Carnegie Mellon UniversityCarnegie Mellon University, or CMU, is a private institution located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With a campus size of 147 acres in an urban setting, students have many opportunities to become immersed in their academic studies. Various extracurricular opportunities and Greek life also help students receive a well-rounded undergraduate experience.

Carnegie Mellon has a wide variety of majors, but the most popular are computer science, electrical and electronics engineering, mechanical engineering, systems science and theory, and chemical engineering. The undergraduate business program is also ranked highly for its management information systems and production/operations and quantitative analysis. In a recent study by the Wall Street Journal, CMU was ranked highly by job recruiters in the areas of computer science, finance, and economics. Despite a large focus on science and business, the university also has a renowned drama school.

CMUThe school typically has around 7,000 undergraduates, which results in a tight-knit community. They have over 250 organizations and clubs on campus, including social, media, recreational, sports, and academic groups. They have a student devoted gallery called The Frame and performing arts events from a group called Scotch ‘n’ Soda. There are also 23 active fraternities and sororities, with about 6 percent of the student population affiliated with Greek organizations.

Approximately 55 percent of CMU students choose to remain in college-owned housing during their undergraduate years. They have a variety of housing options, including standard, prime, suites, efficiencies, one or two-bedroom apartments, or houses. Currently, there are 13 residence halls on campus. Athletic life is also important to Carnegie Mellon University. The Tartans compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III levels. School spirit is represented with the Kiltie Band (a nod to founder Andrew Carnegie’s Scottish roots), who perform in full Scottish garb at every home football game.

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Today, there are more than 105,000 Carnegie Mellon alumni dedicated to spreading the message of their wonderful experiences. Students looking for a strong academic program in engineering or science should consider the school’s stellar reputation. Also, the urban setting increases research opportunities for students. Carnegie Mellon University’s long, rich history demonstrates the university’s devotion to rigorous academics combined with fun on-campus activities.


Acceptance Rate

Carnegie Mellon acceptance rate

Academic Qualifications

Carnegie Mellon University average GPA and top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Carnegie Mellon SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Carnegie Mellon University ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early decision: Nov. 1 (not available for Drama, Music and BXA)
Regular decision: Jan. 1 (Dec. 1 for Drama and Music)

Early admission (high school juniors): Jan. 1

Transfer admission: Oct. 15

Admissions Criteria

Freshmen Admissions
Number of applicants: 27,634
Enrolled: 1,585
Yield: 37.1%
Acceptance rate: 15.4%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of ED applicants: 1,860
Admitted: 350
ED acceptance rate: 18.8%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 3,579
Admitted off waitlist: 140
Acceptance rate: 3.9%

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 988
Admitted: 63
Acceptance rate: 6.4%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 87.8%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 700-760
SAT Math: 760-800

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 33-35
ACT English: 33-35
ACT Math: 32-36

Standardized Test Requirements

CMU does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

Carnegie Mellon does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

Carnegie Mellon U does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

* Non-native English speakers are still required to take either the TOEFL or the IELTS.

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Graduation Rates

Carnegie Mellon University graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

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Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 76.0%
5 years: 87.4%
6 years: 90.5%

Transfers out: 6%

Loan default rate: 0.1%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 4

Salary after attending: $83,600

R&D Expenditures: $331.4 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 17
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 1
Burglaries: 25
Car thefts: 2

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

CMU financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $73,110

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $79,874

Net Cost
Average: $30,618

By income
$0 to $30,000: $12,542
$30,001 to $48,000: $13,782
$48,001 to $75,000: $18,276
$75,001 to $110,000: $30,722
$110,001 and more: $52,585

Graduates with student debt: 52.4%

Average student debt at graduation: $31,342

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

CMU undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

CMU student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 7 to 1
Women: 49%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 66%
20 to 39: 18%
40 to 99: 12%
100+: 4%

Student Population
Total: 14,799
Undergraduate: 7,022

Student Residence
In State: 10%
Out of State: 72%
International: 18%

Carnegie Mellon University student population

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This page was last updated in November 2020.