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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
3.2% growth from 2015
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
21,189 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
92.4% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
1,332 Graduates

About the photo: View of CMU and the Carnegie Museums from the Cathedral of Learning. You can see the entire main campus of Carnegie Mellon (top), the Carnegie Museums, and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (bottom).


The median tuition at Carnegie Mellon University is $51,196, which is $18,986 more than the national median tuition of $32,210.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $35,250.

In 2016, 52% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 34% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Carnegie Mellon University received 21,189 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 3.12% annual growth. Out of those 21,189 applicants, 4,601 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 21.7% acceptance rate.

There were 13,258 students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University in 2016, and 78% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Carnegie Mellon University has an overall enrollment yield of 33.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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Carnegie Mellon University has a total enrollment of 13,258 students. The full-time enrollment at Carnegie Mellon University is 12,254 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,004. This means that 92.4% of students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Carnegie Mellon University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 26.2% White, 17.7% Asian, 4.9% Hispanic or Latino, 2.95% Black or African American, 2.63% Two or More Races, 0.04% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.04% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (7.66%), followed by Asian Female (7.29%) and Asian Male (6.36%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (6.09%), followed by White Female (3.39%) and Asian Male (1.92%).

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In 2016, 1,140 fewer women than men graduated from Carnegie Mellon University. The majority of students graduating from Carnegie Mellon University are White. These 1,340 graduates mean that there were 1.94 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 692 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Carnegie Mellon University is Computer Science with 175 graduates, followed by Electrical & Electronics Engineering with 149 graduates and Systems Science & Theory with 104 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Carnegie Mellon University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Engineering, with 1,433 graduates, followed by Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services with 1,214 graduates and Math & Statistics with 176 graduates.


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Carnegie Mellon University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.32B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $106M (8.08%), compared to the 1.09% average return ($2.96M on $270M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Carnegie Mellon University had a total expenditure of $1.09B. Of that $1.09B, they spent $565M on salaries and $126M on benefits.

Carnegie Mellon University employs 414 Professors, 272 No academic ranks, and 228 Associate professors. Most academics at Carnegie Mellon University are Male Professors (330), Male No academic ranks (195), and Male Associate professors (151).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Carnegie Mellon University are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 1,036 employees, Management, with 817 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 578 employees.



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