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.”

Overview

Applicants
19,812
Acceptance Rate
25%
Average HS GPA
3.72

GPA Breakdown

55%
Over 3.75
27%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
5%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
640 - 740
SAT Math
700 - 800
ACT Composite
30 - 34

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
December 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Overall

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.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
1,011
with Terminal Degree
908

725
Men
286
Women
197
Minority
85
International

Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
81%
Graduate in 5 years
96%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

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

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
79
Application Deadlines
Apr 15
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
School

Bottom Line

As a private institution, the cost of tuition is set at $48,030 for all students regardless of state residence; add on another $12,400 for room and board (all incoming freshman 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 $63,600. 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 are also eligible 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 82 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
$30,552

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,068

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,445

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,905

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
44%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$34,870

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$49,610
Required Fees
$800
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$2,400

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$2,670
Transportation for Commuters
$680

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Institutional

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

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.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,309
Out of State
84%

International
27%
Foreign Countries Represented
70

Demographics

31.78%
Asian
5.75%
African-American
9.01%
Hispanic
42.17%
Caucasian
6.07%
Unknown
26.61%
International

44% female
56% male
84% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview

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 all museums, “great restaurants, and sports teams.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
61%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
87
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
94

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Equal Opportunity Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Everett Tademy

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Visit http://hr.web.cmu.edu/eos.html (Click on EOS Forms)

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Visit http://hr.web.cmu.edu/eos.html (Click on EOS Forms)

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
352
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
9
Number of Religious Organizations
22

21% join a fraternity
20% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

36% participate in intramural sports
7% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Tartans)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Tartans)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/student-life/lgbtq

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

Sustainability

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.

Green Rating
96
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
47%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

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

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
108

Average Number of PC's per Lab
17

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

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

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Admissions Office
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone
4122682082

Email
undergraduate-admissions@andrew.cmu.edu

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
Shadyside
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
8:30am-5pm
4122682082

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
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Multiple times throughout the year.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

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

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Greater Pittsburgh International Airport is 22 miles from campus. For more information, call 412-472-3525. Taxi, Hotel Shuttle, Car Rental, Airport Express Airlines Transportation Company and Port Authority Transit all available for transport from the airport to the university or hotels. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve Pittsburgh. Taxis are available from the stations to campus. Pittsburgh's smaller airport, the Allegheny County airport is approximately eight miles from downtown Pittsburgh. For more information on transportation, go to http://www.cmu.edu/about/visit/directions-parking.shtml

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the east: take the Pennsylvania Tpke., take Exit 57 (Pittsburgh/Monroeville); then take I-376 W. to Exit 7 (Edgewood/Swissvale). At the end of the ramp, turn right onto Braddock Ave. Turn left onto Forbes Ave. and follow it approximately 3 miles to campus, which will be on the left. From the west/north: take the Pennsylvania Tpke., take Exit 28 (Perry Hwy.); then take I-79 S. to Exit 72 (I-279 S.). Follow I-279 S. toward Pittsburgh. Follow signs and go over the Fort Duquesne Bridge. Take 376 East to Exit 2A (Forbes Ave./Oakland). Stay in the right hand lanes, following Forbes Ave. 1.3 miles through the Oakland business district to campus, campus will be on your right. From the south: take I-79 N. to I-279 N. (Pittsburgh). Follow I-279 N. toward Pittsburgh through the Fort Pitt Tunnel and onto the Fort Pitt Bridge. Once on the bridge, stay in the far right lanes and follow signs for I-376 E. (Monroeville). Take I-376 E. to exit 2A (Forbes Ave./Oakland). Stay in the right hand lanes, following Forbes Ave. 1.3 miles through the Oakland business district to campus, campus will be on your right.

Local Accommodations
1. Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center: 412-682-6200, 1-800-864-8287 2. Courtyard by Marriott Shadyside/Oakland: 412-683-3113, 1-800-321-2211 3. Hampton Inn Pittsburgh University Center: 412-329-4969 4. Hilton Garden Inn - Pittsburgh University Place: 412-683-2040 5. The Inn on Negley: 412-661-0631 6. Residence Inn by Marriott: 412-621-2200 7. The Shadyside Inn: 412-441-4444, 1-800-767-8483 8. Westin Hotel: 412-281-3700 *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. Also, most hotels will offer discount rates to Carnegie Mellon visitors. Make sure to request the special rate when making reservations.
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Key Stats

19,812
Applicants
6,309
Size
25%
Acceptance Rate
1440
SAT Scores

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