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Founded in 1900, Carnegie Mellon University. is a Private college. Located in Pennsylvania, which is a city setting in Pennsylvania, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 6,283 full time undergraduate students, and 6,975 full time graduate students.
The Carnegie Mellon University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 10:1. There are 1169 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Carnegie Mellon University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at CMU are considered Most Selective, with ,38% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 7 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
99% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 92% were in the top quarter, and 75% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Carnegie Mellon University.
112 Students rated on-campus housing 3.3 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.
82 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
115 Students rated campus food 2.8 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.
115 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.
113 Students rated class size 4.1 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.
115 Students rated school activities 3.8 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.
116 Students rated local services 3.8 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.
115 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.
46 Students rated Carnegie Mellon University
CMU School of Fine Arts was the worst decision I made in my life. Attending there ruined my self esteem and permanently damaged my future. The faculty, specifically Paolo, Angela, and Suzie, are abusive and bully students to display their own power. It was a horrifying and hostile ordeal that caused me to develop long term disabilities of complex PTSD and anxiety. It permanently damaged my physical and mental health. The head, Charlie White, pays a lot to get the program into rankings. But once you’re there, you quickly find out you fell for a bait and switch. The advertisements and rankings don’t match the quality of the education or the facilities. All of the faculty are horrible, untalented and pretentious. I would do anything to go back in time and make a different decision with my life.
Overall, CMU is extremely rigorous academically regardless of major. Nevertheless, the professors are generally accommodating and approachable, and have many options for office hours. TAs and fellow classmates are also very helpful, and can sometimes explain things in a more digestible way for students. There are plenty of options for getting involved with research, joining clubs related to your major, etc.
It is worth noting, however, that the intensity of academics can often be too overwhelming. Students are constantly talking about schoolwork, worrying about securing an internship/job, or something related to academics. Because of this, it is likely that you'll feel Imposter Syndrome at some point. On top of that, CMU lacks adequate mental health resources for students. For instance, CMU's mental health department, CaPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) has limited hours and doesn't offer 24/7 on-call service for after-hours needs like it claims.
If you want to go to college purely for the sake of receiving a top-notch education, but don't have much preference for a good social life, campus food, or facilities, then this is the school for you. But if you are looking for a more well-rounded college experience, then this isn't the school for you.
As a whole, I loved my Carnegie Mellon experience. Everyone at CMU is so passionate about what they do, and constantly creating and learning and doing. It's a very inspiring environment, but also a rather intense and often stressful one. It's very usual for students to have 2-4 classes every day and then several hours of work and extracurriculars on top of that. Burnout is very real, and for many it is difficult to access adequate mental health support. Nevertheless, almost all of the professors I had were extremely understanding and accommodating, even into the pandemic. No matter what you're studying, you're sure to be working with a true expert in your field. Probably the best part of CMU is the people, though - being able to share your passion with others is what kept me going even in those long days and nights.
Honestly I've stepped foot one campus once in the last two years, and that was during Spring Break to boot. I've essentially spent none of the time necessary to form an educated opinion about any of the questions asked in this review thing, but given that any little bit helps when it comes to funding an education, I'll crank out some words for you guys.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Carnegie Mellon University is 21%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
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Diverse. Interesting. Pretty cool.
One of the most underrated student bodies in the country in terms of intellect. Overall impression is that this is one of the best schools in the country to focus on academics and be thrown into interdisciplinary study. Every student at Carnegie Mellon chooses a specific major in one of the 7 colleges and is required to minor in a college other than the one they are majoring in. This makes every student on campus have a really specific knowledge in their major and an often unrelated and multidisciplinary edge due to the minor requirement. CMU is a great school for students who know what the want before they get to college.
I know all of my design professors extremely well. They know my name, and I can email them about projects or questions whenever. The students in design are very talented and dedicated, but we aren't a cutthroat class. We don't sabotage each other's work or anything extreme like that. We all critique each others work and help each other succeed. We are actually all best friends which is the best.
Robotics engineering clubs, Formula SAE racing, service organizations and a plethora of business clubs that cover every field of business.
Yeah, people are geeky and some are socially awkward, but if you are a social person, you will meet other social people. People are geeky in different ways. Some wear capes and play MTG, while others play video games. Some are strange and some are perfectly normal. And yeah, people are smart.
Simply put, CMU students work way too hard.
Very diverse group of people which is usually a good thing. A big downfall is that the diversity is frequently overpowered by everyone's awkwardness and that creates a gap. Also the different schools have little to no interaction with each other.
The stereotype in Pittsburgh in the northeast is that everyone at CMU is a bookworm. In general, it is true. People study here a lot, but it's due to the fact that everyone is really invested in what they are studying.
Our heart is in the work.
The amazing faculty and wealth of oportunities.
Computer Science leader and 7 Economic Laureates
You can be part of different groups and still maintain your unique identity
There is not much that I wish I had known before I cam to this school. Having visited this school before, when I came back to start my school year, I was comfortable and knowledgable of the school. During Orientation week, OCs and RAs assist the freshman of their respective dorms to allow the transition to be easier and smoother. However, I cannot say that I knew every single detail of the school before I arrived. I only wish I had known how much the workload was here at this school.
The type of person that should attend Carnegie Mellon University is somebody who knows what they love and isn't afraid to work hard for it. I am saying this not because I don't believe in searching in colllege, but for other reasons. Each department at CMU is very proud of what they do and excited to teach. Your passion can be fine arts, engineering, computer science, or global studies. If you know what area you love you will find Carnegie Mellon to be very supportive and eye opening.
A hard working individual who is looking to go to one of the best schools in a number of fields. They must be willing to work hard, but also must view CMU as a standout institution, not merely as a second choice to some Ivy League school that rejected them. It hurts the spirit if they only come to CMU because they were rejected from every Ivy.
The workload at Carnegie Mellon can be frustrating at times, but if you can stay up on your work, you will be able to succeed.
Most of the Carnegie Mellon campus seem oblivious to the fact that there is an athletic department. The truth is, CMU has a very vibrant athletic community. CMU has 16 male and female intercollegiate sports, as well as various club sports and a host of intramurals.
CMU is a D3 athletic program in the University Athletic Association. This means that the athletes are not on any scholarship, however, compete at a very high level. The other schools in the UAA conference are Emory, NYU, Brandeis, Univ. of Chicago, Case Western, and Rochester.
In creative majors, classes tend to be pretty open. Some say it's "just enough rope to hang your GPA with", but I prefer to think of it as room to discover your talents and passion. Deadlines are fixed, but as long as you have something polished then you're free to get it done however you want.
This isn't the same for other fields, however. My language classes are intense and give a lot of work, but it's in the name of practice and has led to quick learning.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
55% of students
attending Carnegie Mellon University receive some sort of financial aid.
11% were awarded federal grants.
While 35% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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