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Study at Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University or CMU is a private research university, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was originally founded as Carnegie Technical Schools by andrew Carnegie in 1900. Later, in 1967, it merged with Mellon Institute of Industrial Research to form Carnegie Mellon University.

The campus of CMU sits on 140 acres. It has seven colleges and schools offering degrees and programs in various fields. CMU is consistently ranked as one of the nation's top universities by the U. S. News and World Report. The seven distinguished schools and colleges are:

  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Carnegie Institute of Technology (College of Engineering)
  • H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management
  • Mellon College of Science
  • School of Computer Science
  • Tepper School of Business
The sports teams of CMU are known as the Tartans.

Profile of Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon is located in a large city, in Pittsburgh, PA. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degree levels at Carnegie Mellon top out at the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The range of program offerings available from the school is especially impressive compared to its number of students. Students at Carnegie Mellon often study engineering, mathematics, art studies, drama and performing arts, and computer science and engineering.

Carnegie Mellon Selectivity

The admissions department at the school does not accept all those who apply. In 2007, 72% of applicants were rejected at Carnegie Mellon. Most students' verbal SAT scores were in the range of 610 to 710 in 2007. A quarter of students admitted in 2007 scored 780 or higher on the math SAT.


Students at Carnegie Mellon benefit from the low student/teacher ratio. The school's tenure system is geared toward rewarding and keeping the most valuable professors. By paying its faculty better than most schools, Carnegie Mellon tries to attract and retain a high quality teaching staff.

Student Enrolment

The school offers classes to 10, 326 students (9, 504 full-time equivalent). Minorities are common at Carnegie Mellon. A very high share of students at the school are male.

Student Life

Carnegie Mellon serves primarily full-time students. Many students live in housing on or near campus. Students sports include formal participation in University Athletic Association competitions.

Carnegie Mellon Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Computer Science and Engineering863computer engineering courses, computer science, software engineering, information technology, computer support, artificial intelligence and robotics, information science, computer security, . . .
Business and Management590business management, MIS, financial management, finance, operations management, marketing, CIO training, managerial economics, . . .
Engineering345mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, materials science, operations research, various engineering courses, biomedical engineering, civil engineering courses, . . .
Science194chemistry, physics, biology, biopsychology, astrophysics, biological and biomedical sciences, biophysics, chemical physics, . . .
Liberal Arts181economics, technical and business writing, liberal arts and sciences, English language and literature, history courses, creative writing, speech and rhetoric, English, . . .
Family and Social Work158public policy analysis, public administration, social service professions
Mathematics103systems science and theory, statistics, mathematics, mathematics and statistics, computational mathematics, statistics courses, probability and statistics, applied mathematics courses, . . .
Art Studies77arts management, art studies
Drama and Performing Arts70drama, theatre arts management, stagecraft, playwriting and screenwriting, directing, various performing arts, theatre design
Therapy and Counselling69psychology, behavioral sciences, cognitive science, psychobiology, cognitive psychology, psychology courses
Media59animation and special effects, media studies
Architecture and Planning56architecture, architectural services, urban planning, environmental design
Music53music performance, voice, violin, guitar, and strings, music theory and composition, piano, various music studies, conducting, musicology, . . .
Medical administration38health care administration, medical informatics
Design34industrial design, design and applied arts, design and visual communication
Religion and Philosophy27ethics, logic, philosophy
Conservation and Resource Management2environmental science, environmental studies, natural resources management
Science and Laboratory Technician0science tech
Photography and Commercial Art0film and photography, multimedia, film studies
Education and Teaching0ESL instruction
Fine Arts0fine arts studies
Engineering Technician0environmental engineering tech

Contact: Carnegie Mellon

Carnegie Mellon University

5000 Forbes Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

General Phone: (412) 268-2000


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