Carnegie Mellon University

1,290 reviews
  1. Pittsburgh, PA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Carnegie Mellon University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
University Athletic Association
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Website
From Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University is consistently ranked as a top-25 institution, world-renowned for its approach to education and research. Students become experts in fields ranging from business, the fine arts and computer science to humanities, the sciences and engineering. Whether students are in a lab, classroom or studio, left-brain and right-brain thinking unite within a collaborative, hands-on setting. Carnegie Mellon encourages students to think in new ways – to choose their program and change the world.

Carnegie Mellon University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
25%
SAT Range
1340-1540
ACT Range
30-34
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$33,670/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $20,431/ year
  • $30-48k
    $20,839/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,805/ year
  • $76-110k
    $29,789/ year
  • $110k+
    $42,661/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.114 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.110 responses
30%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.109 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,699Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 40 responses
Report
  • Passionate
    43%
  • Diligent
    25%
  • Nerdy
    20%
  • Geeky
    5%
  • Odd
    5%
  • Quirky
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
71%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.105 responses
Poll
52%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.138 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Intense
    41%
  • Requires commitment
    23%
  • Rewarding
    11%
  • Requires commitment, but worth it
    9%
  • Practical, Intense, Focused, Rewarding
    7%
  • ITS A GREAT DAY TO BE A TARTAN!
    5%
  • I hate this place.
    2%

After Carnegie Mellon University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$72,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
88%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.55 responses

Reviews

1,290 reviews
  • Excellent
    239
  • Very Good
    443
  • Average
    498
  • Poor
    77
  • Terrible
    33
Let's start with campus police. These rent-a-cops are usually too busy trying to bother students to be helpful to anyone. I'd be better off protecting myself than depending on them. And then there's Health Services, which couldn't diagnose the flu if it walked in and introduced itself as "Influenza", not to mention their terrible wait time. I would be healthy or dead by the time I could get an appointment. We should change the name to "Health Out-of-Services". Last and truly least, there's CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services), which hasn't helped anyone I know, but they have managed to piss me off. I once tried calling their "24/7" hotline, only to get a voicemail message. While my friend was having a mental breakdown. Thanks, CAPS!
  • College Junior
  • 6 months ago
First off, the staff is amazing! They're so nice and friendly and the school is always trying to change things up. Overall the food quality is ok, but being vegetarian on campus is manageable but sometimes depressing. Many things are cooked on meat-laden surfaces, and you can forget eating most things cooked on a grill. The meal plans are a complete scam, get off them as quickly as possible. CMU's dining style is untraditional- instead of a huge dining hall they have a lot of little places around campus like restaurants that all serve different types of food. Culinart is OK as a food provider, although the quality can vary depending on the day. It's good when you learn what restaurants work for you. But in reality, when the winter hits, everyone just goes to the closest food because it's easiest.
  • College Freshman
  • Feb 16 2015
The professors here don't care about the students, they just teach so that they can do research here. I've gone through too many classes here, too many sleepless nights, too many fits of rage and misery to ever think that this school cares about its students' well being. I've seen students struggle and fight through classes, only to be laughed at and stepped on. I've had teachers tell me that "a 'D' is still passing", but then expect me to somehow get a job with those grades. Professors will throw away all of your hard work just so that their curve looks better on paper. They will make sure that the "right" number of students get A's, B's, C's, and D's, instead of allowing us to all do well. It doesn't make us any better - we won't use most of this after we graduate! So just let us learn in peace. Is that so much to ask?
  • College Junior
  • 6 months ago