Rankings and Reputation

Carnegie Mellon University consistently ranks among the top 50 universities worldwide and is recognised for its unique interdisciplinary environment. The university attracts award-winning talent, our current and former faculty and alumni are winning top awards in art, science and technology.

We are a world leader in robotics. CMU’s autonomous vehicle, Boss, earned the $2M prize for winning the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. Now, our researchers are developing a flying car, and working to land and operate a robot on the moon through Google’s Lunar X Mission—a project that combines technology and art. 

Carnegie Mellon University has also ranked No. 1 among all US universities without a medical school in the number of start-up companies created per research dollar spent since 2007. Find out more about The Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship

In a 2010 Wall Street Journal poll, job recruiters looking for new hires ranked Carnegie Mellon No. 1 in computer science, No. 4 in finance and No. 7 in business. CMU ranked 10 overall.

US News and World Report


  • No. 24 Best National University


  • No. 13 in Public Affairs (2016 Graduate Rankings)
  • No. 1 in specialty area of Information Technology and Management (2016 Graduate Rankings)
  • No. 8 in specialty area of Public Policy Analysis (2016 Graduate Rankings)


  • No. 1 in Computer Science (2014 Graduate Rankings)

Times Higher Education World University Rankings


  • No. 24 in the World University Rankings (2018)
  • No. 6 in Computer Science (2018)
  • No. 12 in Engineering and Technology (2018)

QS World University Rankings


  • No. 47 in the world
  • No. 3 in Computer Science and Information Systems


19 Nobel Laureates

12 Turing Award Winners

53 National Academy of Engineering members

16 National Academy of Sciences members

43 Tony Awards 

114 Emmy Awards

7 Academy Awards