Carnegie Mellon University
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Carnegie Mellon students are overachievers, uncommonly focused on their respective fields of study. Students know how to achieve - because they have been doing so their whole lives - and have set goals for the future.
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- Full name: Carnegie Mellon University
- Location: Pittsburgh
- Founded: 1900
- Tuition: $47,642
- Setting: Urban
- Public/Private: Private
- Selectivity: More Selective
- % Applications Admitted: 28%
- Undergraduates: 5,917
- Graduates: 6,450
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This private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was originally founded by noted industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie as the Carnegie Technical Schools in 1900. More recently, since 2007 CMU has ranked #1 in number of startups created per research dollar, while not having a medical school.
Wi-Fi access is available throughout most of the campus, and there are a wealth of departments and programs on campus with strong technological bends. Carnegie Mellon's Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation connects inventions developed on campus with companies that can introduce them to the public at a profit. The Quality of Life Technology Center focuses on the development of intelligent systems that enable older adults and people with disabilities to live more independently. There is even a distance education program that allows working IT professionals to obtain a Master of Science in Information Technology without stepping foot onto their beautiful, urban, 140 acre campus located just three miles from Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle.
Carnegie Mellon has coupled their College of Fine Arts and their School of Computer Science to create a joint program called the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC). The ETC proudly boasts the nation’s only Masters in Entertainment Technology (MET), leading a new wave of technological advancements in an ever-growing industry, even through a time of economic disparity.
Carnegie Mellon is also home to the “Robot Master,” or Professor Manuela Veloso who teaches in the computer science department. Her longtime interest and study in automation and AI has led to the creation of robot soccer and its own competitive league known as “Robocup,” which holds annual championships with participants from all around the world.
Thanks to CMU’s Small Undergraduate Research Grant (SURG), in 2010 four undergraduate freshmen developed the first mobile application solely geared towards on-campus navigation. By using campus floor plans, Google Maps and mobile GPS, the students created Mapyst. The now incredibly popular app is widely used on campus by both students and professors daily.
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