Carnegie Mellon University

Admission Process

The Undergraduate Economics Program looks for students who are motivated, intellectually curious, and interested in making connections across disciplines, and who will make the most of and contribute to the many opportunities throughout the Carnegie Mellon community.


Learn more about the admission process and financial aid. Check our program FAQs for answers to other questions about applying to the economics program.

While our program is jointly supported by the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Tepper School of Business, the admission process requires students to apply through Dietrich College.

We encourage you to contact the economics program staff with any questions you may have about our program. If you plan on visiting campus, you may schedule an appointment to meet with our program staff.

Upon admission to Carnegie Mellon, some individuals will be invited to participate in college-level and cross-university honors programs. The most common program that economics students are invited into is the Quantitative Social Science Scholars Program, which complements our curriculum well.

Carnegie Mellon follows a need-blind admission policy, which means we do not admit U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. based on their families' ability to pay for their education. Applying for financial aid will have no effect on your chances for regular admission. For information about the undergraduate admission process, visit the Carnegie Mellon Undergraduate Office of Admission website.

Carnegie Mellon follows a need-blind admission policy, which means we do not admit U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. based on their families’ ability to pay for their education.

Applying for financial aid will have no effect on your chances for regular admission. Carnegie Mellon’s financial assistance program is designed to meet our dual goal of helping prospective students who have demonstrated financial need afford the cost of education and rewarding those students who have outstanding talents and abilities. Need-based financial assistance is used to enroll high-quality students. The highest quality students will receive the most favorable financial assistance packages. 

Undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon University's Pittsburgh campus all pay the same full-time tuition and part-time unit fees. Prospective students are encouraged to explore information provided by the Office of Undergraduate Admission on their tuition and feesfinancial aid overview, and financial aid estimator pages.

The undergraduate economics program offers employment opportunities to the entire undergraduate population in the form of grading positions, proctoring positions, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Outside of our program, students find employment at the university as work study and non-work study staff, including Academic Development tutors, office assistants, campus resident assistants, community advisors, and more.