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Carnegie Mellon University Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Carnegie Mellon University? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 4,873 out of 20,547 applicants or 24% were admitted making Carnegie Mellon University a very competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores. Carnegie Mellon University typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 32% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 7,634 12,913 20,547
Accepted 2,413 2,460 4,873
Acceptance Rate 32% 19% 24%
Enrolled 722 853 1,575
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 35% 32%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Carnegie Mellon University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Carnegie Mellon University regularly accepts students with ACTs of 31 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. 37 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Carnegie Mellon University.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1430 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1365. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1495 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 84 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1430 1560
SAT Reading 700 770
SAT Math 740 800
ACT Composite 31 34
ACT English 31 35
ACT Math 31 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >39%
32 to 34 Avg + 24%-39%
31 to 32 Avg - 18%-24%
30 to 31 Reach 13%-18%
Less than 30 Low <13%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1560 and Above Good >35%
1495 to 1560 Avg + 24%-35%
1430 to 1495 Avg - 16%-24%
1365 to 1430 Reach 10%-16%
Less than 1365 Low <10%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Carnegie Mellon University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Carnegie Mellon University was 3.69 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. Meeting these GPA requirements is not enough to gain admission as Carnegie Mellon University is a very selective school.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 51% Good
3.50 to 3.75 28% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 14% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 6% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 1% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Carnegie Mellon University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=211440 IPEDS survey data for Carnegie Mellon University.