Inside Athletics

Tartan Facts

Who founded Carnegie Mellon University?
Carnegie Technical Schools was founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie. Twelve years later it became known as the Carnegie Institute of Technology. In 1967, the school merged with Mellon Institute and became what is known today as Carnegie Mellon University.

What is a Tartan?
Carnegie Mellon University's nickname, Tartans, is often misrepresented as a fierce warrior from either the Asian tundra or Scottish highlands. In actuality, a Tartan is a twilled woolen fabric with a plaid design. It is of Scottish origin and consists of stripes of various colors and widths against a solid ground, denoting a particular family lineage. The school's founder, Andrew Carnegie, was born in Dunfermline, Scotland, in 1835. Carnegie came to the United States in 1848 and founded Carnegie Technical Schools in Pittsburgh in 1900.

Official Mascot?
The scottie dog was selected to be the Tartans official mascot in the spring of 2007, and was given the name Scotty. The university has both a performer mascot Scotty as well as a real dog Scotty. While Scotty is the dog’s stage name, her real name is Maggie after Andrew Carnegie’s mother, Margaret Morrison Carnegie.

Sports Facts:

  • Football recorded 35 non-losing seasons, spanning from 1975-2009, and has participated in the NCAA playoffs seven times, most recently in 2006
  • Football became the 35th team in Division III to record 500 wins in the programs history after defeating the University of Chicago on November 5, 2011
  • In 2006, two football players rushed for more than 1,000 yards on the season, becoming the first pair to accomplish this feat
  • Swimming has nine National Champions
  • Men's Soccer won five consecutive UAA championships ('01-'05)
  • Men's Soccer has played in the NCAA Tournament five ('08, '09, '12, '13, '15) of the last eight years while winning two UAA Championships ('09, '12) in that span
  • Women's Soccer has made the NCAA Tournament four consecutive years ('12-'15) and advanced to the Quarterfinals in 2012 while winning back-to-back UAA Championships ('14-'15)
  • Kassie Segmiller is the leading point scorer for both men's and women's basketball with 1,595 career points
  • 17 men's basketball players have scored 1,000 points or more
  • Men's Basketball made five straight postseason appearances ('05-'09), two NCAA and three ECAC
  • Four former men’s basketball players have played professionally overseas with three playing during the past eight years
  • Ten women's basketball players have scored 1,000 points or more
  • During the 2011-12 season, Emily Peel became the first women's basketball player at Carnegie Mellon to score at least 30 points twice in one season since the start of the UAA
  • Kayvon Fatahalion won the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship in 2000
  • The men's tennis team was nationally ranked for the first time in 2004-2005 and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2009
  • The women's tennis team was ranked nationally for the first time in 2001 and has held a national ranking since
  • The women's tennis team has advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals five times ('09, '10, '12, '14, '15)
  • The women's tennis team won the inaugural Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Division III Women's Team Indoor Championship in 2009 and has finished in second place four consecutive years ('12-'15)
  • Amy Staloch became the first women's tennis player to win the ITA National Singles Championship in 2005
  • The volleyball team had its first-ever Division III NCAA tournament victory in 2009 and has made three straight postseason appearances ('13-'15), one NCAA and two ECAC
  • The men's cross country team has won two UAA Championships ('05, '15) and has appeared in ten consecutive NCAA Championship meets  ('05-'14)
  • Men's Track and Field has won two UAA Outdoor Championships ('07, '08) and one UAA Indoor Championship ('13)