I have some good news for female students planning to apply for undergraduate STEM majors. Carnegie Mellon has adopted a policy of having 50% male / 50% female enrollment in all its STEM majors, including engineering, the physical sciences, and - most importantly - computer science.
Let’s break down the numbers. Carnegie Mellon’s acceptance rate for all majors, including less selective humanities programs, is 15%. I don’t know what their acceptance rate for engineering is, but it is safe to say it is south of 15%. CMU’s acceptance rate for CompSci is 5%. Historically, more men apply to STEM, including CompSci, programs than women. To meet its 50/50 gender target CMU likely has an acceptance rate for women to its CompSci program that is significantly higher than 5% (I’ll hazard a guess of over 20%). The bad news for guys is that their acceptance rate is below even the hyper-competitive 5% (maybe 2-3%?). If someone has hard admissions data from the past couple years please post it in this thread.
I have not seen anything on whether admissions requirements have been relaxed for women to meet the 50/50 goal, and schools are loath to make this information public. That said, there are qualified men and women who are likely being rejected by CMU because of the sheer level of demand.
The good news for women applying is there is a better chance of being admitted to CMU than they might have thought. In fact, they might be accepted into a top five CompSci program (CMU is ranked from 2nd to 4th, depending on which list you read) while being rejected by less prestigious programs. The bad news is that CMU has a reputation for being stingy with financial aid. Oh, and Pittsburgh only gets 30 days of sun per year, and the Original Hot Dog Shop closed.