Carnegie Mellon Admissions Profile

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Carnegie Mellon University Campus
Carnegie Mellon University Campus. Paul McCarthy / Flickr

Carnegie Mellon University has highly selective admissions. In 2016, the acceptance rate was just 22 percent. To get in, applicants will need to have grades and standardized test scores that are significantly above average. The admissions process is ​holistic, so qualitative factors such as application essays, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation also play an important roll in admissions decisions.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 660 / 750
  • SAT Math: 720 / 800
  • ACT Composite: 31 / 34
  • ACT English: 31 / 35
  • ACT Math: 31 / 35

Carnegie Mellon University Description

Carnegie Mellon University is best known for its top-ranked science and engineering programs, but prospective students shouldn't underestimate the school's strengths in the arts and sciences as well. CMU is a highly-selective, mid-sized university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The university has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, and it is a member of the American Association of Universities because of its many research strengths. Academics are supported by a 10 to 1 student/faculty ratio.

On the athletic front, the CMU Tartans compete in the NCAA Division III University Athletic Association, a group of eight universities committed to both academic and athletic excellence.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 13,258 (6,283 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 54 percent male / 46 percent female
  • 97% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $52,310
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,270
  • Other Expenses: $1,400
  • Total Cost: $67,980

Carnegie Mellon Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 55 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 50 percent
    • Loans: 35 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $30,614
    • Loans: $8,011

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Finance, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Science, Theatre
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Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 98 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 75 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 90 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Soccer, Swimming, and Diving, Tennis, Basketball, Track and Field, Golf, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Swimming, and Diving, Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Golf

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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