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
Website:www.cmu.edu/
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/apply-now
Address:5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:13,258
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):88%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:10 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:12,113 (91% 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:$52,310
Out-of-state Tuition:$52,310
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:55%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$30,614

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Carnegie Mellon University Programs

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

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services443
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences665
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services2111311
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs21
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services896
Education1
Engineering1101514
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields142
English Language and Literature/Letters444
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics911
Health Professions and Related Programs11
History212
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities3
Mathematics and Statistics847
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies752
Natural Resources and Conservation3
Philosophy and Religious Studies322
Physical Sciences1143
Psychology222
Public Administration and Social Service Professions133
Social Sciences633
Visual and Performing Arts421231
Grand total712710571

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

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

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
Engineering12
Health Professions and Related Programs1
Grand total181

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 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 Fees2016-2017
In-state$52,310
Out-of-state$52,310
Books and supplies$1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$42,597
Out-of-state$42,597

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid86855%
Grant or scholarship aid78850%$30,614
Student loan aid54435%$8,011

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid3,15652%$29,306
Federal student loans2,07134%$7,060

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 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants21,18912,9998,190
Percent admitted100%17%30%
Percent admitted who enrolled7%6%9%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
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 2017

Total Enrollment13,258
Undergraduate enrollment6,283
Graduate enrollment6,975

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

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