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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
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  One but less than two years certificate
Two but less than 4 years certificate
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:  12,367 (5,917 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  
10 to 1View note
We used the worksheet this year, rather than the Common Data Set ratio that has been used in previous years.
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
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 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty1,298318
Research and public service19415
Total graduate assistants-2,539
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 year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$42,136$44,010$45,760$47,6424.1%
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,750$11,110$11,550$11,9903.8%
Off Campus
Room and board$9,940$10,300$10,740$11,1804.1%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$55,286$57,520$59,710$62,0323.9%
Off Campus$54,476$56,710$58,900$61,2223.9%
Off Campus with Family$45,196$47,090$48,840$50,0422.5%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
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 aid198470%————
Grant or scholarship aid76554%$18,548,529$24,246
Federal grants18813%$1,357,261$7,219
Pell grants18813%$853,261$4,539
Other federal grants16912%$504,000$2,982
State/local government grant or scholarships564%$146,059$2,608
Institutional grants or scholarships75754%$17,045,209$22,517
Student loan aid50036%$4,369,757$8,740
Federal student loans48735%$3,062,715$6,289
Other student loans655%$1,307,042$20,108
  • 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 aid13,48759%$87,379,182$25,059
Pell grants81114%$3,429,634$4,229
Federal student loans2,34740%$17,302,491$7,372
  • 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.
Average net price$32,054$33,257$35,464
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$23,173$20,372$23,362
$30,001 – $48,000$21,629$22,417$24,802
$48,001 – $75,000$24,140$26,708$28,057
$75,001 – $110,000$30,337$29,101$31,540
$110,001 and more$40,824$42,025$43,299
  • 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 2013
Total enrollment12,367
Undergraduate enrollment5,917
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment66
Graduate enrollment6,450
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 97%
Part-time: 3%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 58%
Female: 42%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 25%
Black or African American: 5%
Hispanic/Latino: 7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 39%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%
Non-resident alien: 14%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 98%
25 and over: 2%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 13%
Out-of-state: 70%
Foreign countries: 17%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
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: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 4%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 96%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $75
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants18,88411,8807,004
Percent admitted25%21%33%
Percent admitted who enrolled30%32%28%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  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 Reading640740
SAT Math700790
SAT Writing650750
ACT Composite3034
ACT English3034
ACT Math3034
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: 94%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
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 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
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:
4-year: 71%
6-year: 87%
8-year: 89%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
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: 86%
Female: 91%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 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: 100%
Asian: 92%
Black or African American: 75%
Hispanic/Latino: 89%
White: 90%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 84%
Non-resident alien: 82%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
  • 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
Architecture and Related Services, Other0195--
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning-4---
Environmental Design/Architecture0----
Category total40255--
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other0----
European Studies/Civilization0----
Russian Studies0----
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies0----
Category total0----
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other00---
Biology/Biological Sciences, General3727--
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other-2---
Neurobiology and Anatomy-11--
Category total532312--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Actuarial Science075-1-
Business Administration and Management, General25271d0--
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other002--
Business/Managerial Economics031--
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other011--
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies1----
Finance, General4013--
Human Resources Management and Services, Other--0--
Information Resources Management2----
International Business/Trade/Commerce1----
Investments and Securities-21---
Management Information Systems and Services, Other0-0--
Management Information Systems, General-15d---
Management Science-00--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General822--
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management-00--
Operations Management and Supervision800--
Organizational Behavior Studies-23--
Category total85391d141-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia0----
Journalism, Other-0---
Category total00---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Artificial Intelligence-2919--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other000--
Computer and Information Sciences, Other400--
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-760--
Computer Graphics092---
Computer Science1561713--
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other-0---
Information Science/Studies-490--
Information Technology0436d9--
Information Technology Project Management-5---
Network and System Administration/Administrator-0---
Category total160704d41--
Multicultural Education0----
Category total0----
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering0368--
Chemical Engineering712716--
Civil Engineering, General447112--
Civil Engineering, Other-00--
Computer Engineering, Other000--
Computer Software Engineering-99d11-
Construction Engineering-31--
Electrical and Electronics Engineering124200d42--
Engineering Mechanics-23--
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics0----
Engineering Science-20---
Engineering, General0420--
Engineering, Other070--
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering-33--
Industrial Engineering-0---
Mechanical Engineering9811119--
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering-5712--
Operations Research124--
Category total338642d1411-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Engineering Design-19---
Engineering Technology, General-20---
Category total-39---
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing19----
English Language and Literature, General200--
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other-191--
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing16140--
Rhetoric and Composition0124--
Category total37455--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature5----
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General0----
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other-41--
French Language and Literature0----
German Language and Literature0----
Japanese Language and Literature0----
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General0----
Russian Language and Literature0----
Spanish Language and Literature3----
Category total1441--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other0----
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General--0--
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-38d---
Medical Informatics--0--
Category total038d0--
History, General962--
History, Other0-0--
Category total962--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other0----
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies36----
Category total36----
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General0----
Applied Mathematics, Other0----
Computational Mathematics1003--
Financial Mathematics400--
Mathematical Statistics and Probability1-0--
Mathematics and Statistics, Other26-0--
Mathematics, General2557--
Mathematics, Other1----
Statistics, General5297--
Statistics, Other0-0--
Category total723417--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences121--
Cognitive Science5----
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis1-0--
International/Global Studies19----
Science, Technology and Society000--
Systems Science and Theory84----
Category total12621--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science0----
Environmental Studies0----
Natural Resources Management and Policy0----
Category total0----
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Applied and Professional Ethics9----
Category total2035--
Physical Sciences
Chemical Physics1----
Chemistry, General25411--
Chemistry, Other0----
Materials Science425117--
Physical Sciences0----
Physical Sciences, Other0----
Physics, General27910--
Physics, Other0----
Polymer Chemistry00---
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics2----
Category total986438--
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology0----
Psychology, General4338--
Psychology, Other000--
Category total4338--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-470--
Public Policy Analysis, General221784--
Category total222254--
Social Sciences
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics24----
Economics, General2800--
Economics, Other-10--
International Economics0----
International Relations and Affairs22----
Political Science and Government, General0-0--
Social Sciences, Other-00--
Category total7410--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General306---
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General-38---
Costume Design-5---
Design and Applied Arts, Other-6---
Design and Visual Communications, General1401--
Digital Arts1----
Directing and Theatrical Production02---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General490---
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other011---
Film/Cinema/Video Studies0----
Fine and Studio Arts Management-0---
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other1----
Game and Interactive Media Design-0---
Graphic Design-9---
Industrial and Product Design22----
Jazz/Jazz Studies0----
Keyboard Instruments-0---
Music Pedagogy-0---
Music Performance, General828--21
Music Technology-2--2
Music Theory and Composition42---
Music, General-0---
Music, Other20--2
Musicology and Ethnomusicology0----
Playwriting and Screenwriting-6---
Stringed Instruments815---
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology-4---
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management-23---
Visual and Performing Arts, Other0----
Voice and Opera81---
Category total1471591-25
Grand total1,3742,408295225
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined13187
Swimming and Diving3330
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, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1951 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations620
Liquor law violations323327
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations600
Liquor law violations322522
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible1515
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault121
Motor vehicle theft301
  • For 2011, line C, was changed from 4 to 5. While compiling the 2012 statistics, we found one forcible sex offense that was reported in 2011 but had been accidently labeled as a 2012 report. As a result of the mislabeling of this report, it was overlooked when we compiled the 2011 statistics. The mistake was discovered while compiling the 2012 statistics.
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible1512
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault020
Motor vehicle theft000
  • For 2011, line C, was changed from 4 to 5. While compiling the 2012 statistics, we found one forcible sex offense that was reported in 2011 but had been accidently labeled as a 2012 report. As a result of the mislabeling of this report, it was overlooked when we compiled the 2011 statistics. The mistake was discovered while compiling the 2012 statistics.
  • (!) 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
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate1.3%1.2%
Number in default1816
Number in repayment1,3021,292
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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