Carnegie Mellon University

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School Overview

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a private, research university located in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The university was founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1900 as Carnegie Technical School. In 1912, Carnegie Technical School began granting four-year degrees, at which time the institution’s name was changed to the Carnegie Institute of Technology. After merging with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research in 1967, the Carnegie Institute of Technology became Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).

The CMU campus is located just three miles from downtown Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Schenley Park, and the University of Pittsburgh, and resides on 140 acres in the Oakland and Squirrel Hill neighborhoods, extending into Shadyside.

CMU is composed of seven academic schools and colleges which include the College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mellon College of Science, Tepper School of Business, H. John Heinz III College (Public Policy and Information Systems), and the School of Computer Science.

Carnegie Mellon University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (412) 268-2000
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
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Address: 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 14,180
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 89%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 5 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 13,347 (94% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $57,119
Out-of-state Tuition: $57,119
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 58%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $41,645

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Carnegie Mellon University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Carnegie Mellon University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 532
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 867
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 2121311
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 22
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 110106
Education 1
Engineering 1101614
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 252
English Language and Literature/Letters 444
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 911
Health Professions and Related Programs 11
History 212
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 3
Mathematics and Statistics 847
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 752
Natural Resources and Conservation 3
Philosophy and Religious Studies 322
Physical Sciences 1144
Psychology 222
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 133
Social Sciences 632
Visual and Performing Arts 421231
Grand total 813310872

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Carnegie Mellon University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $57,119
Out-of-state $57,119
Books and supplies $1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $45,909
Out-of-state $45,909

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 911 58%
Grant or scholarship aid 733 47% $41,645
Student loan aid 646 41% $6,615

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 3,350 51% $36,919
Federal student loans 2,511 38% $5,939

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Carnegie Mellon University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Carnegie Mellon University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 27,634 16,756 10,878
Percent admitted 100% 12% 21%
Percent admitted who enrolled 6% 5% 7%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Carnegie Mellon University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 14,180
Undergraduate enrollment 6,618
Graduate enrollment 7,562

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Carnegie Mellon University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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