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IPEDS ID: 211440
OPE ID: 00324200
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Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-3890
General information:  (412) 268-2000
Website:  www.cmu.edu/
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  12,963 (6,049 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  10 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral Universities: Highest 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
7%
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty1,278386
Instructional1,122366
Research and public service15620
Total graduate assistants-2,563
Instructional-0
Research-2,563
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees$45,760$47,642$49,022$50,6653.4%
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$11,550$11,990$12,400$12,8303.5%
Other$1,400$1,400$1,400$1,4000.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$2,080$2,080$2,080$1,400-32.7%
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$59,710$62,032$63,822$65,8953.2%
Off Campus with Family$48,840$50,722$52,102$53,0651.8%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
Tuition$40,625
Fees$746
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid186859%————
Grant or scholarship aid73550%$22,146,753$30,132
Federal grants16911%$1,229,506$7,275
Pell grants16911%$755,190$4,469
Other federal grants15911%$474,316$2,983
State/local government grant or scholarships423%$96,677$2,302
Institutional grants or scholarships73250%$20,820,570$28,443
Student loan aid50434%$4,086,706$8,109
Federal student loans49634%$3,077,984$6,206
Other student loans453%$1,008,722$22,416
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid13,18254%$90,782,045$28,530
Pell grants76413%$3,344,051$4,377
Federal student loans2,14636%$15,467,150$7,207
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2012-20132013-20142014-2015
Average net price$35,464$33,672$33,657
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$23,362$20,434$24,113
$30,001 – $48,000$24,802$20,842$23,425
$48,001 – $75,000$28,057$21,808$25,882
$75,001 – $110,000$31,540$29,792$31,325
$110,001 and more$43,299$42,664$44,518
  • 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, 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.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment12,963
Undergraduate enrollment6,049
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment61
Graduate enrollment6,914
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 97%
Part-time: 3%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 55%
Female: 45%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 28%
Black or African American: 5%
Hispanic/Latino: 8%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 32%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 5%
Non-resident alien: 18%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 98%
25 and over: 2%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 11%
Out-of-state: 68%
Foreign countries: 21%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 86%
Part-time: 14%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 2%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 98%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 8%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 91%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $75
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants20,54712,9137,634
Percent admitted24%19%32%
Percent admitted who enrolled32%35%30%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2015 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT1,31684%
ACT59037%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading650740
SAT Math710800
SAT Writing670760
ACT Composite3134
ACT English3135
ACT Math3135
  • Formal demonstration of competencies required for admission to architecture, art, design, drama, and music. SAT Subject Tests required for admission to all programs with the exception of art, design, drama, and music.
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
Student retention:
Full-time students: 98%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
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, 94 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 88%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 74%
6-year: 88%
8-year: 90%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 72%
6-year: 88%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 85%
Female: 91%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 90%
Asian: 92%
Black or African American: 80%
Hispanic/Latino: 79%
White: 90%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 85%
Non-resident alien: 83%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Architecture and Related Services
Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology-43-
Architecture4600-
Architecture and Related Services, Other000-
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning-7--
Environmental Design/Architecture0---
Category total46113-
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other0---
European Studies/Civilization0---
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies0---
Category total0---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other10--
Biology/Biological Sciences, General32013-
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other-14--
Biometry/Biometrics2188-
Biophysics0-1-
Biotechnology-0--
Neurobiology and Anatomy-10-
Neurobiology and Neurosciences, Other0-0-
Neuroscience7---
Category total423322-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting-20-
Actuarial Science090d-0
Business Administration and Management, General33265d0-
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other700-
Business/Managerial Economics065-
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other000-
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies3---
Finance, General3322-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General---1
International Business/Trade/Commerce2---
Investments and Securities-0--
Management Information Systems and Services, Other0-0-
Management Information Systems, General-13d--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General402-
Operations Management and Supervision900-
Organizational Behavior Studies-21-
Telecommunications Management--2-
Category total91380d121
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia0---
Journalism, Other-1--
Category total01--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Artificial Intelligence-4519-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other001-
Computer and Information Sciences, Other7100-
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-850-
Computer Graphics094--
Computer Science1974317-
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other1---
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other00--
Information Science/Studies-690-
Information Technology0589d14-
Information Technology Project Management-9--
Category total205944d51-
Education
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other--1-
Multicultural Education0---
Category total0-1-
Engineering
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering0505-
Chemical Engineering736615-
Civil Engineering, General3711715-
Civil Engineering, Other-00-
Computer Software Engineering-72d111d
Construction Engineering-41-
Electrical and Electronics Engineering149204d48-
Engineering Mechanics-02-
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics0---
Engineering Science-26--
Engineering, General0720-
Engineering, Other100-
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering-11-
Mechanical Engineering11713925-
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering08913-
Operations Research042-
Category total377779d14811d
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician-141-
Engineering Design-41--
Engineering Technology, General-24--
Engineering/Industrial Management-111-
Nanotechnology1---
Category total1902-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing11---
English Language and Literature, General400-
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other-143-
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing16140-
Rhetoric and Composition051-
Category total31334-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature0---
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General0---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other-53-
French Language and Literature2---
German Language and Literature0---
Japanese Language and Literature2---
Linguistics1---
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General0---
Russian Language and Literature0---
Spanish Language and Literature0---
Category total553-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other0---
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-57d--
Category total057d--
History
History, General237-
History, Other0-0-
Category total237-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other0---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies31---
Category total31---
Mathematics and Statistics
Computational Mathematics602-
Financial Mathematics800-
Mathematical Statistics and Probability2-0-
Mathematics and Statistics, Other21-0-
Mathematics, General3285-
Mathematics, Other0---
Statistics, General222911-
Statistics, Other0-1-
Category total913719-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences153-
Biopsychology11---
Cognitive Science7---
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis--1-
Human Computer Interaction-11--
International/Global Studies12---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other0---
Science, Technology and Society000-
Sustainability Studies-7--
Systems Science and Theory90---
Category total121234-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science0---
Environmental Studies0---
Natural Resources Management and Policy0---
Category total0---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Applied and Professional Ethics9---
Logic485-
Philosophy200-
Category total1585-
Physical Sciences
Astrophysics0---
Chemical Physics0---
Chemistry, General27413-
Materials Science363514-
Physical Sciences0---
Physical Sciences, Other0---
Physics, General211811-
Physics, Other1---
Polymer Chemistry00--
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics0---
Category total855738-
Psychology
Psychology, General4235-
Psychology, Other000-
Category total4235-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-320-
Public Policy Analysis, General111415-
Public Policy Analysis, Other-92-
Category total111827-
Social Sciences
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics20---
Economics, General1800-
Economics, Other-01-
International Economics0---
International Relations and Affairs12---
Political Science and Government, General1---
Social Sciences, Other010-
Category total5111-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General158--
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General-28--
Cinematography and Film/Video Production0---
Conducting-0--
Costume Design-4--
Design and Applied Arts, Other07--
Design and Visual Communications, General2291d-
Digital Arts01--
Directing and Theatrical Production02--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General460--
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other08--
Film/Cinema/Video Studies0---
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other0---
Game and Interactive Media Design-9--
Industrial and Product Design21---
Intermedia/Multimedia0---
Jazz/Jazz Studies0---
Keyboard Instruments-0--
Music Pedagogy-2--
Music Performance, General723-31
Music Technology32-3
Music Theory and Composition17--
Music, General-0--
Music, Other00-2
Musicology and Ethnomusicology0---
Playwriting and Screenwriting-6--
Stringed Instruments612--
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology-3--
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management-30--
Visual and Performing Arts, Other1---
Voice and Opera123--
Category total1341641d36
Grand total1,3812,81133348
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 17
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 10
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 2
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 5
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $23,407
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $22,669
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $4,500
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined14095
Basketball1712
Football122
Golf128
Soccer2632
Swimming and Diving3232
Tennis1713
Volleyball14
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education(!)7/1/1921 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
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(!)9/1/1948 - 2/14/2012Resigned
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1951 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations020
Liquor law violations279494
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations228373
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible1516
Rape6
Fondling3
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery110
Aggravated assault140
Burglary251420
Motor vehicle theft111
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible1216
Rape5
Fondling1
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery000
Aggravated assault040
Burglary1088
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • (!) 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.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • 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 http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate0.7%0.9%1.3%
Number in default111318
Number in repayment1,4321,3621,302
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)