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: 25
Ranked September 2019
Most Innovative Universities: 7
Best Colleges for Veterans: 7
Best Undergraduate Teaching: 29
Best Value Schools: 30

Listed as one of the top universities for:
First-Year Experiences
Internships/Co-Ops
Most International Students
Senior Capstone
Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects

Undergraduate Business: 5
     Quantitative Analysis: 2 
     Management Information Systems: 1
     Production/Operations Management: 6
     Supply Chain Management/Logistics: 9
     Finance: 7
     Entrepreneurship: 16
     Management: 20
     Marketing: 26
     Accounting: 27

Undergraduate Engineering: 6
     Computer: 2
     Environmental/Environmental Health: 9 
     Electrical/Electronic/Communications: 8
     Mechanical: 9
     Materials: 10
     Civil: 12
     Chemical: 13
     Biomedical: 22

Graduate Rankings 

Business
Ranked March 2019
  Full-time MBA: 17
  Part-Time MBA: 9
  Information Systems: 2
  Production/Operations: 2
  Supply Chain/Logistics: 7
  Finance: 13 
Ranked January 2017
   Online MBA: 2

Engineering: 4
Ranked March 2019
   Computer: 3
   Environmental: 7
   Electrical: 8
   Civil: 9
   Mechanical: 10  
   Materials: 12
   Chemical: 15
   Biomedical/Bioengineering: 22

Computer Science: 1
Ranked March 2018
   Artificial Intelligence: 1
   Programming Language: 2
   Systems: 2
   Theory: 4

Biological Sciences: 39
Ranked March 2018

Chemistry: 44
Ranked March 2018

Mathematics: 32
Ranked March 2018
   Applied Math: 16
   Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics: 7
   Logic: 6

Physics: 35 
Ranked March 2018

Statistics: 8
Ranked March 2018

Fine Arts: 6
Ranked March 2019
  Time-based/New Media: 1
  Industrial Design: 3
  Graphic Design: 5

Economics: 20
Ranked March 2017

English: 51
Ranked March 2017

History: 44
Ranked March 2017

Public Affairs: 14
Ranked March 2019
  Information and Technology Management: 1
  Public Policy Analysis: 6
  Environmental Policy and Management: 5
  Urban Policy: 14
  Health Policy and Management: 16
  Social Policy: 19
  Public Finance and Budgeting: 27
  Public Management and Leadership: 32

Psychology: 17
Ranked March 2017
  Cognitive Psychology: 5

Times Higher Education
World University Rankings, 2020
Ranked September 2019
     United States: 16
     Global: 27

World Rankings by Subject, 2019
Ranked October 2018
     Computer Science: 6
     Engineering and Technology: 17
     Business and Economics: 24
     Physical Sciences: 56    
     Arts and Humanities: 59  
     Social Sciences: 73

World Reputation Rankings, 2019
Ranked June 2019
      Overall: 31

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education
U.S. College Rankings, 2020
Ranked September 2019
      Overall: 25

QS World University Rankings
World University Rankings, 2019-2020
Ranked June 2019  
   Overall/World University Rankings: 48
  
 World Subject Rankings, 2019
 Ranked March 2019
   Arts and Humanities: 118
      Art and Design: 17
      Architecture/Built Environment: 51-100
      Performing Arts: 51-100
      Philosophy: 151-200
      Linguistics: 101-150
      English Language and Literature: 151-200
Engineering and Technology: 19
      Computer Science and Information Systems: 3
      Electrical and Electronic Engineering: 16
      Mechanical Engineering: 51-100  
      Chemical Engineering: 51-100
      Civil and Structural Engineering: 51-100 
Life Sciences and Medicine: 333
      Psychology: 35
      Biological Sciences: 151-200
Natural Sciences: 73
      Mathematics: 24
      Physics and Astronomy: 47
      Materials Science: 30
      Chemistry: 51-100
      Environmental Sciences: 101-150
Social Sciences and Management: 99
      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: 151-200

Academic Ranking of World Universities
By Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2019
   World's Top 500 Universities: 95
   Ranked June 2019 

  Academic Subjects: Engineering
  Ranked June 2019
     Computer Science and Engineering: 4
     Materials Science and Engineering: 50 
     Mechanical Engineering: 28
     Electrical and Electronic Engineering: 30
     Automation and Control: 30
     Chemical Engineering: 33
     Metallurgical Engineering: 34
     Civil Engineering: 201-300
     Environmental Science and Engineering: 51-75 
     Transportation Science and Engineering: 76-100
     Instruments Science & Technology: 101-150
     Biomedical Engineering: 101-150
     Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: 151-200
     Energy Science and Engineering: 201-300
     Biotechnology: 301-400

Academic Subjects: Natural Sciences
  Ranked June 2019
     Atmospheric Science: 34
     Chemistry: 50
     Mathematics: 101-150
     Physics: 101-150

Academic Subjects: Social Sciences
  Ranked June 2019
     Statistics: 13
     Economics: 29
     Management: 42
     Psychology: 51-75
     Finance: 76-100
     Business Administration: 151-200
     Education: 201-300

Princeton Review
Best 384 Colleges, 2020
Ranked June 2019
      Best College Theater: 1

Best Value Colleges, 2019
Ranked January 2019
    
Top 50 Best Value Colleges: 42
    Best Career Placement: 9

Kiplinger's Best College Values
Ranked December 2017
     Best Values in Private Colleges: 45
     Best Values (overall): 149

Fiske Guide to Colleges
Best Colleges, 2018
Listed July 2018

Forbes
America's Top Colleges 
Ranked August 2019
     Overall: 37

MONEY's Best Colleges 
Ranked August 2019
     Overall: 120

Animation Career Review
Top Game Design Schools and Colleges
Ranked April 2019
     In Pennsylvania: 1
     On the East Coast: 2
     In the United States: 2
     Among schools offering a Game Design B.F.A. program: 1
     Among schools offering a Game Design B.S. program: 1
     Among private schools and colleges: 2
Top Animation Schools and Colleges
Ranked May 2019
     
In Pennsylvania: 1
     On the East Coast: 4
     In the United States: 9
     Among private schools and colleges: 8
Top Graphic Design Schools and Colleges
Ranked January 2019
     On the East Coast: 3
     In the United States: 3
     Among private schools and colleges: 3

U.S. News and World Report
America's Best Colleges, 2020
Ranked September 2019
Best National University: 25
Most Innovative Universities: 7
Best Colleges for Veterans: 7
Best Undergraduate Teaching: 29
Best Value Schools: 30

Listed as one of the top universities for:
First-Year Experiences
Internships/Co-Ops
Most International Students
Senior Capstone
Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects

Undergraduate Business: 5
     Quantitative Analysis: 2 
     Management Information Systems: 1
     Production/Operations Management: 6
     Supply Chain Management/Logistics: 9
     Finance: 7
     Entrepreneurship: 16
     Management: 20
     Marketing: 26
     Accounting: 27

Undergraduate Engineering: 6
     Computer: 2
     Environmental/Environmental Health: 9 
     Electrical/Electronic/Communications: 8
     Mechanical: 9
     Materials: 10
     Civil: 12
     Chemical: 13
     Biomedical: 22

PayScale College ROI Report, 2019
Best Value Colleges 
Ranked May 2019

     Overall: 34
     In Pennsylvania: 2
     Among Private Colleges: 16
     Among Research Colleges: 16  

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 

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

The Hollywood Reporter
Ranked June 2019
   
 Top 5 Undergraduate Drama Schools for an Acting Degree
Ranked February 2019
     Top 10 Costume Design Schools

OnStage
Ranked August 2018
Top BFA Musical Theatre programs: 1
Top BFA acting/performance programs: 10 
Ranked September 2017
Top BFA Programs in the Country
     Theater Design and Tech: 1 

DesignIntelligence
America's Best Architecture and Design Schools, 2018-2019
Ranked September 2018
Top 35 Most Admired Schools: 11
Focus Areas:
    Engineering Fundamentals: 5
    Research: 5
    Practice Management: 6
    Project Planning and Management: 7
    Sustainable Built Environments/Adaptive Design/Resilient Design: 7
    Transdisciplinary Collaboration Across A/E/C: 7
    Healthy Built Environments: 8
    Interdisciplinary Studies: 8
    Design Technologies: 9

                 

       

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

Business
Ranked March 2019
     Part-time MBA: 9
     Full-time MBA: 17
     Information Systems: 2
     Production/Operations: 2
     Supply Chain/Logistics: 7
     Finance: 13
     Online MBA: 3

Engineering: 4
Ranked March 2019
     Computer: 3
     Environmental: 7
     Electrical: 8
     Civil: 9
     Mechanical: 10
     Materials: 12
     Chemical: 15
     Biomedical/Bioengineering: 22

Computer Science: 1
Ranked March 2018
      Artificial Intelligence: 1
      Programming Language: 2
      Systems: 4
      Theory: 5

Biological Sciences: 39
Ranked March 2018

Chemistry: 44
Ranked March 2018

Mathematics: 32
Ranked March 2018

Physics: 35 
Ranked March 2018

Statistics: 8
Ranked March 2018

Fine Arts: 6
Ranked March 2019
     Time-based/New Media: 1
     Industrial Design: 3
     Graphic Design: 5

Economics: 20
Ranked March 2017

English: 51
Ranked March 2017

History: 44
Ranked March 2017

Public Affairs: 14
Ranked March 2019
     Information and Technology Management: 1
     Public Policy Analysis: 6
     Environmental Policy and Management: 5
     Urban Policy: 14
     Health Policy and Management: 16
     Social Policy: 19
     Public Finance and Budgeting: 27
     Public Management and Leadership: 32

Psychology: 17
Ranked March 2017
     Cognitive Psychology: 5

Bloomberg Businessweek
Ranked December 2018
   Full-time MBA: 12
Ranked October 2015
   Part-time MBA: 2

Financial Times
Ranked January 2019
Global MBA ranking: 35

The Economist
Which MBA? Rankings
Ranked October 2018
Global MBA Ranking: 33

QuantNet
Ranking of Financial Engineering Programs (M.S. in Computational Finance), 2019
Ranked December 2018
Overall: 4

Forbes
Ranked September 2017
Full-time MBA: 18

Backstage
Listed March 2018
Best MFA and MA Acting Programs in the U.S. and U.K.

Environmental Protection Agency
Green Power Purchasers
Ranked July 2019
     Top 30 Colleges and Universities: 9
     Top 100 National (all companies and organizations): 74
     University Athletic Association Conference Champion, Green Power Challenge 2017-2018

The Princeton Review
Guide to 399 Green Colleges, 2018
Listed October 2018