A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
Carnegie Mellon University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
University Athletic Association
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Website
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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
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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

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
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.111 responses
30%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.110 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,853Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
11%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 41 responses
Report
  • Passionate
    44%
  • Diligent
    24%
  • Nerdy
    20%
  • 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.106 responses
Poll
53%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.139 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 45 responses
Report
  • Intense
    42%
  • Requires commitment
    22%
  • Rewarding
    11%
  • Requires commitment, but worth it
    9%
  • Practical, Intense, Focused, Rewarding
    7%
  • ITS A GREAT DAY TO BE A TARTAN!
    4%
  • I hate this place.
    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 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.
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I have had the most profoundly wonderful experience attending CMU. While you will not have the "traditional" experience here, it will be for the better. CMU challenges you to grow both in your chosen career path, and as a person. Living with and attending school with people as passionate about both their extracurricular activities and their career path as you are pushes you to be even better, allowing you to do things you never though imaginable. I feel like CMU has made me a more complete, worldly, and well-rounded human being, having been exposed to an incredibly broad variety of ideas, passions, cultures, backgrounds, and stories. CMU is truly a remarkable place.
I like the diversity among the student population. There are people of all different cultures and backgrounds. One truly gains insight about people from all over the world! One setback of the university is its lack of sufficient tutoring. To receive individualized help, one must unfortunately do poorly on a quiz or exam before getting the proper help.