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Carnegie Mellon University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

260 Undergraduate Degrees
1,089 Graduate Degrees
$56,812 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
22% Acceptance Rate

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Carnegie Mellon University Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, Carnegie Mellon is ranked #12 out of 408 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Carnegie Mellon also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Carnegie Mellon has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Computer Science Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
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#12 Best Computer Science Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#78 Most Popular Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Carnegie Mellon.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Computer Information Systems Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Computer Systems Networking Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Computer Systems Networking Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Information Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Computer Software & Applications Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Most Popular Information Technology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Computer Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Most Popular Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Carnegie Mellon has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#3 Best Colleges for Computer Science College Factual
#3 Best Computer Science Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#3 Highest Paid Computer & Information Sciences Graduates College Factual
#5 Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#36 Best Schools Course Advisor

Where Is Carnegie Mellon University?

Location of Carnegie Mellon University

Contact details for Carnegie Mellon are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Phone: 412-268-2000
Website: www.cmu.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carnegiemellonu
Twitter: http://twitter.com/carnegiemellon

How Do I Get Into Carnegie Mellon?

You can apply to Carnegie Mellon online at: admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/apply-now

Admission Requirements for Carnegie Mellon

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Carnegie Mellon?

22% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
70% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Carnegie Mellon is 22%, which means the school is highly selective when deciding who will be admitted and who won't. Even if you have great grades and test scores, that may not be enough. So be sure to look for ways to make your application memorable.

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 17%, and the acceptance rate for women is 31%.

Average Test Scores

About 70% of students accepted to Carnegie Mellon submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 700 and 760. Math scores were between 730 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Carnegie Mellon University  ( 700 to 760 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Carnegie Mellon University  ( 730 to 800 )
200
800
Carnegie Mellon received ACT scores from 51% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 32 and 35. Math scores were between 32 and 35. Composite scores were between 32 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Carnegie Mellon University  ( 32 to 35 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Carnegie Mellon University  ( 32 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Carnegie Mellon University  ( 32 to 35 )
1
36

Can I Afford Carnegie Mellon University?

$56,812 Net Price
35% Take Out Loans
0.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Carnegie Mellon is $56,812. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Carnegie Mellon, approximately 35% of students took out student loans averaging $6,401 a year. That adds up to $25,604 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Carnegie Mellon is 0.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Carnegie Mellon University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,425 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,618 undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon, with 6,425 being full-time and 193 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Carnegie Mellon

There are also 7,562 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,425 full-time undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Carnegie Mellon

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Carnegie Mellon University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Carnegie Mellon Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,106
Black or African American 238
Hispanic or Latino 583
White 1,669
International Students 1,150
Other Races/Ethnicities 679

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at Carnegie Mellon University. At this time, 45 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 102 countries are represented at Carnegie Mellon. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Carnegie Mellon University

27 Took All Classes Online
1,324 Took At Least One Class Online
-39.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,324 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Carnegie Mellon has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the most popular in Pennsylvania for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Carnegie Mellon

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Carnegie Mellon University was -39.4%. This is the #2,049 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Carnegie Mellon regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Carnegie Mellon ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Carnegie Mellon.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Information Technology #110
Computer Information Systems #238

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Information Technology 48 1 553 5 607
Computer Science 205 0 59 22 286
Artificial Intelligence 0 0 103 36 139
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 0 0 95 0 95
Computer & IS Security 0 0 84 0 84
Computer Graphics 0 0 75 0 75
Other Computer & Information Sciences 6 0 26 1 33
Information Technology Management 0 0 25 0 25
Information Technology Project Management 1 0 4 0 5
Other Computer Programming 0 0 0 0 0
Other Computer Software & Media Applications 0 0 0 0 0
Other Computer & Information Sciences & Support Services, Other 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 260 1 1,024 64 1,349

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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