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About Carnegie Mellon

Carnegie Mellon Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

Carnegie Mellon is expected to release their ED1 decisions on Saturday, December 11th at 9 am CST. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the Carnegie Mellon Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

Carnegie Mellon University Overview

Carnegie Mellon University is a private, nonprofit school in an urban setting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Carnegie Mellon was founded in 1900 and now enrolls around 14,189 students a year, including 7,073 undergrads. Carnegie Mellon provides housing for students.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Carnegie Mellon! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of Carnegie Mellon's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Carnegie Mellon students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? Carnegie Mellon has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Carnegie Mellon has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Carnegie Mellon on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Carnegie Mellon on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is January 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from Carnegie Mellon by April 1.

2021 Carnegie Mellon Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 17%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 25%
Average GPA 3.8
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 76%
Tuition $57,560

Is Carnegie Mellon a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a closer look at each of these factors to get a better idea of what Carnegie Mellon offers and if it sounds like a good choice for you.

Carnegie Mellon Acceptance Rate 2021

It is extremely difficult to get into Carnegie Mellon. In 2021, Carnegie Mellon accepted just 17% of all applicants. Out of 26,189 applications received in 2021, 4,524 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Carnegie Mellon

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 96% of students who start at Carnegie Mellon come back the next year. Carnegie Mellon's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 96%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Carnegie Mellon Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Carnegie Mellon's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. Carnegie Mellon's endowment was valued at $2.1 billion in 2021, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Carnegie Mellon spends about $34,441 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Carnegie Mellon

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Carnegie Mellon meets 98.1% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $48,674 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $30,395 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Carnegie Mellon. Based on this information, how does Carnegie Mellon sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Carnegie Mellon a good school for you?

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Where is Carnegie Mellon University Located?

Carnegie Mellon is located in the urban setting of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If you want to see Carnegie Mellon for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 376 to Pittsburgh, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Pittsburgh International Airport.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh are like without leaving home.

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College Info

5000 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3891

Campus Setting: Urban

Carnegie Mellon Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Carnegie Mellon is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Carnegie Mellon is Feb 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Carnegie Mellon ACT Scores


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760 - 800


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700 - 760

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Wondering what life at Carnegie Mellon is like? There are approximately 14,189 students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon, including 7,073 undergraduate students and 7,116 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 13% percent are from PA and 87% percent of students are from other states.


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