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The Value of a Carnegie Mellon Education

An Investment in Yourself. And Humankind.

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The value of a Carnegie Mellon education can’t be summed up by numbers alone.

It’s also about freedom — the freedom to study across disciplines, so you’re never stuck in a one-size-fits-all future. It’s about relationships, too. The kinds you form with faculty, other students and alumni. Those bonds will support and inspire you throughout your life. But most of all, it’s about your contribution to the world. Because what you learn and do here will help drive society toward solutions that make life better for all humankind.

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Ready for Whatever’s Next

We’re dedicated to helping you put your education into action. From one-on-one coaching at our Career and Professional Development Center to numerous career fairs, we help you uncover every opportunity.

The proof is in the professional success our graduates earn right out of the gate. They’re working in almost every sector, from emerging startups and Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits and government organizations. The average starting salary for Carnegie Mellon’s Class of 2023 was $111,814, varying by department, and 91% of the class was either employed or pursuing additional education within six months of graduation.

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