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. Only about a quarter of those who apply are accepted. 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 (2015)

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

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.

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 (2015)

  • Total Enrollment: 12,963 (6,049 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 55% Male / 45% 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 (2014 - 15)

    • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 59%
    • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
      • Grants: 50%
      • Loans: 34%
    • Average Amount of Aid
      • Grants: $30,132
      • Loans: $8,109

    Academic Programs:

    Graduation and Retention Rates:

    • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 98%
    • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 72%
    • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 88%

    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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