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Academics

The dedicated students at Carnegie Mellon range from hard-core engineering majors to the artsiest of drama students, making this research university “a breeding ground for interdisciplinary collaboration.” The school’s motto—“my heart is in the work”—rings true for all on this Pittsburgh campus. Students say, “It is in our culture to stay up late, overload on classes, have more than one major, and to be extremely involved on campus.” The university, founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1900, gives students the opportunity to become experts in their chosen field while also studying a broad range of coursework across disciplines. CMU’s interdisciplinary environment 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 “are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their subject[s],” 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 are some [professors] who are less reasonable grading-wise and/or are a bit boring in lecture,” for the most part, they are “enthusiastic and very invested in the students’ learning” and “will go as far as helping you pick out internships to apply for and giving advice on programs on campus and elsewhere.” Much as its mission statement promises, CMU “provides excellent preparation for your future, especially [through] 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.”

Student Body

At Carnegie Mellon, everybody is “quirky in an endearing way.” Basically, “there isn’t really a norm except for the fact that you can be yourself.” The mix of student interests and majors provides a curious but totally harmonious balance at every turn: “There are engineering students who can belt out any song from a musical and art students who are great at tennis. CMU students are diverse and unique and still able to come together to...create an environment where success is encouraged without risk of judgment.” “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. Students “love their work and work hard, but also tend to be very involved in side projects, whether it be playing quidditch or creating a startup.” Basically, CMU is made up of “an incredibly diverse bunch of nerds—in the best way possible”; they’re “insanely driven,” and “all have hidden talents.”

Campus Life

Carnegie Mellon “students are unique for the amount of time they spend working on their studies,” and most social activity “is based off of academics.” “Carnegie Mellon offers endless opportunities for those who are willing to actively pursue it,” and students find that there are “many clubs on campus that are constantly looking for new members.” Despite the number of hours spent hitting the books, CMU has a decidedly non-competitive atmosphere: “Carnegie Mellon is filled with a bunch of high-achieving, non-competitive students that want to help each other.” Discussions “are just at a higher level,” and if students have to work late into a Friday evening, then so be it. Some at CMU “enjoy complaining about how stressed out we are, but that doesn’t stop us from overloading on classes, signing up for more activities, or taking on more leadership positions.” “You get to pick two: sleep, good grades, or a social life,” goes the student mantra, while CMU leadership is working to encourage balance. Recreation options include “a massive video game ‘community,’” as well as “not your typical Greek Life,” which “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.”

Overview

Applicants
24,351
Acceptance Rate
17%
Average HS GPA
3.84

GPA Breakdown

75%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
4%
3.25 - 3.49
2%
3.00 - 3.24

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
700 - 750
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
750 - 800
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
33 - 35

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
1,098
with Terminal Degree
1,003

767
Men
331
Women
205
Minority
125
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
75%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years
89%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology.
  • Architecture.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

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

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Actuarial Science.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business Administration, Management and 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 Science.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

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

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, Other.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • 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.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biopsychology.
  • Cognitive Science.
  • International/Global Studies.
  • Science, Technology and Society.
  • Systems Science and Theory.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Applied and Professional Ethics.
  • Logic.
  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

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

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Policy Analysis, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

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

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other.
  • Design and Visual Communications, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Industrial and Product Design.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Technology.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, Other.
  • Stringed Instruments.
  • Voice and Opera.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Charles M. Geschke
Co-founder of Adobe Systems

Leslie Odom, Jr.
Tony Award-winning actor for "Hamilton"

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
75%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years
89%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$73,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$131,200

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$75,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$136,300

Percent High Job Meaning
46%

Percent STEM
66%


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 PayScale.com, 46 percent reported feeling that their job was making a meaningful impact on the world.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$43,090

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$41,432

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,890

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
59%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,818

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$38,669

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$55,816
Required Fees
$928
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$2,400

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,075
Transportation for Commuters
$680

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,662
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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)
College/university loans from institutional funds

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,947
Foreign Countries Represented
54

Demographics

29.96%
Asian
3.92%
African-American
8.77%
Hispanic
25.68%
Caucasian
5.76%
Unknown
22.02%
International

50% female
50% male
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
58%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Resources

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Catherine Getchell

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

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
2

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
403
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
10
Number of Religious Organizations
26

16% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

25% participate in intramural sports
6% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Tartans)
9 Sports

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

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

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority 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

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.

96/99
AASHE STARS® rating
NR
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
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

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

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
The Carnegie Mellon University Computer Store carries products from Apple, Dell, Lenovo and many more.

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Admissions Office
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone
4122682082

Email
admission@andrew.cmu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Hunt Library
Skibo Cafe
The Cut
Cohon University Center (Student Center)
Tepper Quad

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Shadyside
Lawrenceville
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-F: 8:30a-5p; (extended weekday hours available in January/February); Sat: 8:30a-12:30p January-April
4122682082

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Mon-Fri 9:30 / 11:30 / 1:30 / 3:30
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Multiple times throughout the year.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
see Non-Academic Departments at https://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/departmental-tours-events

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
see https://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/departmental-tours-events

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

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

Transportation

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. Pittsburgh has many tunnels and bridges, and construction that may slow travel to and from the airport. If you are visiting campus in the morning, you are encouraged to fly to Pittsburgh the day prior to your visit. 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 $3.75 for other passengers. For more information about schedules and rates, please visit the official PAT website (http://www.portauthority.org). Uber, Lyft and taxi services are popular and easy to use in Pittsburgh. There are a variety options to accomodate your party size and specific transportation needs. The most centrally located campus pick-up/drop-off spaces are in front of the Cohon University Center or Hamburg Hall, both on Forbes Avenue. 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
Traveling by Car Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 If you are using a GPS, the following address will take you to the East Campus Parking Garage: 5040 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Local Accommodations
Please see the Family & Parents page: https://www.cmu.edu/parents/events/travel-and-hotels.html


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