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Carnegie Mellon University is a private institution that was founded in 1900. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,281, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 145 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Carnegie Mellon University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 23. Its tuition and fees are $45,124 (2012-13).
Carnegie Mellon University, founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, is located in Pittsburgh, which offers dining and entertainment options as well as professional sports teams including the Penguins (hockey), Steelers (football), and Pirates (baseball). Only freshmen are required to live on campus, but the university guarantees housing for all four years, and the majority of students choose to remain on campus. Nearly 20 percent of the student population is affiliated with Greek life, which consists of more than 20 fraternities and sororities. The Carnegie Mellon Tartans compete in NCAA Division III competitions, and the Kiltie Band, which sports full Scottish regalia, performs at every home football game.
Carnegie Mellon is known for its programs in science and technology, but its seven schools and colleges include a College of Fine Arts and College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Its graduate programs include the highly ranked Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Institute of Technology, and School of Computer Science. Undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon have the opportunity to participate in research and can even receive grants or summer fellowships to support research in their field of study. Randy Pausch, author of the New York Times best-selling book The Last Lecture, was a professor at Carnegie Mellon, which is the only top 25 university founded in the 20th century.
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Carnegie Mellon University is a top-tier global research university that has been a birthplace of innovation throughout its 112-year history. Our award-winning faculty work closely with students in the classroom and laboratory. Our groundbreaking research yields new discoveries that impact people's lives, and our students are recruited by some of the world's most innovative companies. In addition to our locations in Pittsburgh, Qatar and Silicon Valley, we have partnerships across the globe and degree programs in Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America. Carnegie Mellon alumni, faculty and students are known for their powerful combinations of intellectual strength, creative spark, tireless work ethic and a commitment to problem solving. Carnegie Mellon is the only school founded in the United States by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Today, more than 88,000 alumni live and work around the world, embodying Carnegie's famous words, 'My heart is in the work.'
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Carnegie Mellon University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 1. The application fee at Carnegie Mellon University is $70. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 30.4 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||30.4%|
|Application deadline||January 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||January 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Carnegie Mellon University is 12:1, and the school has 68.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Carnegie Mellon University include: Computer Science; Electrical and Electronics Engineering; Systems Science and Theory; Mechanical Engineering; and Business Administration and Management, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 95.5 percent.
Carnegie Mellon University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,281, with a gender distribution of 58.0 percent male students and 42.0 percent female students. At this school, 61.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 39.0 percent of students live off campus. Carnegie Mellon University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
Carnegie Mellon University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Carnegie Mellon University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Carnegie Mellon University, 26 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Carnegie Mellon University.
|Students who have cars on campus||26%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Carnegie Mellon University, 47.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $25,377.
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|Tuition and fees||$45,124 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$11,240 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data