Carnegie Mellon University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$57,560
3.12% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$36,983
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
0.738%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
17.3%
26,189 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
13,519
91.1% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
93.5%
1,372 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 (237 degrees awarded), General Statistics (162 degrees), and Electrical & Electronics Engineering (140 degrees).

In 2020, 5,450 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Carnegie Mellon University. 42.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 57.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,153 degrees), 1.32 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (872 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Carnegie Mellon University is $57,560, which is $28,931 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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 $57,560, which is $28,931 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $36,983.

In 2020, 51% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 39% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$57,560
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Carnegie Mellon University was $57,560. The cost of tuition at Carnegie Mellon University is $28,931 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$36,983
2020 Value
20.8%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Carnegie Mellon University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $36,983. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Carnegie Mellon University grew by 20.8%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,567
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Carnegie Mellon University was of $14,567 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 1.03% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

51%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
39%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

51% of undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon University received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2019, when 51% 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.
0.738%
2018 Default Rate
9
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Carnegie Mellon University was 0.738%, which represents 9 out of the 1219 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 26,189 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 5.23% annual decline. Out of those 26,189 applicants, 4,524 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 17.3% acceptance rate.

There were 13,519 students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University in 2020, and 76% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Carnegie Mellon University has an overall enrollment yield of 36.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

17.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
4,524
Accepted Out of 26,189

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Carnegie Mellon University was 17.3% (4,524 admissions from 26,189 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 15.4%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −5.23%, while admissions grew by 6.02%.

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SAT Scores

76%
Submission Percentage
1,241
Scores Submitted

76% of enrolled first-time students at Carnegie Mellon University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Carnegie Mellon University has a total enrollment of 13,519 students. The full-time enrollment at Carnegie Mellon University is 12,320 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,199. This means that 91.1% of students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Carnegie Mellon University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 23.5% White, 21.4% Asian, 5.83% Hispanic or Latino, 3.07% Black or African American, 2.71% Two or More Races, 0.0518% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0148% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Asian Female (19.6%), followed by Asian Male (15.1%) and White Male (13.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (12.2%), followed by White Female (7.04%) and Asian Male (4.53%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

91.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Carnegie Mellon University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 13,519 students. The full-time enrollment at Carnegie Mellon University is 12,320 and the part-time enrollment is 1,199. This means that 91.1% of students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

96%
2020 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 (84.5%), 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
    3,171
  2. Asian
    2,895
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    788

The enrolled student population at Carnegie Mellon University is 23.5% White, 21.4% Asian, 5.83% Hispanic or Latino, 3.07% Black or African American, 2.71% Two or More Races, 0.0518% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0148% 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 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 842 fewer women than men received degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Carnegie Mellon University is white (1,153 degrees awarded). There were 1.32 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (872 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Carnegie Mellon University is Computer Science (237 degrees awarded), followed by General Statistics (162 degrees) and Electrical & Electronics Engineering (140 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 (1,593 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (332 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,432 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 (1,002,657 people), Other managers (451,177 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (376,176 people), Civil engineers (284,083 people), and Postsecondary teachers (220,253 people).

The most specialized majors at Carnegie Mellon University are Engineering (1,593 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (332 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,432 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (80 degrees), and Physical Sciences (223 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Carnegie Mellon University are Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at Carnegie Mellon University are Engineering (1,593 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (332 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,432 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (80 degrees), and Physical Sciences (223 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 (1,026,045 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (609,334 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (428,972 people), Construction (349,625 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (262,848 people).

The most specialized majors at Carnegie Mellon University are Engineering (1,593 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (332 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,432 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (80 degrees), and Physical Sciences (223 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. 237 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 162 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 140 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Carnegie Mellon University was Computer Science with 237 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

3,146
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
2,304
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 3,146 degrees were awarded to men at Carnegie Mellon University, which is 1.37 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,304).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 409 degrees were awarded to men at Carnegie Mellon University in Electrical & Electronics Engineering, which is 2.32 times more than the 176 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 305 degrees were awarded to women at Carnegie Mellon University in Information Technology, which is 1.1 times more than the 277 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

75%
100% Completion Time
89%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 75% of students graduating from Carnegie Mellon University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 89% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 90% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Carnegie Mellon University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 4.08% of graduates (56 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,153 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    872 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    252 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Carnegie Mellon University is white (1,153 degrees awarded). There were 1.32 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (872 degrees).

4.62% of degree recipients (252 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Male
    681 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    472 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    459 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Carnegie Mellon University is white male (681 degrees awarded). There were 1.44 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (472 degrees).

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Operations

Carnegie Mellon University has an endowment valued at nearly $2.07B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $140M (6.79%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Carnegie Mellon University had a total salary expenditure of $1.3B. Carnegie Mellon University employs 417 Professors, 330 No academic ranks, and 282 Associate professors. Most academics at Carnegie Mellon University are Male Professors (323), Male No academic ranks(214), and Male Associate professors (191).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Carnegie Mellon University are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 1193 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 738 employees, and Management with 570 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$2.07B
2020 Endowment
4.3%
growth from 2019

Carnegie Mellon University has an endowment valued at about $2.07B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Carnegie Mellon University grew 4.3% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.77B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $223M - Federal
  2. $3.69M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Carnegie Mellon University received $223M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.69M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$706M
2020 Salaries
5.24%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Carnegie Mellon University paid a median of $706M in salaries, which represents 54.3% of their overall expenditure ($1.3B) and a 5.24% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.09% growth from 2018 and a 5.19% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$156M
Instructional Salaries
1,285
Number of Employees

In 2020, Carnegie Mellon University paid a total of $156M to 1,285 employees working as instructors, which represents 22.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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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
1193 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Carnegie Mellon University were Professor with 417 employees; No academic rank with 330 employees; and No academic rank with 282 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Carnegie Mellon University were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 1,193 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 738 employees; and Management with 570 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male No academic rank
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Carnegie Mellon University was Male Professor with 323 employees, Male No academic rank with 214 employees, and Male Associate professor with 191 employees.

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