Carnegie Mellon University

5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

School Details

In 1900, the well-known philanthropist Andrew Carnegie first established the Carnegie Technical School in Pittsburgh. Just over a decade later, the school transitioned into the Carnegie Institute of Technology, an academic degree-awarding institution. Then in the 1960s, Carnegie Tech and the Mellon Institute merged forming Carnegie Mellon University.

Today, the private research university enrolls approximately 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Carnegie Mellon maintains campuses in Pittsburgh, Qatar, and Silicon Valley, in addition to sponsoring degree programs globally. Approximately 35 percent of CMU’s student body is comprised of international students from 115 different countries.

Faculty, students, staff, and alumni affiliated with CMU have won Nobel prizes, Performing Arts Awards, and gained recognition for professional achievement, including awards like the Bower Award for Achievement in the Sciences, Guggenheim Fellowships, and the National Medal of Science. Furthermore, students attending CMU have been awarded an array of noteworthy scholarships, including the Fulbright, Truman, Goldwater, and Churchill Scholarships.

Carnegie Mellon University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The University also retains programmatic accreditation from a number of agencies, including the:

  • Carnegie Institute of Technology by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • School of Architecture by the National Architectural Accrediting Board
  • School of Music by the National Association of Schools and Music
  • H. John Heinz III College by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • Tepper School of Business by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

CMU houses seven schools and colleges:

  • Carnegie Institute of Technology
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Heinz College
  • Mellon College of Science
  • School of Computer Science
  • Tepper School of Business

The campus continues to promote “education, research, and outreach” and retains a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Undergraduate students can opt from 90 different major/minor programs, including studies in Biomedical Engineering, Music Theatre, Social & Decision Sciences, Robotics, and many others.

Admissions criteria may vary according to program-specific prerequisites, and prospective students are encouraged to participate in a personal on-campus interview. Applicants will need to apply to their specific school of interest (a maximum of three colleges/programs), and include the application fee, along with the submission of all official transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, a portfolio (if applicable), a signed “Confidentiality Statement,” and teacher recommendation. Furthermore, international students may need to submit English language proficiency scores. Carnegie Mellon also recognizes Advanced Placement credit for scores of four or five.

The cost in tuition and fees for full-time undergraduate students is $47,642 annually.

Three guides to choosing the best graduate degree at CMU provide prospective graduate students with resources, including guides to Information, Computer & Communications Technologies, Environment and Sustainability, and Health-Related fields. Students can choose from a wide number of graduate programs. For example, the Mellon College of Science gives graduate students opportunities to pursue Master’s and Doctorate degree work in fields, such as Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, and Physics. Additionally, the Tepper School of Business offers a 32-month hybrid FlexMBA program incorporating online and onsite coursework.

Students may be eligible for financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans. Carnegie Mellon supports the joint need- and merit-based Carnegie Scholarship, in addition to ROTC scholarships and external awards. Grants include both federal and state funding, and students may access loans, including the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Student Subsidized / Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loan, and private loans. Students may also qualify for student employment options. Graduate students may also be awarded financial aid, including departmental scholarships, grants, stipends, assistantships, and fellowships.

Students can participate in extracurricular activities while enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University. The University sponsors more than 250 student organizations, some of which include service, spiritual, religious, and political organizational activities. Students may also choose to participate in a sorority or fraternity. Carnegie Mellon competes in seventeen NCAA Division III varsity sports and students can stay active through a number of athletic clubs and intramural sports, such as Ultimate Frisbee, cricket, flag football, and inner-tube water polo.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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