Choosing a College: Carnegie Mellon University

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

Known the world over for phenomenal programs in computer science and engineering, Carnegie Mellon attracts some of the brightest students and faculty interested in technological innovation. 20 Nobel Laureates have taught on campus, and nearly 60 students and alumni have been named Fulbright Scholars since 2000 (5 in 2018 alone). But what you may not know is the University’s long (and quite illustrious history) as a leader in the arts. CMU was the first school in the nation to grant a degree in drama, and some of the most famous names in theatre have graduated from the School of Drama… Matt Bomer (White Collar), Christian Borle (Smash), James Cromwell (Babe), Ted Danson (Cheers), Josh Gad (Frozen), Megan Hilty (Smash), and Judith Light (Who’s the Boss?) to name a few! The University enrolls 6,400 undergraduates (50 percent of whom are female), and approximately an equal number of grad students. Fun fact: current research projects at CMU’s Robotics Institute include developing assistive robots for blind travelers and testing the safety behind autonomous (driverless) vehicles.

Photo credit: Top, Courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University


Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.