Student Affairs

Gina Casalegno, Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
Location: Warner Hall 321, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-2075

The Division of Student Affairs is available to support and foster student intellectual and personal growth and help students explore and experience the different aspects of college life. We care about you, your studies, your social growth, your well-being and your future and want to help you enjoy a great Carnegie Mellon experience.

Central to our success is a commitment to cultivating deep and meaningful one-to-one relationships with students. We build and sustain collaborative relationships throughout the university to best serve the needs of our student body. Programs, services, and efforts are dedicated to the development of an engaged community among students, faculty, staff and alumni where meaningful and authentic exchanges are valued. Division of Student Affairs staff help students navigate and reflect upon challenges and transitions, and we empower them to become architects of their own learning and development.

The Office of the Dean of Students provides central leadership of metacurricular experience at Carnegie Mellon, including divisional strategic planning, coordination of student support and crisis intervention, and facilitation of divisional assessment. 

Student Affairs is comprised of the following offices and departments, which offer services aimed at enhancing the student experience at CMU.

Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation

Josh Centor, Director & Associate Vice President
Location: Skibo Gym 204, Frew St. & Tech St, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Phone: 412-268-8054

The Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation has a transformative impact through divers programs that inspire leadership, teamwork, wellness and resilience, and offers students, staff and faculty opportunity to develop intellect, ethics and character needed to lead meaningful lives while impacting society in profound ways. View more information about Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation

Career and Professional Development Center

Kevin Monahan, Director & Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Location: West Wing, 2nd Floor, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-2064

The Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) is Carnegie Mellon University’s centralized career services center providing a comprehensive range of services, programs and materials focusing on career exploration and decision making, professional development, experiential learning and employment assistance to meet today’s evolving workplace and student goals of finding satisfying work.

Students wishing to explore how majors and minors relate to career choice, as well as gain information about particular fields, will work with a career consultant to examine their skills, interests, and values and how they relate to various career fields. Career consultants also coach students in writing resumes and cover letters, networking, locating internship and job opportunities, preparing for interviews, and pursuing graduate school opportunities. Career consultants are assigned to each college and provide individualized support, general career programming, and college-specific workshops. In addition to the workshops presented by the staff, consultants coordinate an annual professional development series presented by prominent alumni and recruiters in various industries and fields.


Several thousand summer internships and professional full-time job opportunities are made available to Carnegie Mellon students through Handshake, an online job listing resource.  Students can access Handshake through the center's homepage and can also use the service to search for student employment and on-campus jobs. Handshake also provides information on the hundreds of employers that visit our campus each year. These organizations interview students for internships and professional employment, as well as hold informational sessions in the evenings that are open to the entire campus. 

Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion

Location: Cohon University Center, Lower Level, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-2150

The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion actively cultivates a strong, diverse and inclusive community capable of living out these values and advancing research, creativity, learning and development that changes the world.

The Center offers resources to enhance an inclusive and transformative student experience in dimensions such as access, success, campus climate and intergroup dialogue. Additionally, the Center supports and connects historically underrepresented students and those who are first in their family to attend college in a setting where students’ differences and talents are appreciated and reinforced.

Cohon University Center

Marcia Gerwig, Director
Location: Cohon University Center 103, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-2107

Designed to support health, wellness, and community engagement, the Cohon University Center offers conference space and meeting rooms, a studio theater, a state-of-the-art fitness center, gymnasium, swimming pool, multiple dining locations, and plenty of gathering and study space.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Shane Chaplin, Executive Director
Location: Morewood Gardens E-Tower, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-2922

Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) addresses the mental health needs of the university community by providing treatment to students and collaborating with staff, faculty and family members. CaPS helps students improve their psychological health by facilitating insight and fostering deeper understanding of their personal struggles needed to make better choices for themselves. Services at CaPS are developmental in nature, aimed at supporting students in the moment and in their personal growth and maturation over time.

CaPS is attentive to issues of diversity and equality. We respect and value each person as a unique individual. We offer a safe and supportive space for students who identify as LGBTQ+ to navigate the challenges of exploring and integrating their gender and sexual identities.

Confidential services for students include consultation, short-term individual psychotherapy, crisis support and psychiatric referral when appropriate. Our staff provides consultation and education for students, faculty, staff and family members to address concerns regarding the well-being of a student, and questions about our services or psychological treatment.

CaPS staff also provide training and education for students and staff in support roles (i.e., advisors, RAs, OCs).

Dining Services

Pascal Petter, Director
Location: Residence on Fifth, 4700 Fifth Ave, Second Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-2139

Carnegie Mellon Dining Services offers a diverse portfolio of dining destinations, enriches and nourishes lives, and enhances the CMU transformative experience for students. We are always looking for new ways to improve CMU's dining experience.

Housing Services & Residential Education

Tom Cooley, Executive Director of Housing Services & Space Planning
Housing Location: Residence on Fifth, 4700 Fifth Ave, Second Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Residential Education Location: Morewood Gardens, Student Life Suite, 1060 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-2139 (Housing), 412-268-2142 (Residential Education),

The residential experience at Carnegie Mellon embraces all aspects of a student's life. Together, Housing Services and the Office of Residential Education create a lived experience that supports, engages, and inspires students throughout their university experience. It's the place they call home, the place where they will learn more about themselves, their community, and the world around them. Within a 24/7 community of support, staff and residents build meaningful relationships that inspire exploration, growth, and learning.

Office of Community Standards and Integrity

Lenny Chan, Director
Location: Morewood Gardens, 1060 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-2140

The Office of Community Standards and Integrity (OCSI) is staffed by an experienced team of professionals dedicated to the growth and development of students both in and outside of the classroom. When faced with a challenging or complicated situation, the OCSI can serve as a resource for students, staff, faculty, and family members looking for guidance. Our staff strives to be approachable, knowledgeable, and current with best practices in the field of student conduct and academic integrity. The heart of our work is rooted in the value and support of our campus community members. We welcome inquiries regarding educational programming, student support, and guidance with the university's student conduct and academic integrity processes.

Religious and Spiritual Life Initiatives

Mandy Best, Coordinator of Spirituality & Interfaith Initiatives
Location: 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-2142

Carnegie Mellon is committed to the holistic growth of our students, including creating opportunities for spiritual and religious practice and exploration for individuals all along the spectrum of spiritual and religious development. Carnegie Mellon encourages an explorative mindset for all students - creating programs and resources for students to pause, engage in self-inquiry, and to reflect upon and articulate one's moral fabric.

Additionally, we offer programs and initiatives that cross traditional religious boundaries in order to increase our students' knowledge of and appreciate for the full diversity of the world's religious and spiritual traditions.

Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement

Elizabeth Vaughan, Director & Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Location: Cohon University Center, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-8704

The Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement (SLICE) complements students’ academic experiences by providing services and resources that engage students in creating campus culture through social, cultural, intellectual, spiritual, athletic, recreational, artistic, political, and service opportunities. Our staff is committed to delivering quality advising, resource materials, leadership development opportunities, and administrative support services to impact students’ growth and development and enhance the success of each student organization.

Our office partners with students to create a vibrant culture of student life on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Our community is home to nearly 250 recognized student organizations that are supported by the Student Activities staff team. In addition to serving as individual advisors to many organizations and providing resources, support, and ad hoc advising to all student organizations, our office also coordinates a slate of opportunities to help Carnegie Mellon students get involved in campus life.

First-Year Orientation

Julie Schultz, Associate Dean for Parent & Family Engagement and First-Year Orientation
Location: 1060 Morewood Gardens, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-2142

Orientation & First-Year Programs is responsible for providing vision and leadership for a comprehensive approach to new student orientation and transition programs. The office provides programs, opportunities and services to help students and family members successfully transition to the Carnegie Mellon community.

The office is responsible for program, development, marketing and implementation of orientation and transition programs. Areas of concentration include new student orientation, parent's programming such as Family Weekend, freshman programming series, and special event planning.

Family & Parents

Julie Schultz, Associate Dean for Parent & Family Engagement and First-Year Orientation
Location: 1060 Morewood Gardens, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-2142

We encourage our students to develop independence and the life skills necessary to successfully navigate their personal affairs as young adults. We also know that family plays an important role and are key partners in our students’ success. We're here to share information about general campus resources, important events and developmental milestones in your student’s experience so that you have information to facilitate meaningful interactions with your student about their Carnegie Mellon journey.

Pre-College Summer Programs

Susie Sheldon Rush, Director of Pre-College Programs
Location: Cohon University Center, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-5914

Our Pre-College Summer Programs will show you what life at Carnegie Mellon is about - from the classroom to what's happening on weekend. You'll meet people from all over the world, be inspired by our world-renowned faculty, take part in the excitement of campus and have the opportunity to explore the city of Pittsburgh.

University Health Services

Beth Kotarski, Executive Director
Location: 1060 Morewood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-2157

Student Health Services is staffed by physicians, advanced practice clinicians, registered nurses, and professional staff who provide medical care, health promotion and insurance services. A list of current services and fees may be found on the University Health Services website

Patients are seen by appointment; however, walk-in urgent care is provided. Appointments may be made by calling the office.


In addition to providing medical care, University Health Services administers the Student Health Insurance Program, which offers a high level of coverage in a wide network of health care providers and hospitals. It also covers most of the fees for care at Student Health Services. All full-time students are required to carry health insurance and will be assessed a charge for the individual basic mandatory plan offered through the university student health insurance program. The charge will appear on the invoice of the first semester of attendance in the academic cycle. The student is required to take one of the following three actions: (1) enroll in the basic plan as charged; (2) upgrade the benefit plan by enrolling in the enhanced student health insurance options during the open enrollment period; (3) apply for a waiver from the mandatory plan if covered by family/other insurance.


Angie Lusk, Program Director for Student Affairs Wellness Initiative
Location: Cohon University Center, 111E, 5032 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-2142

We believe our individual and collective well-being is rooted in healthy connections, to each other and to campus resources. How we care for ourselves and others is important to our success. There are a wide variety of resources, opportunities, and people that want to help you thrive inside and outside of the classroom. Every voice matters as we continually enhance the quality of life for students, faculty, and staff and community partners. Join us in our shared commitment to engage and to empower.

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