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Carnegie Mellon University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Supriya Sarkar Supriya Sarkar
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Carnegie Mellon University is a research-based university offering a plethora of undergraduate and graduate courses that have been ranked among the top courses in the US. An acceptance rate of 17% makes CMU highly selective while granting admission to students. Every year applications are welcomed from students belonging to both traditional and non-traditional academic backgrounds and around 13,258 undergraduate and graduate students are granted admission.

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.


Application PortalUG: Common Application
PG: Online Application
Application FeeUG: 75 USD
PG: 75 USD; 50 USD for each additional course
Acceptance Rate23.7%
Mode of PaymentOnline/Credit Card/Debit Card/in person
Carnegie Mellon University SAT Requirements1495
Carnegie Mellon University ACT Requirements33
International Application DeadlinesNovember 1 – January 1
Academic CalendarSemester based
Intake SeasonsFall, Spring
Interview RequirementsDepends on course requirements
Work ExperienceHighly recommended for MBA aspirants
Financial AidAvailable for International Students

Carnegie Mellon University Admission Deadlines 

Given below are season-wise deadline for the undergraduate courses. For PG deadlines, please refer to the individual sections.

Application PlanApplication Due DateReceival of NotificationRecommended Enrollment Date
Early DecisionNovember 1December 15February 1
Regular DecisionJanuary 1
December 1: School of Drama and Music
No later than April 1May 1
Early AdmissionJanuary 1No later than April 15May 1
Spring Transfer (Engineering/DC/IS/MCS/TPR/SCSOctober 15December 15 or soon afterJanuary 1
Fall Transfer (Engineering/DC/IS/MCS/TPR/SCSFebruary 15May 15July 1

Carnegie Mellon University Undergraduate Admission Requirements 

How to apply: The applications for undergraduate courses can be made via The Common Application App.

Application Fee: 75 USD

Academic Requirements: Applicants are required to fulfill the academic requirements by either taking ACT/SAT test and meeting the GPA requirements. In addition to this, the international students are required to submit the English language proficiency test scores.

Average ACT Score33
25th Percentile ACT Score32
75th Percentile ACT Score35
Average SAT Score1495
25th Percentile SAT Score1495 (Math: 765; Reading & Writing: 730)
75th Percentile SAT Score1560 (Math: 800; Reading & Writing: 760)

Language Requirements for International Students: International students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting either TOEFL or IELTS score. The minimum scores required for both the tests are given below:

English Language TestMinimum Score
Internet-based TOEFL102 with subscores not lesser than 25 in reading, listening, writing, and speaking

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 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.

Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Requirements 

Carnegie offers a variety of graduate programs of which about 15+ subject areas have been ranked in the top 20 in the Global Universities Subject Rankings.

Computer Science Masters Admission Requirements 

Application Portal: Applicants are required to visit the School of Computer Science online application portal.

Application Fee: Students applying by November 30, 12 p.m. need to pay 75 USD for one program and 50 USD for each additional program. Students missing this deadline are required to pay 125 USD as the application fee and 75 USD for each additional program.

Application Deadline: The last date to apply is December 10, however, the application can be submitted by November 30 to avoid a higher application fee.

Academic Requirements: To seek admission, applicants are required to submit GRE scores, an iBT score of minimum 100.

Supporting Documents: PDF copy of a recent academic transcript, resume, statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation from faculty member/recent employer.

MBA Requirements 

Application Portal: Online applications can be made on the Tepper School of Business Application page.

Application Fee: 200 USD

Application Deadline:

DetailsRound IRound IIRound IIIRound IV
Application DeadlineOctober 3, 2018January 5, 2019March 7, 2019April 18, 2019
Decision NotificationDecember 12, 2018March 14, 2019May 8, 2019May 22, 2019

Academic Requirements: The applicants are required to submit official GMAT scores. Alternatively, GRE score can also be submitted. Eligible candidates are invited for interview within 1 week of the application deadline.

Supporting Documents: Current resume, 1 essay, 1 professional recommendation, unofficial academic transcripts.

ECE Graduate Admission Requirements 

Application Portal: Online application can be made at the CMU's College of Engineering application page. Application Fee: 75 USD Application Deadline: Spring admission- September 15; Fall admission- December 15. Academic Requirements: It is essential for the candidates to submit GRE test scores. The international students require a minimum overall score of 84 in TOEFL. Supporting Documents: Statement of Purpose, resume, 3 recommendation letters, unofficial academic transcripts.

MS in Product Management 

Application Portal: Online applications are done at the Tepper School of Business application page. Application Fee: 125 USD Application Deadline:

Application DeadlineDecision Notification
August 1September 5
September 1October 8

Academic Requirements: Applicants are required to submit either GRE or GMAT score. Additionally, the international applicants are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS score. Supporting Documents: Resume, unofficial academic transcripts, 3 essays, 3 letters of recommendation and interview.

MS in Statistical Practice 

Application Portal: Online applications can be submitted at the application portal of CMU Statistics and Data Science page.

Application Fee: 75 USD

Application Deadline: The applications are accepted on a rolling basis from November 15 to February 1.

Academic Requirements: It is essential for students to take GRE general test. Also, the international students need to take TOEFL/IELTS test.

Supporting Documents: Unofficial acdemic transcripts, resume, statement of purpose, 3 letters of recommendation.

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