National Universities USA – 2016 – Carnegie Mellon University – Rank 23/100
Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University is a private institution that was founded in 1900. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,309, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 148 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Carnegie Mellon University’s ranking in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 23. Its tuition and fees are $50,410 (2015-16).
Carnegie Mellon University, founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, is located in Pittsburgh, which offers dining and entertainment options as well as professional sports teams including the Penguins (hockey), Steelers (football) and Pirates (baseball). Only freshmen are required to live on campus, but the university guarantees housing for all four years, and the majority of students choose to remain on campus. Nearly 20 percent of the student population is affiliated with Greek life, which consists of more than 20 fraternities and sororities. The Carnegie Mellon Tartans compete in NCAA Division III competitions, and the Kiltie Band, which sports full Scottish regalia, performs at every home football game.
Carnegie Mellon is known for its programs in science and technology, but its seven schools and colleges include a College of Fine Arts and College of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Its graduate programs include the highly rankedTepper School of Business, Carnegie Institute of Technology andSchool of Computer Science. Undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon have the opportunity to participate in research and can even receive grants or summer fellowships to support research in their field of study. Randy Pausch, author of the New York Times best-selling book “The Last Lecture,” was a professor at Carnegie Mellon.
Carnegie Mellon University is a top-tier global research university that has been a birthplace of innovation since its founding in 1900. Our award-winning faculty work closely with students in the classroom and laboratory. Our groundbreaking research yields new discoveries that impact people’s lives, and our students are recruited by some of the world’s most innovative companies. In addition to campuses in Pittsburgh, Silicon Valley and Qatar, Carnegie Mellon has programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America. Carnegie Mellon alumni, faculty and students are known for their powerful combinations of intellectual strength, creative spark, tireless work ethic and a commitment to problem solving. Today, more than 95,000 alumni live and work around the world, embodying founder Andrew Carnegie’s famous words, “My heart is in the work.”
Rankings, Scores & Key Indicators
Score – 74
High school counselor score (out of 5) – 4.7
Average freshman retention rate – 95%
Classes with fewer than 20 students – 64.9%
Classes with 50 or more students – 11%
Student-faculty ratio – 13:1
Fall 2014 acceptance rate – 24.6%
6-year graduation rate – 88%