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Carnegie Mellon University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Carnegie Mellon University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Carnegie Mellon University was awarded 151 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is design and applied arts.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Carnegie Mellon as #33 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 123 colleges in Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon is ranked at #3.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Carnegie Mellon?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 22%, Carnegie Mellon is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.

Average Test Scores

About 70% of students accepted to Carnegie Mellon submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 700 and 760. Math scores were between 730 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Carnegie Mellon University  ( 700 to 760 )

SAT Math Scores for Carnegie Mellon University  ( 730 to 800 )
Carnegie Mellon received ACT scores from 51% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 32 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Carnegie Mellon University  ( 32 to 35 )

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Carnegie Mellon University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Carnegie Mellon is an impressive 10 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Carnegie Mellon University is 95%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  95 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Carnegie Mellon University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 96% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Carnegie Mellon University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  96 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Carnegie Mellon for first-time, full-time students is 72%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  72 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Carnegie Mellon

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,533 undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon with 6,298 being full-time and 235 being part-time.

Carnegie Mellon Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 99.60 out of 100, Carnegie Mellon is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.60 out of 100
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How Much Does Carnegie Mellon University Cost?

The overall average net price of Carnegie Mellon is $32,674. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Carnegie Mellon

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,370 $13,608 $18,049 $28,240 $48,918

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Carnegie Mellon, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Carnegie Mellon, approximately 37% of students took out student loans averaging $6,155 a year. That adds up to $24,620 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Carnegie Mellon is 0.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Carnegie Mellon Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Carnegie Mellon make around $83,600 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Carnegie Mellon students since it is 110% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of Carnegie Mellon University

Contact details for Carnegie Mellon are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Phone: 412-268-2000

Carnegie Mellon University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 106 majors graduated from Carnegie Mellon University. Of these students, 1,848 received undergraduate degrees and 3,455 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Science 205 $138,900
Electrical Engineering 190 $99,000
Mechanical Engineering 152 $70,400
Statistics 131 $79,700
Business Administration & Management 128 $76,800
Systems Theory 98 $81,400
Chemical Engineering 64 $73,100
Biomedical Engineering 56 NA
Computer Information Systems 54 NA
Drama & Theater Arts 54 $24,400

Learn more about the majors offered at Carnegie Mellon University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Carnegie Mellon

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 1,324 students took at least one online class at Carnegie Mellon University. This is an increase from the 1,311 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,324 27
2016-2017 1,311 37
2015-2016 1,145 46
2014-2015 736 75
2013-2014 339 270

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