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Tuition

$50,042

$50,042

not including room and board

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Very Selective

27%

acceptance rate

Accepted 4,807
Declined + 12,506
Total Received 17,313
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undergraduateRatios

57%

43%

male

female

1  :  13

teacher

students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Computer Science
  2. Electrical/Computer Engineering
  3. Business Administration
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School Facts

Carnegie Mellon, founded in 1900, is a private university. Programs are offered through the Carnegie Institute of Technology; the Colleges of Fine Arts; the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management; the Mellon College of Science; and the School of Computer Science; and the Tepper School of Business. Its 144-acre campus is located five miles from downtown Pittsburgh.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 12,569
Established in 1900
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Accredited by •  AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
•  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education)
•  NAAB (National Architectural Accrediting Board)
•  NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration)

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Codes

SAT 2074
ACT 3534

Social Networks

Private (nonprofit)

6,279

undergraduate students

6,290

graduate students

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
40%
600-699
48%
500-599
11%
400-499
1%
700-800
73%
600-699
23%
500-599
3%
400-499
1%
700-800
50%
600-699
41%
500-599
8%
400-499
1%
30-36
74%
24-29
25%
18-23
1%
30-36
73%
24-29
24%
18-23
3%
30-36
77%
24-29
21%
18-23
2%
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Pittsburgh, PA

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Fun Facts

  • Carnegie Mellon University is home to the country's only bagpipe major.
  • Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell carried a small school flag from his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University, during his 1971 lunar mission.
  • Students at Carnegie Mellon University have made a storied tradition out of painting "The Fence" on campus. They can paint practically whatever message they want, but it must be done by hand and between midnight and sunrise. It also holds the Guinness World Record for most painted object!
  • Scott Fahlman, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, created the smiley face emoticon. :-)

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Pittsburgh, PA

145-acre, suburban campus in Pittsburgh (population: 307,484). Served by air, bus, and train. School operates shuttle bus within limited area. Public transportation serves campus.

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
64%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
99%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
14 fraternities 15% of male students
 
10 sororities 14% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
76%
Top 1/4
93%
Top 1/2
99%
Bottom 1/2
1%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
40%
600-699
48%
500-599
11%
400-499
1%
700-800
73%
600-699
23%
500-599
3%
400-499
1%
700-800
50%
600-699
41%
500-599
8%
400-499
1%
30-36
74%
24-29
25%
18-23
1%
30-36
73%
24-29
24%
18-23
3%
30-36
77%
24-29
21%
18-23
2%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $70
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 1 (December 1 for fine arts applicants)
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline November 1
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Required of some
SAT or ACT Required

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Class rank
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Important

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Interview
Minority affiliation
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Geographical residence
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Very Selective

27%

acceptance rate

Accepted 4,807
Declined + 12,506
Total Received 17,313

Admissions Contact

Michael Steidel
Director of Admissions
P: 412 268-2082
F: 412 268-7838
undergraduate-admissions@andrew.cmu.edu

Cost

Tuition $46,670
Room $7,070
Board $4,920
Additional fees $972
Books & supplies $2,400
Total $62,032
Average Financial Aid - $32,077
Total with Avg. Aid $29,955

Financial Aid

83%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$32,077

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $5,607,510
State $728,162
Institutional $62,714,339
Other external $1,965,847
Total $71,015,858

Non-need-based

Federal
State
Institutional $9,077,653
Other external $1,430,756
Total $10,508,409

Varsity Sports

M W
basketball
cheerleading
cross-country
diving
football
golf
soccer
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
University Athletic Association (Division III)
Mascot
Tartan
School colors
cardinal, grey, and white
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Advanced Infrastructure Systems/Computer Science/Engineering
Algorithms/Combinatorics/Optimization
Anthropology/History
Applied Mathematics
Architectural History
Architectural Representation/Visualization
Architectural Technology
Architecture
Architecture History
Architecture Technology
Architecture/Engineering Construction Management
Art
Arts Management
Astrophysics
Behavioral Decision Research
Bioengineering
Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences/Neuroscience
Biomedical Engineering
Biotechnology/Management
Building Performance/Diagnostics
Business Administration
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Chemistry/Computer Science
Chinese
Civil Engineering
Civil/Environmental Engineering
Cognitive Science
Colloids/Polymers/Surfaces
Communication Planning/Information Design
Communications Design
Computation/Organizations/Society
Computational Biology
Computational Design
Computational Finance
Computational Mechanics
Computational/Applied Mathematics
Computer Assisted Language Learning
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Science Education
Computer Science/Arts
Computer Science/Education
Costume Design
Creative Writing
Decision Science
Design
Directing
Drama
Dramatic Writing
Economics
Economics/Mathematical Sciences
Economics/Public Policy
Electrical/Computer Engineering
Engineering/Public Policy
English
Entertainment Industry Management
Entertainment Technology
Environmental Engineering Science/Management
Environmental Engineering/Management
Environmental Management/Science
Environmental Policy
Ethics/History/Public Policy
Ethnic/Cultural Minority/Gender Studies
European Studies
Finance
French/Francophone Studies
Gender Studies/Minority Studies
German
Global Studies
Health Care Policy/Management
Hispanic Studies
History
History/Policy
Human-Computer Interaction
Humanities/Arts
Industrial Design
Information Networking
Information Security Policy/Management
Information Security Technology/Management
Information Systems
Information Systems Management
Information Technology
Information Technology in eBusiness
Information Technology/Very Large Information Systems
Integrated Product Development
Interaction Design
International Relations
Investigative Journalism
Japanese
Jazz Performance
Jazz Studies/Performance
Keyboard Instrument Performance
Keyboard Instruments
Language Technology/Machine Learning
Language Technology/Mobility
Language Technology/Software Management
Language/Information Technologies
Liberal Arts/Sciences
Lighting/Scene/Sound Design
Linguistics
Literary/Cultural Studies
Literary/Cultural Studies/Renaissance/Early Modern Studies
Logic Computation/Methodology
Logic/Computation
Logic/Computation/Methodology
Machine Learning/Language Information Technology
Machine Learning/Statistics
Management of Manufacturing/Automation
Marketing
Materials Science/Engineering
Mathematical Finance
Mathematical Science
Mathematical Sciences
Mathematics
Mathematics/Discrete/Logic
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Management
Modern Languages
Molecular Biophysics/Structural Biology
Multilingual Studies
Music Composition
Music Conducting
Music Performance
Neural Computation
Operations Management/Manufacturing
Operations Research
Organizational Behavior/Theory
Philosophy
Physics
Physics/Chemical Physics
Physics/Computational Physics
Piano/Organ Performance
Policy/Management
Production Technology/Management
Professional Writing
Psychology
Psychology/Behavioral Decision Research
Psychology/Biological Sciences
Public Policy/Management
Rhetoric
Robotics
Russian Studies
Science/Technology/Society
Second Language Acquisition
Social/Decision Sciences
Software Engineering
Software Engineering/Business Management
Statistical Practice
Statistics
Statistics/Economics
Statistics/Machine Learning
Statistics/Public Policy
Strategy/Entrepreneurship/Technological Change
Stringed Instrument Performance
Student Defined
Sustainable Design
Technical Writing/Communications
Voice/Opera Performance
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Undergraduate

50%

6,279
students

Female
43%
2,695

Male
57%
3,584

Graduate

50%

6,290
students

Female
33%
2,073

Male
67%
4,217

undergraduateFull-time

96%

6,083
students

Female
44%
2,622

Male
56%
3,461

undergraduatePart-time

4%

196
students

Female
38%
73

Male
62%
123

Student Break-down

17%
Nonresident aliens
5%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
22%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
7%
Hispanic/Latino
38%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

10%

Transfer applicants accepted

53%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Recommended of All
Standardized test scores Required of All
Essay or personal statement Required of All
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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious

Remedial services offered

Not Reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

95%

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Other
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Other
  • Special housing
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 78
Countries most often represented China
India
Pakistan
Qatar
Singapore
South Korea
Special services offered for international applicants English lab
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Linda Gentile
Director of International Education
412 268-5231
oie@andrew.cmu.edu

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