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Carnegie Mellon University: Narrative Description


5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3891
Tel: (412)268-2000
Admissions: (412)268-2082
Fax: (412)268-7838
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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1900. Setting: 103-acre urban campus. Endowment: $769 million. Research spending 2003-04: $235.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $25,151 per student. Total enrollment: 9,803. Faculty: 989 (806 full-time, 183 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 14,114 applied, 42% were admitted. 69% from top 10% of their high school class, 90% from top quarter, 99% from top half. 63 valedictorians. Full-time: 5,258 students, 39% women, 61% men. Part-time: 271 students, 38% women, 62% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 47 other countries, 76% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 5% black, 23% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 12% international, 1% 25 or older, 84% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 93% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; computer/information sciences; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: portfolio, audition, SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/1, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 12/15 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/15, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/15 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $60. Comprehensive fee: $39,280 includes full-time tuition ($30,650), mandatory fees ($386), and college room and board ($8244). College room only: $4964. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and student level. Part-time tuition: $426 per unit. Part-time mandatory fees: $193 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 15% of eligible men and 11% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, Alpha Phi Omega, Tartan Club, Spirit Club. Major annual events: carnival, Homecoming, drama performances. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 3,943 college housing spaces available; 3,744 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Hunt Library plus 2 others with 1 million books, 958,462 microform titles, 19,048 serials, 226,146 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $9.2 million. 402 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Pittsburgh.

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