Carnegie Mellon: Admission Statistics 2024

When embarking on the college search process, it’s essential to gather accurate and reliable information about prospective universities. One valuable resource for this purpose is the Common Data Set (CDS) but navigating through a college’s Common Data Set can be a time-consuming task. In this blog post, we have compiled the essential information from Carnegie Mellon University’s latest admission statistics to allow you to grasp quickly and save time. 

Understanding the Common Data Set (CDS)

The Common Data Set is a standardized questionnaire that collects essential information about colleges and universities. It covers a wide range of areas, including admission statistics, enrollment figures, student demographics, financial aid, academic programs, and more. The CDS is collaboratively maintained by higher education institutions and is designed to provide accurate and comparable data for prospective students, parents, and researchers. It simplifies the college search process by providing standardized information in a consistent format, allowing for easier comparison and informed decision-making. 

Carnegie Mellon Common Data Set 

Quick facts:

  • Location: 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh
  • State: Pennsylvania
  • Institution: Private
  • Undergraduate Institution: Coeducational
  • Academic year calendar: Semester
  • Retention Rate: 97.3%
  • Total Undergraduate Students Enrolled: 7,509
  • SAT and ACT Policies: Optional 
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 6:1

Factors in Admission Decisions


Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Standardized test scores


Very Important
Extracurricular Activities
Character/personal qualities
Volunteer work
Racial or ethnic status
First Generation
Geographical Residence
Work experience

GPA Breakdown

49.7% of enrolled students have a GPA of 4.0 

39.4% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.75 and 3.99

8.5% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.50 and 3.74

2.0% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.25 and 3.49

0.4% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.00 and 3.24 ‎‏

0.1% of enrolled students have a GPA between 2.50 and 2.99

Admission Facts

  • Application Closing Date: January 1 (December 1 for Drama and Music)
  • Deferred Admission: Yes (1 year maximum)
  • Early Admission: Allowed
  • EA/ED: Yes (Early Decision)
  • EA/ED Deadline: November 1 (not available for Acting, Directing, Dramaturgy, Music Theater or School of Music)

Student Life Information

Student Diversity

Total Undergraduates (Both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking, including first-year)

  • 1,784 International (nonresidents) students
  • 737 Hispanic/Latino students
  • 286 Black or African American, non-Hispanic students
  • 1,551 White, non-Hispanic students
  • 2 American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic students
  • 2,372 Asian, non-Hispanic students
  • 4 Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic students 
  • 361 students with two or more races, non-Hispanic
  • 412 students with race and/or ethnicity unknown


$75 Application Fee 

$62,260 Tuition Fee

$1,569 Required Fees

$17,468 Food and Housing (On campus)

Financial Aid

Total of Need-based Scholarship/Grants Awarded: $129,720,554

Total of Non-need-based Scholarship/Grants Awarded: $19,516,962

The data presented here was collected from the Carnegie Mellon Common Data Set 2022-2023.

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