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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties are there if you want to go to them, and if it's not a party there's just a group of people getting together and drinking. There are a ton of bars around Pittsburgh but it's really hard to get around if you don't have a car.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The bigger parties are at frat houses, but a lot of students just hold their own house parties off campus. The parties are ok if you're with a group of friends, they just consist of music, dancing, and drinking games.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are all great and very qualified. Registration process can be a bit stressful because you're randomly assigned a time to register and waitlists suck, but people forget to use their academic advisers and they are incredibly helpful. Workload gets very heavy so time management is crucial. The first few weeks of classes are light then midterm season hits and it doesn't really end until finals. Most people study in Hunt or Wean library, and the school just put up some new study spaces in the university extension. Other students study in empty classrooms, which I like. I prefer to have more private rooms (because classrooms are taken during the day), but the school doesn't have many of those.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: While the campus is very accepting towards everybody and advocates for diversity, the ethnic/racial diversity itself is a bit lacking. There aren't a lot of international students, and most of them come from China or India. Caucasian or Asian-Americans are the dominant ethnic groups as well.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: CMU takes a very clear stance on drug use on campus and is very strict about it. There are some ways around it though. Nobody tells you straight up to take drugs because they do, but because most students at least drink socially other students feel like they should too. Nobody cares whether or not you drink though, and it's not required that you do even in fraternities.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The general intro course are average and have large lectures of at most 200 students, but the major-specific courses are amazing. Those classes can be slightly smaller depending on the popularity of the course, but smaller classes will still have great professors who pay attention to you and try to learn as much as they can about you. I've gotten to know all my professors this semester and talk to them about life outside of class. They've given me great help in and across my other classes and I wouldn't have been as successful without getting to know them.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Everyone knows the prestige that comes with the school name. Carnegie Mellon University is known for its renowned STEM and Fine Arts courses and all companies want to hire CMU students. There are a couple of career fairs each semester and a ton of employers come out specifically looking for CMU students. I think people could pay more attention to the humanities though, as those courses are slightly neglected and looked down on by others, despite being high quality.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I ALWAYS feel safe on campus, at all hours. Off campus can be a different story but of course you have to be smart about what you're doing.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is pretty pricey and some dorms aren't very clean or spacious. However everything is close to campus and I like having that convenience. I've had a generally positive experience concerning the resident community since people on my floor are very friendly and the RAs host great dorm or floor events.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's there if you want it, but not necessary to join. Besides throwing parties, they mainly host a lot of fundraisers.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: People study A LOT so they don't really pay attention to sports. Football game turnouts are pretty low. But there's a lot of people who still participate in club sports. The gyms are pretty low quality and the varsity athletes get better equipment. But the school just finished building a new sports extension so hopefully that will be better.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my classes and the groups I'm in, but the academic atmosphere is a little too intense and I think students need to relax more. Professors should encourage their students to relax and actually give them some breathing space. Campus food can also be better.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I get overwhelmed sometimes but it's fun

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I know their are people that are accepting

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I've personally never seen drugs

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I am so happy to have the best of all of the above!

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I will get a great job. I am very confident.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am not the right person to comment on this.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: It is a highly prestigious school and I am really humbled by the fact that I got in.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I am not really involved in Athletics so I would not be the right person to comment on it.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are three police forces in the area, so I don't feel unsafe. Personally I think the real danger comes from the stress.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's fine, I suppose. I just don't feel like I have enough time to do everything I want to do. But classes are fine, professors are fine. Fine.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: If you're in a technical field, getting internships is pretty easy. Tech companies love this school. Dunno what it's like for arts and humanities people.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's fine. The dorms I live on are pretty far from campus though. The upperclassman options that are closer also tend to be smaller so I guess it's a trade off.

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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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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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