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Carnegie Mellon University – Tuition & Success Analysis

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University – Snapshot


Four-Year Private University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 6,188

Average annual cost of attendance: $36,613

(National Median: $15,523)

Median student debt for loan recipients: $26,462

Campus Setting: Large City

Religious Affiliation: None

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Carnegie Mellon University Tuition based on Family Income


For a family income of $0 to $30,000 the average cost is $17,855

For a family income of $30,001 to $48,000 the average cost is $18,849

For a family income of $48,001 to $75,000  the average cost is $23,449

For a family income of $75,001 to $110,000  the average cost is $32,345

For a family income above $110,000 the average cost is $46,883


The “average cost” shown here is a NET cost and reflects the tuition cost after financial aid is taken into account, as reported by Carnegie Mellon University. This average is based on the students who receive grant or scholarship aid. In-state tuition is used for public schools.

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Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Success


Graduation rate: 89%

(National Median: 49%)

Students returning after first year: 97%

(National Median: 68%)

Median annual earnings (10 years after first attending): $83,600

(National Median: $33,028. The salary data measures salaries of students who received federal student aid. The Salary data does not break down earnings or graduation rates by major, or by state—an important consideration, since salaries can vary widely depending on geographical region. )

Percentage earning above a high school graduate (6 years after first enrolled): 85%

Carnegie Mellon University Admissions

Carnegie Mellon University Acceptance Rate: 22%


Half of the recent accepted students had test scores in the range of:

SAT Math: 720 to 800

SAT Critical Reading: 660 to 750

SAT Writing: 670 to 760

ACT English: 31 to 35

ACT Math: 31 to 35

ACT Writing: N/A to N/A

Twenty-five percent of students accepted to Carnegie Mellon University actually performed better than the range reported above.  Another twenty-five percent had scores below the reported range.

Carnegie Mellon University Student Debt


Percentage of students awarded Pell Grants: 12%

Percentage of students receiving federal student loans: 34%

Typical student debt: $26,462

Typical monthly loan payment: $281

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Majors at Carnegie Mellon University


These are the most popular areas of study offered at Carnegie Mellon University:

  • Architecture and Related Services – 3%
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences – 3%
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services – 7%
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services – 15%
  • Engineering – 27%
  • English Language and Literature/Letters – 2%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities – 2%
  • Mathematics and Statistics – 7%
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies – 9%
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies – 1%
  • Physical Sciences – 6%
  • Psychology – 3%
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions – 1%
  • Social Sciences – 4%
  • Visual and Performing Arts – 10%

For more information about the various majors at Carnegie Mellon University, visit their website.

Carnegie Mellon University Diversity


Overall Composition at Carnegie Mellon University

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend Carnegie Mellon University full time:  98%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend Carnegie Mellon University part time:  2%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who are twenty-five years old, or older at Carnegie Mellon University:  2%

Racial Diversity Composition

American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%

Asian: 30%

Black: 5%

Hispanic: 8%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%

Non-resident alien: 19%

Two or more races: 4%

Unknown: 5%

White: 29%

Carnegie Mellon University Success Ratios

TUN ratios to help compare schools


Earnings to Debt Ratio: 3.2

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median federal debt of borrowers who graduated. TUN found an average of 2.5 based on data of 3,210 schools.

Earnings to Tuition Ratio: 2.3

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the average annual cost of attendance that financial aid recipients incurred.  TUN found an average of 3.0 based on data of 3,337 schools.

Monthly Liquidity Ratio: 24.8

The median monthly gross earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median monthly debt payment that borrowers who graduated experience with a 10-year repayment schedule. TUN found an average of 19.3 based on data of 3,210 schools.

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