Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University or CMU is a private research university, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was originally founded as Carnegie Technical Schools by Andrew Carnegie in 1900. Later, in 1967, it merged with Mellon Institute of Industrial Research to form Carnegie Mellon University.

The campus of CMU sits on 140 acres. It has seven colleges and schools offering degrees and programs in various fields. CMU is consistently ranked as one of the nation's top universities by the U.S. News & World Report. The seven distinguished schools and colleges are:

  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Carnegie Institute of Technology (College of Engineering)
  • H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management
  • Mellon College of Science
  • School of Computer Science
  • Tepper School of Business

The sports teams of CMU are known as the Tartans.

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Contacting Carnegie Mellon

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh , PA 15213-3890
General Phone: (412) 268-2000

Carnegie Mellon Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Computer Science and Engineering728artificial intelligence and robotics, information technology, computer and info science courses, information science, computer science, computer security, computer services management, computer support, software engineering, ...
Engineering707engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, civil engineering courses, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, ...
Business and Management535business management, operations management, electronic commerce, business administration, accounting, managerial economics, entrepreneurship, small business operations, finance, ...
Science215biology, biophysics, biometrics, biotechnology, biological and biomedical sciences, biopsychology, science and society, physical sciences, astrophysics, ...
Family and Social Work189public administration, public policy analysis, social service professions
Liberal Arts177Central/Middle Eastern studies, European studies, Russian studies, linguistics, Chinese language, Japanese language, German language, French language, Spanish language, ...
Mathematics121mathematics, applied mathematics, computational mathematics, applied mathematics courses, statistics, probability and statistics, statistics courses, mathematics and statistics, systems science and theory, ...
Media86media studies, animation and special effects
Therapy and Counseling76behavioral sciences, cognitive science, psychology, cognitive psychology, psychobiology, psychology courses
Art Studies71art studies, arts management
Drama and Performing Arts60drama, theatre design, playwriting and screenwriting, directing, theatre arts management, stagecraft, various performing arts
Music58music, music performance, music theory and composition, musicology, conducting, piano, voice, jazz, violin, guitar, and strings, ...
Architecture and Planning49architecture, urban planning, environmental design, architectural services
Medical Administration40health care administration, medical informatics
Design39design and visual communication, industrial design, design and applied arts
Religion and Philosophy18philosophy, logic, ethics
Engineering Technician5engineering technology, environmental engineering tech
Fine Arts0fine arts studies
Photography and Commercial Art0film studies, film and photography, multimedia
Science and Laboratory Technician0science tech
Education and Teaching0ESL instruction
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies, environmental science, natural resources management

Number of programs and degrees for Carnegie Mellon in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,295111
Master's degree1,62189
Doctor's degree25865

Carnegie Mellon Student Body

In 2007-2008, Carnegie Mellon had a total enrollment of 10,326 students (9,625 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 57%
Women 43%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 55%
Graduate 45%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 36%
Black 4%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 17%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 12%
(Foreign Students) 27%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 24%
20-21 24%
22-24 17%
25-29 19%
30-34 8%
35-39 3%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York14%
New Jersey13%
North Carolina1%
(International Students)1%
New Hampshire1%
West Virginia1%
South Carolina1%

Carnegie Mellon Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 96 %
Part-Time 75 %

Carnegie Mellon Room and Board (2007)

Carnegie Mellon offers campus housing for 3,908 of its 9,625 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Carnegie Mellon Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal620720
SAT Math670780
SAT Writing620710
ACT Verbal2834
ACT Math2834
ACT Composite2933

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT98%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT22%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Carnegie Mellon Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 39,564
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 39,564
Room and board $ 10,050
Room charge $ 5,890
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,850
Books and supplies $ 990
Other expenses $ 1,356

Financial Aid:
Carnegie Mellon participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 324200)

Carnegie Mellon Faculty

Carnegie Mellon has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track11657
Non-tenured and not on tenure track419155

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year15$206,5783$148,513
Associate professorcalendar year2*0*
Lecturercalendar year32$106,13323$82,467
No academic rankcalendar year9$94,2854$79,242
All faculty totalcalendar year58$129,35030$88,641

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year285$138,76759$117,805
Associate professoracademic year93$103,55843$89,154
Assistant professoracademic year83$89,92835$85,484
Lectureracademic year88$90,25947$71,871
No academic rankacademic year25$111,6878$103,198
All faculty totalacademic year574$117,384192$93,644

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Carnegie Mellon Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football University Athletic Association
Basketball University Athletic Association
Track University Athletic Association

Carnegie Mellon Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Architecture and Related Services, Other
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Environmental Design/Architecture

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Managerial Economics
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Finance, General
Information Resources Management/CIO Training
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Computer Engineering, Other
Computer Science
Computer Software Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, Other
Computer and Information Systems Security
Computer/Info Tech Services Administration & Management, Other
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Natural Resources Management and Policy

Design and Applied Arts, Other
Design and Visual Communications, General
Industrial Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Directing and Theatrical Production
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Playwriting and Screenwriting
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Civil Engineering, Other
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Geological/Geophysical Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Engineering
Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering
Operations Research

Engineering Technician
Engineering Technology, General
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
Anthropology, Other
Central/Middle and Eastern European Studies
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Creative Writing
Economics, General
Economics, Other
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
European Studies/Civilization
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
History, Other
International Economics
International Relations and Affairs
Japanese Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Public/Applied History and Archival Administration
Russian Studies
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Technical and Business Writing

Applied Mathematics
Applied Mathematics, Other
Computational Mathematics
Mathematical Statistics and Probability
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General
Statistics, Other
Systems Science and Theory

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Communication and Media Studies, Other

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Medical Informatics

Jazz/Jazz Studies
Music Pedagogy
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Music, Other
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Piano and Organ
Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
Voice and Opera

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemical Physics
Chemistry, General
Physical Sciences
Physical Sciences, Other
Physics, General
Physics, Other
Polymer Chemistry
Science, Technology and Society

Science And Laboratory Technician
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Behavioral Sciences
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
Cognitive Science
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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