Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrads
6,178
Tuition
$43,160
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 1265 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Student

Academics: Top notch. Professors interested in teaching.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Can be a far walk to the option-full central Oakland. Craig St. is pretty close though.

4 College Student

Computers: Good availability of computing clusters.

4 College Student

Diversity: Lots of diversity. Community is welcoming.

3 College Student

Scholarships: Straight foward. Need is met if you apply early decision.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Minority students (Black, Hispanic) can tend to be separated from the remainder of the population.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The clubs in Pittsburgh suck. If you're under 21 you probably won't get into bars or be able to go to clubs. Buses stop at 2 am. House parties can be fun.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Athletics: More people attend intramural games than varsity games. No one cares about sports here.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: No one really cares about sororities or fraternities here. A lot of people are in them but you don't really gain or lose anything either way.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I haven't seen anyone do any drugs other than smoke weed occasionally.

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1 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather here sucks in the winter. It rains and snows A LOT and CMU will never ever cancel class for snow even when all other area schools have.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: A lot of people move off campus because the cost of Pittsburgh is so low that living here after freshman year does not make sense at all unless your housing is paid for by a grant/scholarship. The amount you pay for housing here is NOT worth what you get. Morewood is the most convenient (closest to all classes and has a restaurant inside) but not the nicest dorm. Some dorms are nice but closer to Pitt than CMU so it's a bit of a walk in the winter.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Without a computer you can get by in pretty much all your classes unless you are a CS/ECE major. There are plenty of computers available to you 24 hours a day. The network is fast but a lot of times acts weird for a few minutes and the internet stops working. Wireless everywhere on campus. Don't need your own printer, quota is usually more than enough.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Even though Pittsburgh isn't as glamorous as some major cities, the cost of living here is great and there is a lot of culture. Some of the best professional sports teams in the world are here and there are lots of museums and other attractions that students have free access to. The city around the campus is very safe.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Materials Science & Engineering is great for me because I'm a Biomedical Engineering double major. I don't like that you can't have BME as a standalone major. But, the research happening here and the faculty, especially in MSE, are some of the best in the world. There are so many opportunities for internships being in this program.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: I don't have much concern about finding a job in my field. Carnegie Mellon is top tier for engineering and CIT helps us find internships and jobs. Even with a really low GPA (~2.0) I was able to find a paid opportunity this summer.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people from all walks of life here. Students represent many nationalities, religions, political beliefs and sexual orientations.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options in the area, including many styles of apartments.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus police are always on patrol, there is a widespread blue-light system in place, and crime reports are emailed to the student body regularly.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: school ID's are bus cards, but the city buses are always pretty late.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The printing system here is very high tech

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Athletics: Yeah...sports. They might exist here.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It's a pretty relaxed campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Pittsburgh is a wonderful and cultural environment with plenty to do. You just sometimes need to search for it,

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Majors: CMU is great at getting you internships and helping you pay for your internship (through grants).

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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
Hometown
Brookfield, CT
Major
Professional Writing
Grad Year
2014
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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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