Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Medium
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 13,258
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 7%
Student to faculty ratio 10:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 3,621 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Carnegie Mellon University is one of the most selective institutions in its admission process in the U.S. In Fall 2016, it received 21,189 applications and only 4,601 students were granted admission. Carnegie Mellon University is at the #20 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 41% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 78% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1380 to 1550
ACT31 to 34

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Carnegie Mellon University's tuition was $51,196 for all students regardless of residency (91.1% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 55% of Carnegie Mellon University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 11% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,646 (which is 5.6% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Carnegie Mellon University in 2016-2017, was 544, which is 35% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $6,196 (which is 5.1% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Carnegie Mellon University has enrolled a total of 13,258 students (12,254 students full-time and 1,004 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 13,258 students, 80 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 59% men and 41% women and 6,283 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 6,975 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 46 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

Non-resident alien: 41%

White: 26%

Asian: 18%

Hispanic: 5%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 5%

Black/African American: 3%

Two or more races: 3%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Carnegie Mellon University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Engineering 26% 1,163 884
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 25% 1,111 0
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 10% 432 0
Visual And Performing Arts 5% 232 0
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-related Fields 4% 198
Health Professions And Related Programs 4% 183 0
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 4% 158
Architecture And Related Services 3% 123 0
Mathematics And Statistics 3% 116
Physical Sciences 2% 109

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Carnegie Mellon University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Carnegie Mellon University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $67,200. Last year, out of the total 1,209 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 1,100 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,395 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,256 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $67,200 $81,800
Employment Rate 91% 90%
Total Graduates 1,209 1,395

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Carnegie Mellon University.

Chatham University
0.9 mile away
Carlow University
1.2 mile away
Duquesne University
2.7 mile away
Point Park University
3.1 mile away
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9.4 mile away