Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon University


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Recent Reviews

Christopher
What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The campus housing and dining programs are generally lacking. The dining oppurtunities on campus are not only rather limited ...

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The campus housing and dining programs are generally lacking. The dining oppurtunities on campus are not only rather limited but expensive as well. There is a definite shortage of housing for underclassmen, as well a good amount of dorms that are not very nice.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who are not prepared to work a good amount, or are not generally interested in what they're looking to study. A person who goes to CMU must be not only intelligent and hard working, but truly interested in their field of study in order to truly take advantage of all the oppurtunities provided by the university.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The college decision process is definitley a very tricky stage in a seniors life. The major problem that arises is the inability for prospective students to accurately "feel out" the school in their short visit there. Even if a student and their parents visits a school campus, it is still quite the challenge to understand how exactly you will fit in there. My advice to students would be to pick a school based mostly on the school's academic rigor. In the end this is what you as parents and a student are paying for. As long as the school is sufficiently large, you will find a niche where you truly feel welcome if you are willing to spend the time meeting people. Most schools will offer enough extra-curriculur and sports programs to make sure anyone has enough to do outside of class for people with any kinds of interests. Everyone's main reason for paying for higher level education is to receive a level of academic instruction impossible to achieve at the secondary school level. My advice is to choose the school that fits you best academically and everything else will fall into place once you get there.

Chrystina
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A place where you get to learn while pulling all-nighters just to get by.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A place where you get to learn while pulling all-nighters just to get by.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Look around when you visit to see if there are smiling faces.

What's unique about your campus?

The diversity because you get to meet a lot of different people.

Jisu
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Geeky yet consisting of a variety of student body

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Geeky yet consisting of a variety of student body

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I haven't considered other schools.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Find the college that fits your interest of study, social activities, and personality. It really matters.

Ryan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Carnegie Mellon's awesome power is the intellectual environment fostered by the faculty and sustained by the diversely talent...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Carnegie Mellon's awesome power is the intellectual environment fostered by the faculty and sustained by the diversely talented students. On campus, a common thread of comment is that we are undervalued as a school; we're the campus tomorrow's leaders are going to come from, but no one knows us yet. Engineering and CS are major powerhouses in their own right, but MCS (the science college) commonly garners excellence in research. Additionally, MCS prides itself in undergraduate education. We are the school of socially competent geeks; we know how to walk the walk and talk the talk, but at heart each and everyone of us is a big, huge, obsessed nerd about our subjects of interest (and this isn't just limited to our majors).

Describe the students at your school.

CMU is pretty apathetic, really. There are religious groups, political and LGBT groups on campus that are active, and you will find people that will support whatever interests you have, but in general most people are focused on their studies. The campus leans to the left, but it is far from "super liberal". Also, the student body is generally affluent, but there are many exceptions and it isn't assumed that everyone has strong financial resources in their parents. The only people who would feel out of place on campus are people who aren't passionate about life -- about their major, about the world, about their place in our future. I'm not going to lie -- disengaged, undirected people will not like it here.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Yes. Don't come here if these don't interest you.

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics are hard; really, really hard. Don't let this scare you though; if you're a cmu'er at heart, you'll be kind of excited about this. We will challenge you to dig deeper, try harder, work faster, work better -- in every possible way. In particular, the Biology and Chemistry departments are know for their laboratory instruction, which consistently places us as some of the best trained undergraduates available to graduate schools and industry. You WILL have the opportunity to preform significant research, and you should. It will both cement your place in the academic culture of CMU and make you extremely competitive for the future. As for accessibility of professors and personal attention, I believe CMU can rival small liberal arts colleges. Professors are ALWAYS available, advising is superb, and you will never want for more support.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

You won't have time for a non-stop social life, but you will meet and interact with people who you will love for the rest of your life. We work hard, and we play hard (ish). We're not a party school, but we're also not prudes. There are parties, and friends provide entertainment amoung themselves. There is also a greek life option, though this is not my domain and not something I see as very prevalent/necessary to a good four years. Expect to work on the weekends, and schedule friends around exams/projects. Also expect to spend time in labs late at night and early in the morning. However, know that free time will be worth that much more to you.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Everyone is brilliant, everyone is a geek, everyone is driven, everyone is awkward, everyone is a work-a-holic

Gwendolyn
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First of all, know what you want in a university. The university that you choose will determine if you make the most out of...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First of all, know what you want in a university. The university that you choose will determine if you make the most out of your college expirences. I wanted a high powered engineering school, and that narrowed down my focus very quickly. Other factors to consider are the size of the campus, if it's urban or rural, and whether it has the sort of atmosphere that you want. I love the geeky atmosphere at my school, and the large amount of opertunities offered by a medium sized campus. Once you're there, figure out your priorities. At my school, you don't have to try and make school a priority, the high pressure atmosphere makes it be one. People here have to work to make their social lives a priority, otherwise they live in computer clusters and labs and don't enjoy college. At other schools, it can be the opposite, and you have to work to make sure you stay on top of school. Either way, make sure you are making time for the things that are important to you, and that you know what you can give up in order to keep them on top.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Nothing really comes to mind. Coming from a tiny hippy high school, I wasn't prepared for the workload at Carnegie Mellon. But I was told it would be a lot more work here, I just didn't know how much more or what that workload felt like.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Sometimes the administration (not the professors, the administration) doesn't like to listen to the students. When we didn't want them to install Walking to the Sky, they ignored the whole student body and went ahead anyway.

Blake
What's unique about your campus?

CMU's engineering pageant contestants.

What's unique about your campus?

CMU's engineering pageant contestants.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

A story of a prank on high school overnight visitors at CMU.

What's unique about your campus?

Rap music video of a group that "aren't your average CMU girls".

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The Fence is one of the CMU's most recognizable landmarks. Students give a real account of the tradition behind it.

Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

Students demonstrate various traditional CMU cheers.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

A bagpipe practice on the Cut at Carnegie Mellon.

Stephanie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important thing is for the student to feel like they couldn't picture going to school anywhere else. The school has...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important thing is for the student to feel like they couldn't picture going to school anywhere else. The school has to fit your priorities, whether it be money, future career plans, or the general atmosphere. I wouldn't base your choice off of how pretty the campus is or how cool the surrounding city is, but rather on what kind of education you want to receive and whether you think the workload might be too much or too little for you. My big tip is to go off of the meal plan as soon as you can, the cafeteria food is usually gross and cooking for yourself is easy and SO much healthier!

David
What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who doesn't want to work to get somewhere in life. Someone who expects to party all the time.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who doesn't want to work to get somewhere in life. Someone who expects to party all the time.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The career opportunities that the school helps you create.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do not to settle on a college because it is the closest to home or all of your friends go there. It is important to select a college that will best prepare you for where you want to go in life. While money is certainly important, there are many ways of earning the money you need to pay for the education you deserve. Make sure that you visit different schools and talk with the financial advisors at the school about the ways in which students are assisted. The best advice I can give about selecting the right school is to choose a school that you feel comfortable with to commit to for the next few years. Once you find a school that fits your needs, your education becomes what you make of it. Going to class and learning the material is certainly part of school and is important, but you should become active and meet new people. If you become active in the campus community, you will learn life skills that cannot be taught in the classroom. These skills will build the foundation for your career and help to mold you into the person you want to become.

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