Carnegie Mellon University

#57 / #20
Global Influence / U.S. Influence
Most Desirable School
Private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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About Carnegie Mellon University

By James Barham, PhD

In 1900, the Scottish-born industrialist and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, donated the funds to establish a vocational college called the Carnegie Technical Schools. In 1912, the Technical Schools’ name was changed to the Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT).

Carnegie based CIT in Pittsburgh, where he had worked as a messenger boy for the Ohio Telegraph Company not long after arriving with his family in the US. By the turn of the twentieth century, that thriving industrial city had become the main base of operations for Carnegie’s vast steel factories. CIT’s site was adjacent to that of the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

In 1913, the brothers, Andrew W. and Richard B. Mellon—scions of a wealthy Pittsburgh banking family (also of Scottish ancestry)—donated money to the University of Pittsburgh for the creation of a Department of Industrial Research. Andrew Mellon would go on to serve as US Secretary of the Treasury under President Warren G. Harding during the early 1920s.

In 1928, the Department of Industrial Research was reconstituted as a nonprofit corporation and renamed the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research (MIIR). In 1937, MIIR moved into a new facility on the Pitt campus, across the street from the world-famous Cathedral of Learning.

In 1967, CIT and MIIR merged to create a new, technically oriented university called Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). CMU’s campus is physically adjacent to, and partially overlaps, the University of Pittsburgh campus.

A total of 20 CMU-related individuals have received the Nobel Prize, including:

  • John L. Hall & Otto Stern — physics
  • Ada Yonath & Paul Flory — chemistry
  • John F. Nash, Herbert A. Simon, Oliver Williamson & John Lucas — economics

Computer science is a special strength of CMU, as is shown by its large number of Turing Award–recipients—13 in all—including:

  • Alan J. Perlis
  • Ivan Sutherland
  • Allen Newell
  • Geoffrey Hinton
  • Edward Feigenbaum
  • Edward M. Clarke
  • Manuel Blum
  • Raj Reddy
  • Shafi Goldwasser
  • Herbert A. Simon (the only person to win both a Turing Award and a Nobel Prize)

Also, one might say that CMU is not unlike a startup accelerator, given the number of CMU-connected engineers and entrepreneurs who have gone on to found important IT companies, including, notably, Xerox PARC, Adobe Systems, Sun Microsystems, Lycos, Red Hat, and Nest.

Finally, among other CMU-connected individuals, we may mention:

  • Painters, Andy Warhol & Philip Pearlstein
  • Novelist, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Actors, Holly Hunter, Christopher Reeve, Ethan Hawke, Patrick Wilson, & Ted Danson
  • Java programming language inventor, James Gosling
  • Statistician and machine-learning pioneer, Andrew Ng
  • NASA astronauts, Edgar Mitchell & Judith Resnik

According to Wikipedia, Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The university is the result of a merger of the Carnegie Institute of Technology and the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research. The predecessor was established in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie as the Carnegie Technical Schools, and it became the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1912 and began granting four-year degrees. In 1967, the Carnegie Institute of Technology merged with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, founded in 1913 by Andrew Mellon and Richard B. Mellon and formerly a part of the University of Pittsburgh. Carnegie Mellon has operated as a single institution since the merger.

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Carnegie Mellon University Admissions, Retention, and Graduation Information

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How Much Does Carnegie Mellon University Cost To Attend?

Tuition (in-state)
Price by Family Income
IncomeAverage Net Cost
0 - 30K$16,456
30K - 48K$13,608
48K - 75K$21,526
75K - 110K$31,094

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

How Much Do Carnegie Mellon University Graduates Make?

If you graduate from Carnegie Mellon University, then you can expect to earn an average of $103,000 per year. You also have a 89% chance of being employed after 10 years.

Carnegie Mellon University's Demographics

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Where is Carnegie Mellon University?

Carnegie Mellon University is located at 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213-3890

How Safe is Carnegie Mellon University?

Pittsburgh has a violent crime rate of less than .01% and a property crime rate of less than .01%.

What Is Carnegie Mellon University Known For?

Carnegie Mellon University is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

Carnegie Mellon University's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

Who Are Carnegie Mellon University's Most Influential Alumni?

Carnegie Mellon University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Computer Science, Engineering, and Business. Here are some of Carnegie Mellon University's most famous alumni:

Allen Newell
Allen Newell
An American cognitive scientist.
Ivan Sutherland
Ivan Sutherland
An American computer scientist and Internet pioneer.
James Gosling
James Gosling
A Canadian computer scientist.
Raoul Bott
Raoul Bott
A Hungarian-born mathematician.
Oliver E. Williamson
Oliver E. Williamson
An American economist .
Edward Feigenbaum
Edward Feigenbaum
An American computer scientist.
Henry Giroux
An American academic.
Edward C. Prescott
Edward C. Prescott
An American economist.
Shafi Goldwasser
Shafi Goldwasser
An American computer scientist, (1958 - ), New York, New York.
Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut
An American writer .
Robert H. Dennard
Robert H. Dennard
An American engineer and inventor.
David Parnas
David Parnas
A Canadian software engineer.

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