CMU Description

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a global research university that offers a unique interdisciplinary education to students who have interests that go beyond one area of study.

Having been in operation for more than a century, Carnegie Mellon has claimed its place among the elite universities in America, consistently ranking among the top 25.

The Office of Student Activities makes sure that student life at Carnegie Mellon is both exciting and educational. When you’re not in class, you may want to participate in some of activities and events happening around campus, like intramural sports or drama productions. You may also want to take in one of the many renowned art exhibits that come to the Miller Gallery or listen to a guest lecture.

Academics at the school include undergraduate and graduate programs. Some bachelor’s programs include Music and Technology, Computational Biology, Health Professions and Computer Science and Arts. Graduate programs include Entertainment Industry Management, Product Design and Medical Scientist Training.

Admissions are competitive, and require students to submit a Common Application, Carnegie-Mellon supplement, official high school transcript, ACT/SAT scores and a teacher recommendation. A secondary school counselor evaluation is also necessary.

Financial aid is available to eligible students who file a FAFSA through institutional scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs.

Quick Facts about Carnegie Mellon University

Region

Mid-Atlantic

Setting

Large City Setting

Type

Private

Affiliation

Not applicable

Size

Large (5,000 to 10,000 Undergrad)

Mascot

Tartans

Nickname

CMU

Website

www.cmu.edu

On-Campus Housing Available

Yes

Selectivity

Most Selective

In-State Tuition

$43,160

Out-of-State Tuition

$43,160

Retention Rate

96%

Enrollment

11,319

Year Established

1900

CMU Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating: 5

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  3 reviews
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75% of students gave Carnegie Mellon University 5 stars overall.

Alumnus - Grad Year 1991

Overall Rating:
5

Detailed Ratings

Carnegie Mellon is a great school if you are serious about getting a top-notch education. You are encouraged to explore multiple disciplines and are free to take well over the standard four or five classes per semester. I found myself surrounded by intelligent, motivated students who made it easy to pull the occasional all-nighters required to get the work done. I loved going to college in Pittsburgh. It’s cold and dreary with a long winter which makes it easier to stay inside and study. I highly recommend this school.

Former Student - Last Attended 2002

Overall Rating:
4

Detailed Ratings

I made good friends there and the academics were on point, but the school atmosphere is tech/science heavy and a lot of the students under those majors could be kind of stuck up and towards the students in the arts and humanity disciplines (which was the category I fell under). Didn't care for the city, which seemed pretty dead for the most part.

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CMU Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
5,809
Freshman Class
1,486
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
11,319

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
51%
Graduate
49%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
94%
Part-Time
6%

Gender of Students

Women
45%
Men
55%

Ethnic Diversity

Latino
5%
African American
6%
Caucasian
50%
Asian
24%
Unknown and Other
14%

International Students

International
29%
Domestic
71%

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