Ph.D. 1976), former President of the University of Houston and the University of Oklahoma

Members of National Academy of Sciences[edit]

  • Raoul Bott (Ph.D. 1949), Mathematics, 1964
  • Marvin L. Goldberger (B.S. 1943), Physics, 1963
  • Shafrira Goldwasser (B.S. 1979), Computer and Information Sciences, 2004
  • John L. Hall (B.S. 1956, M.S. 1958, Ph.D. 1961), Physics, 1984
  • Leonard Lerman (B.S. 1945), Genetics, 1986
  • Philip Morrison (B.S. 1936), Physics, 1971
  • Frederick Mosteller (B.S. 1938, M.S. 1939), Mathematics, 1974
  • Allen Newell (Ph.D 1957, Professor), Computer and Information Sciences, 1972
  • Frederick Rossini (B.S. 1925, M.S. 1926, DSc (hon.) 1948), Chemistry, 1951
  • Clifford Shull (B.S. 1937), Physics, 1975
  • Ivan Sutherland (B.S. 1959), Computer and Information Sciences, 1978
  • Oliver Williamson (Ph.D. 1963), Economic Sciences, 1994

Members of National Academy of Engineering[edit

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Admission Philosophy

At Carnegie Mellon, we select our freshman class from a large group of very qualified candidates. We don't use a calculation to arrive at our admitted class. Calculations can't take into account all of the factors we like to consider when making admission decisions. We treat every application individually and take great care in making our admission practices fair, thorough and sensitive. We are interested in students who can be successful at Carnegie Mellon and take full advantage of all the university has to offer and enriching our campus community.

Admission Criteria

The majority of our applicants are admissible and could be successful at Carnegie Mellon. We use a variety of factors to select our first-year class from those admissible candidates. High school performance weighs most heavily in our admission decision because it is the most meaningful measure of a student's abilities. We pay close attention to the type of courses taken and to the grades received, and to the challenges you've given yourself in the classroom. If you are applying to programs in the arts, your artistic performance will be either the main factor or a significant factor (depending on the program) in our admission decision.

Standardized test scores add to our knowledge of a student's ability, but we cannot make decisions simply on the basis of test scores alone. The high school record and standardized test scores (SAT Reasoning Test or Act with Writing and SAT Subject Tests) work together to make up the academic portion of a student's evaluation.

Carnegie Mellon is an exciting campus because of the positive qualities and experiences our students bring with them. For this reason, we're interested in the kinds of things students do beyond the classroom, whether they participate in extracurricular activities, work part-time or pursue hobbies. Knowing what students like to do on their own time gives us a feeling for each student's personality, motivation and sense of responsibility. All of this is an important part of the admission process.

Expressing an interest in learning more about Carnegie Mellon can only enhance a student's application. We strongly recommend that students come to the Carnegie Mellon campus to interview with a member of our staff, although it's not required. This adds a personal touch to our evaluation and gives students a chance to ask questions. If you cannot make it to campus, consider talking with a local Carnegie Mellon alumni representative. There are a number of other ways to show interest and learn more about Carnegie Mellon. Students can come to one of our Sleeping Bag Weekends, attend an information program in or near their town, interview in their hometown with one of our staff members or alumni, or enroll in one of our summer programs. Information about a number of these events is included at the end of this section.

Different Criteria for Different Colleges

Each college at Carnegie Mellon has special admission criteria specifically related to each course of study.

Admission to the Schools of Drama and Music is based primarily on an audition or portfolio showing. Applicants to the Schools of Art and Design will be evaluated not only on the basis of their portfolio but also on their academic performance. It is recommended that students applying to the School of Architecture will have to complete an online questionnaire and have the option to submit creative work for review, in addition to having their academic performance evaluated.

Candidates for the Carnegie Institute of Technology, the Mellon College of Science, and the School of Computer Science will be evaluated on the basis of academic performance, and we will look additionally for strength in mathematics and science. Academic performance is also the main criteria we use to evaluate applicants to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Information Systems program and to the Tepper School of Business' undergraduate program. In these cases, we emphasize reading and comprehension abilities as well as mathematics courses.

No one single grade, factor or score will automatically grant or deny a student admission to Carnegie Mellon. Students should be aware of all the admission requirements-secondary school preparation, standardized test requirements, nonacademic information, counselor, teacher and interview recommendations-when submitting applications. We will use the sum total of these different factors when making our admission decisions. Because we want to have a sense of who the student is as a person, we look closely at the essay and personal statement the student is asked to write, the guidance counselor's evaluation and the teacher's recommendation.

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Freshman Application Instructions

Carnegie Mellon uses the Common Application exclusively. Before your Common Application will be processed, you must submit the Carnegie Mellon Common Application Supplement.

  1. Apply for admission only to the specific college(s) in which you are interested. If applying to more than one college or program, rank your program and/or major preferences on the Carnegie Mellon Common Application Supplement. Be sure to meet the admission requirements for each college/program.
  2. Follow these guidelines for your specific area of interest:

    • Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT)
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS)
    • Information Systems (IS)
    • Mellon College of Science (MCS)
    • School of Computer Science (SCS)
    • Tepper School of Business (Tepper)
    • Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA) - see “BXA Intercollege Degree Programs" 
    • Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA) - see “BXA Intercollege Degree Programs”
    • Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA) - see “BXA Intercollege Degree Programs”

    Although you won't declare a major until the end of your freshman or sophomore year (in some cases), Carnegie Mellon limits access to certain majors, including Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Business.

    • College of Fine Arts (CFA)
    You must apply specifically to one of the following schools: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama or Music. (See specific instructions to follow.)

  3.  Submit the non-refundable $70 application fee (and audition fees if applicable).

    We require this fee of all applicants except in extenuating family financial circumstances. A College Entrance Examination Board Application Fee Waiver, an ACT Application Fee Waiver, or a letter from a secondary school counselor or principal requesting an application for a waiver must be submitted.

    If you are applying to the School of Music, the additional audition fee is $50 and if you are applying to the School of Drama the additional audition fee is $85 and only payable online by VISA or MasterCard, at the time of reserving your audition online at www.cmu.edu/admission/finearts.
  4. Request that your secondary school counselor send all high school transcripts, including senior year courses and mid-year grade, as well as a school profile to the Office of Admission as cose to January 1 as possible.
  5. Take the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing and SAT Subject Tests preferably by November, but no later than December. If you are applying to art, design, drama or music, SAT Subject Tests are not required.

    • Scores must be official scores from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Copies should not be sent. When registering for the tests, request than an official CEEB Report be sent directly to Carnegie Mellon. This request can also be made later by getting an Additional Report Request Form from your guidance office. The Carnegie Mellon code number is 2074.

    • Register for your tests at least six weeks prior to the test date.
  6. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) should be taken if your native language is not English. Carnegie Mellon requires 102 or better on the IBT TOEFL, and an IELTS scores of 7.5 or above. Please arrange to have these scores sent no later than January 1.
  7. If you are applying to the College of Fine Arts' Schools of Art, Design, Drama, or Music, you must complete portfolio review or audition requirements. If you are applying to the School of Architecture, you are encouraged to complete an online questionnaire and submit a portfolio of creative work. Please go to www.cmu.edu/admission/finearts for further information. The School of Drama requires that students apply to the university before registering for an audition or portfolio review. There is no Early Decision consideration given for the acting, directing, music theatre, composition, flute, music and technology, piano, violin, voice, or the BXA programs.
  8. You must sign the “Confidentiality Statement” on the Common Application School Report Form and give it to your secondary school counselor for completion. Your counselor should return this form, along with the school profile and your transcript.
  9. Choose a teacher to complete the Common Application Teacher Recommendation Form and make sure it is submitted to the Office of Admission by January 1 (November 1 or December 1 for Early Decision candidates).
  10. Our Regular Decision application deadline is January 1. The College of Fine Arts Regular Decision deadline is December 1.
  11. If you are applying for financial aid, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.gov. Carnegie Mellon's Title IV code is 003242. You must also complete the CSS PROFILE at https://profileonline.collegeboard.com and submit signed copies of parent and student tax documents. See www.cmu.edu/admission for more details.
Application Notification
  • Students applying under the Early Decision I Plan will be notified of our decision by December 15.
  • Students applying under the Early Decision II Plan will be notified of our decision by January 15.
  • Students applying under the Regular Decision Plan will be notified of our decisions by April 15.
  • Students who are applying for financial aid will also receive financial aid decisions by April 15 provided they submitted their financial aid forms by the preferred financial aid deadline of February 15.

If you are offered admission and wish to enroll at Carnegie Mellon, you are required to pay an $800 non-refundable enrollment deposit by May 1 (Candidate's General Reply Date), even if you are receiving financial aid, in order to reserve places in the freshman class and in university housing. This deposit will be credited to your first semester's charges. The admission staff assumes that a student's deposit to Carnegie Mellon is his or her only deposit. We reserve the right to cancel our offer of admission if a student posts a tuition deposit at another university. During the summer, information concerning registration, enrollment, insurance, orientation, housing and dining services, etc., will be sent to all students.

Deferred Admission

If you are admitted to Carnegie Mellon and wish to defer your admission for one year, you must submit a request in writing to the Office of Admission. If permission is granted, your enrollment deposit must be paid in order to confirm enrollment for the following year. You cannot enroll in a degree program at another institution in the interim.


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Application Plans

Early Decision Plans

If Carnegie Mellon is your first choice, you may want to consider applying Early Decision. Under this plan, applicants are notified of our admission decision early in the senior year. If you are accepted Early Decision, we expect you to enroll in Carnegie Mellon. Under the Early Decision plans, we encourage you to submit applications to other schools. However, if you are accepted to Carnegie Mellon, we require you to withdraw your applications from other schools.

Carnegie Mellon will meet the full demonstrated need with a combination of grants, loans and work-study as calculated by the university for all students admitted under Early Decision. However, we do not guarantee to meet full need for students who are deferred or denied admission under Early Decision and later admitted under Regular Decision.

Early Decision I is available to all programs, with the exception of acting, music theatre, directing, composition, flute, piano, music and technology, piano, violin, voice or the BXA programs. Early Decision II is available to all programs, with the exception of architecture, art, design, drama, music or the BXA programs.

Early Decision I Applications are due November 1 and students will be notified of an admission decision by December 15. Early Decision II applications are due by December 1 and students will be notified of an admission decision by January 15. If you are admitted under Early Decision, you are required to withdraw all admission applications to other colleges or universities and post a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $800 within two weeks of your admission notification.

Regular Decision Plan

Regular decision is our most popular application option. The deadline is January 1 (December 1 for fine arts applicants). You will be notified of our decision by April 15. Admitted students will have until May 1 (Candidate's General Reply Date) to accept our offer of admission.

Early Admission

Through the process of Early Admission, the university admits certain highly qualified applicants at the end of their junior year in high school. In general, Early Admission candidates are highly mature and responsible students who have usually exhausted the courses offered at their high schools without receiving a high school diploma. We expect students who apply for early admission to follow the same procedures as regular freshman applicants. We also strongly encourage applicants to have a personal interview with a member of the Office of Admission staff. It is important to note that the College of Fine Arts very rarely accepts Early Admission applicants.

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Transfer Applicants

Transfer students are admitted to Carnegie Mellon under policies which vary from college to college. If there is space in the requested program, we will base our decision on your college grades, college recommendations, high school grades and test scores (SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing and SAT Subject Tests, if available). In the College of Fine Arts, most transfer applicants compete with freshman applicants for a place in the entering class.

Transfer Application Instructions
  1. Apply for admission to the specific college of interest, noting departmental preference. If interested in music or drama, student should specify the option. Transfer students will be considered only to their first-choice college. Please do not apply to more than one college.

    CIT, H&SS, IS, MCS, or SCS:
    • Fall transfer possible if space is available
    • Spring transfer extremely limited and unlikely
    • No external transfers accepted into BHA/BSA/BCSA

    • Fall transfer possible
    • No spring transfer opportunities (except for advanced students in the School of Music)
    • If you are interested in the School of Music or Drama, specify the option
    • No external transfers accepted into BHA/BSA/BCSA

    The Tepper School of Business does not accept transfer applications.
  2. Enclose a non-refundable fee of $70 (and audition fees if applicable). This application fee is required, except in extenuating family financial circumstances.
  3. Send all transcripts that reflect secondary school and college/university studies to the Office of Admission. We also require either a printed catalog, with your name and highlighted course descriptions from each college/university attended, or links to your college's online catalog/specific courses within the catalog.

    IMPORTANT:If you have applied to Carnegie Mellon within the past three years, you must resubmit an updated application with fee (and audition fee if appropriate) and all other materials required of transfer students. You do not have to submit high school records.
  4. If you are applying to the Schools of Architecture, Art, Design, Drama or Music, you must complete any portfolio or audition requirements. You must complete and submit the application for admission by December 1.
  5. Sign the “Confidentiality Statement” on the Secondary School Report. Give this form and your completed application for admission to a dean or an advisor at the college you attended (or are currently attending). Your dean or advisor should complete and return the form and application directly to the Office of Admission.

    IMPORTANT: Carnegie Mellon prefers that all forms and documents be submitted at the same time. If they must be sent separately, make sure to print your full name and social security number at the top of each document.
  6. Transfer application deadlines are as follows:

    • Spring transfer: October 15
    • Fall transfer: March 1 (December 1 for CFA applicants)
  7. If you are applying for financial aid, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.gov. Carnegie Mellon's Title IV code is 003242. You must also complete the CSS Profile at https://profileonline.collegeboard.com and submit signed copies of parent and student tax documents. See http://www.cmu.edu/admission for more details.
If planning on:File FAFSA by this date:
Spring transferNovember 1
Fall tansfer (CFA)February 15
Fall transfer (all other colleges)May 1

IMPORTANT: If you are applying for financial aid as a transfer student, you must send a Financial Aid transcript of aid applied for and/or received at all colleges previously attended. Even if you didn't receive any aid, federal regulations require that the college(s) attended complete the form.

Admission and financial aid award notification dates for transfer students:

Spring transfer:December 15 or soon after
Fall transfer(CFA):April 15
Fall transfer (all other colleges):During month of June


  8.  Make arrangements to have a final copy of your college transcript(s) sent to Carnegie Mellon.


Deposit Information for Transfers

If you are offered admission for the spring semester, Carnegie Mellon does not require a tuition deposit (due to the short time interval between December 15 and the start of the second semester). If you are offered admission to the College of Fine Arts for the fall semester, you must pay a non-refundable deposit of $800 by May 1, even if you are receiving financial aid. If you are offered admission to CIT, H&SS, IS, MCS, or SCS for the Fall semester, you must pay a non-refundable $800 deposit by June 15, even if you are receiving financial aid. The enrollment deposit will reserve your place at the university and a place in university housing if available. It will be credited to the first semester charges.

IMPORTANT: If you accept our offer of admission, Carnegie Mellon assumes that the tuition deposit to Carnegie Mellon is your only tuition deposit. We reserve the right to cancel our offer of admission if you post a tuition deposit at more than one university. Enrollment deposits received after the deadline may be returned if space is no longer available.

University Housing for Transfers

Carnegie Mellon expects to accommodate most transfer students who request university housing. University housing is not guaranteed, however, for transfer students. The Off-campus Housing Advisory and Referral Service is available to help you locate housing accommodations in the local area.

Transfer Credit Evaluated on Individual Basis

Carnegie Mellon's departmental faculty will determine transfer credit for courses you've taken at other universities. Transfer credit is considered on an individual basis. We may award elective credit for courses with no Carnegie Mellon equivalent. In some instances, the College Council may recommend a special program of study for you to meet the university's graduation requirements.

Transfer credit for courses you are taking while we review your existing college record depends upon successful completion of each course. Grades are not transferred - only credit is. You may receive transfer credit for elective courses you've taken but will still have to take Carnegie Mellon courses to fulfill the elective space in your chosen degree program. Sometimes transfer students have to take specific courses and accumulate a larger total number of credits than the normal amount required for graduation. The time it takes for you to graduate will depend on the time you need to complete the full university degree requirements - not on class standing at a previous institution.

If you transfer into CIT, IS, MCS, or SCS in the Fall semester, you will receive an estimate of the additional academic work that you must complete in order to fulfill the university degree requirements. If you transfer into CIT, IS, MCS or SCS in the Spring semester, you will have the opportunity to meet with a dean or department head in order to outline the additional academic work that you must complete in order to meet the university degree requirements. If you transfer into H&SS in the fall or spring semester, you'll receive a credit and requirement review of the work you've completed at your previous institution(s). It is best for transfer students in CFA to assume freshman status. Occasionally advanced standing is awarded based on review of pervious college courses.

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Application as an International Student

International students should apply to Carnegie Mellon using the same procedures outlined for either freshmen or transfer students. Also note this additional information:

  • Before submitting the Common Application and Carnegie Mellon Supplement, and other application materials, please submit the Preliminary Application for International Students at http://my.cmu.edu/portal/sit/admission/pre_app/. Because Carnegie Mellon does not offer financial aid or installment plans to international students, we use this application to verify each student's ability to pay for a Carnegie Mellon education. International students are not eligible for application fee waivers.
  • If your native language is not English, you are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Carnegie Mellon requires 102 or better on the IBT TOEFL or an IELFTS score of 7.5 and above. Please arrange to have these scores sent no later than January 1.


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Advanced Placement Consideration

CEEB Advanced Placement Program

Carnegie Mellon recognizes the CEEB Advanced Placement program and may grant advanced placement and credit for test scores of four or five. We encourage eligible students to take the AP examinations. We will receive the test scores in early summer for those students who have requested that their results be sent to Carnegie Mellon. The appropriate academic deans will evaluate your scores, and in late summer, you will be informed of the AP credit awarded.

College Level Course Work

The university may also award placement and credit for college work completed during high school. Applicants who have taken college courses should arrange to have their college transcripts along with course catalogs or descriptions sent to the Carnegie Mellon Office of Admission for transfer credit evaluation and advanced placement.

International Baccalaureate Program

Carnegie Mellon also recognizes the International Baccalaureate Examination and may grant advanced standing and/or credit in various fields if scores on the higher level examination range from six and seven. The results of the IB exams should be sent to Carnegie Mellon, where the appropriate dean will evaluate the scores. In late summer, you will be notified of the credit that has been awarded.


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BXA Intercollege Degree Programs

Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA)

The Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA) Program is an intercollege degree-granting program. It is designed for students who would like to combine their interests in the fine arts and computer science rather than pursue a conventional major and degree in either the College of Fine Arts or the School of Computer Science. To be considered for the BCSA program, you must apply and be admitted to both CFA and SCS (you must check the CFA box and SCS box on the Carnegie Mellon Common Application Supplement). This program is only open to directing and production technology and management for Drama and composition and music technology for Music. Not all students admitted to both colleges are selected for the BCSA program.

Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA)

The Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA) program is an intercollege degree-granting program. It is designed for students who would like to combine and blend their interests in fine arts and humanities/social sciences rather than pursue a conventional major and degree in either the College of Fine Arts (CFA) or the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS). To be considered for the BHA program, a student must apply and be admitted to both CFA and H&SS (you must check the CFA box and H&SS box on the supplement). This program is not open to music theatre or acting majors. Not all students admitted to both colleges are selected for the BHA program.

Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA)

The Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA) program is an intercollege degree-granting program. It is designed for students who would like to combine studies in both the fine arts and natural sciences/mathematics rather than pursue a conventional major and degree in either the College of Fine Arts (CFA) or the Mellon College of Science (MCS). To be considered for the BSA program, a student must apply and be admitted to both CFA and MCS (you must check both the CFA box and MCS box on the supplement). This program is not open to music theatre or acting majors. Not all students admitted to both colleges are selected for the BSA program.

With the BXA programs, you must include with your application a statement of intent (essay) describing your interdisciplinary goals in both academic areas and how the BXA program would provide the opportunity and framework for you to accomplish these objectives. This essay is a central component in the selection process. The BXA statement of intent fulfills the essay requirement on the supplement. You do not need to complete another essay. If you are selected for this program, you will be notified in your admission decision letter. These programs are not available under Early Decision.


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College of Fine Arts Requirements

  • Early Decision applicants must submit a complete admission application, including any required artistic evaluation, by November 1 (Drama applicants must meet this deadline if they choose the November audition date).
  • Regular Decision applicants must submit a complete admission application by December 1 and all audition or portfolio review reservations should be made before this date.
Communication of Information and Admissions Decisions
  • Once you have registered for the appropriate audition or portfolio review at http://www.cmu.edu/admission/finearts, you will receive further instructions from us via e-mail.
  • Final admission decisions are not made at the time of your audition or portfolio review. We will consider the artistic evaluation as part of your application along with your other credentials and notify you by April 15 (December 15 for Early Decision applicants).

Please visit http://www.cmu.edu/admission/finearts for details regarding the specific requirements for fine arts auditions and portfolio reviews.


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Exploring Carnegie Mellon

Visiting a campus is one of the best ways for you to discover which school is right for you. At Carnegie Mellon, we strongly recommend that you attend an information session or interview with a counselor from the Office of Admission while on campus. Admission interviews allow us the opportunity to get to know our applicants. Interviews are considered in the admission process and help the admission committee  make better, more informed decisions with determining the freshman class. During the interview, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions about admission requirements, financial aid, student life, Pittsburgh - and much more!

If you'd like an interview, request an appointment at least three weeks prior to the date you're coming to campus. Interviews are available most weekdays throughout the summer and until mid-November. However, because we spend a great deal of time reviewing applications between January 1 and May 1, we do not conduct interviews during this time period. To schedule an information session or an interview, call 412-268-2082 on any weekday between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST).

On-campus auditions and portfolio reviews usually include an interview with a member of the Fine Arts faculty and a campus tour. Therefore, only one campus visit is necessary for fine arts students.

Campus Tours

Campus tours are conducted by Andrew Ambassadors and leave from the Office of Admission, 101 Warner Hall. On most weekdays during the academic year, we conduct four tours daily at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., as well as a residence hall visit at 1:00 p.m. Saturday tours and group sessions are held throughout the year as well. Tours may not be available during university holidays, vacations or final exam periods in mid-December, late March, mid-April and early May. To be sure a tour is available on the day you're coming to the campus, please call 412-268-2082.

Hometown Interviews

Although we strongly recommend a campus visit, we realize that it is not always possible for you to come to campus. The Admission staff does travel to various parts of the country interviewing students in their hometowns. Information about making an appointment will be mailed to students prior to the time we arrive in your city. Students who interview on campus do not have to schedule another interview in their hometown. The specific dates and locations for Hometown
Interviews are listed online at www.cmu.edu/admission.

Alumni Interviews

We encourage students to talk with a member of the Carnegie Mellon Admission Council (CMAC). CMAC, a select group of alumni, helps the Admission staff reach out to prospective students. Alumni interviews are as valuable when making admission decisions as interviews with the Admission staff. If you're interested in interviewing with a member of CMAC, please visit http://my.cmu.edu/portal/site/admission/alum_interviews/.

Sleeping Bag Weekends

The more information you have, the better decisions about college you'll make! The Admission staff invites you to learn more about Carnegie Mellon by living like a university student for a day and a half in our Sleeping Bag Weekend program. Visits begin on Sunday morning and last through Monday afternoon.

Sleeping Bag Weekends give you the opportunity to learn everything you may want to know about Carnegie Mellon. The weekend activities allow you to:

  • meet current students, faculty members, deans and admission counselors
  • attend information sessions about the university and specific programs
  • stay overnight in a residence hall
  • tour the campus
  • attend classes
  • at at the dining facilities

There are four Sleeping Bag Weekends in the fall and winter. If you are on our mailing list, you should receive an invitation in the early fall. To reserve a place at a Sleeping Bag Weekend, visit www.cmu.edu/admission/sbw.

Information Sessions

The Office of Admission offers two different information sessions throughout the year, both on and off campus. Carnegie Mellon Preview Sessions, offered in the Spring, are meant for freshmen, sophomores and juniors in high school, who are looking for a general overview of the college search process. Carnegie Mellon's Information Sessions for High School Seniors, available in late Summer and early Fall, offer an in-depth look at the university. During the informational program, you'll have the opportunity to learn more about Carnegie Mellon's areas of study, the admission process and admission requirements, how to apply for financial aid and our campus and alumni through exciting video testimonials. Check out the schedule and register at http://my.cmu.edu/portal/site/admission/counselors/.

Call Carnegie Mellon for Assistance

If a student will need assistance while visiting the campus, due to a physical or learning disability, he/she should call us at 412-268-2082, and we will help meet the student's needs during his/her visit at Carnegie Mellon.


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Directions to Campus

Directions to Carnegie Mellon's campus from the north, east, south, west and the airport are available at http://my.cmu.edu/portal/site/admission/travel. Please call (412) 268-8343 to listen to a recorded message of these directions to campus by phone. If you are using a GPS, the following address will take you to the East Campus Parking Garage: 5040 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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