Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University


The Carnegie Mellon community is made up of highly talented students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents from all over the world. As individuals, we have many kinds of creative talents and intellectual strengths; as a community, we are widely regarded as a place where people connect and collaborate across disciplines to solve critical societal challenges. Attracting and retaining a diverse community remains a significant challenge for Carnegie Mellon. We continue to work to recruit and retain students from under-represented backgrounds, including those who seek to be the first in their family to graduate from a four-year institution. The university is also focused on inclusive policies and practices that build a sense of community among people with many backgrounds, skills, and strengths.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Summer Academy for Math and Science

The Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science is a rigorous residential summer experience for students who have a strong interest in math and science. Students who are entering their senior year and are considering careers in engineering, science and other math-based disciplines are eligible to apply. The program will focus on creating interest in technical disciplines and building academic and personal skills to better prepare you for the college application process and admission to selective colleges and universities. Learn more about Summer Academy for Math and Science

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Celebration of Diversity Weekend

Celebration of Diversity weekend is a three day program in which prospective students visit the university to discover more about the academic programs to which they have been admitted, CMU student life, and the city of Pittsburgh. The weekend activities include campus tours, tours of Pittsburgh, student panels, financial aid appointments with admission staff, and an evening social activity on Saturday night. The highlight of the weekend is the Saturday evening reception during which prospective students and any accompanying family members meet with academic faculty, staff, and other members of the university community. The reception provides faculty and staff with an opportunity to articulate first-hand to admitted students the distinctive features of their respective departments and programs with hopes of engaging students’ interest in the university, as a whole. This reception is also an opportunity for a graduate to reflect on their undergraduate experience. Learn more about Celebration of Diversity Weekend

First-Year Experience & Transition ORIGINS

A two-day, off-campus pre-orientation program for African American, Hispanic and Native American first year students. It is intended to serve as a bridge for ethnic minorities as they transition from high school to college and as an opportunity for community building with others of similar backgrounds. This retreat is held a few days before the university orientation so students can enjoy participating in both.

Academic Advising & Support Summer (re)CHARGE

Summer (re)CHARGE is a collaborative, campus-wide initiative designed to ensure that all students are able to maximize their opportunities and take advantage of all that Carnegie Mellon University has to offer. This program is the perfect option for rising sophomores and juniors who are exploring a new major that might be a better fit, needing to enhance their academic profile, longing for a greater connection with the university community, interested in re-taking a pre-requisite course , or planning a return to the university after a leave of absence Learn more about Summer (re)CHARGE

Academic Advising & Support Carnegie Mellon Advising Resource Center (CMARC)

The Carnegie Mellon Advising Resource Center (CMARC) is an advising and information center designed to assist undergraduate students of all majors in their academic and social development from their first year through graduation. Professional advisors work individually with students; directing them to appropriate communities, service providers and other areas of opportunity in order to help them find their place at Carnegie Mellon and make the most of their educational experience. The primary purpose is to build a supportive, intellectual and social community, bridging the campus’ diverse cultures. We have an additional commitment to support underrepresented ethnic minority students. CMARC is a place where students’ differences and talents are guided, appreciated and reinforced. Learn more about Carnegie Mellon Advising Resource Center (CMARC)

Student Diversity

  • 6,673
  • 53/47
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 28%
  • 4%
    Black or African American
  • 8%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 28%
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • 5%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 23%

Student Success

  • 96%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 88%
    Six-year graduation
  • 90%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 60%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 986
    Full-time faculty
  • 185
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 13:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Engineering, Computer Science, Business, Visual & Performing Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    SPIRIT - African-American awareness organization; SALSA - Spanish and Latin Students Association; MAPS - Minority Association of Pre-Med Students; NSBE - National Society of Black Engineers; SHPE - Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers; SWE - Society of Women Engineers; Women@SCS - Women in the School of Computer Science


Cost of Attendance

  • $52,732
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,178
    Required Fees
  • $13,784
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $85,686,658
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $41,636
    Average aid package
  • $31,905
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • n/a
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 49%
    Students with financial need
  • 48%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 46%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • n/a
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 21,189
    # of applicants
  • 22%
  • 3.76
    Average HS GPA
  • 33
    ACT Composite
  • 660—750
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 720—800
    SAT Math
  • 670—760
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $75
    Application Fee
  • $75
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/01
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date