CMU-Q community rolls out the virtual red carpet for Class of 2024
Online Marhaba Tartans event draws nearly 150 admitted students and their families to explore CMU-Q
Newly admitted students to Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), a Qatar Foundation partner university, logged in to a virtual welcome celebration hosted by the faculty, staff, students and graduates of the university. Marhaba Tartans is an annual celebration for students who have been accepted to CMU-Q for the fall semester.
Michael Trick, the dean of CMU-Q, noted that applicants are selected for more than just academic performance: “At Carnegie Mellon, we select students holistically. We look for well-rounded students who are strong academically, and also possess curiosity, enthusiasm, thoughtfulness and creativity. I am excited to see what this class will do.”
The virtual Marhaba Tartans event was an opportunity for new students to explore their majors. Next week, follow up sessions will include academic opportunities and the student experience.
The admission process for the Class of 2024 was exceptionally selective this year, as application numbers were up by 42%. CMU-Q admits students directly into one of five programs of study: biological sciences, business administration, computational biology, computer science and information systems.
Trick addressed the question that is on many people’s minds as the pandemic quarantine continues in Qatar. “We hope by the fall that we can resume in-person classes, but we have a full contingency plan if we must deliver classes online. Our plan includes providing extra support for new students to ensure they have a strong and positive start to their university career.”
CMU-Q moved to online mode in early March, along with the other Qatar Foundation partner universities, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The community has proven to be resilient and creative as students, faculty and staff find new ways to connect, share and learn.