Carnegie Mellon University

UBA Student

April 11, 2018

Undergrad Business Applications Increase by 26 Percent

While application increases were seen spanning all six of Carnegie Mellon's undergraduate colleges, the Tepper School of Business saw a 26 percent increase in applicants from last year. Of those who were admitted, notably 50 percent were women. In addition to the diverse group of admitted students, first generation, or individuals who are the first in their families to attend a university, grew to 17 percent.

Greatest Application Increase in University's History

Overall, Carnegie Mellon University attracted a record-breaking 24,351 applicants for admission to the Class of 2022, a 19 percent increase over last year. It is the largest year-to-year increase and the most applicants in the university's history.

“We’re extremely excited to see the record-breaking increase in applicant interest this year,” said Burton Hollifield, PNC professor of finance, professor of financial economics and head of the Undergraduate Business Administration Program. “The Tepper School is driven by rigorous academic programs that emphasize business, technology and analytics expertise to create the business leaders of the 21st century, and we’re humbled to see students taking action to be part of our programs.”

New Tepper Quad: A Cross-Campus Collaborative Space

The surge of applicants comes at a critical time for the Tepper School, with the new Tepper Quad opening in the summer of 2018. The new building will be centrally located in the middle of the university and will serve as a hub for undergraduate business students to connect and collaborate with faculty and students from across all of Carnegie Mellon’s campus.

“I’m thrilled to see the increase in applicants this year at such an exciting time for the Tepper School,” said Jennifer Wegner, executive director of the Undergraduate Business Administration program. “With the increased size of the undergraduate area in the new Tepper Quad, the close-knit community of the undergraduate cohort will have more opportunities to work together at their home base on campus.”

Carnegie Mellon notified applicants of admission decisions by March 31. Admitted students will have until the national reply date of May 1 to accept or decline the offer.