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?
- 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
|Best Colleges for International Students||4|
|Best Colleges for Diversity||15|
|Best Colleges for Veterans||454|
|Best Colleges for the Money||779|
Where Is Carnegie Mellon University?
Contact details for Carnegie Mellon are given below.
|Address:||5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890|
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
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Carnegie Mellon?
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.
Can I Afford Carnegie Mellon University?
Net Price by Income Group for Carnegie Mellon
|$0-30 K||$30K-48K||$48-75||$75-110K||$110K +|
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
There are also 7,336 graduate students at the school.
Of the 6,298 full-time undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon, 52% are male and 48% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Carnegie Mellon University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||278|
|Hispanic or Latino||565|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Carnegie Mellon has changed over the last few years.
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|
|Architecture & Related Services||#17|
|Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods||#53|
|Design & Applied Arts||#65|
|Management Information Systems||#103|
|Visual & Performing Arts||#134|
|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.
*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.