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Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrads
6,178
Tuition
$43,160
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Some of the girls are cute.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: We're not a very attractive school outside of the drama department. But the guys are very nice and willing to talk to you and if you're geeky, there's plenty to talk to.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Though CMU is known for not having the best looking students, almost everyone you meet is friendly, interesting and genuine. Attractive people are less abundant than elsewhere, but can be found. A positive for some (and negative for others) is the lack of need to dress up for class; it can be as acceptable to wear what you slept in as a blazer and button down. Social life is completely what you make of it. I absolutely love the social life I have forged for myself at CMU. I party when I want to, which has thus far been often, but can just as much enjoy a night in with friends at their house or apartment, or at an on or off campus activity. Greek Life is a huge source of social life, from activities to campus involvement to parties. As far as clubs and organizations go almost anything you can think of is available, and if it isn't it is very easy to start one.
You can, again, create whatever social life you want to for yourself at CMU, and this includes relationships. Though some girls and guys experience the 'CMU syndrome', whereby they get a bit uppity due to the slimmer selection of attractive people, random hookups, casual dating, and serious relationships are all found for those who seek them.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Average but not great. Fun, friendly, good friends.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The hook up culture is there, but so is the dating culture.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 18th
    Smartest Guys
  • 21st
    Smartest Girls
  • 97th
    Friendliest Guys
  • 227th
    Most Creative/Artsy Guys
  • 368th
    Most Creative/Artsy Girls

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Raina Bradford-Jennings
Hometown
Brookfield, CT
Major
Professional Writing
Grad Year
2014
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At CMU, it is very important to become familiar with something called, "CMU goggles." Similar to beer goggles, the longer you wear your CMU goggles, the more attractive the campus becomes. Obviously, these are not literal "goggles"; however, the longer students are at CMU, the more frequent that a 5 or 6 in the outside world becomes an 8 or 9 (usually if people would describe someone as a 10, they really are—there's no hiding hotness like that). The reasons for these goggles are varied. Some would say it's because you get used to the people and decide that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. However, most are pretty optimistic about their fellow students. CMU goggles exist for most students because they have just come to know the people behind the looks. Students agree that everyone here is driven, talented, and intelligent, and a large portion are truly friendly and outgoing—you'll find that the looks don't matter as much after a few years.

This is not to say that CMU is a campus of ogres. The typical response is that there are some hot guys and equally hot girls, but most of the campus is pretty average looking. It is probably because students would first describe themselves as "nerds" before describing themselves as "sexy" people. Assuming you've seen enough teen movies and TV shows, though, nerds aren't always that bad. Like any other campus, CMU has its fair share of people who turn heads in a not-so-good way. It is probably because these cape-wearing, vampire-teeth-donning, singing-out-loud-by-themselves students are just so far out of the norm, that CMU has garnered a reputation for weirdos. It's really not that bad—it is what makes CMU unique—and students will often conclude by telling you that there is someone for everyone.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
42%
Male Undergrads
58%
Birth Control Available?
Yes
Students complain about the prices, but the fact of the matter is that CMU Health Services offers pretty much anything in the area of birth control. Most male condoms are 25 cents, unless you need the extra-large variety-those you'll have to splurge at 50 cents. They even have female condoms, available for $1.50, although most girls at CMU stick to the pill, which can be prescribed by appointment. In case you are ever in need of a quick fix, both Health Services and the Rite Aid up the road sell emergency contraception, also known as the morning-after pill.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Computer clusters
  2. The Cut
  3. Frats
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Empty classrooms
  2. Flagstaff
  3. Football field
  4. Frats
  5. Off-campus parties
Social Scene
Among the many different types of students at Carnegie Mellon, there is always someone outgoing and willing to bring others into the group. While most social circles are clearly defined (you know why someone fits in there), most people aren't confined to hang out with one group of people. You'll find that computer science nerds aren't always shy, and drama nerds aren't always loud and out there. Some social circles are more outgoing as a whole than others; however, they are brought together by common interests, and at the end of the day, if you share an interest, you'll fit right in. Rely on the fact that at Carnegie Mellon everyone is nerdy about something, whether it is Dungeons & Dragons or fashion, so that makes life a bit easier.
Hookups or Relationships?
You'll find that a surprising number of people at CMU are in relationships-both guys and girls. An even more surprising number is the amount of people who are with someone that doesn't go to the school. Keep in mind, though, that it is college, and just because people are in relationships doesn't mean they are long-lasting committed ones. While you'll find that guy or girl who is crazy about "the one," you'll more often find someone who turns casual hookups into casual dating.
Dress Code
You are allowed to stumble into class wearing sweatpants with your shirt on backwards. While people might stare for a second, weirder things are seen at CMU. This is not a school where you have to dress your New York best every day to class, especially since half of the computer science students tend to spend 72 hours straight in the Gates building. As with any school, there are those who take pride in their appearance, and come to class every day of the semester wearing something different and equally tasteful. But that is not a must. Nights and weekends, however, that changes. Girls take their time getting ready, oftentimes favoring the cutest outfit over dressing for the weather. Guys will don button-downs and actually shave, in preparation for the few hours a week where appearance actually matters at CMU.
Did You Know?
Orientation is a major event on campus: While most schools set aside two or three days during the summer, CMU freshmen have an entire week right before the start of school to get to know each other. None of the events are mandatory, but since everyone is new, it's a great way to meet people. Plus, there's an event where you meet everyone in your class-maybe there's a possibility for love at first sight?

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 60 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 59 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 67 responses

  • 19% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 17% Casual dating at your school
  • 17% None
  • 17% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 10% Long-distance relationship
  • 8% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 4% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 4% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 67 responses

  • 3% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 30% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 54% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 13% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.

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