Carnegie Mellon University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$52,732

3% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$29,817

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

0.151%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

22.2%

20,497 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

13,869

93.5% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

88.8%

1,274 Graduates

About

Carnegie Mellon University is a higher education institution located in Allegheny County, PA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Carnegie Mellon University were Computer Science (184 degrees awarded), Electrical & Electronics Engineering (163 degrees), and Mechanical Engineering (107 degrees).

In 2017, 4,892 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Carnegie Mellon University. 39.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 60.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,253 degrees), 1.78 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (704 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Carnegie Mellon University is $52,732, which is $26,232 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Carnegie Mellon University is $52,732, which is $26,232 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $29,817.

In 2017, 52% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 39% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$52,732

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Carnegie Mellon University was $52,732. The cost of tuition at Carnegie Mellon University is $26,232 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$29,817

2017 Value

15.4%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Carnegie Mellon University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $29,817. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Carnegie Mellon University grew by 15.4%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,270

Room and Board

$1,000

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Carnegie Mellon University was of $13,270 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 3.43% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

52%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

39%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

52% of undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, when 52% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

0.151%

2016 Default Rate

2

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Carnegie Mellon University was 0.151%, which represents 2 out of the 1322 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Carnegie Mellon University received 20,497 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 3.27% annual decline. Out of those 20,497 applicants, 4,550 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 22.2% acceptance rate.

There were 13,869 students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University in 2017, and 70% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Carnegie Mellon University has an overall enrollment yield of 36.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

22.2%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

4,550

Accepted Out of 20,497

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Carnegie Mellon University was 22.2% (4,550 admissions from 20,497 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 21.7%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -3.27%, while admissions declined by -1.11%.

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SAT Scores

70%

Submission Percentage

1,169

Scores Submitted

70% of enrolled first-time students at Carnegie Mellon University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Carnegie Mellon University has a total enrollment of 13,869 students. The full-time enrollment at Carnegie Mellon University is 12,972 students and the part-time enrollment is 897. This means that 93.5% of students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Carnegie Mellon University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 24.5% White, 18.1% Asian, 5.23% Hispanic or Latino, 2.99% Black or African American, 2.57% Two or More Races, 0.0288% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0288% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Asian Female (17%), followed by White Male (15.6%) and Asian Male (13.8%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (12.2%), followed by White Female (6.7%) and Asian Male (4.09%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

93.5%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Carnegie Mellon University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 13,869 students. The full-time enrollment at Carnegie Mellon University is 12,972 and the part-time enrollment is 897. This means that 93.5% of students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

96%

2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon University was 96%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Carnegie Mellon University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,401

  2. Asian

    2,506

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    726

The enrolled student population at Carnegie Mellon University is 24.5% White, 18.1% Asian, 5.23% Hispanic or Latino, 2.99% Black or African American, 2.57% Two or More Races, 0.0288% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0288% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 720 students (5.19%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 1020 fewer women than men received degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. The majority of degree recipients at Carnegie Mellon University are white (1,253 degrees awarded). There were 1.78 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (704 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Carnegie Mellon University is Computer Science (184 degrees awarded), followed by Electrical & Electronics Engineering (163 degrees) and Mechanical Engineering (107 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Carnegie Mellon University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering (1,451 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,216 degrees), and Math & Statistics (213 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Carnegie Mellon University are Software developers (819,323 people), Other managers (480,334 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (347,225 people), Civil engineers (242,598 people), and Postsecondary teachers (215,232 people).

The most specialized majors at Carnegie Mellon University are Engineering (1,451 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,216 degrees), Math & Statistics (213 degrees), Physical Sciences (204 degrees), and Architecture and Related Services (64 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Carnegie Mellon University are Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Chemists & materials scientists, Dentists, Surgeons, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Carnegie Mellon University are Engineering (1,451 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,216 degrees), Math & Statistics (213 degrees), Physical Sciences (204 degrees), and Architecture and Related Services (64 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Carnegie Mellon University are Computer Systems Design (937,805 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (579,812 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (430,631 people), Construction (318,639 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (263,952 people).

The most specialized majors at Carnegie Mellon University are Engineering (1,451 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,216 degrees), Math & Statistics (213 degrees), Physical Sciences (204 degrees), and Architecture and Related Services (64 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Carnegie Mellon University.

Most Common

  1. 184 degrees awarded

  2. 163 degrees awarded

  3. 107 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Carnegie Mellon University was Computer Science with 184 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,956

  2. 1,936

In 2017, 2,956 degrees were awarded to men at Carnegie Mellon University, which is 1.53 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,936).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 337 degrees were awarded to men at Carnegie Mellon University in Information Technology, which is 1.19 times more than the 283 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 283 degrees were awarded to women at Carnegie Mellon University in Information Technology, which is 0.84 times less than the 337 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

72%

100% Completion Time

88%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 72% of students graduating from Carnegie Mellon University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 88% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 90% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (91.4%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Carnegie Mellon University is Female and Asian (91.4% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 4.47% of graduates (57 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,253 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    704 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    214 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Carnegie Mellon University is white (1,253 degrees awarded). There were 1.78 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (704 degrees).

4.37% of degree recipients (214 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    773 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    480 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Male

    366 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Carnegie Mellon University is white male (773 degrees awarded). There were 1.61 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (480 degrees).

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Operations

Carnegie Mellon University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.72B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $231M (13.4%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, Carnegie Mellon University had a total salary expenditure of $1.13B. Carnegie Mellon University employs 417 Professors, 312 No academic ranks, and 237 Associate professors. Most academics at Carnegie Mellon University are Male Professors (329), Male No academic ranks(222), and Male Associate professors (162).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Carnegie Mellon University are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 1101 employees, Management, with 686 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 600 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.72B

2017 Endowment

33.4%

growth from 2016

Carnegie Mellon University has an endowment valued at about $1.72B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Carnegie Mellon University grew 33.4% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.43B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $189M - Federal

  2. $2.86M - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Carnegie Mellon University received $189M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.86M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$607M

2017 Salaries

5.08%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Carnegie Mellon University paid a median of $607M in salaries, which represents 53.5% of their overall expenditure ($1.13B) and a 5.08% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.295% decline from 2015 and a 1.81% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$138M

Instructional Salaries

1,194

Number of Employees

In 2017, Carnegie Mellon University paid a total of $138M to 1,194 employees working as instructors, which represents 22.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $146M (22.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

417 Employees

Computer, Engineering, and Science

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

1101 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Carnegie Mellon University were Professor with 417 employees; No academic rank with 312 employees; and No academic rank with 237 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Carnegie Mellon University were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 1,101 employees; Management with 686 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 600 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male No academic rank

  3. Male Associate professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Carnegie Mellon University was Male Professor with 329 employees, Male No academic rank with 222 employees, and Male Associate professor with 162 employees.

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