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

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
660 - 750
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
720 - 800
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
670 - 760
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
31 - 34

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision
November 1

January 1

Other Admission Factors


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

Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

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

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Russian Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biometry/Biometrics
  • Biophysics
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • 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
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical 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
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • 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

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

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

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

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Applied and Professional Ethics
  • Logic
  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astrophysics
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Materials Science
  • 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

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Industrial Design
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Technology
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • 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 hard-core engineers 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. Student 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. The difficulty of the classes and high expectations from your professors "will break you down, and you will have to build yourself up again." "We are in it together to defeat the class rather than ourselves," says a student. 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."



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

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

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

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career 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 PayScale. com, forty-nine percent reported feeling that their job was making a meaningful impact on the world.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

As a private institution, the cost of tuition is set at $51,196 for all students regardless of state residence; add on another $12,960 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 $67,980. 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. Fortytwo 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 needbased 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

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

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
Foreign Countries Represented



47% female
53% male
85% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Students Say

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 "an incredibly diverse bunch of nerds—in the best way possible;" they're "insanely driven," and "all have hidden talents."


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

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 mantra. Still, in their spare time, "there is 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."

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
12% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

31% participate in intramural sports
7% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Tartans)
9 Sports

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

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


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

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

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

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

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, 2016.

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: 8:30a-7p; F: 8:30a-5p; Sat: 8:30a-12:30p

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
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 Coach Directly

Advance Notice

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

see URL above

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 $3.75 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
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
Courtyard by Marriott Shadyside/Oakland* 5308 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15224 412-683-3113; 1-800-321-2211 Less than two miles Friendship Suites 301 Stratford Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232 412-392-1935 Less than two miles Hyatt House Pittsburgh/Bloomfield/Shadyside 5335 Baum Boulevard Pittsburgh, PA 15224 412-621-9900 Less than one mile Inn on Negley 703 S. Negley Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232 412-661-0631 Less than two miles Mansions on Fifth Hotel 5105 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232 412-381-5105 Less than one mile SpringHill Suites Bakery Square* 134 Bakery Square Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412-362-8600 About two miles Sunnyledge Boutique Hotel and Tea Room 5124 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232 412-683-5014 Less than one mile ShadySide Inn All Suites Hotel* 5405 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232 412-441-4444; 1-800-76-SUITE Less than one mile Hampton Inn Pittsburgh-University Center* 3315 Hamlet St. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-329-4969 Less than two miles Hilton Garden Inn - Pittsburgh University Place* 3454 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-683-2040 Less than two miles Wyndham Pittsburgh - University Center* 100 Lytton Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-682-6200; 1-800-864-8287 Less than one mile Quality Inn University Center 3401 Blvd. of the Allies Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-683-6100; 1-800-245-4444 Less than two miles Residence Inn by Marriott* 3896 Bigelow Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-621-2200; 1-800-513-8766 Less than two miles Ace Hotel 120 South Whitfield Street Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412-361-3300 Less than two miles Hotel Indigo 123 North Highland Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412-665-0555 Less than two miles Cambria Suites Pittsburgh 1320 Centre Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-381-6687 Less than three miles Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Downtown* 945 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-434-5551 Four miles Doubletree Hotel Pittsburgh City Center One Bigelow Sq. Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-281-5800 Less than four miles Embassy Suites 535 Smithfield Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-338-2200 Four miles Fairmont Pittsburgh 510 Market Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-773-8800 Less than five miles Homewood Suites 1410 Smallman Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-232-0200 Less than five miles Holiday Inn Express & Suites North Shore 228 Federal Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212 412-323-0300 Less than 5 miles Hotel Monaco 620 William Penn Place Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-471-1170 Less than three miles Omni William Penn* 530 William Penn Place Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-281-7100 Less than four miles Pittsburgh Marriott City Center 112 Washington Place Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-471-4000 1-888-456-6600 Less than three miles Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel* 107 Sixth St. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-562-1200 1-800-468-3571 Less than five miles Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh 1000 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-281-3700; 1-800-937-8461 Four miles