Carnegie Mellon University

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Carnegie Mellon University can be found in Pittsburgh, PA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Nearly 12,000 students are enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores within the range of 1990 (25th percentile) - 2280 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and within the range of 30 (25th percentile) - 34 (75th percentile) on the ACT is common among applicants admitted to this school. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Carnegie Mellon University average GPA ranges from 3.82 to 4 for accepted students. Only 25% of applicants are admitted to this school due to the large number of applicants and the increase competition for enrollment. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected Carnegie Mellon University acceptance rate 2015 is estimated to be 29%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Carnegie Mellon University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Carnegie Mellon University was reported as 25.5% in Fall 2013 with over 18,900 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SAT Scores: 1990 - 2280
  • ACT Scores: 30 - 34
  • Average GPA: 3.82 - 4

How Hard Is It to Get into Carnegie Mellon University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Carnegie Mellon University is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Carnegie Mellon University has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 36.3%
  • 2010-2011: 33.3%
  • 2011-2012: 30.4%
  • 2012-2013: 27.8%
  • 2013-2014: 25.5%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 28.6%

How Does Carnegie Mellon University Compare?

This School
National Avg

The acceptance rate for Carnegie Mellon University is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Duquesne University74.1%
Robert Morris University80.5%
California University of Pennsylvania92.7%
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus90.5%
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania67.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Carnegie Mellon University (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading640 - 740
Math700 - 790
Writing650 - 750
Total Score1990 - 2280
ACT®Score Range
English30 - 34
Math30 - 34
Composite Score30 - 34
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