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Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon began in 1900 when industrialist Andrew Carnegie founded Carnegie Technical Schools. Twelve years later these schools became a degree-granting college, the Carnegie Institute of Technology. In 1967, Carnegie Tech merged with the Mellon Institute of Research to form Carnegie Mellon University. Today, Carnegie Mellon is one of the nation's top private research universities.

The university's interdisciplinary approach provides graduates with professional and technical skills and a strong science and liberal arts background. The four undergraduate colleges and three graduate schools offer programs in a range of areas ranging from fine arts to the sciences.

Among the notable graduate level programs is the Master of Science in Industrial Administration offered by the Graduate School of Industrial Administration. This program is roughly the equivalent of an M.B.A., but with a firmer scientific component based on the use of quantitative methods and executive education programs. Other graduate programs are available through the School of Computer Science, and the School of Urban and Public Affairs.

Research centers at Carnegie Mellon are exploring areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics, software engineering, magnetics technology, computer aided design and international management.The undergraduate population is 4,544 and the graduate population is 3,024. Of these, 27% are minority and 1.5% are Hispanic.

Carnegie Mellon offers single sex residence halls, coeducational residence halls, on and off-campus apartments on and off-campus houses and fraternity and sorority houses.

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1900
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 5,669
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $936,797,424
Admissions Address

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.6
Send application by: January 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Michael Steidel
Admissions office telephone: (412) 268-2082
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 1
Decision sent by: April 15
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $65
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://www.cmu.edu/enrollment/admission Tuition deposit: N/A (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $600 (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 4 4
Science 3 3
Lab 3 3
Foreign language 2 2
Social studies 0 0
History 0 0
Academic electives 3 4
Total academic units N/A N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: January 1
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Considered
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Considered
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 34%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 35%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 34%
Total applicants: 18,864
Total acceptances: 6,357
Total freshman enrollment: 1,428
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 20%
Male applicants: 12,360
Male acceptances: 3,918
Male freshman enrollment: 876
Female applicants: 6,504
Female acceptances: 2,439
Female freshman enrollment: 552
Out-of-state freshmen: 77%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 3,190
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: 56

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 75%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 95%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 39%
Average high school GPA: 3.6
First-year students submitting GPA: 100%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 98%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 610 – 710
Math: 690 – 780
Combined: 1300 – 1490

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 30.0% 74.0%
600-699 51.0% 24.0%
500-599 17.0% 2.0%
400-499 2.0% 0.0%
300-399 0.0% 0.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 17%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 27 – 33
Math: 28 – 32
Composite: 28 – 32

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 61.0% 55.0% 71.0%
24-29 36.0% 39.0% 28.0%
18-23 3.0% 6.0% 1.0%
12-17 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


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