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Reviews 1564 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

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.

Recent Alumnus

Administration: I can't really think of anything with administration that significantly affected me. The parking attendants catch you a pretty good percentage of the time if you don't pay your meter.

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.

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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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are some really nice apartments in Pittsburgh, but you have to be willing to pay. Otherwise, it will not be very nice. The cost of a nice place will be similar to having a single on campus at CMU.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: My freshman year I did not explore Pittsburgh very much, however my second year I've gone to new restaurants almost every weekend and have been shocked by the quality of the food. Best restaurants are Burgatory, BRGR, The Yard, Meat and Potatoes, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Union Grill and several others.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The only problem that I have had is with club creation. They pretend that it is very easy, but it is very hard and the students in charge of approving clubs deny a lot of clubs because they do not want to have to fund them.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are literally only a hand-full of merit-based scholarships. I know many people who do not come to CMU because they do not get enough financial aid.

College Sophomore

Party Scene: I do not go to "parties" even though I do a lot of things with friends. You should add a section for things to do off campus if it isn't later on in the survey.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Despite there being many options, none of them ever change what they have, so even if you try to change it up, it's pretty easy to get tired of the food. The hardest thing to find is a variety of healthy options. If you don't care about eating healthy, the options are actually pretty good.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity, however that diversity generally comes from foreign students that may/may not speak english. Honestly many people from India/singapore went to english-speaking schools and add a lot of diversity, while many asian foreign exchange students don't speak much english and usually stick together and don't usually socialize with outside cultures (not all- but most). Almost everyone is rich, and nobody really cares about much about where you're from or what you look like as long as you share the same passion.

3 College Freshman

Majors: It's not that difficult (MechE). Admission is almost purely statistics, but they also take your essay into account to show passion. Its staying the program that usually poses a bigger challenge.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: The opportunities at CMU are amazing. This school really wants you to succeed and encourages you to experiment and branch out and explore at every turn.

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College Freshman

Majors: I haven't applied for one yet, but the best way to get one is either through the career fairs or through a summer internship at CMU. I don't think I've known anyone who has worked really hard and hasn't found anything at all.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: (As an engineer) It's amazing. If you are interested in a topic, you can go all-in. There are numerous workshops for hands-on experience and you can really immerse yourself in the topic at hand

4 College Freshman

Academics: I give the academics 4 stars not because they aren't fantastic but because the workload is AWFUL. I can't describe how difficult it is here. Engineer, art student, whatever you are you will be up in the wee hours of the morning studying no matter what you do. Its rewarding but it comes at a very high cost. Most professors don't have thick accents, but many TA's are foreign and it's a struggle to understand their lectures. But they really are top of the line and if you can stick with it, you'll learn a lot. However you'll need to struggle through many 300-person lecture classes to get to the smaller ones first.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: CMU is a very unique place. There are numerous places to study (as so many CMU students spend the majority of their time doing just that), but the cold can discourage many from venturing anywhere but the closest places. The athletic facilities are Ok, the library is really only used to studying, and its really difficult to get a seat at most places around lunchtime in the UC

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Pittsburgh is a great college town if you know where to look. There's shopping, dining, recreation, parks, etc... but the weather usually shuts down most people's travel plans due to the sheer miserable-ness of getting anywhere. Anything you need to buy is easily within range, and there's pretty much something for everyone if you take time off studying and go explore!

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: What can I say... it's a nerdy school. The stereotypes are pretty much true. I don't particularly notice the Guy/Girl ratio to be a problem unless you're in a high level robotics or ECE class. The guys are mostly unattractive. That being said, they are all nice and most people are friendly and kind. Everyone is intense and competitive and that serious culture carries over to dating. Girls tend to be more attractive then guys, but almost all attractive girls join sororities (there's a pretty stark contrast). Some girls care about their appearance and some don't, but girls be warned that although they may be nice, CMU guys are generally not that attractive.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: If you don't live off campus, CMU is pretty safe. I've never felt threatened or scared walking back at night. If you live at the rez and walk back late, sometimes that can be intimidating, but most freshman dorms are so close that it's nvere really been a problem.


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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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