College and university rankings continue to proliferate, but their value to individuals and to the institutions remains a subject of some debate. Some rankings are designed purely for entertainment, little more than Internet photo galleries. Others make a more serious effort at collecting information.

Even where rankings do collect objective statistics such as test scores or costs, the choice of which factors to include in a ranking, and how those factors are weighted, remains subjective. The effects of those methodologies, and the reasons for those choices, are not always readily apparent.

For prospective students, families, potential staff and faculty who are deciding whether to invest time and resources in an institution, it is essential that you decide what factors are important to your success and the outcomes you seek. Those will include some objective information, which you can find on the pages of the Carnegie Mellon University website, or on sites for which CMU provides information, such as IPEDS College Navigator or collegedata.com. Your decision should also take into account your own assessment about programs, culture and opportunities for growth.

Undergraduate Rankings

Best National University: 24
Ranked September 2016
Most Innovative Universities: 6
High School Counselors’ Picks: 20
Best Colleges for Veterans: 14
Great Schools, Great Prices: 44
Listed as one of the top universities for:
     Economic Diversity
     Largest Proportion of International Undergraduates
     Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects

Undergraduate Business: 6
     Management Information Systems: 2
     Production/Operations Management: 2
     Quantitative Analysis: 2 
     Supply Chain Management/Logistics: 8
     Finance: 10
     Management: 20
     Entrepreneurship: 25

Undergraduate Engineering: 8
     Computer: 5
     Environmental/Environmental Health: 9 
     Electrical/Electronic/Communications: 11
     Materials: 13
     Mechanical: 11 
     Civil: 11

Graduate Rankings 

Business
Ranked March 2017
  Full-time MBA: 15
  Part-Time MBA: 19
  Information Systems: 2
  Production/Operations: 2
  Supply Chain/Logistics: 10   

Engineering: 5
Ranked March 2017
   Computer: 2
   Environmental: 8
   Electrical: 9
   Civil: 10
   Materials: 11
   Mechanical: 11
   Chemical: 14
   Biomedical/Bioengineering: 30

Computer Science: 1
Ranked March 2014
   Programming Language: 1
   Artificial Intelligence: 2
   Systems: 4
   Theory: 5

Biological Sciences: 42
Ranked March 2014

Chemistry: 45
Ranked March 2014

Mathematics: 34
Ranked March 2014
   Discrete Math & Combinatorics: 11

Physics: 36 
Ranked March 2014

Statistics: 9
Ranked March 2014

Fine Arts: 6
Ranked March 2016
  Time-based/New Media: 1
  Graphic Design: 5

Economics: 20
Ranked March 2017

English: 51
Ranked March 2017

History: 44
Ranked March 2017

Public Affairs: 13
Ranked March 2016
  Information and Technology Management: 1
  Public Policy Analysis: 8
  Environmental Policy and Management: 9
  Nonprofit Management: 28

Psychology: 17
Ranked March 2017
  Cognitive Psychology: 5

Times Higher Education
World University Rankings, 2016-2017
Ranked September 2016
   Overall: 23
   Subject Rankings
       Computer Science: 6
       Engineering and Technology: 15
       Business and Economics: 16
       Physical Sciences: 51    
       Social Sciences: 47
       Arts and Humanities: 65           

Top U.S. Colleges, 2016
Ranked September 2016
      Overall: 19

World Reputation Rankings, 2016
Ranked May 2016
      Overall: 33

QS World University Rankings
World University Rankings, 2016-2017
Ranked September 2016   
   Overall/World University Rankings: 58
  
 World Subject Rankings, 2016
 Ranked March 2016
   Arts and Humanities
      Art and Design: 16
      Architecture/Built Environment: 47
      Linguistics: 51-100
      Performing Arts: 51-100
      Philosophy: 101-150
      English Language and Literature: 151-200
      Modern Languages: 201-250
   Engineering and Technology
      Computer Science and Information Systems: 5
      Electrical and Electronic Engineering: 27
      Chemical Engineering: 51-100
      Civil and Structural Engineering: 51-100
      Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering: 51-100
   Life Sciences and Medicine
      Psychology: 51-100
      Biological Sciences: 151-200
      Natural Sciences Mathematics: 25
      Materials Science: 27
      Environmental Sciences: 51-100
      Physics and Astronomy: 51-100
      Chemistry: 101-150
   Social Sciences and Management
      Statistics and Operational Research: 10
      Accounting and Finance: 51-100
      Business and Management Studies: 51-100
      Economics and Econometrics: 51-100
      Social Policy and Administration: 51-100
      Communication and Media Studies: 101-150

Academic Ranking of World Universities
By Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2016
   World's Top 500 Universities: 68
   Ranked August 2016 

   Broad Subject Fields
   Ranked September 2015
      Engineering/Technology/Computer Sciences: 9
      Social Sciences: 19
      Natural Sciences/Mathematics: 51-75    

  Academic Subject Fields: Engineering
  Ranked June 2016
     
Materials Science and Engineering: 25
     Mechanical Engineering: 28
     Electrical and Electronic Engineering: 33
     Chemical Engineering: 42
     Civil Engineering: 51-75
     Environmental Science and Engineering: 51-75 

Princeton Review
Best 381 Colleges, 2017
Ranked August 2016

Colleges That Pay You Back, 2017
Ranked February 2017
    
Top 50 Colleges That Pay You Back: 35
    Top 25 Colleges That Pay You Back for Students With No Demonstrated Need: 20
    Best Career Placement: 7

Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Ranked December 2016
     Best Values for Private Colleges: 46

Fiske Guide to Colleges
Best Colleges, 2017
Listed July 2016

MONEY's Best Colleges 2016–2017
Ranked July 2016
     Overall: 169

Animation Career Review
Ranked April 2016
     Top Game Design Schools and Colleges on the East Coast: 1
     Top Game Design Schools and Colleges in the United States: 3
     Top Private Game Design Schools and Colleges in the United States: 3

DesignIntelligence
America's Best Architecture and Design Schools, 2017
Ranked September 2016
Architecture
     Research: 9
     Sustainable Design Practices and Principles: 8
     Computer Applications: 7
     Cross-disciplinary Teamwork: 10

U.S. News & World Report
Ranked September 2016
Best National University: 24
Most Innovative Universities: 6
High School Counselors’ Picks: 20
Best Colleges for Veterans: 14
Great Schools, Great Prices: 44
Listed as one of the top universities for:
   Economic Diversity
   Largest Proportion of International Undergraduates  
   Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects
Undergraduate Business: 6
     Management Information Systems: 2
     Production/Operations Management: 2
     Quantitative Analysis: 2 
     Supply Chain Management/Logistics: 8
     Finance: 10
     Management: 20
     Entrepreneurship: 25
Undergraduate Engineering: 8
     Computer: 5
     Environmental/Environmental Health: 9
     Electrical/Electronic/Communications: 11
     Materials: 13
     Mechanical: 11 
     Civil: 11

PayScale College ROI Report, 2016
Ranked April 2016
    Best Colleges: 10

LinkedIn
Rankings Based on Career Outcomes, 2014
Ranked October 2014
    Best Schools for Designers: 1
    Best Schools for Software Developers (overall): 1
    Best Schools for Software Developers at Startups: 6
    Best Schools for Finance Professionals: 20 

The Princeton Review
Ranked March 2015
     Top Undergraduate Schools for Video Game Design: 12

Bloomberg Businessweek
Best Undergraduate Business Schools, 2016
Ranked March 2016
    Undergraduate Business: 26

The Hollywood Reporter
Ranked May 2016
   
 Top Undergraduate Drama Schools: 3

OnStage
Ranked August 2016
     Top 10 BFA Musical Theatre Programs in the Country: 2
     Musical Theatre: 2

DesignIntelligence
America's Best Architecture and Design Schools, 2017
Ranked September 2016
     Top 25 undergraduate architecture programs: 13

U.S. News and World Report
America's Best Graduate Schools
Not all graduate programs are ranked annually.

Business
Ranked March 2017
     Part-time MBA: 15
     Full-time MBA: 19
     Information Systems: 2
     Production/Operations: 2
     Supply Chain/Logistics: 10
Ranked January 2017
     Online MBA: 2

Engineering: 5
Ranked March 2017
     Computer: 2
     Environmental: 8
     Electrical: 9
     Civil: 10
     Materials: 11
     Mechanical: 11
     Chemical: 14
     Biomedical/Bioengineering: 30

Computer Science: 1
Ranked March 2014
      Programming Language: 1
      Artificial Intelligence: 2
      Systems: 4
      Theory: 5

Biological Sciences: 42
Ranked March 2014

Chemistry: 45
Ranked March 2014

Mathematics: 34
Ranked March 2014
      Discrete Math and Combinatorics: 11

Physics: 36 
Ranked March 2014

Statistics: 9
Ranked March 2014

Fine Arts: 6
Ranked March 2016
     Time-based/New Media: 1
     Graphic Design: 5

Economics: 20
Ranked March 2017

English: 51
Ranked March 2017

History: 44
Ranked March 2017

Public Affairs: 13
Ranked March 2016
     Information and Technology Management: 1
     Public Policy Analysis: 8
     Environmental Policy and Management: 9
     Nonprofit Management: 28

Psychology: 17
Ranked March 2017
     Cognitive Psychology: 5

Bloomberg Businessweek
Ranked November 2016
   Full-time MBA: 15
Ranked October 2015
   Part-time MBA: 2

Financial Times
Global Business School Rankings
Ranked January 2016
MBA ranking: 33

The Economist
Which MBA? Rankings
Ranked October 2016
Global MBA Ranking: 33

QuantNet
Ranking of Financial Engineering Programs (M.S. in Computational Finance), 2017
Ranked October 2016
Overall: 1
     Best Employment Outcomes: 6

Forbes
Ranked September 2015
Full-time MBA: 19

The Hollywood Reporter
Ranked May 2016
Best Drama Schools for a Master of Fine Arts: 14

DesignIntelligence
America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools, 2016
Ranked November 2015
Industrial Design: 4
     Deans’ Survey – Most Admired for its Integrated and Interdisciplinary Program: 1
     Planning: 2
     Research: 2
     Computer Applications: 3
     Cross-disciplinary Teamwork: 3
     Theory: 3

The Princeton Review
Ranked March 2015
Top Graduate Schools for Video Game Design: 14

Environmental Protection Agency
Green Power Purchasers
Ranked February 2017
     Top 30 Colleges and Universities: 5
     Top 100 National (all companies and organizations): 52
     University Athletic Association Conference Champion, Green Power Challenge 2015-2016

The Princeton Review
Guide to 361 Green Colleges, 2016
Ranked October 2016
     Top 50 Green Colleges: 46

Sierra Magazine's Cool Schools
Ranked September 2016
     America's Greenest Colleges: 103