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4 College Junior

Majors: You apply to CIT first and at the end of the first year declare. Biomedical is an additional major, and all you need is to declare that after you declare a first major. All you need to do is take the intro course.

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5 College Junior

Majors: Civil and Environmental Engineering and Biomedical Engineering have the best support staff. I thoroughly enjoy it because of the passion that everyone has and the opportunities. It has an average workload, and both departments are always showing internship/job opportunities

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College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't go to parties, but there are plenty thrown by the Greeks.

College Sophomore

Academics: I haven't really gotten that far into my major yet, but so far it's been fine.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Study is very rigorous. Workload is pretty heavy and you really have to manage your time properly to get everything done. Professors range from not caring at all to being pretty invested in your learning. TA's are a wild card--some don't care at all, and some are very willing to help.

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College Sophomore

Majors: My major (chemical engineering) does not have any special requirements like ECE. It's all pretty standard.

College Sophomore

Majors: Haven't had an internship yet, but plan to get one for next summer.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: During my first year my dorm was pretty decent--there was a lot of emphasis on house bonding, and there would often be fun events to facilitate that.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't participate in Greek life, but it seems that most of what they do is throw parties and get drunk on the weekends and sometimes even the weekdays.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It really depends on who you meet. Some people tend towards antisocial--studying rather than hanging out. Others like to party all the time.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Somewhat of a range, not very healthy at all.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Very good. Lots of opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Very challenging courses, big range of professors.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Pittsburgh generally tends to close up shop pretty early.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They didn't meet my need 100% but they got close enough.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I definitely feel safe and secure on campus and there are many outlets for those who don't.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no pressure to join Greek life, but it's definitely a great opportunity and I think everybody could find a good-fit Greek organization to join.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Although expensive, there is a really good return on the investment of coming to CMU.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have had some of the most influential and caring professors here. A lot of them are really tough but they know how to teach.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is very diverse and extremely accepting of all people, but there still can be tendencies to form cliques based on national/ethnic background.

College Sophomore

Majors: I have not actually started my coursework in this major yet.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: It took me a while to discover that I was interested in the major but it was not too difficult to enter into it once I found it.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Besides a few older buildings (with a lot of charm) that need a bit of renovation, the facilities are great.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Great communities but like any other college, enormously overpriced.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Pittsburgh an awesome town besides the weather which is extraordinarily gray.


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The Cut The Cut Baker Hall on the left and Doherty Hall on the right. Also visible is "the fence" which is traditionally painted by students several times a week
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Raina Bradford-Jennings
Brookfield, CT
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The Carnegie Mellon experience can be summed up in a single sentence: It is what you make of it. No matter which program you study, the course load and subsequent work are rigorous. The weather is iffy, and the social scene is nothing compared to Penn State or other schools of similar caliber. Having said that, it is easy to form close relationships with teachers that will last long after graduation. You are also guaranteed an education that spans all of the disciplines, not simply your major(s) and minor(s). CMU has arguably one of the best orientation programs, and the friends you make during that week are likely to be with you for the long haul. Sure, it might rain a lot, but the campus isn't that big, and a CMU ID card allows you free access to all of the buses in Pittsburgh. As for the social scene? While there aren't a ton of all-out "ragers" every week of school, there is a fair amount, especially at the beginning and end of each semester. 

For some, the positives just don't outweigh the academic and social challenges. Not everyone here will tell you that they love it unconditionally. However, if you are even considering CMU, it's not because you are looking for ragers every weekend and beach weather. No—students come to CMU for the academics, and on that, the opinion is unanimous. This school is a great decision for someone who is serious about learning as much as he or she can—and not simply academics, but culturally, as well. There is a reason students come here, and the not-so-bad social life is simply a pleasant surprise.

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