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Rank: 117

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PAhttps://www.cmu.edu/
Carnegie Mellon University is just over a century old -- a relative newbie compared to the elite universities it is often grouped alongside. Still, much of modern-day campus life is influenced by the private research university's history. Students in the marching band perform in kilts and knee-high socks, and the school's mascot is the Scottish Terrier, both of which are nods to founder Andrew Carnegie's Scottish roots. The university even offers a bagpiping major within its music school. But true to its founding as a technology school, Carnegie Mellon is best known for programs in computer science, engineering, and information technology, with a broad academic offering of 80 undergraduate majors and over 90 minors. Each spring for 100 years, student teams have designed and built "buggies," which look like a cross between a soapbox car and a luge racer, for a race called the Buggy Sweepstakes (or Buggy for short). Another well-known custom draws students outside in the middle of the night to paint a campus fence that serves as an announcement board for student groups. Tradition dictates the hours the fence can be painted -- between midnight and sunrise -- and that students must then stand guard to keep other groups from claiming the fence for their own message.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Carnegie Mellon University is offering hybrid, in-person and virtual courses this fall. Students in on-campus residence halls have their own rooms.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$73,900
% of students who get any grants
52%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$32,200
Average price for low-income students
$11,900
admissions
Acceptance rate
17%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1500/34
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
6,480
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
96%
% of need met
97%
% of students who get merit* grants
4%
Average merit grant
$14,460
student success
Graduation rate
89%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$23,250
Average salary within 5 years
$73,400
% earning more than $28,000
87%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Carnegie Mellon University is offering hybrid, in-person and virtual courses this fall. Students in on-campus residence halls have their own rooms.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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