Vault Rating: 4 out of 5

Uppers

  • Located in growing, thriving Pittsburgh
  • Low student-teacher ratio and small class size

Downers

  • Most selective
  • Very expensive

The Bottom Line

  • Carnegie Mellon University is a global research institution best known for its strong science and technology programs and its emphasis on discovery, creativity, and personal and professional development.

Admissions

Carnegie Mellon is most selective, with a 30 percent admission rate. The admission committee looks at four main areas when considering applicants: high school performance, extracurricular contributions, demonstrated interest, and standardized test results. The key is not that the student...  

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