PITTSBURGH, Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A record number of prospective students have applied for undergraduate admission to Carnegie Mellon University for the 2011–2012 school year.
As of Feb. 1, the university's Office of Undergraduate Admission reports that 16,497 students have applied for fall 2011. This is a 6.5 percent increase over the previous record of 15,496 applicants for the 2010–2011 school year.
"This applicant pool is by far the most talented and diverse in our history," said Michael Steidel, director of undergraduate admission. "It will make our work in selecting a class the most challenging we've experienced to date."
About Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 11,000 students in the university's seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon's main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California's Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico. The university is in the midst of a $1 billion fundraising campaign, titled "Inspire Innovation: The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University," which aims to build its endowment, support faculty, students and innovative research, and enhance the physical campus with equipment and facility improvements.
SOURCE Carnegie Mellon University