Carnegie Mellon University campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
650 - 740
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
710 - 800
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
670 - 760
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
31 - 34


Early Decision
November 1

January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biometry/Biometrics
  • Biophysics
  • Neurobiology and Neurosciences
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences,Other
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Computer Science
  • Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and management, Other
  • Information Technology Project Management

  • Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Operations Research

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Mathematical Statistics and Probability
  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mathematics, Other
  • Statistics, General
  • Statistics, Other

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biopsychology
  • Cognitive Science
  • International/Global Studies
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Systems Science and Theory

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Applied and Professional Ethics
  • Logic
  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astrophysics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Materials Science
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General
  • Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Industrial Design
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Technology
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, Other
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
  • Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other
  • Voice and Opera

Students Say

The dedicated students at Carnegie Mellon range from the hard-core engineers to the artsiest of drama students (making it “a breeding ground for interdisciplinary collaboration”); however, the school’s motto—”My heart is in the work”—rings true for all “because of the amount of schoolwork that is required.” The school, envisioned by Andrew Carnegie in 1900, gives students the opportunity to become experts in their chosen field while studying a broad range of course work across disciplines. The difficulty of the classes and high expectations from your professors “push you to do your best work. You really do learn in every aspect of academics.” “We are in it together to defeat the class rather than ourselves,” says a student. The interdisciplinary environment that the school crafts is backed by the tremendous resources afforded students in whatever they choose, and the school “practically throws opportunities (internships, guidance)” at students. Though the course work is admittedly “stressful,” the professors “care immensely about their students,” and the “we’re all in it together” mantra is a universal refrain. “Academically, you get challenged, but so does everyone else, so the work-heavy culture becomes a social thing,” says a student. Though there “have been a few ‘ehh’ professors,” for the most part, they are “extremely vested” in students’ learning and “have always been accessible and eager to help with whatever [students] need.” Much as its mission statement promises, CMU “provides excellent preparation for your future, especially the career center.” The residence life staff, RAs, and housefellows are also “really committed to improving the social aspects of college.” For those who know what they want, there are “unlimited opportunities to pursue your passions.” “It is nice to know I will get a good degree, but that it is also unique to me,” says a student.



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Charles M. Geschke
Co-founder of Adobe Systems

James Gosling
Programmer; Inventor of Java programming language

Holly Hunter
Academy Award-winning actress

Elaine Lobl Konigsburg
Children’s book author; Twice won Newbery medal

Stephanie Kwolek
Inventor of Kevlar; National Medal of Technology & Innovation winner

Randy Pausch
Creator of Alice; co-author, The Last Lecture

Andy Warhol
Pop art pioneer

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

At CMU, the interdisciplinary approach to education means that students are taught to be versatile problem solvers with a key sense of community. The school is “great for engineering, math, science, or physics students (or drama or design),” who find that the world “practically throws opportunities (internships, guidance) at these majors.” You would be hard-pressed to find a junior or senior who did not have an internship in the summer; “it almost seems expected of you because of the caliber of student you are.” CMU’s academic diversity and rigor “put its students in an excellent position to start their careers.” “People will hire you because they know you can work since you have been doing nothing but working the past four years of your life,” says a student. For those students who visited, forty-nine percent reported feeling that their job was making a meaningful impact on the world.

Colleges that Create Futures


Application Deadlines
Apr 15
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

As a private institution, the cost of tuition is set at $49,610 for all students regardless of state residence; add on another $12,830 for room and board (all incoming freshmen are required to live on campus). Once all fees and additional expenses (such as books and supplies) are factored in, incoming freshmen can expect to pay about $65,895. International students are not eligible to receive financial aid.

Bang For Your Buck

Students who fill out and submit the requisite forms and materials for federal and state grants and the CSS financial aid profile will be considered for a Carnegie Mellon Undergraduate Grant. Incoming freshman also have the opportunity to receive a Carnegie Scholarship, which goes to academically and artistically talented middle income students who qualify for little to no need-based financial aid. Forty-five percent of students receive some form of need-based financial aid, and 83 percent of all such need is met. Additionally, there are many student employment opportunities on campus, both need-based and non-need based.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



46% female
54% male
84% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Students Say

There is “no race, religion or special interest [that] takes up more than half” of Carnegie Mellon students; basically, “a few crazy people, a bunch of eccentric people, and a ton of great people rule this place.” Everybody is “quirky in an endearing way,” and “there is literally a niche for anything someone could want.” “We’re all weird in our own way—we’re either a scientist or artist so we can seem a strange bunch…eventually the labels artist or scientist fades, and you become friends with people from all over campus,” says a student. Basically, all are “closet nerds,” “insanely driven,” and “all have hidden talents”; however, one common bond abides: “A typical student gets Monty Python jokes.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

“Most of the students here really push themselves to the max,” and most social activity “is based off of academics.” “Everyone can find a little niche to fit into and thrive in because there are just so many opportunities to take advantage of.” Despite the number of hours spent hitting the books, CMU has a decidedly non-competitive atmosphere: “It’s not about being THE best, it’s about giving the best performance.” Discussions “are just at a higher level,” and if students have to work late into a Friday evening, then so be it. “Still, everyone appreciates down time.” The mix of student interests and majors provides a curious but totally harmonious balance at every turn: “Carnegie Mellon is the only place where you will see engineers working while an art installation goes in above their heads.” Most here “have extremely full plates and are very dedicated to a variety of clubs and interests,” but “not everyone is very social.” “They say you get to pick two: sleep, good grades, or a social life,” goes the mantra. Still, in their spare time, “there is a massive video game ‘community,’” and the popular Greek life “is very different here than at a lot of schools, and it is a great way to open up lots of experiences.” The Pittsburgh location offers a “safe campus…but it is still within a city that offers many things to do,” including free entry into area museums, “great restaurants, and sports teams.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Equal Opportunity Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Everett Tademy

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
Visit (Click on EOS Forms)

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Visit (Click on EOS Forms)

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

17% join a fraternity
14% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

36% participate in intramural sports
8% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Tartans)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Tartans)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups:

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Pittsburgh
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Pittsburgh


Environmental innovation is an integral part of Carnegie Mellon’s culture, curriculum, and practice. In demonstration of this commitment, Carnegie Mellon formed the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education, and Research to coordinate and advance efforts at the intersection of the research, education, and practice domains. As a frontrunner, the university’s Green Practices Committee has been in place for more than twelve years and is comprised of administrators, staff, faculty members, and students with the common goal to “develop university practices that improve environmental quality.” Carnegie Mellon takes pride in the application of interdisciplinary approaches and practical solutions to challenges in critical areas of environmental concern such as water quality, air quality, energy consumption in the built environment, lifecycle assessment, and public policy—all informed by science! Carnegie Mellon is also home to the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, which is focused on developing and demonstrating the technologies, systems, and policies needed to make the transition to a sustainable energy future. The Carnegie Mellon strategic and master plans incorporate sustainability principles that drive the university to grow and innovate. Carnegie Mellon is committed to the purchase of 100 percent renewable electricity and half of the buildings on campus are retrofitted for energy efficiency. To date, Carnegie Mellon has four LEED Gold-certified and seven LEED Silver-certified buildings and requires a minimum of LEED Silver certification on all new buildings. Nationally, Carnegie Mellon is an active member of AASHE. Locally, it is active in the Pittsburgh 2030 District: Oakland, the Pittsburgh Higher Education Climate Consortium, and is designated as a bicycle friendly employer.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

We currently have agreements with Apple, Dell and Lenovo (ThinkPads).

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Admissions Office
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Hunt Library
Skibo Coffee House
The Cut
The Underground
Cohon University Center Building - Student Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Waterfront
Cultural events/places
Pirates and Steelers games
Schenley Park
Cultural places include such places as: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh Zoo, numerous theaters, etc.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday, selected Saturday mornings
M-Th: 8:30am-7pm; F: 8:30am-5pm; Sat: 8am-Noon

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Multiple times throughout the year.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year


Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Must be a high school senior and at least 16 years old.


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Traveling by Air: The Pittsburgh International Airport is 22 miles (approximately 45 minutes driving time) from the Carnegie Mellon campus. Once you arrive at the Pittsburgh International Airport there are several transportation options to bring you to campus. While car rentals from most rental agencies are available, the 28X Airport Flyer Bus (sponsored by the Port Authority Transit), is one of the more popular options for visitors and students. The 28X stops in the heart of the Carnegie Mellon campus and typically takes 40 minutes en route to the airport. The trip is free for Carnegie Mellon students and costs $3.25 for other passengers. For more information about schedules and rates, please visit the official PAT website. Additional transportation to/from the airport can found by taxi service and hotel shuttle service. The average taxi fare from the airport to campus is about $45.00. Traveling by Bus: The Greyhound Trailways Bus Terminal is located five miles from campus in downtown Pittsburgh. For a detailed transportation schedule, please call 1-800-231-2222. The station terminal is located at the intersection of 11th Street and Liberty Avenue and can be reached by telephone at 412-392-6526. Traveling by Train: The Amtrak Train Station is located at 1100 Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh and just four miles from campus. For more information on rates and schedules, please call 1-800-872-7245.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Driving From the East: Take the PA Turnpike West to Pittsburgh/Monroeville Exit. Follow Interstate 376 West to Edgewood/Swissvale Exit. Turn right onto Braddock Avenue (at the end of the ramp). Continue to the Forbes Avenue intersection (Frick Park will be on the left). Turn left onto Forbes Avenue and follow approximately three miles to campus. Driving From the West/North: Take the PA Turnpike to Cranberry Exit. Follow the direct highway connection between the turnpike and Interstate 79 South. Get onto Interstate 79 going south. After several miles bear left directly onto 279 South where Interstate 79 South splits. Stay on 279 South towards Pittsburgh. As you near the city, follow signs for 579 South and cross the Veterans Bridge. After crossing the bridge, watch carefully on your right for the 376 East/Oakland exit ramp. Bear right onto this ramp, which will place you on the Boulevard of the Allies. Continue on the Boulevard of the Allies for approximately 1/2 mile. Do not bear right at the 376 East/Monroeville ramp. Instead, stay left and continue on the Boulevard until the Forbes Avenue Exit off-ramp to the right (the exit will be marked by a small green sign, so watch for it carefully!!) Stay in the right-hand lanes, following Forbes Avenue approximately 1.3 miles through the Oakland business district to campus. Driving From the South: Take Interstate 79 North to 279 North (following Pittsburgh). Follow 279 North toward Pittsburgh going through the Fort Pitt Tunnel and then onto the Fort Pitt Bridge. Once on the bridge, stay in the far right lanes and follow signs for 376 East/Monroeville. Take 376 East to the Forbes Avenue/Oakland exit. Stay in the right hand lanes, following Forbes Avenue approximately 1.3 miles through the Oakland business district to campus.

Local Accommodations
1. Courtyard by Marriott Shadyside/Oakland* - 412-683-3113 1-800-321-2211 2. Friendship Suites - 412-392-1935 3. Hyatt House Pittsburgh/Bloomfield/Shadyside - 412-621-9900 4. Inn on Negley - 412-661-0631 5. Mansions on Fifth Hotel - 412-381-5105 6. SpringHill Suites Bakery Square* - 412-362-8600 7. Sunnyledge Boutique Hotel and Tea Room - 412-683-5014 8. ShadySide Inn All Suites Hotel* - 412-441-4444 1-800-76-SUITE 9. Hampton Inn Pittsburgh-University Center* - 412-329-4969 10. Hilton Garden Inn - Pittsburgh University Place* - 412-683-2040 11. Wyndham Pittsburgh - University Center* - 412-682-6200 1-800-864-8287 12. Quality Inn University Center - 412-683-6100 1-800-245-4444 13. Residence Inn by Marriott* - 412-621-2200 1-800-513-8766 *If you plan to stay overnight in Pittsburgh, you can make arrangements directly with the hotels listed above. For your convenience, most hotels will provide shuttle services to campus. Many hotels will offer discount rates to Carnegie Mellon visitors; be sure to request the special rate when making reservations.