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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: One of the things that makes CMU so unique is the fact that everyone is passionate about something, and that even though we are all so devoted to our work, we make large efforts to do other things outside of our majors.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: CMU provides an environment where hard work is valued and students are encouraged to participate in activities and academic endeavors outside of their comfort zone or major. This is really important for creating a collaborative and innovative environment and I think CMU is highly successful at that.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: When I was applying to CMU, it was my first choice school and I thought I was going to love it. However, when you're there, the stress culture tends to take over everything and the other students there could get annoying sometimes. It's not the biggest party school in the country, but there is usually a party or something to do every weekend if you know the right people. Also, my advice to incoming CMU people is to definitely go Greek. I did and I absolutely loved my four years in Greek life. It was a great way to have a support system and develop my leadership skills

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Carnegie Mellon. It's hard, but so worth it

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Carnegie Mellon University is for those truly passionate about their work.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Carnegie Mellon was described as the "last true steel mill of Pittsburgh" by the author of a relatively famous Quora response as to why someone would choose CMU over Harvard. That author really hit the nail on the head. This school is not for the faint of heart or for those who don't enjoy learning or working hard. That being said, I've had some of the best experiences of my life at this school. I've been awarded the opportunity to study what interests me, while also being a varsity athlete, member or a sorority, and a research assistant. This school has helped me to become stronger, to understand my strengths and weaknesses, and enabled me to meet wonderful people from all over the world.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Carnegie Mellon is what you make of it: the school can be either really fun or not fun at all. You have to try every opportunity you are presented to make the most out of it.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: What sucks is the lack of dining halls. The food plan is used at different vendors on campus, and it's difficult to find a spot to eat once you have your food. The two best places to eat are The Exchange at Posner Hall and Tartan Express, a recently added, school-sponsored food truck.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus police are always around, and there are various services such as Safewalk and EMS that are available when you feel you're in trouble.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: For the most part, people are genuinely nice.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Though the amount of financial aid received wasn't amazing for me, the financial aid liasion assigned to me was indispensable with helping me navigate through the process the first time, and they're quick to notify you if there are any snafus with your application.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: People aren't too into the athletics here. The main gym isn't the best, but the teams work hard and are worth supporting.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Athletes tend to throw the best parties and it is typically a great bonding experience for all.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I love the food around the area as there are many different options.

5 College Freshman

Administration: They understand that we are college kids and they're first priority is to make sure that everyone is OK.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is typically greasy and not my favorite.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: They offer many different types of dorms in many different locations for the many different people on campus.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus with and next door to a dozen of my friends was the best part of my experience at Carnegie Mellon. Many people were able to find great houses to share with their roommates for less money than it would cost to live in a cramped one bedroom apartment in most other cities. For anyone who wants to live close to campus, almost everyone who wants a place can find one that's at most a twenty minute walk or five minute drive to class. Many houses are directly across Forbes or down Beeler.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Deluca's and Pamela's are by far the best two diners I've been to in my entire life. Those two places alone make Pittsburgh's food rating five stars for me.

Pamela's for pancakes and home fries. Deluca's for omelettes and breakfast burritos.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Very stingy first offer, but after getting a great offer from another very good school, CMU, while not matching my other offer, significantly increased my aid from what they were originally offering.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Weather seems to significantly influence the party scene. While enough people are usually are willing to make the trek to the Shadyside or Oakland bars whether it's 70 degrees or 7 degrees, it seems like while you can always find a house or fraternity party during the fall and spring, when there's six inches of snow coming down on January, the typical party crowd might choose to take a night off.

Almost every sports team hosts parties when they're out of season, sometimes even during season after a big win. Carnival is always phenomenal.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: On campus dining options have gotten considerably better over the last few years. While late night options aren't great (I hate Skibo Cafe with a passion, and Resnik Cafe isn't good either) there is now a pretty good selection of places to get a tasty, relatively healthy meal during the day. El Gallo de Oro is certainly not Chipotle, but it's bowls and burritos do the job. You can never go wrong with a sandwich for breakfast or lunch at The Exchange and the comfort food section of Resnik offers something different every night, sometimes very good.

You definitely get more value out of putting as much money as you can toward Dinex and as little as possible on blocks. After your freshman year, use exclusively Dinex.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Most dorms are extremely conveniently located just a few minutes away from classes, on campus dining, and the library, and and I enjoyed living in Donner my freshman year. However, living off campus on Forbes my last three years was much, much better.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: They are very lame at CMU and everyone not in the system makes fun of them religiously.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The skibo gym is the only free-weights gym on campus for non-athletes and it is really terrible. However, the new Tepper building that will be done in 2017-18 will have a 12,000 sqft gym that will be state of the art and accessible to all students.

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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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