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 Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA

5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-3890

General information:(412)268-2000
Type:4-Year,Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting:City: Large
Campus housing:Yes
Student population:11,531(5,949 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:12 to 1
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Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC(Army, Navy, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance learning opportunities
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (very high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Detailed Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
Tuition and fees
In-state $40,920 $42,136 $44,010 -4%
Out-of-state $40,920 $42,136 $44,010 -4%
Books and supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $10,340 $10,750 $11,110 -3%
Other $1,400 $1,400 $1,400 0%
Off Campus
Room and board $ $ $ NAN%
Other $ $ $ NAN%
Off Campus with Family
Other $ $ $ NAN%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
On Campus $53,660 $55,286 $57,520 -4%
Off Campus $41,920 $43,136 $45,010 -4%
Off Campus with Family $41,920 $43,136 $45,010 -4%
On Campus $53,660 $55,286 $57,520 -4%
Off Campus $41,920 $43,136 $45,010 -4%
Off Campus with Family $41,920 $43,136 $45,010 -4%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $43,160
In-state fees $850
Out-of-state tuition $43,160
Out-of-state fees $850
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of Plan Offered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan X
Other alternative tuition plan
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $36,900
In-state fee $642
Out-of-state tuition $36,900
Out-of-state fees $642
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2010-2011
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Any student financial aid 1,075 72% --
Grant or scholarship aid 857 58% $19,910,177 $23,232
Federal grants 200 13% $1,497,420 $7,487
Pell grants 200 13% $862,228 $4,311
Other federal grants 196 13% $635,192 $3,241
State/local government grant or scholarships 69 5% $175,713 $2,547
Institutional grants or scholarships 851 57% $18,237,044 $21,430
Student loan aid 682 46% $4,849,118 $7,110
Federal student loans 679 46% $3,785,176 $5,575
Other student loans 52 3% $1,063,942 $20,460
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1 3,598 62% $85,412,136 $23,739
Pell grants 850 15% $3,484,662 $4,100
Federal student loans 2,383 41% $15,083,568 $6,330


Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
$0 - $30,000 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
$30,001 - $48,000 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
$48,001 - $75,000 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
$75,001 - $110,000 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
$110,001 and more Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

• Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

• Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same total cost of attendance minus grant aid.


• An institution's net price calculator allows current and prospective students, families, and other consumers to estimate the net price of attending that institution for a particular student.

Fall 2011
Total enrollment 11,531
Undergraduate enrollment 5,949
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 87
Graduate enrollment 5,582

Undergraduate application fee (2012-2013):$70

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 16,527 10,235 6,292
Percent admitted 30% 28% 34%
Percent admitted who enrolled 28% 8% 9%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPA X
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record X
Completion of college-preparatory program X
Formal demonstration of competencies X
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language) X
Recommendations X
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Test scores:Fall 2011(enrolled first-time students)

Students submitting scores Number Percent
SAT 1323 92%
ACT 501 35%.
Test Scores 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile**
SAT Critical Reading 630 730
SAT Math 680 780
SAT Writing 640 740
ACT Composite 29 33
ACT English 29 34
ACT Math 29 34
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Returned in Fall 2011

Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 92 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.


NCAA Division III (with football)MenWomen
All Track Combined 10466
Basketball 1812
Football 113-
Golf 12-
Soccer 3125
Swimming and Diving 2627
Tennis 1415
Volleyball -17


Middle States Commission on Higher Education07/01/1921 Accredited
Middle States Commission on Higher Education07/01/1921 Accredited


National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation

Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs

09/01/1948 - 02/14/2012Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation

Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

09/01/1951 Accredited


Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations06 2
Liquor law violations453233
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Illegal weapons possession 000
Drug law violations 060
Liquor law violations 413225
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 314
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 100
Aggravated assault 012
Burglary 161221
Motor vehicle theft 130
Arson 011
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 314
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 000
Aggravated assault 002
Burglary 9107
Motor vehicle theft 000
Arson 011
• (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
• The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
• These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see


Default Rate1.2%
Number in default16
Number in repayment1,292

• For further information on default rates please visit the Cohort Default Rate Home Page. This school's six-digit OPE ID is 00324200

Aid Programs

• Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL)

• Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)


Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.

PROGRAMBachelor's degree Master's degree Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Architecture and Related Services Colleges
Architecture and Related Services, Other0203
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning-4-
Environmental Design/Architecture0--
Category total61253
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies Colleges
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other0--
European Studies/Civilization0--
Russian Studies0--
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies0--
Category total1--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Colleges
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other00-
Biology/Biological Sciences, General1410
Neurobiology and Anatomy-0-
Category total592711
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Actuarial Science076-
Business Administration and Management, General113100
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other212
Business/Managerial Economics062
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other000
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies6--
Finance, General020
Human Resources Management and Services, Other--0
Information Resources Management1--
International Business/Trade/Commerce1--
Management Information Systems and Services, Other1-1
Management Information Systems, General-12-
Management Science-00
Marketing/Marketing Management, General122
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management-00
Operations Management and Supervision3170
Organizational Behavior Studies-14
Category total13042913
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs Colleges
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia0--
Journalism, Other-0-
Category total00-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Artificial Intelligence-2718
Computer Graphics075-
Computer Science91819
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other010
Computer and Information Sciences, Other300
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-590
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other-0-
Information Science/Studies-590
Information Technology2333313
Information Technology Project Management-8-
Network and System Administration/Administrator-0-
Category total20358050
Education Colleges
Multicultural Education1--
Category total1--
Engineering Colleges
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering44117
Chemical Engineering613222
Civil Engineering, General32705
Civil Engineering, Other-01
Computer Engineering, Other000
Computer Software Engineering-1252
Construction Engineering-1-
Electrical and Electronics Engineering015936
Engineering Mechanics-10
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics0--
Engineering Science-7-
Engineering, General22611
Engineering, Other000
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering-33
Industrial Engineering-0-
Mechanical Engineering06113
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering-3517
Operations Research140
Category total395515117
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields Colleges
Engineering Technology, General-16-
Category total-16-
English Language and Literature Letters Colleges
Creative Writing0--
English Language and Literature, General000
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other-172
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing0200
Rhetoric and Composition1140
Category total41512
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Colleges
Chinese Language and Literature0--
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General0--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other-03
French Language and Literature0--
German Language and Literature0--
Japanese Language and Literature0--
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General1--
Russian Language and Literature0--
Spanish Language and Literature0--
Category total1603
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General--0
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other0--
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-69-
Medical Informatics--0
Category total0690
History Colleges
History, General275
History, Other0-0
Category total575
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other0--
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies20--
Category total20--
Mathematics and Statistics Colleges
Applied Mathematics, General0--
Applied Mathematics, Other0--
Computational Mathematics010
Financial Mathematics602
Mathematical Statistics and Probability0-0
Mathematics and Statistics, Other1-0
Mathematics, General9114
Mathematics, Other1--
Statistics, General0138
Statistics, Other0-0
Category total642514
Multi Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges
Behavioral Sciences023
Cognitive Science0--
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis0-1
International/Global Studies0--
Science, Technology and Society000
Systems Science and Theory0--
Category total11724
Natural Resources and Conservation Colleges
Environmental Science0--
Environmental Studies0--
Natural Resources Management and Policy0--
Category total0--
Philosophy and Religious Studies Colleges
Applied and Professional Ethics0--
Category total783
Physical Sciences Colleges
Chemical Physics0--
Chemistry, General0613
Chemistry, Other0--
Materials Science362315
Physical Sciences0--
Physical Sciences, Other0--
Physics, General01510
Physics, Other0--
Polymer Chemistry00-
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics1--
Category total1134438
Psychology Colleges
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology0--
Psychology, General044
Psychology, Other000
Category total2744
Public Administration and Social Service Professions Colleges
Public Administration-510
Public Policy Analysis, General01582
Category total152092
Social Sciences Colleges
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics15--
Economics, General000
Economics, Other-00
International Economics0--
International Relations and Affairs0--
Political Science and Government, General0-0
Social Sciences, Other-00
Category total7500
Visual and Performing Arts Colleges
Art/Art Studies, General287-
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General-32-
Costume Design-5-
Design and Applied Arts, Other-12-
Design and Visual Communications, General2101
Digital Arts1--
Directing and Theatrical Production02-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General450-
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other-6-
Film/Cinema/Video Studies0--
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other0--
Fine and Studio Arts Management-0-
Game and Interactive Media Design-0-
Graphic Design-12-
Industrial and Product Design25--
Jazz/Jazz Studies0--
Keyboard Instruments-0-
Music Pedagogy-1-
Music Performance, General922-
Music Theory and Composition42-
Music, General-0-
Music, Other2--
Musicology and Ethnomusicology0--
Playwriting and Screenwriting-3-
Stringed Instruments310-
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology-2-
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management-17-
Visual and Performing Arts, Other0--
Voice and Opera130-
Category total1521341
Grand total1352145270