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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:  14,029 (6,589 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  10 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral 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 – 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 2018Full timePart time
Total faculty1,375413
Research and public service13114
Total graduate assistants-2,991
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 year2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
Tuition and fees$50,665$52,310$53,910$55,4652.9%
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$12,830$13,270$13,784$14,4184.6%
Off Campus
Room and board$12,830$13,270$13,784$13,608-1.3%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
On Campus$65,895$67,980$70,094$72,2833.1%
Off Campus$65,895$67,980$70,094$71,4732.0%
Off Campus with Family$53,745$55,390$56,990$57,8651.5%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2018-2019
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018
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 aid198559%————
Grant or scholarship aid83350%$32,664,710$39,213
Federal grants24715%$1,706,312$6,908
Pell grants24715%$1,145,998$4,640
Other federal grants18711%$560,314$2,996
State/local government grant or scholarships342%$102,431$3,013
Institutional grants or scholarships82849%$30,855,967$37,266
Student loan aid58835%$3,763,936$6,401
Federal student loans58235%$2,332,386$4,008
Other student loans634%$1,431,550$22,723
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid13,403$115,697,000$33,999
Pell grants896$4,098,668$4,574
Federal student loans2,393$17,486,730$7,307
  • 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$35,250$29,817$30,847
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2015-20162016-20172017-2018
$0 – $30,000$17,855$12,923$11,370
$30,001 – $48,000$18,849$17,608$13,608
$48,001 – $75,000$23,449$18,114$18,049
$75,001 – $110,000$32,345$26,549$28,240
$110,001 and more$46,883$46,549$48,918
  • 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 2018
Total enrollment14,029
Undergraduate enrollment6,589
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment69
Graduate enrollment7,440
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 96%
Part-time: 4%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 51%
Female: 49%
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: 27%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%
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: 72%
Foreign countries: 18%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2017.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 92%
Part-time: 8%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 7%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 93%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 11%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 89%
Undergraduate application fee (2018-2019): $75
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2018
Number of applicants24,35114,9219,430
Percent admitted17%13%24%
Percent admitted who enrolled38%41%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
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2018 (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 Writing700750
SAT Math750800
ACT Composite3335
ACT English3335
ACT Math3235
  • Formal demonstration of competencies required for admission to Architecture, Art, Design, Drama, and Music. SAT Subject Tests are recommended 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: 97%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2017 and Returned in Fall 2018
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, 93 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2018.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012
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 2010]
4-year: 75%
6-year: 90%
8-year: 91%
[Began in Fall 2012]
4-year: 75%
6-year: 89%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2010 or Fall 2012
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: 87%
Female: 91%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 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: 90%
Black or African American: 78%
Hispanic/Latino: 83%
White: 89%
Two or more races: 81%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 97%
Non-resident alien: 91%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 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: 91%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 7%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 86%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 11%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 92%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 6%
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 83%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 6%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 90%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 10%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 81%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 5%
Award and enrollment rate:
Received a Bachelor's degree: 0%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 100%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2017-2018
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/Technology152-
Architecture and Related Services, Other0---
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning06--
Environmental Design/Architecture0---
Category total45112d-
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, General2219-
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other-31--
Computational Biology-11-
Neurobiology and Anatomy-00-
Neurobiology and Neurosciences, Other1-1-
Category total505612-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Actuarial Science4101d-0
Business Administration and Management, General110312d0-
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other100-
Business/Managerial Economics041-
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other000-
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies24--
Finance, General462-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General---0
International Business/Trade/Commerce1---
Investments and Securities-0--
Management Information Systems and Services, Other0-0-
Management Information Systems, General-5d--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General310-
Operations Management and Supervision100-
Organizational Behavior Studies-12-
Telecommunications Management-30-
Category total126438d50
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia01--
Journalism, Other-0--
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other0---
Category total01--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Artificial Intelligence07521-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other000-
Computer and Information Sciences, Other5223-
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-880-
Computer Graphics075--
Computer Programming, Other0---
Computer Science1754818-
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other0---
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications-88--
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other017--
Information Technology0664d12-
Category total1801,077d54-
Multicultural Education0---
Category total0---
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering0371-
Chemical Engineering835417-
Civil Engineering, General361038-
Civil Engineering, Other-00-
Computer Software Engineering-136d00d
Construction Engineering-41-
Electrical and Electronics Engineering161430d42-
Engineering Mechanics-11-
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics0---
Engineering Science-30--
Engineering, General0215-
Engineering, Other0291-
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering-12-
Mechanical Engineering10012724-
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering09925-
Operations Research026-
Category total3801,055d1430d
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician-141-
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician1---
Engineering Design-44--
Engineering Technology, General-27--
Engineering/Industrial Management-101-
Category total1952-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing6---
English Language and Literature, General300-
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other-154-
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing9110-
Rhetoric and Composition085-
Category total18349-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature0---
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General0---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other-86-
French Language and Literature1---
German Language and Literature0---
Japanese Language and Literature0---
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General0---
Russian Language and Literature0---
Spanish Language and Literature1---
Category total586-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other0---
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-46d--
Category total046d--
History, General023-
History, Other3-0-
Category total323-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies0---
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other0---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies25---
Category total25---
Mathematics and Statistics
Computational Mathematics800-
Financial Mathematics700-
Mathematical Statistics and Probability7-0-
Mathematics and Statistics, Other43-0-
Mathematics, General21177-
Mathematics, Other1---
Statistics, General71357-
Statistics, Other0-2-
Category total1585216-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences022-
Cognitive Science17---
Computational Science-59--
Human Computer Interaction-27--
International/Global Studies6---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other0---
Science, Technology and Society100-
Sustainability Studies-4--
Systems Science and Theory92---
Category total124922-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science0---
Environmental Studies0---
Natural Resources Management and Policy0---
Category total0---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Applied and Professional Ethics3---
Category total549-
Physical Sciences
Chemical Physics0---
Chemistry, General20616-
Chemistry, Other7---
Materials Science314419-
Physical Sciences0---
Physical Sciences, Other0---
Physics, General261314-
Physics, Other0---
Polymer Chemistry00--
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics3---
Category total956349-
Psychology, General2034-
Psychology, Other010-
Category total2044-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-270-
Public Policy Analysis, General111141-
Public Policy Analysis, Other-01-
Category total111412-
Social Sciences
Applied Economics0---
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics31---
Economics, General1900-
Economics, Other-10-
International Economics0---
International Relations and Affairs136--
Political Science and Government, General0---
Social Sciences, Other001-
Category total6371-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General227--
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General-22--
Cinematography and Film/Video Production0---
Costume Design-2--
Design and Applied Arts, Other10--
Design and Visual Communications, General4283d-
Digital Arts02--
Directing and Theatrical Production04--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General530--
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other08--
Film/Cinema/Video Studies0---
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other0---
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other0---
Game and Interactive Media Design-20--
Industrial and Product Design3---
Jazz/Jazz Studies0---
Keyboard Instruments-0--
Music Pedagogy-1--
Music Performance, General1021-53
Music Technology13-1
Music Theory and Composition43--
Music, General-0--
Music, Other40-0
Musicology and Ethnomusicology0---
Playwriting and Screenwriting-6--
Stringed Instruments316--
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology-0--
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management-26--
Visual and Performing Arts, Other0---
Voice and Opera71--
Category total1501503d54
Grand total1,4593,33632254
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, 2017-2018
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 23
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 26
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: $24,189
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $17,422
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $1,000
2017-2018 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III with footballMenWomen
All Track Combined14993
Swimming and Diving3834
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 (09/01/1951 - 08/01/2014)
  • (!) 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 Year201620152014
Default rate0.1%0.9%1.4%
Number in default21320
Number in repayment1,3221,3651,394
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)