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Rank: 155

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PAwww.cmu.edu/
Carnegie Mellon University is just over a century old -- a relative newbie compared with 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. Each spring for about 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 known as Sweepstakes. Another well-known custom draws students out 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 at the fence to keep other groups from claiming it for their own message.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$71,800
% of students who get any grants
52%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$37,800
Average price for low-income students
$17,900
admissions
Acceptance rate
22%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1470/33
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
6,941
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
95%
% of need met
85%
% of students who get merit* grants
4%
Average merit grant
$11,763
student success
Graduation rate
90%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$26,300
Average salary within 3 years
$70,900
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
53%
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.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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