Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1990, Carnegie Mellon University is known as one of the world's most renowned private research university, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The university boasts of seven colleges and independent schools, professors and alumni including several Nobel laureates, Academy Award, and Turing Award winners. In 1912, the university changed its name to Carnegie Institute of Technology and introduced four-year degrees.
The climate of Pittsburgh can be classified as extremely cold (−2.0 °C - −18 °C) and cloudy winters, warm and humid summers (22.6 °C to 32 °C) and springs and falls with moderate levels of sunshine as this part of the world lies in the humid continental climate zone. Pittsburgh experiences a considerable amount of snowfall with an average of 41.4 inches (105 cm) per season.
Carnegie Mellon provides an extensive assortment of accommodation choices. The first-year student can opt for standard, prime, or apartment-style living. Upperclassmen have extra advantages for housing, which cover townhouses and a more extensive variety of one or two bedroom residences. The students also have the opportunity to choose from five off-campus residences in the Oakland area.
With 300 active student organizations, numerous geographically and academically diverse group of student, a Spring Carnival (one of the biggest social event of the year) and a number of Greek organizations CMU offers campus life that is diverse and dynamic in nature. Students are recognized as the core of CMU, and the value the institution caters is shaped by the involvement of the students, faculty members, and each and everyone who is involved with Carnegie Mellon.
Carnegie Mellon boasts of its delegation in awarding financial aid on the basis of the need of the student. The institutes’ outlook in fostering financial assistance and an astute assessment makes it possible for students from different socio-economic background to opt for superior education. Statistically, the possibility of receiving need-based assistance to the first-year students is around 76%.
Scholarships and grants are a mode of financial aid granted to students to pay their fees. Financial condition and merit are considered as the main differentiator for gaining scholarships and grants.
For graduate students along with other scholarship opportunities, Carnegie Mellon's Fellowships and Scholarships allow various competitive, merit-based financial grants like Knight Hennessey, Fulbright, Soros, Luce, Hertz, and Schwarzman. Acceptability of scholarships and grants predominantly depends on the student’s competence in accomplishing their intellectual and professional goals.