CMU admits most selective class yet

Lauren Williams Apr 8, 2013

Carnegie Mellon received a record number of applications for the incoming class of 2017.

According to Director of Admission Michael Steidel, 18,879 applications were submitted, a 9 percent increase from the 17,313 applications sent in last year. A fewer number of students, however, were accepted. The total number of students admitted for the class of 2017 is at present only 4,662, down from the 4,807 at the end of last year.

This is a 25 percent acceptance rate, which is lower than the 28 percent acceptance rate for the class of 2016. Wait-list activity is expected to begin after May 1.

“Applications to Carnegie Mellon rose to record levels again this season…making the selection process the most difficult and challenging in our history,” Steidel said.

“We received so many great applications from the best candidates we’ve ever seen in our admission process. It has been difficult, at best, to choose from among so many talented young people.”

Steidel also noted that the average SAT scores of accepted students for the class of 2017 were all significantly above average.

The average SAT math score was 750, while the average SAT critical reading and writing scores were slightly lower at 710 and 720, respectively.

All average scores were higher than the previous year’s, which was 744 for SAT math, 706 for SAT critical reading, and 715 for SAT writing.

Additionally, the average unweighted GPA was 3.82, an increase from 3.80 last year.

Sophomore mechanical engineering major Victor Naziazeni said, “It’s pretty cool. I always thought that CMU is an incredible school, and I feel that our acceptance rate puts us lower in the rankings than we deserve to be. So a drop in acceptance rate is something good for the school’s reputation.”

Fellow sophomore mechanical engineering major Gianfranco Colombi added, “I think these statistics just prove what hard workers we are to everyone else.”

Additionally, 47 percent of the recently admitted students are women, a slight increase from 46 percent last year.

This is, however, a significantly higher percentage than that of the overall student body ratio of 57 percent male and 43 percent female.

There was also an increase in the percentage of international students admitted — 14 percent compared to 12 percent for the class of 2016.

The same percentage, however, of under-represented ethnic minorities were admitted as last year — 16 percent.

“We’re extremely proud of the talents, abilities, character, and academic quality of those we chose to join us as freshmen next fall. We’re excited to learn who will ultimately make the decision to become a Tartan,” Steidel said.