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Reviews 1384 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The professors are very helpful outside of class and the class sizes are pretty small for most classes.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I haven't known anyone to not get a job after graduating from CMU and I hear about alumni all over the news in many different fields (drama, music, science, design, etc).

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The small amount of Greek life has little affect on the social atmosphere of campus. You usually do not know or even care to know if someone is in a sorority or fraternity or not.

5 College Junior

Diversity: It's great to be surrounded by people from so many different backgrounds and cultures. There are always great events showcasing the different cultures, religions, and beliefs.

2 College Junior

Nightlife: The biggest party goers attend parties at a different, neighboring college.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Pittsburgh is a pretty nice college town

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Like everything else, it's vastly improving.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Lot of construction, so they're getting better. More and more recreational and athletic facilities are popping up.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Extremely diverse socially. Not so much economically, but getting better.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So many options and affordable.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Helpful. Very present but not overbearing.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The best. But LOTS of work.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Numerous career fairs and opportunities

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: They'll meet about 95% of your aid if your domestic

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Lots of work, but numerous opportunities. Great networking

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's fine. No one will treat you differently if you're in it or not.

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.

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

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

College Sophomore

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

College Sophomore

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

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.


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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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