Carnegie Mellon University

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5000 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: (412) 268-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jan. 1
application deadline

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#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. National Universities

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Carnegie Mellon University is a private institution that was founded in 1900. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,279, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 147 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Carnegie Mellon University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 23. Its tuition and fees are $46,962 (2013-14).

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 the Dietrich 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.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Carnegie Mellon University is a top-tier global research university that has been a birthplace of innovation throughout its 113-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 campuses in Pittsburgh, Silicon Valley and Qatar, Carnegie Mellon has programs in Africa, 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 92,000 alumni live and work around the world, embodying Carnegie's famous words, "My heart is in the work."

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1900
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $979,229,547


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 27.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 27.8%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Carnegie Mellon University is 13:1, and the school has 67.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Carnegie Mellon University include: Computer Science; Electrical and Electronics Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Systems Science and Theory; and Chemical Engineering. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 95.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 73%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Computer Science 12%
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 10%
Mechanical Engineering 7%
Systems Science and Theory 6%
Chemical Engineering 5%

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Student Life

Carnegie Mellon University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,279, with a gender distribution of 57.1 percent male students and 42.9 percent female students. At this school, 64 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 36 percent of students live off campus. Carnegie Mellon University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 12,569
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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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, 12 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Carnegie Mellon University.

Students who have cars on campus 12%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Carnegie Mellon University, 46.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $26,305.

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Tuition and fees $46,962 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,680 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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