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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
About Carnegie Mellon University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
University Athletic Association
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Website
From Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University is consistently ranked as a top-25 institution, world-renowned for its approach to education and research. Students become experts in fields ranging from business, the fine arts and computer science to humanities, the sciences and engineering. Whether students are in a lab, classroom or studio, left-brain and right-brain thinking unite within a collaborative, hands-on setting. Carnegie Mellon encourages students to think in new ways – to choose their program and change the world.

Carnegie Mellon University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 1
Acceptance Rate
22%
SAT Range
1380-1550
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$35,250/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,855/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,849/ year
  • $49-75k
    $23,449/ year
  • $76-110k
    $32,345/ year
  • $110k+
    $46,883/ year
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Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.114 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.113 responses
29%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.112 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,069Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
11%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 43 responses
Report
  • Passionate
    47%
  • Diligent
    23%
  • Nerdy
    19%
  • Geeky
    5%
  • Odd
    5%
  • Quirky
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
71%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.108 responses
Poll
52%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.141 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 47 responses
Report
  • Intense
    40%
  • Requires commitment
    21%
  • Rewarding
    11%
  • Requires commitment, but worth it
    9%
  • ITS A GREAT DAY TO BE A TARTAN!
    6%
  • Practical, Intense, Focused, Rewarding
    6%
  • Diverse
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$81,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
90%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.55 responses
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Carnegie Mellon University Reviews

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Carnegie Mellon fosters the most diverse collegiate environment where you can pursue anything you want to, academically and extracurricular-wise. It is home to 7 distinct colleges undergraduates can choose from including engineering, science, CS, business, fine arts, humanities, and information systems. I belong with the Mellon College of Science (MCS). The cool thing is that I am majoring in Neuroscience through MCS but am also minoring in biomedical engineering through the Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT - engineering school), so I am experiencing the best of both colleges. This is only one example of the many interdisciplinary paths you can take here at CMU. Finally, CMU provides its students numerous opportunities to make an impact outside the classroom whether that is through travel-abroad service organizations, athletics, and so much more. The main takeaway is the CMU-experience is yours to design and there are endless possibilities.
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My experience at CMU is so rewarding because I am surrounded by some of the greatest minds of the world, without exaggeration. As I sit in class I'm sitting among kids who code apps in their free time, run their own businesses, or build robots for fun. You cannot find this kind of enthusiasm anywhere else for academics!
Carnegie Mellon is tough, no doubt about it. But it's also a place where you'll be pushed and surrounded by other talented and passionate people working hard too. You bond over that and I made awesome friends who will always be close no matter the years and distance. It can be very stressful, but making it through did convince me that I could persevere through anything, something that has benefitted me a lot out in the working world. I'll always prefer to hire CMU graduates because I of this.

Sports? Nah. Don't go there for sports. Campus? A lot better now then when I was there! Dorms? They're OK but moved off campus after 1st year. Parties? Well my group of friends had a lot of house parties but this was more Art, Design, Drama and random stragglers group ;) Pittsburgh? Wasn't convinced at the time (wanted to be in NYC) but it's a good place to go to school - enough to do, fairly safe, pretty cheap to live, plenty of arts and culture if you want it, decent food, etc.