Carnegie Mellon's sports teams are called the Tartans. They participate in the University Athletic Association in NCAA Division
III. Carnegie Mellon's marching and concert band is the Kiltie Band.The weekly student newspaper is The Tartan, published since 1906.There are many organizations on-campus:
- Undergraduate Student Senate
The goal of Student Senate
is to represent the interests of the student body. Senate allocates a
budget of about $30,000 each semester to student organizations and events that benefit the whole student body. Student Senate
also sets policy, and must ratify some administration policies. Any undergraduate student can join Student Senate by either
running for a seat, filling a vacancy, or becoming a Member-at-Large. Student Senate, along with the Graduate Student
also provides annual subsidies to student groups through the Joint Funding Committee (JFC) process.
One of the largest is the Activities Board
which organizes a number of student activities on campus. The Films Committee of the Activities Board is notable for showing
films (often recent) in the on-campus McConomy Auditorium 3-4 nights a week, with 2-4 showings per night.
Students of all ability levels play in the All University Orchestra
, performing once each semester.
Carnegie Mellon University Emergency Medical
- Carnegie Mellon University Emergency Medical Services
(CMU EMS) is a student-run Basic Life Support
Quick Response Service that provides emergency medical services to the CMU community 24/7, as well as providing standby medical
support for both on and off-campus events, such as hockey games,concerts, and Spring Carnival. CMU EMS also provides CPR and
First Aid training to the CMU community, as well as cosponsoring an EMT course. CMU EMS is
certified by the state of Pennsylvania and is 100% volunteer.
- International Relations Organization/Model UN Club
The IRO/Model UN
allows students to participate in Model
UN conferences and other events to further awareness of the global community.
Another notable organization on campus is the KGB
(not related to the
Russian KGB), which holds bizarre weekly meetings
and hosts events such as the Underground Tour, Build a Giant Robot, and Capture the Flag with Stuff 
The marching and concert band of Carnegie Mellon is the Kiltie Band. Yes,
they do wear kilts.
Though Carnegie Mellon does not have a law school, members of CMU Mock Trial
compete in mock trial against other universities such as the University of
Pennsylvania, Penn State University, and Cornell University.Scotch 'n'
(SnS) Student Theatre has been allowing
any interested student of any majors to write, direct, tech, and perform in theatrical productions for over 60 years. SnS puts on
about between 4 and 6 shows a year including everything from musicals to classics to modern plays. They also have an improv
troupe called The No Parking Players
who offer free workshops twice a week and a Playwright
who workshops original
plays a few times each semester.
The Robotics Club
is a undergraduate student run organization that facilitates the
building of robots and related projects. The Robotics Club provides resources to undergraduates interested in building various
types of robots.
- Student Dormitory Council
is a hodgepodge of
different committees. They run the film in McConomy Auditorium on Saturday nights, program campus events, and act as liasons from
the resident body to Housing, Dining and Student Life. The university puts the students in charge of all the dormitory
recreational equipment through SDC including purchasing, installing and repairing.Vermillion
is one of two Anime clubs that holds weekly meetings at CMU. On Saturday evenings from 7 PM till whenever they finish, the club
shows episodes of several pre-determined series, as well as movies and music videos, in Breed Hall in Margaret Morrison Carnegie
Hall. While paid dues are not required to take part in the viewing festivities, only paying members are allowed to cast votes for
what will be shown. The club also appears in the online comic Tsunami Channel
, which even goes so far as to include Vermillion members as
is the student-run campus FM radio station, broadcasting at 88.3 MHz. It is a freeform college radio station, producing
music, sports and public affairs programming for the campus community. WRCT staff members are all volunteers from among the
university student body, staff and faculty. Since upgrading its power output to 1750 Watts in 1994, WRCT's listening area covers the city of Pittsburgh and
surrounding areas, no longer just limited to areas near the university campus.
Despite a widely-held belief that the school is largely apathetic, Carnegie Mellon Activism has spanned decades. There continues to be a small yet visible
progressive activist presence today, as well as libertarians and groups of
many different political persuasions.