Carnegie Mellon is a unique campus in that Caucasian students aren't an obvious majority of the people on campus. In fact, during your first trip to CMU, your first reaction might be that there is a large number of Asian students. Students will tell you that the largest and most expansive cultural groups on campus are comprised of Koreans and Indians. While other Eastern and Southern Asian countries are represented by the student body, it’s probably the only place in Pittsburgh where you will see such high concentrations of Asian students. But that is regularly just their ethnic background. In fact, not many students are considered to be international. So while there are people of Asian, African, European, or South American descents, they are still American students.
Race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexuality, etc., don’t really matter at CMU. Many campuses say this, but think of how rare it is to be able to step onto a campus and literally see how different each and every single student is. Because people come from all different economic and geographic backgrounds and major in pretty much every concentration under the sun, students expect to not have had an identical life with the others in their classes. From their first year on campus, students will learn so many random facts about cultures and religions that they might not have been exposed to. It is just par for the course at CMU to stop and say, "Well, that is something you don’t see every day."