Carnegie Mellon University.

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a private research university based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie as the Carnegie Technical Schools, the university became the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1912 and began granting four-year degrees. In 1967, the Carnegie Institute of Technology merged with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, formerly a part of the University of Pittsburgh, to form Carnegie Mellon University. With its main campus located 3 miles (5 km) from Downtown Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon has grown into an international university with over a dozen degree-granting locations in six continents, including campuses in Qatar and Silicon Valley, and more than 20 research partnerships.The university has seven colleges and independent schools, all of which offer interdisciplinary programs: 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 of Information Systems and Public Policy, and the School of Computer Science.Carnegie Mellon counts 14,799 students from 117 countries, over 109,000 living alumni, and over 1,400 faculty members. Past and present faculty and alumni include 20 Nobel Prize laureates, 13 Turing Award winners, 23 Members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 22 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 79 Members of the National Academies, 124 Emmy Award winners, 47 Tony Award laureates, and 10 Academy Award winners.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 6,434 students
  • 0.90 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Carnegie Mellon University

Natural Resource Management
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Accounting, Actuarial Science, and Marketing.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

4,550 students out of 20,497 applicants were accepted into Carnegie Mellon University. They had an average SAT score of 1506. 70% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 51% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Carnegie Mellon University was $53,910. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $70,094.

Financial aid available at Carnegie Mellon University

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

52% of undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Carnegie Mellon University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Carnegie Mellon University was of $13,784 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000.

Diversity at Carnegie Mellon University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017