Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


#29 National Colleges

15.44% Admission Rate
Very Selective

6,535 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, highly residential

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Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a private research university based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1900, the university is the result of a merger of the Carnegie Institute of Technology and the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research. Established 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. Since then, the university has operated as a single institution.

The university has seven colleges and independent schools, including the College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mellon College of Science, Tepper School of Business, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, and the School of Computer Science. The university has its main campus located 5 miles (8 km) from Downtown Pittsburgh, and the university also has over a dozen degree-granting locations in six continents, including degree-granting campuses in Qatar and Silicon Valley.

CMU is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity". In 2019, the university had research and development (R&D) expenditures of $359 million. Past and present faculty and alumni include 20 Nobel Prize laureates, 13 Turing Award winners, 26 Members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 39 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 91 Members of the National Academies, 142 Emmy Award winners, 52 Tony Award laureates, and 12 Academy Award winners. Carnegie Mellon enrolls 15,818 students across its multiple campuses from 117 countries, employs more than 1,400 faculty members, and has an active alumni base of over 112,000.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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City: Large (population of 250,000 or more)

Mid East (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Engineering 28.8%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 11.7%
Mathematics And Statistics 10.6%
Visual And Performing Arts 9.5%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 8.5%
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 8.3%
Physical Sciences 4.4%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 4.2%
Social Sciences 4.0%
Architecture And Related Services 2.8%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 2.0%
Psychology 1.8%
English Language And Literature/Letters 1.7%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.7%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 0.4%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 0.3%
History 0.2%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 0.1%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1513 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 800 780 760
Verbal 760 730 700

ACT Scores

34 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 36 34 32
English 35 34 33