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Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrads
6,178
Tuition
$43,160
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Student

Academics: Top notch. Professors interested in teaching.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I haven't yet explored many business courses yet. I would say freshman year is relaxing for business students.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The computer science program here is the best all over the U.S!!! And even non-cs students are excited to take computer courses!!! The atmosphere is so good here for learning something related to technology!

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are really knowledgeable.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Academics: CMU is prestigious for a reason. The academics are hard but extremely worth it.

3 people found this useful Report
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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 2nd
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 3rd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 19th
    Smartest Professors
  • 120th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 141st
    Best Academic Advisers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Raina Bradford-Jennings
Hometown
Brookfield, CT
Major
Professional Writing
Grad Year
2014
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Students have a love/hate relationship with academics at Carnegie Mellon. On one hand, the prestige that comes with a degree from CMU is rewarding in and of itself. Even though CMU isn't Ivy League, there is still a reputation of excellence because of the professors and the work that students put in. But therein lies the "hate" side of the relationship. On the other hand, no matter which major you choose, there is a lot of work involved. Admittedly, some majors are more labor-intensive than others—for example engineering, computer science, and architecture. However, even students outside of these majors are known to pull all-nighters during midterms and finals. 

For all of the commitments that students make to their work, they are gifted with the guidance of some of the best professors in their fields. Many professors are constantly engaged in research, but instead of distancing themselves, CMU students are often given the opportunity to assist in research as a supplement to their studies. There is one thing to remember when contemplating academics at CMU: Students need to do the work in order to succeed. Success is possible, and there are some who get 4.0's in electrical and computer engineering and computer science, but they don't achieve this without constant hard work.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
917
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
80
Total FT Faculty
1,281
Faculty with Terminal Degree
98%
Average Faculty Salary
$115,011
Full-Time Retention Rate
95%
Graduation Rate
87%
Programs/Majors Offered
167
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 69%
  • 20 to 49 students: 20%
  • 50 or more students: 11%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Carnegie Institute of Technology
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Mellon College of Science
  • School of Computer Science
  • Tepper School of Business
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Computer Science: 2%
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering: 4%
  • Information Technology: 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Online courses are offered through the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) for both open and free courses to take independently, or as part of the curriculum for a University course. The open and free courses are offered in biological science, media programming, statistics, French, psychology, and more. These are self-guided, whereas the academic courses have access to an instructor and graded tests. However, online courses as part of degree-seeking programs do not replace human professors at Carnegie Mellon.
Best Places to Study
  • Baker-Porter Hall
  • Cathedral of Learning (UPitt Campus)
  • Gates-Hillman Center
  • Hunt Library
  • University Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually go to class.
  • Always dispute bad grades.
  • Ask the TAs tons of questions.
  • Check your email at least 10 times a day.
  • Don't get caught bringing alcohol into the dorms.
  • If you have an ID, never show it to a police officer.
  • Know what you want to study before coming here.
  • Learn time management-and fast.
  • Pick classes you actually like.
  • Research your professors before choosing your classes.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 76 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 79 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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