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Carnegie Mellon Admissions Information

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA (map)


Carnegie Mellon University has been a leader of innovative education since its founding in 1900, consistently addressing a variety of societal issues. To operate its cutting-edge research facilities, Carnegie Mellon is proud to have a world-renowned faculty that is accessible and committed to their students. While researching solutions for universal problems such as fossil fuels, Carnegie Mellon applies results to areas such as green energy, which fuels 75% of the college's electricity. Within the university are seven schools and colleges, including the Carnegie Institute of Technology, College of Fine Arts, and Tepper School of Business. Although students apply to one college, they still are encouraged to study more than one discipline.

At Carnegie Mellon, students have endless academic possibilities and a wide selection of activities to add to their education. With an active Greek community and more than 130 student organizations, students can choose from sports like ultimate frisbee and performance groups like The No Parking Players (improvisation), among many others. When students feel like getting off campus, they can take a Port Authority Transit (PAT) bus into Pittsburg and explore the great museums and parks, or even the zoo.



Basic Info

Main Address: 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone Number: (412) 268-2000  
Website: www.cmu.edu  


Type of school: Private  
Type of school: University  
Setting: Urban  
Athletics: Division III, Intramural and Club Sports  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 6,108  
Percent out-of-state: 71%  
Percent international: 16%  
Female to Male ratio: 43:57  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 12:1  
Most popular majors: Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences
Visual and Performing Arts
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Distance Learning
Double Major
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC (Air Force, Army, Navy)
Student-Designed Major
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Co-ed, men's and women's housing
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Apartments For Single Students
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
Literary Magazine
Model U.N.
Musical Theater
Radio Station
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra
Choral Groups
Film Societies
International Students
Marching Band
Music Ensembles
Pep Band
Student Newspaper

Fun Facts

  • Voted #7 Best College Theater
  • Named a Best Northeastern College
  • Voted #19 Students Study the Most

Admissions Information

The admissions committee at Carnegie Mellon focuses on three main areas of a prospective student's application: his or her high school record, extracurricular activities, and standardized test scores. Applicants are required to send all ACT, SAT and SAT II Subject Test scores to the Office of Admission in order to be considered. While not expecting or realistically seeking perfection, admissions officials search out students who are a good fit for their school environment.

There are multiple options for admissions, including two rounds of binding Early Decision for most major programs, in addition to regular decision, which is non-binding. While applicants are not required to visit campus, it is strongly recommended, if possible. Each of the school's seven different colleges and schools for applicants to choose from has slightly different admissions requirements, depending on the specialization.

Admissions address: Office of Undergraduate Admission
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Phone number: (412) 268-2082  
Fax number: (412) 268-7838  
Admissions Website: admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/admission  
Email: undergraduate-admissions@andrew.cmu.edu  
Contact Person: Michael Steidel, Director of Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 15,496  
Percent of applicants admitted: 33%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 1  
Early decision/action deadline: November 1 (Early Decision I); December 1 (Early Decision II)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Standardized Test Scores
High School Report
Teacher Recommendation

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT or ACT with writing
Two SAT II Subject Tests
Policy regarding SAT score-use: All scores are required for review  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 2074  
ACT code: 3534  
Learn more about other Top Pennsylvania schools:
St. Joseph’s University   Lafayette  

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