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Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrads
6,178
Tuition
$43,160
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Applicant Status At Carnegie Mellon University

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Admissions Statistics

Overall Admissions Statistics
Total Applicants:16,527
Male Applicants:10,235
Female Applicants:6,292
Total Acceptances:5,029
Male Acceptances:2,881
Female Acceptances:2,148
Acceptance Rate:30%
Yield: ? 29%
Contact Admissions
Phone:(412) 268-2082
Email:undergraduate-admissions@andrew.cmu.edu
Web Site:my.cmu.edu/site/admission
Application Information
Open Admissions:No
Common Application:Yes
Application Fee:$70
Application Web Site:my.cmu.edu/portal/site/admission/apply_n...
Dates To Know Deadline Notification
Early DecisionNovember 1, December 1December 15, January 15
Regular Decision January 1 April 15
Must-Reply-By May 1
Admissions
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RequiredRecommendedNeither Required
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GPA
HS Rank
HS Transcript
College Prep Courses
Recommendations
Audition/Portfolio
SAT/ACT
TOEFL
Freshmen Enrollment Statistics
Total Freshmen Enrollment:1,436
Full-Time Male Enrollment:775
Full-Time Female Enrollment:569
Part-Time Male Enrollment:0
Part-Time Female Enrollment:0
Waitlist Statistics
Applicants Placed: ? 5,003
Applicants Accepting: ? 642
Students Enrolled: ? 6
Transfer Statistics
Applications Received:676
Applicants Accepted:84
Students Enrolled:41

Standardized Tests Statistics

Standardized Test Scores Critical Reading Math Writing Composite (out of)
SAT (25th - 75th Percentile) 630 - 730 690 - 790 650 - 740 1970 - 2260 (2400)
ACT (25th - 75th Percentile) 29 - 34 29 - 34 Not Reported 29 - 33 (36)
General Statistics
Top 10% of HS Class:75%
SAT/ACT Required:Either
Students Submitting SAT:92%
Students Submitting ACT:34%
SAT Subject Test Requirements
SAT subject tests are not required for drama, design, art, or music applicants. All other applicants must take the appropriate tests no later than January.

Facts & Statistics

Tips for Getting In
  • Apply to H&SS if you don't think you'll get in-it's easier to get into and you can switch schools.
  • Be well rounded. Even if you intend to study outside of math and science-do well in all subjects.
  • Depth versus breadth-it's better to be deeply involved in a few extracurriculars versus every club at your school.
  • Don't apply Early Decision if you're not completely committed.
  • Express passion in what you intend to study.
  • GPA isn't as big of a deal in comparison with other schools at this level.
  • Have activities outside of school that you are committed to.
  • Research on the website to be specific in your "Why CMU" essay.
  • Take a tour or do a Sleeping Bag Weekend.
  • Take APs, but don't expect to get credit for them.
  • Write an honest application essay-they get enough where they can spot embellishment a mile away.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • Don't buy the bed sheets and linens from the school catalog.
  • Don't rely on the Pittsburgh bus system.
  • Don't skip "Playfair" during orientation.
  • Don't wait until November to buy winter clothes-winter usually comes early.
  • Eight hours of sleep is a rarity.
  • Get on the smallest meal plan possible.
  • It helps to have an ID, but it's not a necessity.
  • It's not a big party school.
  • The workload is almost overwhelming.
Interviews & Information Sessions
There are two different types of information sessions, one of which is for high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, which is a general overview of the application process and the University. The other one is specific to high school seniors or students who will be applying in the coming months, and is more specific to the programs, financial aid, campus life, and admission. Preview information sessions are given in the spring, usually twice a day. Senior information sessions are held during the late summer and early fall. While seniors are on campus for an information session, interviews with admissions officers are also available between the months of May and November.
Campus Tours
Tours are given by Andrew Ambassadors, who are current undergraduate students that are passionate about Carnegie Mellon. Interested students can sign up for tours at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., or 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The only exceptions are during University holidays, breaks, and finals. For those who want to see a residence hall, a tour of Stever Hall is available at 1 p.m. on the days tours are offered, and it leads directly into the 1:30 p.m. campus tour.
Overnight Visits
Carnegie Mellon offers Sleeping Bag Weekends for prospective and admitted students during the fall and spring semesters. A student who wishes to participate in a regular Sleeping Bag Weekend arrives on a Sunday, stays in an undergraduate dorm, and then has the opportunity to attend classes before departing Monday. Minority students can sign up for the Celebration of Diversity, which begins a day earlier than the usual Sleeping Bag Weekend. Students arrive on a Saturday afternoon and spends a couple days with their undergraduate host before departing on Monday.
Virtual Tour of Campus
www.cmu.edu/vrtour
Did You Know?
  • Admission officers travel to towns and cities across the country to conduct information sessions and interviews for students who can't make it out to Pittsburgh. Prospective students can sign up for notifications for these traveling information sessions on the CMU admission website.
  • Rising juniors and seniors who are really interested in experiencing CMU can attend a Pre-College Program for six weeks during the summer. Students can participate in architecture, art & design, drama, music, or the Game Academy, which explores the skills needed in the video game industry.
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