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Simply put, CMU students work way too hard.
I'd say the best part of CMU is the people, definitely. There are sooo many people from different backgrounds, ethnically and...
I'd say the best part of CMU is the people, definitely. There are sooo many people from different backgrounds, ethnically and culturally, I love it! Also, the networking capabilities, this is the best place to network and realize how many opportunities are out there for you, from faculty/staff/guest to the wide variaty of majors available. I would definitely change the number of people smoking!! I never realized how big smoking was until I came to CMU, international students are the major smokers but are not the only ones. If I could some how convince people to stop smoking, I would do it immediately!:) I also would definitely change the cost, everything about CMU is so expensive, from tuition, to food on campus, dorms, etc. I feel CMU is the perfect size, it's just right, not too big, not too small. Its big enough that i can see a new face everyday, but small enough that I can still recognize familiar faces each day. What's frustrating is that most people have never heard of CMU so when I tell them I go here they have no idea what I'm talking about or how amazing (academically) this school is; but CMU's name is getting bigger so in the future I know that won't happen anymore. I spend most of my time in my room doing work, or in the library/ meeting with friends to do work. Pittsburgh is a collegetown, but being an engineering major, i barely ever interact with anyone from another university; also I hear that when you're over 21 the city/nightlife is amazing; if you're into that. The administration is pretty cool, they're not stuck up for the most part and its very normal to interact/have a good relationship with your dean of your school for example. The biggest controversy on campus I can remember was my freshman year (3yrs ago) when the on campus movie organization wanted to show a porno for that weeks movie...which they did and it was all over the news! As an athlete, I would definitely say that there is not a lot of school pride, its mainly other athletes cheering on other athletes or close friends of athletes. This is very unfortunate because a lot of our teams are REALLY good, for example the volleyball team:)...also, we have a new director of athletics who is amazing and she has done so much in the short 3 years that she has been here and i think school pride has definitely increased!...What is normal about CMU should be the question and I'd say nothing:)...CMU is sooo quirky and has so really cool traditions which really makes me love this school even more because it isnt like the rest, from Buggy to the fence to Holi to Mobots and so on, this school is really cool. Volleyball is an experience that i can never forget, if you have the opportunity to play a sport, i would definitely suggest you do so. The most frequent student complaints is about the food (on campus) and the work load.
I think the majority of CMU students are very welcoming, or become very welcoming after attending CMU. There isnt many racial, religious, socio-economic, sexual orientation, etc. issues. There are some ignorant individuals but they in no way reflect the majority of the CMU student body. I honestly can say that I don't think there would be a single student who would feel out of place at CMU. To back this claim up, just look at the wide variety of majors available at CMU and how the majority of them are highly ranked. I see so many different type of people that im sure ANYONE could find a group of friends just like them if not, CMU allows the opportunity for people to step out of their usually type of friends and make new friends with people of all varieties. I can say that I have never seen a single person wear their PJs to class, but I'm pretty sure it happens. People wear all different types of clothes, so people dress up everyday, while others wardrobes consist of nothing but sweats. That is the best part of CMU, the fact that soooo many different type of people are able to interact. I have friends from all over the US some from Korea, Singapore, India, Cuba, Turkey, etc. The tables in Schatz (the ONLY dining hall we have): Table 1: Football players Table 2: Drama students Table 3: Freshmen guys from Hammerschlag Table 4: A group of friends catching up on new info in their lives that they've missed b/c they had a huge exam that week. Most students are from Maryland, New Jersey, India and Korea. You never really know peoples financial backgrounds b/c in college everyone is poor:)...however, I can guess that the majority come from wealthy families b/c all the international students get miniscule to no financial aid and their parents pay from pocket. I think most students are liberal, CMU has many LGBT individuals and its likely that you'll have at least one friend who is so I feel most people are liberal. However, Im pretty sure we have a Republican Party club, but not a democratic one. I'd say some students are politically aware but not active, there's just not enough time for that. People talk about that alll the time (i can only speak for engineers)...that is the reason why some students chose CMU b/c with a degree from CMU you're almost guaranteed to be successfully (financially)...I can assume the same for the business majors as well.
...:)...some of them, everyone definitely isnt ugly and antisocial...but for the technical/science majors, the rest is pretty accurate:)
For the most part, all the professors make an attempt to get to know you and your name, so its definitely up to you to follow through (office hours, for example). My favorite class was Heat and Mass transfer taught by Professor Kris Dahl, my first female professor as an engineer and she was the best professor ever. I usually prefer male professors but this lady knows how to teach! My least favorite class was Intro to Chemical Engineering and Modern Biology I. I didnt like these classes mainly because of the professors who taught it. I would say students study more hours than they sleep in a week! CMU is not an easy school, but all this work pays off in the long run! I would say that for the most part, the same students participate in class some professors actively encourage others (by calling on them or not letting the same people respond) but that's not the case for all classes. Also, most classes (engineering) are lecture style so its not necessary for you to "participate" but people usually feel comfortable asking questions.
I think the most popular groups are sororities/frats, RAs/Orientation counselors (OCs), Crossseekers/Intervarsity, ABTech, SDC, SWE, organizations specific to ones major. It depends on what dorm you live in, if you live a predominatly freshman dorm, the doors are left open all the time, but when it comes to upperclassmen, they're not trying to make new friends:) and the doors are barely ever left open. Athletic events are getting more popular, but not as big as a Division I school. Its mainly athletes and their friends supporting other athletes. The school movie is big b/c its cheap, so if they're showing a good movie, a lot of people will be there. Also, when there are really famous guest speakers like Bill Gates, there are huge lines to get in, but for other speakers they are usually specific for certain majors (not exclusive but lecture topic) and mainly graduate students/facult/staff go even though undergraduates are welcome. I think a lot of people date at CMU, for me I havent found anyone my type (mainly b/c I don't have time) also there are several other universities that people branch out to to find their potential mates, 2 of my closest friends boyfriends are from University of Pittsburgh, which is by the way literally a block away. I met my closest friends from the volleyball team and mainly from my dorm freshman year, but as the year progressed some people from my major became my closest friends as well. I usually am never up that late (which is not the case for most people), but if I am finishing a huge assignment. Annual events/traditions are Spring Carnival: (Buggy, Booth and freetime), Lunar Gala Fashion show, Spirit Fashion show, Mayur show, Dancer's Symposium, Winter Gala, Chili Cook off, Mobots, National Engineers Week, Greek Sing, Mr. Fraternity, the list could go on. I think people party a lot especially when the fraternites are not on probation. If they are there are a lot of house parties. Frats/Sororites are big only if you want to join one, if you don't (which most people do not want to) they are only useful for parties. Last weekend I went to my friends house (who now lives off campus) and a bunch of us made dinner and watched a movie. On Saturday night besides drinking, there are many things one can do: Aerobics classes in the gym, UC Late night (event every weekend which is free), watch a play put on by the drama school, go to the movies, shopping, bowling, out to dinner, etc. I unfortunately havent had much time to do stuff off campus yet, but a lot of other people do, (it may just be me) but their a lot of museums and cool stuff Pittsburgh has to offer.
They are: Ugly, nerdy, workaholics and antisocial. This is mainly for technical/science majors.
A very unique tradition at Carnegie Mellon is the Carnival that happens every year. It is my best annual experience at CMU. ...
A very unique tradition at Carnegie Mellon is the Carnival that happens every year. It is my best annual experience at CMU. Big name performing artists are invited every year for a large concert. Student organizations all compete in two large competitions. The first is called Sweepstakes races, where we all build buggys, which are small missile-like vehicles with a small driver inside, no motor - but a handle attached for pushers to keep the buggy in motion until it gets to the downhill part of the course. It is a very competitive event that ignites student pride in their organizations as it takes dedication, engineering skills, and athletic ability for a team to be successful. The second activity is Called Booth, where a theme is given out each year and the and student organizations have to construct large structures that are fun, creative, appeasing to the eye, and have an interesting activity that accompany them. The Booths are a part of the actual carnival itself where families in the community come out for the rides and famous carny culinary delights. One thing I would definitely change at CMU is the lack of school pride. My junior year the football team was undefeated and maybe 10 percent of the school was aware or cared. The basketball team is also good, but few people care or know. The largest controversy's on campus are always centered around race issues. For instance in 2004 there was a series of distasteful racial jokes in the student newspaper that resulted in protest from several student organizations, especially the minority groups on campus, as well as minority greek organizations. The year following that a Nation of Islam racial extremist was invited to campus to speak by a minority organization on campus, which resulted in a large controversy where many students complained of reverse racism being promoted by the incident. The racial tension is present on campus and proves to be problematic from time to time.
Carnegie Mellon's population is perhaps 45% Euro-American, 30% Asian/Asian-American, 15% Middle Eastern/Indian, and (10% Latino/Hispanic, African/Afro-American, and Native American). There are several religious groups on campus, I have personally had good experiences with multiple Christian groups. Everyone is very different, there is a very broad range of personalities, economic classes, religions, and political beliefs. People generally know the people from their majors, which encourages less racial allegiance of more academic social allegiance.
To an extent yes, the average Carnegie Mellon student is compelled to spend very little time socially to offset the consistent pressure that results from the school workload.
Class sizes and professor-student interaction depends on ones major. As a Professional Writing major my classes are often seminar style, contingent upon student interaction with a maximum of 20 students to the one professor, hence the PW major is a small community where you tend to see the same professor for different courses and people know each other. However Engineers tend to have more large lectures with little participation and only really get in contact with the TA's through recitation. CMU students have to spend a great deal of time studying outside of the classroom to be successful, no matter what major they have. My largest grievance about the academic experience is that the school forces student interaction very heavily in the sciences and math field despite a students lack of interest in that field, and often forces students to engage in the study of philosophy and theory that does not appear to be significant in getting jobs.
The most important groups on campus of the Greek organizations because they provide most of the social opportunities on weekends as well as random social activities on a day to day basis. The cultural awareness group I am involved with is called SPIRIT. We aim to unify minorities on campus and provide social as well as educational events for members and also unify minorities with their fellow students. Many of my friends are a part of the SPIRIT organization. However the organization cannot be as influential as a greek organization because we do not have the monetary capacity of those organizations. Organized athletic events are not very significant unless you yourself or an athlete. Typically other athletes support the other sports in the athletic department. However, many students get excited about intramural sports. I personally enjoy IM basketball and football. Every year there are two fashion shows, The Lunar Gala, and the Spirit fashion show which generate a lot of attendance from the CMU community and the Outside college community. People party at the fraternity houses on weekends if they are under 21, typically older students explore the pittsburgh party scene rather than the campus social activities. Because my fraternity is at the University of Pittsburgh, I spend a lot of time with students on Pitt's campus, as do many other CMU students because the school are in such close proximity.
CMU students are typically characterized as individuals without social ambitions, solely focused on and academics.
For me, the campus is just the right size. I think this is something that is different for everyone and I just happened to f...
For me, the campus is just the right size. I think this is something that is different for everyone and I just happened to find the right place. I would caution that if you love a large campus, such as a state school, then CMU is probably not the place for you. I think its just a matter of knowing what is right for you and seeking out a school tht meets your needs.
There are a lot international students.
I believe these stereotypes are inaccurate. Concerning the social scene, I think its important to highlight the differences between a small, private university and a state school. Our social scene is just different, not non existent. Also, our school is diverse in many disciplines. As engineering and computer science are great programs, CMU also has a great reputation for the fine arts.
Athletic events are not very popular thoughout campus. Atheles support other athletes. However, initiatives are being made to involve both athletics and academic extracirriculars so that everyone can have support and a fan base for their work.
I think a big stereotype is the lack of social scene at CMU. Also, I think we are thought of as a big engineering and computer science school.
The best thing about CMU is that it is not a liberal arts school. If you go to this school for one thing and decide you want...
The best thing about CMU is that it is not a liberal arts school. If you go to this school for one thing and decide you want to work with computers, we have one of the best computer schools in the nation. Architecture instead? We have that, design, art, and performance major, all of which rate within the highest programs in the nation. Engineering, business, and psychology each are some of the best programs you can be in, so if you go here unsure, and decide what you want to do, there is no reason to move. The size of the school is fantastic because every day you will meet new people, but you will always see a familiar face around campus. When I tell people that I go to CMU, many don't seem to know that such a college exists. Recently it was rated to be up there with the ivy league schools, but obviously it's reputation is not. People familiar with the school either are very impressed, because of our academic program, or very put off, because of the stigma attached with "the CMU student". Most of my time on campus is spent either in my lovely on campus apartment or in the gym working off some stress. What college town? We have neighboring cities, sure, but it is definitely not just CMUers. If you want a college town, youve gotta go to UPitt's neck of the woods further into the city. Its not too far of a walk and almost nothing of a busride, but in the immediate vicinity, there isnt very much. There is no school pride at CMU. The people that attend sporting events are mostly fellow athletes. Since we don't have a big name, and that name is marred by a poor student body reputation, people don't put it out there too much. There is a huge horrendous statue right in front of the school. Its a long pole sticking out from the ground at an angle with people walking up it. Occationally students will climb it, deface it, or take pictures with it, but it's really not worth the millions of dollars we spent to get it there. Students complain that there arent enough parties, though there are as long as you know people. The problem with parties at CMU though, is that they can be hit or miss. There is little way to tell if it will be a good time or not, so the best bet is clubbing somewhere else in pittsburgh. Clubs can be rented out by organizations and will host parties throughout the year, to which there is transportation, and under 21s are allowed.
One downside of campus is that there is always somebody handing out flyers for some cause or another. The best story I heard was from a friend of my who was eating a cheesestake on his way to class when he unknowingly accepted a vegetarian/vegan "save the animals" flier and while trying to grab it accidently spilled steak on the volunteer's shoe. Similarly we have "Jews for Jesus" and anti-abortion groups handing out fliers and picketing on our campus fairly regularly during the summer and spring. We have every type of student at CMU, so nobody would feel out of place, as long as you could find the group you belong with. Students usually dress quite casual for classes, usually jeans and a t-shirt or polo, but occationally there are students who come in their pajamas, and on the other end of the spectrum, those who dress to the nines for lecture. It takes all kinds to make a campus like ours. Different students interact, but if there are four tables at the dining hall they go like this: athelets at one, korean students at another, girls at a third, and a lone awkward student nobody wants to sit with at the fourth. Most CMU students Ive found are from New Jersey, though we have a high percentage of international students, as well as students from all around the country.
Because CMU is a computer science school (among other things) we are right up there with MIT as far as people who avoid eye contact with anything but a computer screen. However, because they are usually so quiet and introverted, they aren't around a lot. In fact, most of the people you see on a day to day basis are normally neither unattractive nor introverted.
All of my professors know my name, but its because I approach them and introduce myself. The classes are almost never too large where a professor cannot get to know you. My favorite class is Social Psychology. I took it my sophomore year and am now a TA. The professor is like a stand up commedian, asking students for examples of prejudice and stereotype that they have encountered and in turn telling hysterical stories to illustrate fascinating topics. Each semester her class has at least 60 students on the wait list, even when the class has 140 students enrolled. Students study very often at CMU. it is not a slacker school by any means, and the classes can be quite difficult if you are in a hard major. Participation is uncommon in larger classes but common in smaller ones. If you are lucky you find a large class that is intriguing enough to have participation, but mostly its only 3 or 4 students who carry the whole lecture by speaking up, and nobody likes them anyway. The most unique class I took was an English composition class titled "Vampires". Our Interpretation and Argument classes have many different themes, ranging from "the Matrix" to "the Simpsons". Mine was based around the lore and persistence of vampire lore and literature in the modern culture and what it symbolizes about western culture. I am a psychology major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. My major is one of the most easy, and one of the most interesting majors in the school. Because of this, I decided to take on additional course work including languages such as Chinese and Spanish and a Minor in Biology. It is definitely nice to have the fexibility to add to my education. Not all majors have room for additional coursework. I spend time with professors outside of class when I can. I find most of them to be great academic resources and very interesting people outside of the classroom, but many don't have time to sit around and chat. My education at CMU is a bit of both, to get a job and for the sake of learning. I am going onto a masters degree in a different subject, so my education is because I want to learn.
The unfortunate CMU stereotype is that we are all ugly nerds. People who go to neighboring universities sweat that there is a CMU student "lool", and that they can tell who CMU students on sight.
CMU gives a large amount of possibilities for students. There are a lot of opportunities to join research projects, clubs, o...
CMU gives a large amount of possibilities for students. There are a lot of opportunities to join research projects, clubs, or even take part in individual projects. The student culture is very education-oriented and makes it easy to join clubs and pursue goals. The 'party scene' may not be that large in CMU, however since it is in a big city, there is always a lot to do and it is easy to meet people of various interests, backgrounds, etc.
Different majors usually have different groups of students. A large number of engineering students tend to be East-Asian international students who tend to stay together. Actually, there is a large East-Asian population in CMU in general. Other than that, the make up of students in CMU tends to be similar to that of other universities. There is however, a large Jewish population. There have been occasional pro-Israel and anti-Arab flyers which, as an Arab, makes me feel uneasy, however it seems to be at the same level of other universities. Being in a large city also, there is always opportunities to interact with students of other universities and from the city, therefore diversity does not become that large of an issue.
This is coming from the perspective of a Electrical/Computer Engineering student who transfered into CMU his junior year. I have been living off-campus ever since being admitted to CMU and therefore have never experience the CMU dorms and apartments. Academically, CMU is a great place, however I have learned to mainly have my social life in the city of Pittsburgh.
There definitely is a significant population of East-Asian students. There is also a large number of female students especially in non-engineering and science fields.
All professors are different, however most will go out of their way to help students and inspire them. Having transfered to CMU from a different university, I can definitely say the quality of professors in CMU is far more higher than others. Students, likewise are all different, however quite a few of them are happy to pursue academics outside the classroom in the form of research, individual projects, or clubs such as the Robotics Club. CMU's academic requirements are fairly tough however, and sometimes makes it difficult to pursue activities other than those required in classes. However, the number of classes a student is willing to take is up to the student after all. Compared the previous university that I have attended, CMU is far more geared towards learning for learnings sake. However, I believe this is mainly due to the fact that CMU students do not quite require a 'masking' of their ability to get things done. Although CMU does not spend as much time trying to get students job compared to my other school, its students are often employed at higher rates with higher salaries.
There are large number of academic-oriented clubs and organizations in CMU, such as the Robotics club. There are also large numbers of guest speakers and seminars weekly in the many different departments of CMU. CMU is not however, that big of a party school. Fraternities do not seem to be as important or predominant compared to other universities. There is a very diverse student population and many people to meet, however the university could sometimes make it difficult for students in different fields to bridge outside of classes. Once again however, since CMU is in a city rather than a campus in the suburbs, it is easy for students to interact outside of campus and many subcultures exist.
Its full of East-Asians. There are few female students.
I came to CMU a happy kid who liked making friends, but CMU taught me during my first semester to hate. I walk around campus ...
I came to CMU a happy kid who liked making friends, but CMU taught me during my first semester to hate. I walk around campus and pretend that I'm crazy so no one will talk to me because so many people here are idiots, or assholes, or both. people are very territorial, even in public areas, and you'll learn to be that way too. there isn't school pride--the closest thing to that is the bonding that occurs over the hatred of CMU itself--it's like anti-pride.
If you're korean you'll fit right in, international students are mostly from taiwan or korea and they roam in packs smoking marlboro ultra-lights and saying things about you in a language you don't understand. The only way to fight back is to speak pig-latin--they may know korean and english but they don't know pig latin---talk all the shit you want.
Mostly. There are alot of different majors other than engineering and computer science, there are cute girls--but there are a precious few and they are quickly snatched up. plenty of people have sex--as long as they aren't too busy playing World of Warcraft. There's alot of studying for alot of people--but if you can bullshit you'll get by just fine. There's not much to do -- if you have an ID you can go to the bars, you can go to the fraternities, or house parties on the weekends--most extracurricular activities involve getting drunk, and hopefully getting high.
for alot of classes you are a number on a page--maybe they have your picture--teachers will mispronounce your name the entire semester because you'll never get close enough to them to correct them. alot of classes have over 100 kids in them. You are not an individual. There are some good classes where your teachers will give a shit about you, but alot of teachers are here doing research for the school and are teaching the classes on the side so they don't give a fuck. If you're not here to get sent through a tube directly into the job market then you are wasting your time. You're here to build the base of a career--if you think learning is fun then get out because learning is about getting a job.
people party like they're in high school. every party you go to someone will throw up and you'll see it happen. it might even get on you. If you're a guy and you don't know who's house it is or anyone in a fraternity, plan on getting kicked out, unless you're with cute girls. if someone doesn't know you at a party they will consider you an intruder-- plan on pushing and shoving.
Most of the time if someone hears that you go to CMU their first instinct is to ask whether you're doing engineering or computer programming. There are no cute girls, there are no cute guys. if you're going to college to meet attractive people CMU is not for you. No one has sex. If you do have sex you're either gay or having sex with someone you don't find attractive. Everyone studies all the time and no one likes to have fun.
When you tell people who don't go to CMU that you go to CMU, they think you are really smart. When you tell people at CMU th...
When you tell people who don't go to CMU that you go to CMU, they think you are really smart. When you tell people at CMU that you go to CMU, they think they are smarter than you. The sports suck. The big monument sucks. The facilities are ass.
Too many people are smoking hookah in grass fields and on benches and stuff. Hookah's are inherently uncool, yet people at CMU gather with pride to smoke the stuff. It's like going to college in the year 2000. Permanently.
It's like you are paying a bunch of money to go to a place you've been to before. And also the place sucks.
Everyone here is a foreign nerd.
The best thing about CMU is the facilities, the computer labs are really good. I'd change the girls at CMU if I could change ...
The best thing about CMU is the facilities, the computer labs are really good. I'd change the girls at CMU if I could change one thing, they're all too ugly. The people who know about CMU think its sweet but about half of them don't know about it. Most of my time is spent at the fraternity house. This isn't a college town... its a college block. CMU's administration is ok but they could be a little more open to fun. There is no CMU pride, but reasonably so.
This school has about a million asians and very few black people. Most people here are rich or at least pretty well off. Also, almost everyone is Liberal. Most people expect to make a shit load (above 70k) after graduation.
CMU is alright if you know the right people, its just hard to do that. You pretty much have to ignore more than half of the student population to have fun and have to try pretty hard to have a good social life. Getting a girl here is the worst because if they're moderately good looking, there are 5 other dudes hitting on her. In general the school is just awkward.
The professors in classes that I go to know my name. Student study too much and bitch too much about it. Class participation is common in smaller lectures. CMU students talk a lot about intellectual stuff. CMU students are very competitive. CS is great cause everyone knows we're the best and most of the kids in my major are pretty smart.
Athletics are a joke here but they're fun if you're on a team because they're low key. Fraternities are alright but commonly get the shaft by the administration when it comes to having fun. Sororities are in general over active ugly girls but there are a couple good ones.
They're whack and socially retarded
The opportunities after graduation. location. size is just right. impressed. dorm or fraternity house. college town. snobby a...
The opportunities after graduation. location. size is just right. impressed. dorm or fraternity house. college town. snobby and stuck-up. no school pride. weather.
very separate, not much interaction. none. jeans or sweatpants and a shirt. pittsburgh, or new jersey/new york. upper-middle class. yes.
some do. no favorite class, least favorite is interp. everyday. somewhat. yes. yes. principles of computation. business administration, very friendly staff. no. bull. applying what we learn to jobs.
sports and greek. my fraternity. yes. not popular. work. painting the fence. once or twice a week. track meet. movie.
no sex, everyone is a dork, no fun and all work.
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