Since Carnegie Mellon's campus dining includes several small ethnic and specialty restaurants that visitors as well as students can enjoy, we had lunch at the yummy Indian place before going to see the engineering school. There isn't a formal tour but prospective students can schedule meetings with current students, one of whom showed us one of the computer labs and talked to us about the program overall (he chose CMU over MIT and Princeton because he didn't want to be in a pressure-cooker environment, and said that while only 15% of the electrical engineering students are female, women outnumber men in the arts programs, so the social life is pretty good for engineers). We drove home in the late afternoon and ate the sandwiches we'd originally planned for lunch while catching up on Stewart and Colbert -- we'd had no Comedy Central last night -- then the Bengals/Eagles game.
The undergraduate admissions office has a statue of one of the school's namesakes. (Andrew W. Mellon and Richard B. Mellon of the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research are the others.)
We got to see the football team practicing while we walked by the Tartans stadium.
Officially, the school's color is plaid, though the football team wears maroon and gold. The scottie dog is the school mascot, since Carnegie and the Mellons were of Scottish ancestry.
This statue by Jonathan Borofsky is called "Walking to the Sky"; there is a duplicate of it in Korea.
The campus has a small memorial to Judith Resnik, CMU alumna and space shuttle astronaut, who died when the Challenger exploded.
The ceiling of the College of Fine Arts building has a mural of geniuses and buildings admired by the architect. The words to "My Country 'Tis of Thee" go around the arch.
Student groups paint and "own" this fence for as long as they have members to guard it, so people camp out at the fence to protect it with their logos.