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Carnegie Mellon Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Carnegie Mellon University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Carnegie Mellon University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into Carnegie Mellon and can I get accepted? The school has a 22% acceptance rate ranking it #4 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,550 out of 20,497 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 ten percent of their high school class.

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Carnegie Mellon SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Carnegie Mellon University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 720
SAT Math 25th 760
SAT Composite 25th 1480
SAT Scores for Carnegie Mellon University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1570
Average SAT Score 1530

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

Carnegie Mellon University typically requires applicants to be in the top 1 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1480 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 1430. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1530 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 70 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Carnegie Mellon University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1570 and Above Good >32%
1525 to 1570 Avg + 22%-32%
1480 to 1525 Avg - 14%-22%
1435 to 1480 Reach 9%-14%
Less than 1435 Low <9%
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Carnegie Mellon ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

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

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 32 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 3 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 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. 51 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Carnegie Mellon University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Carnegie Mellon University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >36%
33 to 35 Avg + 22%-36%
32 to 33 Avg - 17%-22%
31 to 32 Reach 12%-17%
Less than 31 Low <12%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Carnegie Mellon University. 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.

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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

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%

Admission Statistics

Carnegie Mellon University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,762 12,735 20,497
Accepted 2,418 2,132 4,550
Acceptance Rate 31% 17% 22%
Enrolled 857 819 1,676
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 35% 38% 37%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Carnegie Mellon University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Carnegie Mellon University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
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.