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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:  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:  13,869 (6,533 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
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education – undergraduate courses offered, programs not offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
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 2017Full timePart time
Total faculty1,337427
Research and public service13818
Total graduate assistants-3,008
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 year2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Tuition and fees$49,022$50,665$52,310$53,9103.1%
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$12,400$12,830$13,270$13,7843.9%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
On Campus$63,822$65,895$67,980$70,0943.1%
Off Campus with Family$52,102$53,745$55,390$56,3101.7%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2017-2018
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2016-2017
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 aid192460%————
Grant or scholarship aid77050%$29,385,205$38,163
Federal grants21614%$1,627,383$7,534
Pell grants21614%$1,028,883$4,763
Other federal grants20013%$598,500$2,993
State/local government grant or scholarships382%$126,352$3,325
Institutional grants or scholarships76849%$27,631,470$35,978
Student loan aid57737%$3,551,535$6,155
Federal student loans55936%$2,208,563$3,951
Other student loans554%$1,342,972$24,418
  • 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 aid13,28352%$102,553,985$31,238
Pell grants76612%$3,457,648$4,514
Federal student loans2,43339%$18,246,468$7,500
  • 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$33,657$35,250$29,817
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2014-20152015-20162016-2017
$0 – $30,000$24,113$17,855$12,923
$30,001 – $48,000$23,425$18,849$17,608
$48,001 – $75,000$25,882$23,449$18,114
$75,001 – $110,000$31,325$32,345$26,549
$110,001 and more$44,518$46,883$46,549
  • 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 2017
Total enrollment13,869
Undergraduate enrollment6,533
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment74
Graduate enrollment7,336
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 96%
Part-time: 4%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 52%
Female: 48%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 31%
Black or African American: 4%
Hispanic/Latino: 9%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 28%
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: 10%
Out-of-state: 70%
Foreign countries: 19%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2016.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 91%
Part-time: 9%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 4%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 96%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 14%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 86%
Undergraduate application fee (2017-2018): $75
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2017
Number of applicants20,49712,7357,762
Percent admitted22%17%31%
Percent admitted who enrolled37%38%35%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
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 2017 (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 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing700760
SAT Math730800
ACT Composite3235
ACT English3235
ACT Math3235
  • 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: 96%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016 and Returned in Fall 2017
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 2017.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 89%
Transfer-out rate: 7%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
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 2009]
4-year: 72%
6-year: 88%
8-year: 90%
[Began in Fall 2011]
4-year: 76%
6-year: 89%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2009 or Fall 2011
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: 88%
Female: 91%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 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:
Asian: 91%
Black or African American: 84%
Hispanic/Latino: 82%
White: 89%
Two or more races: 85%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 93%
Non-resident alien: 92%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 90%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 7%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 86%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 10%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 91%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 7%
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 90%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 10%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 100%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 85%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 15%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2016-2017
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • 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-93-
Architecture and Related Services, Other000-
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning06--
Environmental Design/Architecture0---
Category total45163d-
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African Studies0---
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other0---
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies0---
Category total0---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other00--
Biology/Biological Sciences, General32011-
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other-30--
Computational Biology--3-
Neurobiology and Anatomy-20-
Neurobiology and Neurosciences, Other0-2-
Category total635416-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Actuarial Science097d-0
Business Administration and Management, General69298d0-
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other300-
Business/Managerial Economics062-
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other000-
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies1---
Finance, General2211-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General---0
International Business/Trade/Commerce0---
Investments and Securities-0--
Management Information Systems and Services, Other0-0-
Management Information Systems, General-8d--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General512-
Operations Management and Supervision000-
Organizational Behavior Studies-22-
Telecommunications Management-00-
Category total100413d80
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia05--
Journalism, Other-0--
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other0---
Category total05--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Artificial Intelligence07211-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other000-
Computer and Information Sciences, Other11214-
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-700-
Computer Graphics072--
Computer Programming, Other1---
Computer Science1565515-
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other0---
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications-80--
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other00--
Information Technology0584d5-
Category total168954d35-
Multicultural Education0---
Category total0---
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering0536-
Chemical Engineering604914-
Civil Engineering, General211007-
Civil Engineering, Other-00-
Computer Software Engineering-136d21d
Construction Engineering-70-
Electrical and Electronics Engineering163201d39-
Engineering Mechanics-00-
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics0---
Engineering Science-26--
Engineering, General0816-
Engineering, Other0270-
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering-12-
Mechanical Engineering10715823-
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering010821-
Operations Research050-
Category total351879d1301d
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician-70-
Engineering Design-32--
Engineering Technology, General-30--
Engineering/Industrial Management-80-
Category total0770-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing11---
English Language and Literature, General300-
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other-142-
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing10160-
Rhetoric and Composition056-
Category total24358-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature1---
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General0---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other-72-
French Language and Literature2---
German Language and Literature0---
Japanese Language and Literature1---
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General0---
Russian Language and Literature0---
Spanish Language and Literature0---
Category total672-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other0---
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-47d--
Category total047d--
History, General013-
History, Other7-0-
Category total713-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies0---
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other0---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies23---
Category total23---
Mathematics and Statistics
Computational Mathematics1404-
Financial Mathematics700-
Mathematical Statistics and Probability8-0-
Mathematics and Statistics, Other41-0-
Mathematics, General1895-
Mathematics, Other2---
Statistics, General36312-
Statistics, Other1-0-
Category total1274011-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences113-
Cognitive Science11---
Computational Science-47--
Human Computer Interaction-11--
International/Global Studies9---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other0---
Science, Technology and Society000-
Sustainability Studies-4--
Systems Science and Theory84---
Category total113633-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science0---
Environmental Studies0---
Natural Resources Management and Policy0---
Category total0---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Applied and Professional Ethics6---
Category total1192-
Physical Sciences
Chemical Physics0---
Chemistry, General30620-
Chemistry, Other3---
Materials Science323924-
Physical Sciences1---
Physical Sciences, Other0---
Physics, General161212-
Physics, Other1---
Polymer Chemistry00--
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics2---
Category total895756-
Psychology, General2736-
Psychology, Other000-
Category total2736-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-330-
Public Policy Analysis, General5883-
Public Policy Analysis, Other-131-
Category total51344-
Social Sciences
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics22---
Economics, General3100-
Economics, Other-11-
International Economics0---
International Relations and Affairs13---
Political Science and Government, General0---
Social Sciences, Other100-
Category total6711-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General208--
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General-31--
Cinematography and Film/Video Production0---
Costume Design-3--
Design and Applied Arts, Other10--
Design and Visual Communications, General13160d-
Digital Arts02--
Directing and Theatrical Production04--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General500--
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other13--
Film/Cinema/Video Studies0---
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other1---
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other0---
Game and Interactive Media Design-16--
Industrial and Product Design19---
Jazz/Jazz Studies0---
Keyboard Instruments-0--
Music Pedagogy-2--
Music Performance, General319-36
Music Technology11-1
Music Theory and Composition21--
Music, General-0--
Music, Other20-1
Musicology and Ethnomusicology0---
Playwriting and Screenwriting-6--
Stringed Instruments19--
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology-0--
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management-25--
Visual and Performing Arts, Other0---
Voice and Opera112--
Category total1251480d38
Grand total1,3512,94328839
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
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2016-2017
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 21
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 28
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 3
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: $21,744
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $15,976
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,333
2016-2017 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III with footballMenWomen
All Track Combined14299
Swimming and Diving3432
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Middle States Commission on Higher EducationAccredited since ((!)07/01/1921)11/30/2026
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programsAccredited (09/01/1948 - 02/14/2012)
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programsAccredited since ((!)09/01/1951)06/01/2022
  • (!) Estimated date
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs:
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations003
Liquor law violations944444
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations003
Liquor law violations732534
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Statutory rape000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft100
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Statutory rape000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) 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 Year201520142013
Default rate0.9%1.4%0.6%
Number in default13209
Number in repayment1,3651,3941,451
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)