#4 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Carnegie Mellon University overview
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Online cmu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Carnegie Mellon University overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Carnegie Mellon University, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, stands out as a private institution established in 1900 through a merger of the Carnegie Institute of Technology and the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research. The university's urban campus is notable for its contemporary architecture, including the distinctive buildings designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rafael Viñoly. Carnegie Mellon is highly regarded for its rigorous academic programs, particularly in computer science, engineering, business, and performing arts. The institution is characterized by a highly selective admissions process, reflecting its reputation for strong academic credentials and innovation. On-campus living is available, with a range of housing options providing accommodations for a considerable portion of the student body. While Carnegie Mellon may not be predominantly known for its athletics, it competes in NCAA Division III as the Tartans in a range of sports.

In the most recent statistical year 34,261 prospective students applied, and 3,873 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,716 enrolled in the school.  15,006 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 996 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $59,864 plus fees of $1,480. Carnegie Mellon is ranked 41 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Carnegie Mellon is rated within the top 10% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Carnegie Mellon University overview
SAT 1490/1570
ACT 34/35
GPA 3.89

Applications Accepted

Carnegie Mellon University overview
Applications Due Jan 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $75

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Carnegie Mellon University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$1,480
Room and Board $16,486
Budget for Other Expenses$1,400
Total One Year Cost$80,230

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$102,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

87% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Carnegie Mellon University students
Subject Percent of Class
Engineering 26%
Computer and Information Sciences 14%
Visual and Performing Arts 10%
Business 9%
General Studies 8%

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