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Reviews 1249 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Doesn't seem like there is much attention paid to football and other big sports.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: From what I've heard or already know of the school, it's great for academia.

3 College Student

Overall Experience: My current class (as of July 8,2016) is a pretty manageable and benevolent computing policy class that encourages students to reach out. Its notes are tedious, but essential to our knowledge.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: Based on what Carnegie Mellon University has to offer to its students, there are various perks. The catch is that the prices vary greatly depending on what you prefer.

3 College Student

Overall Experience: Based on my tours of Carnegie Mellon University in addition to student feedback, the university is intense with academia, but it is engaging enough to push a student forward towards success.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: CMU is not a school for parties. Most everyone spends their nights studying or relaxing in dorms. Bus transportation is free but hardly anyone goes out unless it's the weekend.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Most parties are off-campus and hosted by members of group organizations. These gatherings tend to be tailored to that particular group.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not many people are into drugs at all, even for parties. There are a couple who use prescription drugs to study more but no one judges or pressures you when you want to say no.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I mean you don't come to cmu for sports

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3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Overall my experience at CMU was pretty good. Some professors are crap but most are experts at what they do and passionate about their subject matter. There are enough activities and they make it pretty straightforward for you to start your own club if you don't see anything you like. Get involved with booth and buggy if you can. I'd definitely recommend living off campus after freshman year. Housing has gotten a LOT better since they got rid of kim abel but generally not worth the money and the hassle that comes with dealing with them.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I've never encountered an issue with drugs at CMU in any form.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: CMU is an amazing place to grow as an individual academically, socially, spiritually, etc. There is no better environment that feels as trusting, passionate, and supportive.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: CMU will get you a job. Every graduate that I know has multiple job offers and many are well above the average for their fields. It's not uncommon for a student to be picking from several 6 figure options.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: CMU cares about its students greatly and goes to great lengths to protect students.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing at CMU, like any university, gives you what you give it. If you want your dorm to be your friend group, that can be done. If not, you can just keep your head down and enjoy your other friends.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at CMU is the best thing about this university. Sororities and fraternities are filled with passionate, caring, amazing individuals who all do their part to better our campus, local, and global communities. Greek life is where many find not only their best friends and family, but also amazing post-grad opportunities and unmatched support throughout university and beyond.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics at CMU are beyond adequate for the student population. It's a smaller school that doesn't want to focus all of its funds on nice lockers. The priorities are correct for the student population.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: CMU provides its students with a world class education that is worth the tuition you pay for it. At many other schools across the nation with similar price tags you are getting amenities like excessive sports funding, crazy greek life, and other programs that give little benefit to most students post-grad. At CMU you are paying for amazing professors, research opportunities, and a great academic and extracurricular experience throughout your time at the university. CMU is arguably the most challenging school in its highest ranking fields and that is why all the students are so hirable after earning their degrees.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: (Disclaimer: I think that a high drinking age like 21 is idiotic and perpetuates this "binge-drinking-is-cool" American stigma.) People drink. Many do it responsibly. Some don't. Irresponsible people ruin it for everyone else. Don't be like them. As for drugs, weed is pretty much accepted, because its reasonable, but dangerous drugs like cocaine are basically shunned. Pennsylvania, by the way, has extra-ridiculous alcohol laws, so expect to be thrown back to Prohibition when it comes to campus and city police. I'm pretty sure they believe that beer is made of demon piss. They somehow don't think that underage college students are going to get drunk on weekends. Even though it happens EVERY WEEKEND. GET OVER IT YOU IDIOTS.

1 College Junior

Overall Experience: The professors here don't care about the students, they just teach so that they can do research here. I've gone through too many classes here, too many sleepless nights, too many fits of rage and misery to ever think that this school cares about its students' well being. I've seen students struggle and fight through classes, only to be laughed at and stepped on. I've had teachers tell me that "a 'D' is still passing", but then expect me to somehow get a job with those grades. Professors will throw away all of your hard work just so that their curve looks better on paper. They will make sure that the "right" number of students get A's, B's, C's, and D's, instead of allowing us to all do well. It doesn't make us any better - we won't use most of this after we graduate! So just let us learn in peace. Is that so much to ask?

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The only thing CMU can boast is that their students will stick together and commiserate as productively as possible, including alumni. Some degrees have an easier time with job prospects, that's for sure, but overall having a piece of paper that says Carnegie Mellon University will help open some doors. Maybe its because people know by now that if you made it out of CMU, you're tough enough for the real world. Or maybe they pity us. As long as I get a job, I don't really care. We have a couple of big job fairs every year which invite big companies, as well as a few networking events. If you're looking for opportunities, you will eventually find them. These are usually student-planned events, not university-hosted, so they are actually executed well and with students' interests in mind.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Let's start with campus police. These rent-a-cops are usually too busy trying to bother students to be helpful to anyone. I'd be better off protecting myself than depending on them. And then there's Health Services, which couldn't diagnose the flu if it walked in and introduced itself as "Influenza", not to mention their terrible wait time. I would be healthy or dead by the time I could get an appointment. We should change the name to "Health Out-of-Services". Last and truly least, there's CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services), which hasn't helped anyone I know, but they have managed to piss me off. I once tried calling their "24/7" hotline, only to get a voicemail message. While my friend was having a mental breakdown. Thanks, CAPS!

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: These shoeboxes they stacked in the 1600's aren't top-notch on any front. I've seen dorms at other schools with swimming pools and tennis courts, meanwhile ours boast being mouse-free for a full month! Keeping on-campus housing is simpler than renting off campus, but considering how limited and how terrible it is, some students (who have money, or rather, whose parents have money) can afford to live in houses and apartments off campus instead.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: (Disclaimer: In my opinion, joining a fraternity or sorority is one of the biggest wastes of time for a college student.) A large percentage of students are in Greek orgs, and they basically are the people involved in everything social - from parties to student government to other organizations. Other students get involved, but Greek students definitely stay in the public eye much more often. Our frats range from complete a**holes to idiotic, and our srats from narcissistic b****es to desperate. We really get the whole spectrum here.

3 College Junior

Athletics: We have a few good teams, but no one really goes to games. Not much school spirit at all. And there are some gyms around campus.


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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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