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    CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY - [CMU], PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - ADMISSION

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    Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Pittsburgh Admission, Criteria & Application Requirements 2021

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    For the year 2020, a total of 24,351 students applied for admission at Carnegie Mellon University. Among all the applicants, only 17% were offered a place in this reputed institute of the US Education System

    Many undergraduate and graduate programs are offered by the university in more than 23 disciplines. Among these Engineering, Business, Management, Marketing are some of the most popular courses.

    • Carnegie Mellon University opens admissions for the Summer, Spring and Fall sessions.
    • Of the three application types, i.e., Early Decision, Regular Decision and Early Applications, Carnegie encourages students to apply primarily through the Early Decision Application. However, the Early Decision option is unavailable for students interested to enroll in courses like Acting, Directing, Dramaturgy, Music or Theater.
    • This university offers financial aid to only U.S. citizens and doesn’t offer any financial assistance or fee waivers to international students

    Top Courses at Carnegie Mellon University: Deadlines

    Students need to submit their application for admission at this university by the deadlines mentioned below. The university doesn’t entertain any applications after January 15.

    Name of Program Application Deadline Admission Requirements
    Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) October 4/ January 10/March 2 GPA: 3.0 or more
    LORs (3); SOP; Resume
    TOEFl: 102; IELTS: 7.5; GRE: 316 
    Master of Science (M.Sc) Computer Vision December 10 LORs (3); SOP (1-2 pages); Resume
    TOEFL: 102; IELTS: 7.5; GRE: 316 
    Master of Science (M.Sc) Computer Science December 12 GPA: 3.0 or more
    LORs (3); SOP; Resume
    TOEFL: 102; IELTS: 7.5; GRE: 316 
    Master of Science (M.Sc) Computational Data Science December 12 GPA: 3.0 or more
    LORs (3); SOP; Resume
    TOEFL: 102; IELTS: 7.5; GRE: 316 
    Master of Science (M.Sc) Software Management January 20 GPA: 3.0; Work Experience (4 or more years)
    LORs (3); SOP; Resume
    TOEFL: 102; IELTS: 7.5; GRE: 316 
    Master Public Management July 1/November 1 LORs (min 2); SOP; Resume; Video Interview (rec.)
    Essay (1000 words); optional essay (250 words)
    TOEFL: 102; IELTS: 7.5; GRE/GMAT 
    Master of Science (M.Sc) Mechanical Engineering December 15/January 15 LORs (3); SOP; Resume
    TOEFL: 102; IELTS: 7.5
    GRE (not accepted for Fall 2021) 
    Master of Science (M.S) Software Engineering September 15/December 15 LORs (3); SOP; Resume
    TOEFL: 84; IELTS: 7
    GRE (not accepted for Fall 2021) 
    Master of Science (M.S) Civil and Environmental Engineering December 10 LORs (3); SOP; Resume
    TOEFL: 84; IELTS: 7
    GRE (not accepted for Fall 2021) 
    Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) Statistics and Data Science November 1 (early)/January 4 (regular) Teacher recommendation; IELTS: 7
    Common Application Writing Supplement & Essay
     
    Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts November 1 (early)/January 4 (regular) Teacher recommendation; Portfolio; IELTS: 7
    Common Application Writing Supplement & Essay
     
    Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) Civil and Environmental Engineering November 1 (early)/January 4 (regular) LORs (3); SOP; Resume; IELTS: 7
    Common Application Writing Supplement & Essay 
    Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) Electrical and Computer Engineering November 1 (early)/January 4 (regular) LORs (3); SOP; Resume; IELTS: 7
    Common Application Writing Supplement & Essay 
    Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) Information Systems November 1 (early)/January 4 (regular) LORs (3); SOP; Resume; IELTS: 7
    Common Application Writing Supplement & Essay

    Carnegie Mellon University: International Admissions

    This university welcomes students from all over the globe. It was ranked among the top 5 universities to have the highest percentage of international students. The application procedure is mostly similar to that of the students who live in the U.S. Some additional requirements are necessary for applying for admission by international applicants.

    How to apply?

    Admission portal: Students can apply via the Common Application form provided on the university’s official website.

    Application fee: 75 USD

    Basic Admission Requirements

    Students are required to submit the documents mentioned below while applying for admission at this university:

    • A completed Common Application form
    • Official high school transcripts (along with its translation if the transcripts are not written in English)
    • All reports of standardized test scores like ACT, SAT for undergraduates and TOEFL, IELTS for graduates as proof of English language proficiency
    • Teacher recommendation
    • Common application essay

    Supporting Documents: Official high school transcript, standardized academic test scores, secondary school counselor evaluation, recommendation letters from teachers, common application essay, personal statement. Additionally, there are a few specific requirements for some courses/schools:

    • School of Drama and Music: All the fine arts applicants need to submit a pre-screen/audition/portfolio review.
    • Schools of Architecture/Art/Design: All the fine arts applicants need to submit an academic portfolio and creative materials.
    • Home School Applicants: The applicants need to submit an academic portfolio/transcript.

    Note: It is essential for the applicants to submit the academic test scores by January 1 and the supporting documents by January 15.

    English Proficiency Test scores 

    International applicants need to submit standardized test results like ACT/SAT for undergraduate admission and TOEFL/IELTS graduate admissions as proof of English language proficiency:

    Test Minimum required score
    TOEFL 102
    IELTS 7.5
    TOEFL subscores 25
    IELTS subscores 7.5

    Visa process for international students

    Students need to apply for a student visa if they are selected for admission at this university. The university will process the I-20 form after receipt, review and approval of all necessary documents. After receiving this form, students can apply for the visa at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. The SEVIS fee must be paid prior to applying for the visa.

    After reaching the U.S. airport, students will not be allowed immediately to enter the country. They need to meet an immigration officer along with the appropriate documents. If the student is able to provide all the necessary documents for consideration, then the immigration officer will grant permission for entering the country.

    Aspirants need to submit the following documents while applying for visa at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate:

    • Copy of the identification page of the applicant’s valid passport
    • Copy of the letter of admission sent by the admissions office of the Carnegie Mellon university
    • Signed original I-20 form issued by the University
    • The Financial documentation covering the student’s expenses for the upcoming year
    • Receipt of visa application fee

    After submission of the enlisted documents, the applicant has to schedule an interview at the nearest U.S. embassy.

    Carnegie Mellon University: Undergraduate Admissions

    This university offers around 18 undergraduate programs including Engineering, Visual and Performing arts, Mathematics and Statistics, Computer and Information sciences, Biological sciences.

    Application portal: The students need to fill the Common Application form provided on the official website of Carnegie Mellon University.

    Application fee: 75 USD 

    Application requirements: For a successful application for admission the documents listed below need to be submitted by the students:

    • A completed Common Application form
    • Official high school transcripts
    • Reports of standardized test scores like ACT and SAT
    • Teacher recommendation
    • Common application essay
    • The Carnegie Mellon Common Application writing supplement which includes three short answer questions

    Carnegie Mellon University: Graduate Admissions

    This university offers graduate programs for over 16 disciplines including Computer and Information sciences, Engineering, Business, Management and Marketing, Visual and Performing arts, Public Administration as its most popular courses for studying in the USA.

    The TOEFL and IELTS scores need to be submitted to the university if the applicant is a non-native English speaker. The TOEFL code for Carnegie Mellon University: 2074.

    For other information regarding graduate applications, the applicant can send an email to the following address: chegrad@andrew.cmu.edu

    Given below are the specific requirements for some of the popular graduate programs offered by Carnegie Mellon University:

    Requirements MBA MS in Computer Sciences MS in Chemical Engineering MS in Mechanical Engineering MS in Computational Biology
    Application fee $75 $75 $75 $75 $75
    Application Deadlines July 1- July 31, 2020 August 17, 2020 January 15, 2020 (Fall Admission); September 15, 2020 (Spring Admission) January 15, 2020 (Fall Admission); September 15, 2020 (Spring Admission) December 12, 2020
    Transcripts Required Required Required Required Required
    GRE/GMAT GMAT or GRE required GRE required GRE required GRE required GRE required
    Statement of Purpose Required Required Required Required Required
    Work Experience Required Not required Not required Not required Not required
    Professional CV/Resume Required Required Required Required Not required
    Recommendations Required (1 letter) Required (3 letters) Required (3 letters) Required (3 letters) Required (3 letters)
    Admission interview By invitation only By invitation only By invitation only By invitation only By invitation only

    Moreover, Carnegie Mellon University mainly considers the high school performance of the applicant applying for admission. To be considered for admission it is mandatory to satisfy the academic requirements and the eligibility criteria set by the university. The university observes the curriculum followed by the students in their secondary schools, the grade achieved in the courses attended and the work accomplished by the applicant. The letters of recommendation along with the SAT/ ACT scores are considered while figuring the academic strength of the prospective applicant.

    The university doesn’t offer any financial aid for international students and so students are advised to assume the total cost of attendance. The students can also use the Net Price Calculator to calculate the average cost of attendance at Carnegie Mellon University.

    FAQs

    How can I get admission to Carnegie Mellon University?

    Ans. Carnegie Mellon is a competitive university with an acceptance rate of merely 17%. Thus, an impressive GPA, relevant work experience and letters of recommendation are required to get enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University.

    What is the minimum GPA needed to get into Carnegie Mellon University?

    Ans. GPA of 3.0 or more is a minimum requirement to get into Carnegie Mellon.

    Does Carnegie Mellon University follow any application deadlines?

    Ans. The university observes different deadlines for 3 intakes of Summer, fall and spring. The university doesn’t entertain any applications after January 15.

    Is GRE/GMAT mandatory for Carnegie Mellon University?

    Ans. For the year 2021, Carnegie Mellon University has waived off test scores like GRE and GMAT.

    Is interview a mandatory part of admission interview at Carnegie Mellon University?

    Ans. Yes, some programs mandatorily require an admission interview at the university. Usually, a video interview is scheduled for international stuents especially druing times of corona. 

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