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5 College Junior

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

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

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

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Workload is really intense, stress levels super high. Wouldn't recommend it unless you like the topics you're working on or whatever. I'm sure it'll get better after I clear the core classes I'm not interested in, but sometimes I think I chose the wrong school and major.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Nobody cares if you do not want to partake. But if you do theres always people who roll like that

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: it's not bad, just beware of crappy teachers who don't quite know how to teach

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's not bad in comparison to other colleges. Best freshman dorm is Donner not entirely because of the facilities but because of the social atmosphere

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Hardly and school spirit but its nice to see that are teams do relatively well regardless

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: i have friends in greek life but there is no pressure to join one

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They've done a pretty good job at looking out for us

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is a top-notch campus police force that surveillances the school and makes it truly seem safe.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: If I had a choice I would choose carnegie mellon all over again without a doubt.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: At first I didn't realize how big this school was but now I know that it's one of the best in the country. I know that this will give me the skills needed to succeed

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are great people and the housing makes me feel like I live in a hotel.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: They have multiple workout facilities that are cleaned daily and offer various workout programs.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's full of great people and its educational value is invaluable.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Cops are always around on campus. Police always check dorms at night and are generally cool with you being drunk as long as you're not cray. I generally feel extremely safe on campus, unless it is at 4 am, then it is like a deserted place so it can get scary. Campus crime is virtually nonexistent.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is fine. Best option as an upperclassmen: Webster or Fairfax. It's really not that far at all. Worst option: Morewood Gardens. (besides the close proximity to the Underground.) Not because it's not clean, but it doesn't have a kitchen, and the food on campus wears off once you're done with freshmen year.

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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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