Carnegie Mellon University campus

Overview

Applicants
21,189
Acceptance Rate
22%
Average HS GPA
3.76

GPA Breakdown

61%
Over 3.75
27%
3.50 - 3.74
8%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
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

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
January 1

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

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
1,023
with Terminal Degree
940

743
Men
280
Women
181
Minority
98
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
87%
Graduate in 6 years
90%

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."


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
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
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
87%
Graduate in 6 years
90%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$64,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$118,000

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$68,200

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$125,000

Percent High Job Meaning
46%

Percent STEM
51%


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.

Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
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
$39,061

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$34,632

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,764

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
51%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,866

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$35,080

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$52,732
Required Fees
$888
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$2,400

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,874
Transportation for Commuters
$680

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,474
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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)
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,673
Foreign Countries Represented
60

Demographics

28.19%
Asian
4.34%
African-American
7.94%
Hispanic
27.65%
Caucasian
5.00%
Unknown
22.70%
International

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."

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
60%
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

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

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
355
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
10
Number of Religious Organizations
26

17% join a fraternity
12% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

31% participate in intramural sports
7% 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)
9 Sports

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

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: www.cmu.edu/student-affairs/lgbtq/

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.

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

Cash-Out Parking
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
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: 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
admission@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
M-Th: 8:30a-7p; F: 8:30a-5p; Sat: 8:30a-12:30p
4122682082

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
Yes

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
lvelasco@cmu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
see URL above

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. 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