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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    C+
  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
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
University Athletic Association
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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.

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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 4
Acceptance Rate
17%
SAT Range
1450-1550
ACT Range
33-35
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$30,847/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$39,213/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
59%

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
61%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.120 responses
29%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.119 responses

Majors

Interdisciplinary Studies

Carnegie Mellon offers several degree programs and courses of study which are coordinated by multiple colleges, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the university.

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    7%
  • On Campus
    93%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,343Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
246
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 47 responses
  • Passionate
    43%
  • Diligent
    26%
  • Nerdy
    19%
  • Geeky
    4%
  • Odd
    4%
  • Quirky
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
92%
Poll
71%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.115 responses
Poll
53%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.148 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 54 responses
  • Intense
    39%
  • Requires commitment
    19%
  • Practical, Intense, Focused, Rewarding
    11%
  • Rewarding
    11%
  • Requires commitment, but worth it
    9%
  • ITS A GREAT DAY TO BE A TARTAN!
    6%
  • Diverse
    2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $83,600/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    89%
    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

    Carnegie Mellon University Reviews

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    My time at CMU was great. My advisor was really caring and helped me do more than plan my schedule. The school acknowledges the stress culture is pretty bad and has taken steps to provide stress relievers (eg: mindfulness room, paws to relax, the petting zoo, etc). The campus food wasn't bad and the staff was friendly. Professors were, for the most part, understanding when things came up. I was able to make a few lifelong friends too! The campus is pretty diverse, with a majority of students being internationals!
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    All of my classes transitioned to online teaching, through the Zoom format. I was surprised when this transition actually allowed me to communicate with some of my professors with greater ease. Teachers tried harder to make the class more engaging, utilizing Zoom features such as the chat box among others. My professors were very responsible in responding to emails, and communicating in general if there were any issues. As an architecture major however, I found that many studio classes suffered with the transition online. In person, we used the digital fabrication labs as well as the wood shop, and made models. At home, students did not have access to those materials so all assignments became completely digital, which definitely draws back from the architecture major. I missed collaborating with my peers in studio in the later hours of the night, something which I feel is integral to the architecture experience.
    As a rising sophomore whose first year was sadly cut short, I'm sure that there is a lot that Carnegie Mellon has to offer that I have not yet been able to take advantage of. I enjoyed the inviting atmosphere that my upperclassmen offered, as well as the collaborative and interdisciplinary environment that I was able to access academically. However, there were some things that were somewhat disappointing. Some professors did not seem to be particularly engaged with their students. Many are passionate about their fields, but not passionate in teaching. Furthermore, the school is extremely expensive - most of my peers are comparatively well off, but my family has difficulty sending me to this school. It's frustrating when teachers, facilities, and other aspects of the school are somewhat lacking when taken into scope how much we are paying. I love the students that go here (while we are admittedly lacking in diversity) but I would love for my teachers to be as excited as I am.