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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?

1,848 Undergraduate Awards
$56,812 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 award 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.

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Carnegie Mellon University Rankings

We have ranked Carnegie Mellon as #36 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #4 out of 137 schools in Pennsylvania.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Carnegie Mellon has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#18 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#49 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#306 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Carnegie Mellon.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Robotics Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Writing Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Architecture & Related Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Public Administration & Social Service Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Carnegie Mellon has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Mathematics & Statistics College Factual
#1 Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts College Factual
#3 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#9 Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#18 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#49 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

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 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Carnegie Mellon University  ( 32 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Carnegie Mellon University  ( 32 to 35 )
1
36

Can I Afford Carnegie Mellon University?

$56,812 Net Price
35% Take Out Loans
0.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Carnegie Mellon is $56,812. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

6,425 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,618 undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon, with 6,425 being full-time and 193 being part-time.

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

There are also 7,562 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,425 full-time undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon, 50% are male and 50% 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 2,106
Black or African American 238
Hispanic or Latino 583
White 1,669
International Students 1,150
Other Races/Ethnicities 679

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Information Systems 54 1 682 42 779
Electrical Engineering 190 0 255 51 496
Business Administration & Management 128 0 310 0 438
Mechanical Engineering 152 0 155 15 322
Computer Science 205 0 59 22 286
Statistics 131 0 34 14 179
Public Policy 8 0 133 5 146
Computer Engineering 0 1 133 2 136
Robotics Engineering 17 0 102 16 135
Chemical Engineering 64 0 53 13 130
Civil Engineering 27 0 81 18 126
Information Technology 1 0 113 0 114
Music 28 43 43 0 114
Biomedical Engineering 56 0 41 3 100
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 3 0 95 0 98
Systems Theory 98 0 0 0 98
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 95 0 95
Materials Sciences 29 0 43 9 81
Drama & Theater Arts 54 0 27 0 81
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 75 0 75
Design & Applied Arts 31 0 36 4 71
Computational Science 0 0 63 0 63
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 58 1 59
Writing Studies 37 0 22 0 59
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 6 0 47 2 55
Architectural Sciences & Technology 33 0 20 0 53
Mathematics 31 0 13 8 52
Arts & Media Management 0 0 51 0 51
Economics 48 0 0 1 49
General Engineering 26 0 7 15 48
Other Engineering 2 0 40 0 42
Physics 27 0 4 10 41
General Psychology 37 0 2 1 40
General Biology 26 0 2 8 36
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 36 0 36
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 29 0 0 6 35
Chemistry 15 0 5 14 34
Other Statistics 33 0 0 0 33
Fine & Studio Arts 29 0 3 0 32
Philosophy 21 0 9 1 31
General Engineering Technology 0 0 30 0 30
Liberal Arts General Studies 30 0 0 0 30
Applied Mathematics 25 0 0 2 27
Public Administration 0 0 27 0 27
International Relations & National Security 18 0 6 0 24
Cognitive Science 23 0 0 0 23
History 15 0 0 7 22
Human Computer Interaction 0 0 22 0 22
Engineering Science 0 0 19 0 19
Construction Engineering 0 0 14 1 15
Operations Research 0 0 9 6 15
Behavioral Science 1 0 7 2 10
General Architecture 9 0 0 0 9
English Literature (Other) 0 0 8 1 9
Biopsychology 9 0 0 0 9
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 0 8 0 8
Sustainability Science 0 0 8 0 8
East Asian Languages 7 0 0 0 7
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 7 0 0 0 7
Accounting 0 0 2 4 6
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 2 4 6
Management Information Systems 0 0 6 0 6
Engineering Mechanics 0 0 3 3 6
Romance Languages 6 0 0 0 6
Finance & Financial Management 2 0 2 1 5
Human Resource Management 0 0 4 1 5
International Studies 5 0 0 0 5
General Visual & Performing Arts 2 0 3 0 5
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 0 0 0 4 4
Environmental Engineering 0 0 2 1 3
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 3 0 3
General English Literature 3 0 0 0 3
Marketing 0 0 0 2 2
Germanic Languages 2 0 0 0 2
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 1 0 0 0 1
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 1 0 0 0 1
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 1 1
International Business 1 0 0 0 1
Telecommunications Management 0 0 0 1 1
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 1 0 0 0 1
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 1 0 0 0 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Science, Technology & Society 1 0 0 0 1
Astronomy & Astrophysics 1 0 0 0 1
Other Psychology 0 0 1 0 1
Environmental Design 0 0 0 0 0
Architecture (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 0 0
Journalism 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Programming 0 0 0 0 0
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Multilingual Education 0 0 0 0 0
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Nanotechnology 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering Physics 0 0 0 0 0
Area Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Other Physical Science 0 0 0 0 0
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 0 0 0
Other Visual Art 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,848 45 3,133 322 5,348

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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