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Chances of getting into Carnegie Mellon University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
15.4%
Admission Difficulty for Carnegie Mellon University
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Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High
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How hard is it to get into Carnegie Mellon and can I get accepted? The school has a 15% acceptance rate ranking it #3 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,267 out of 27,634 applicants were admitted making Carnegie Mellon a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent. Carnegie Mellon University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 37% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Carnegie Mellon University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carnegie Mellon SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1460-1560
Applicants Submitting SAT
72%
SAT Scores for Carnegie Mellon University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 700
SAT Math 25th 760
SAT Composite 25th 1460
SAT Scores for Carnegie Mellon University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 760
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1560
Average SAT Score 1510

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Carnegie Mellon University?

Carnegie Mellon University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1460 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1410. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1510 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 72 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Carnegie Mellon University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1560 and Above Good >23%
1510 to 1560 Avg + 15%-23%
1460 to 1510 Avg - 9%-15%
1410 to 1460 Reach 6%-9%
Less than 1410 Low <6%
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Carnegie Mellon ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
33-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT
42%
ACT Scores for Carnegie Mellon University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 33
ACT Math 25th 32
ACT Composite 25th 33
ACT Scores for Carnegie Mellon University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 36
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 34

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Carnegie Mellon?

Admission data indicates that Carnegie Mellon regularly accepts students with ACT's of 33 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 2 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 32 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score. 42 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Carnegie Mellon University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Carnegie Mellon University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >23%
34 to 35 Avg + 15%-23%
33 to 34 Avg - 9%-15%
32 to 33 Reach 6%-9%
Less than 32 Low <6%
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Carnegie Mellon GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.69
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Carnegie Mellon University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Carnegie Mellon. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Carnegie Mellon University was 3.69 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #12 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Carnegie Mellon is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Carnegie Mellon University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 51% Good
3.50 to 3.75 28% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 14% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 6% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 1% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

76% of Carnegie Mellon University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Carnegie Mellon University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 76%
Top 25% of class 93%
Top 50% of class 99%
Bottom 50% of class 1%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Carnegie Mellon University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 10,878 16,756 27,634
Accepted 2,331 1,936 4,267
Acceptance Rate 21% 12% 15%
Enrolled 796 789 1,585
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 34% 41% 37%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Carnegie Mellon University is $75.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Carnegie Mellon University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Carnegie Mellon University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Carnegie Mellon University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=211440 IPEDS survey data for Carnegie Mellon University.

FAQs

Does Carnegie Mellon University prefer SAT or ACT?

72% of students submit their SAT scores to Carnegie Mellon. 42% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Carnegie Mellon University?

15% of those who apply are granted admission to Carnegie Mellon. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Carnegie Mellon University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1460 and 1560. 72% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Carnegie Mellon University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 33 and 35. 42% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.