Inside Carnegie Mellon University

Do you dream of studying in the United States at an educational institution of national and international prominence? Then Carnegie Mellon University can be a great option!

Even though it is not a very well-known institution here in Brazil, like Harvard and Stanford, for example, Carnegie is a highly respected private university. So much so that it is considered one of the top 20 in the United States, according to the QS World University Rankings 2021. Learn more about it now!

Aerial view of Carnegie Mellon's main campus


The main campus of Carnegie Mellon is three miles from downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on the east coast of the United States. With a total area of ​​57 football fields, it comprises 81 academic buildings and is very close to the University of Pittsburgh campus.


The university was founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie, a Scotsman who immigrated to the United States at the age of 12 in 1848, and became a major businessman in the steel industry, and is still considered to be one of the richest men in history.

In its early years, the institution was known as the Carnegie Technical School. In 1912, it was renamed Carnegie Institute of Technology, offering 4-year undergraduate courses. It was only in 1967, after the merger with the Mellon Institute for Industrial Research (which until then was part of the University of Pittsburgh), that the institution finally received its current name, becoming a de facto university.

Former building of the Mellon Institute for Industrial Research

Carnegie currently operates degree award centers on six continents, including one campus in Silicon Valley and another in Qatar.

20 Nobel winners, 142 Emmy winners, 47 Tony laureates (the biggest prize in the Theater) and 10 Oscar winners have passed through the institution’s corridors , just to stay in the best known prizes. They are names like actor and singer Billy Porter (from the Pose series); the mathematician John Nash; the Terry Heckler design (creator of the Starbucks logo); the famous painter and filmmaker Andy Warhol; and economist John Forbes Nash.

Internal organization

Carnegie Mellon is comprised of seven independent colleges and schools: the Faculty of Engineering; the Dietrich Faculty of Human and Social Sciences; the Faculty of Fine Arts; the Mellon Faculty of Science; the School of Computer Science; the Tepper School of Business and the H. John Heinz III Faculty of Information Systems and Public Policy. Each has its own internal subdivisions. Click here to check all available courses.


In the last evaluation of QS World University Rankings, one of the most important publications of its kind, Carnegie Mellon ranks 51st among the best universities in the world, just behind the Technical University of Munich, Germany; and a position above Université PSL, the best ranked in France.

Within the USA, the institution is in 18th place, between Duke University (17th) and the University of California at San Diego (19th).

Carnegie Mellon Campus

In this same ranking, Carnegie is in 39th place in the employability ranking, which evaluates the universities most respected by the job market. As for the teaching areas, the institution’s best evaluated fields are: Computer Science and Information; Systems; Statistics and Operational Research; Art and Design; Engineering and Technology; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Mathematics; Material Sciences and Psychology.

The university was also considered one of the “New Ivies” by the respected Newsweek magazine, in reference to the select group of universities that make up the American Ivy League.


The enrollment and graduation rates at Cargenie for the year 2019-2020 are around 57 thousand dollars plus about 15 thousand for expenses with accommodation and food. However, the institution manages to cover the expenses of around 85% of undergraduate students with its heritage fund. In addition, students also have other private and government grants.

Graduate students also have access to a series of exclusive grants from each department.

Admission fee

In its last selection process, Carnegie Mellon received just over 27,600 applications. Of these, only 4,265 were accepted, which results in a general admission rate of 15.4%. If we consider each of the faculties individually, this rate varies more or less. At the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, for example, the acceptance rate was around 3% in the last selection process. At the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture, this rate was around 30%.

Dietrich Faculty of Human and Social Sciences


Carnegie Mellon currently has an academic team of almost 1500 people, including professors and technical staff. The number of students is almost 14800 students (about 7 thousand in undergraduate courses and almost 7800 in postgraduate courses). As you can see, it is not one of the largest educational institutions in the USA in number of students, but even so, it has a huge budget of 2.5 billion dollars annually!