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Carnegie Mellon University Overview

Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Carnegie Mellon University Known For?

6,298 Full-Time Undergraduates
$32,674 Avg Cost After Aid
22% Acceptance Rate
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at Carnegie Mellon since the student to facuty ratio is 10 to 1.
  • Students at Carnegie Mellon have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 0%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at Carnegie Mellon.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 95% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Carnegie Mellon bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $83,600 a year. That's about 105% more than their peers at other schools.
  • The average Carnegie Mellon student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

Carnegie Mellon University Rankings

Carnegie Mellon landed the #33 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 123 colleges in Pennsylvania, it is ranked at #3.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Carnegie Mellon has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Carnegie Mellon

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for International Students 4
Best Colleges for Diversity 15
Best Colleges 33
Best Colleges for Veterans 454
Best Colleges for the Money 779

Where Is Carnegie Mellon University?

Location of Carnegie Mellon University

Contact details for Carnegie Mellon are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Phone: 412-268-2000
Website: www.cmu.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carnegiemellonu
Twitter: http://twitter.com/carnegiemellon

How Do I Get Into Carnegie Mellon?

You can apply to Carnegie Mellon online at: admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/apply-now

Admission Requirements for Carnegie Mellon

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Carnegie Mellon?

22% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
70% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to Carnegie Mellon, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 22%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 17%, and the acceptance rate for women is 31%.

Average Test Scores

About 70% of students accepted to Carnegie Mellon submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 700 and 760. Math scores were between 730 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Carnegie Mellon University  ( 700 to 760 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Carnegie Mellon University  ( 730 to 800 )
200
800
Carnegie Mellon received ACT scores from 51% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 32 and 35. Math scores were between 32 and 35. Composite scores were between 32 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Carnegie Mellon University  ( 32 to 35 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Carnegie Mellon University  ( 32 to 35 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Carnegie Mellon University  ( 32 to 35 )
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36

Can I Afford Carnegie Mellon University?

$32,674 Net Price
35% Take Out Loans
0.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Carnegie Mellon is $32,674. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Carnegie Mellon

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,370 $13,608 $18,049 $28,240 $48,918

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Carnegie Mellon, approximately 35% of students took out student loans averaging $6,401 a year. That adds up to $25,604 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Carnegie Mellon is 0.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Carnegie Mellon University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,298 Full-Time Undergraduates
48% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,533 undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon, with 6,298 being full-time and 235 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Carnegie Mellon

There are also 7,336 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,298 full-time undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon, 52% are male and 48% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Carnegie Mellon

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Carnegie Mellon University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Carnegie Mellon Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,939
Black or African American 278
Hispanic or Latino 565
White 1,738
International Students 1,165
Other Races/Ethnicities 613

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at Carnegie Mellon University. At this time, 45 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 102 countries are represented at Carnegie Mellon. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Carnegie Mellon University

27 Took All Classes Online
1,324 Took At Least One Class Online
-39.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,324 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Carnegie Mellon has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 6th most popular in Pennsylvania for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Carnegie Mellon

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Carnegie Mellon University was -39.4%. This is the #2,748 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Carnegie Mellon regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Carnegie Mellon majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 1%
Management Information Systems 17%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Carnegie Mellon ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Carnegie Mellon.

Major Growth Rate Rank
General Architecture #6
Architecture & Related Services #17
Computer Engineering #39
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #53
Electrical Engineering #54
Design & Applied Arts #65
Management Information Systems #103
Visual & Performing Arts #134
Engineering #144
Computer Information Systems #238
Health & Medical Administrative Services #450

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Carnegie Mellon University Majors

In 2017-2018, Carnegie Mellon University awarded 3,696 undergraduate degrees and 6,910 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 0 2 4
Applied Mathematics 0 25 0 2
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 33 20 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 51 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 1 0 0
Behavioral Science 0 1 7 2
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 1 0 0
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 1 0 0
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 6 47 2
Biomedical Engineering 0 56 41 3
Biopsychology 0 9 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 128 310 0
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 2 4
Chemical Engineering 0 64 53 13
Chemistry 0 15 5 14
Civil Engineering 0 27 81 18
Cognitive Science 0 23 0 0
Computational Science 0 0 63 0
Computer Engineering 0 0 133 2
Computer Information Systems 0 54 682 42
Computer Science 0 205 59 22
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 75 0
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 95 0
Construction Engineering 0 0 14 1
Design & Applied Arts 0 31 36 4
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 0 8 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 54 27 0
East Asian Languages 0 7 0 0
Economics 0 48 0 1
Electrical Engineering 0 190 255 51
Engineering Mechanics 0 0 3 3
Engineering Science 0 0 19 0
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 58 1
English Literature (Other) 0 0 8 1
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 1
Environmental Engineering 0 0 2 1
Finance & Financial Management 0 2 2 1
Fine & Studio Arts 0 29 3 0
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 0 0 0 4
General Architecture 0 9 0 0
General Biology 0 26 2 8
General Engineering 0 26 7 15
General Engineering Technology 0 0 30 0
General English Literature 0 3 0 0
General Psychology 0 37 2 1
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 2 3 0
Germanic Languages 0 2 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 36 0
History 0 15 0 7
Human Computer Interaction 0 0 22 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 4 1
Information Technology 0 1 113 0
International Business 0 1 0 0
International Relations & National Security 0 18 6 0
International Studies 0 5 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 30 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 7 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 6 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 3 95 0
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 3 0
Marketing 0 0 0 2
Materials Sciences 0 29 43 9
Mathematics 0 31 13 8
Mechanical Engineering 0 152 155 15
Music 0 28 43 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 29 0 6
Operations Research 0 0 9 6
Other Engineering 0 2 40 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 1 0 0
Other Psychology 0 0 1 0
Other Statistics 0 33 0 0
Philosophy 0 21 9 1
Physics 0 27 4 10
Public Administration 0 0 27 0
Public Policy 0 8 133 5
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 1 0 0
Robotics Engineering 0 17 102 16
Romance Languages 0 6 0 0
Science, Technology & Society 0 1 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 1 0 0
Statistics 0 131 34 14
Sustainability Science 0 0 8 0
Systems Theory 0 98 0 0
Telecommunications Management 0 0 0 1
Writing Studies 0 37 22 0
Total 0 3,696 6,266 644

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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