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 was ranked 49th among the top universities in 2012-2013 by World University Rankings. Among tier 1 universities worldwide, Times Higher Education ranks CMU 22nd. The U.S News & World Report ranks CMU 23rd among American research universities. The school was recently named one of the “New Ivies” by Newsweek Magazine. Carnegie Mellon University is still ranked 1st for graduate studies in computer science, a position that they have maintained for several years, except in 2009. According to U.S News & World Report‘s 2012 rankings of top national universities, CMU is ranked 6th for graduate studies in engineering, 7th for graduate studies in fine arts, 7th for graduate studies in electrical engineering, 9th for graduate studies in public affairs, 16th for graduate studies in business, 19th for graduate studies in economics, 9th for graduate studies in statistics, and 17th for graduate studies in psychology.

General Information

Admission Office
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
(412) 268-2082
Fax: (412) 268-7838

Contact: Michael Steidel
Director of Admissions
Main Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 268-2000

Total undergrads: 5,998
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,465
Degree-seeking undergrads: 5,892
Graduate enrollment: 5,066

Urban setting
Large city (250,000 – 499,999)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:


Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $37,544 $39,754 $40,920 $42,136 +2.97%
Books and Supplies $966 $990 $1,000 $1,000 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On-Campus
Room and Board $9,660 $10,050 $10,340 $10,750 +3.97%
Other $1,335 $1,356 $1,400 $1,400 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $49,505 $52,150 $53,660 $55,286 +3.03%
In-state Off Campus $38,510 $40,744 $41,920 $43,136 +2.90%
In-state with Family $38,510 $40,744 $41,920 $43,136 +2.90%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $36,839
In-state Student Fees $430
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $36,839
Out-of-state Fees $430

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 970 66%
Grant or scholarship aid 822 56% $18,415,924 $22,404
• Federal grants 142 10% $986,903 $6,950
• Pell grants 136 9% $478,330 $3,517
• Other federal grants 140 10% $508,573 $3,633
State/local government grant or scholarships 63 4% $166,390 $2,641
Institutional grants or scholarships 817 56% $17,262,631 $21,129
Student loan aid 592 40% $2,660,277 $4,494
• Federal student loans 592 40% $2,660,277 $4,494
• Other student loans 0 0% $0

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 1615 1940 248
Architecture and Related Services 33 19 4
Architecture 33 3
Architecture and Related Services, Other 16 4
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Environmental Design/Architecture
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies
European Studies/Civilization
Russian Studies
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 77 34 6
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 70 4 5
Biometry/Biometrics 3 14 1
Biotechnology 14
Neurobiology and Anatomy 2
Neuroscience 4
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 155 441 15
Accounting 2 1
Actuarial Science 2 95
Business Administration and Management 42 314
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1 3 2
Business/Managerial Economics 5 3
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other 1 1
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 10
Finance 57 2 2
Human Resources Management and Services, Other 3
Information Resources Management 6
International Business/Trade/Commerce 4
Management Information Systems 6
Management Science
Marketing/Marketing Management 24 2 2
Operations Management and Supervision 9 8
Organizational Behavior Studies 3 1
Communication and Journalism Programs 1
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1
Computing and Information Sciences 197 527 45
Artificial Intelligence 36 16
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 7
Computer and Information Sciences, Other 2 7
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 86
Computer Graphics 61
Computer Science 167 14 25
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 9
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology 28 252 4
Network and System Administration/Administrator 55
Engineering 479 509 127
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 46 4 5
Chemical Engineering 71 31 15
Civil Engineering 38 3
Civil Engineering, Other 53 9
Computer Engineering, Other 73
Computer Software Engineering 98 3
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 182 152 53
Engineering Mechanics 3 1
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
Engineering 31 5 8
Engineering, Other 3 2
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 1
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering 98 50 12
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering 31 14
Operations Research 13 3 4
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 51 41 5
Creative Writing 17
English Language and Literature 11
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 16 4
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 23 18
Rhetoric and Composition 7 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 42 3
Chinese Language and Literature 14
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 3
French Language and Literature 4
German Language and Literature 1
Japanese Language and Literature 6
Linguistics 6
Russian Language and Literature 3
Spanish Language and Literature 8
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 1 51
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other 1
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 51
Medical Informatics
History 17 5 3
History 5 3
History, Other 17
Human Services 21 170 1
Public Administration 44
Public Policy Analysis 21 126 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 20
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 20
Mathematics and Statistics 83 20 8
Applied Mathematics
Applied Mathematics, Other
Computational Mathematics 3 3 1
Financial Mathematics 5
Mathematical Statistics and Probability 1
Mathematics and Statistics, Other 7
Mathematics 28 9 1
Statistics 24 8 5
Statistics, Other 15 1
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 108 1 4
Behavioral Sciences 2 1 3
Cognitive Science 8
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis 4 1
International/Global Studies 4
Science, Technology and Society
Systems Science and Theory 90
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Physical Sciences 87 16 22
Astrophysics 2
Chemical Physics
Chemistry 54 9 15
Materials Science
Physical Sciences
Physical Sciences, Other
Physics 31 7 7
Physics, Other
Polymer Chemistry
Psychology 29 1 5
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology 2
Psychology 27 1 5
Psychology, Other
Social Sciences 72 3
Economics 54
Economics, Other 3
International Economics
International Relations and Affairs 10
Political Science and Government 8
Social Sciences, Other
Visual and Performing Arts 142 102
Art/Art Studies 33 2
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management 30
Design and Applied Arts, Other 2
Design and Visual Communications 15
Directing and Theatrical Production 3
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 48 1
Dramatic/Theater Arts and Stagecraft, Other 7
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Fine and Studio Arts Management
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Game and Interactive Media Design 6
Industrial and Product Design 22
Jazz/Jazz Studies
Keyboard Instruments
Music Pedagogy 1
Music Performance 8 21
Music Theory and Composition 4 2
Music, Other 1
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Playwriting and Screenwriting 6
Stringed Instruments 4 6
Theater/Theater Arts Management 14
Visual and Performing Arts, Other
Voice and Opera 7 1

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $70

Online application fee: $70
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 38%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 95%

College Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architectural History/Criticism B
Architectural Technology B
Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

European Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Design/Visual Communications B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Industrial Design B
Jazz Studies B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music Theory/Composition B
Stringed Instruments B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Biophysics B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Information Sciences/Systems B


Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Environmental Engineering B
Materials Engineering B
Materials Science B
Mechanical Engineering B
Metallurgical Engineering B
Operations Research B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B
Technical/Business Writing B

Foreign Language & Literature

Chinese B
Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
German B
Japanese B
Spanish B


European History B
History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Applied Mathematics B
Computational Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B
Statistics/Probability B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Behavioral Sciences B
Biopsychology B
Cognitive Science B
Systems Science/Theory B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Natural Resources Management/Policy B

Philosophy & Religion

Ethics B
Logic B
Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Astrophysics B
Chemical Physics B
Chemistry B
Physics B


Cognitive Psychology/Psycholinguistics B
Psychobiology/Physiological Psychology B
Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences

Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do 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.

Carnegie Mellon University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(412) 268-2000
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
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
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields142
English Language and Literature/Letters444
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics911
Health Professions and Related Programs11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities3
Mathematics and Statistics847
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies752
Natural Resources and Conservation3
Philosophy and Religious Studies322
Physical Sciences1143
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
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
Books and supplies$1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

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

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

Admissions Considerations

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 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

*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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