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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: All my professors have been very smart and care a lot about their students, however, not all have been great teachers. That has more to do with teaching style and what works best for you, I definitely recommend going to review sessions with the TA's since they've taken the course before and know what can help you.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Literally just search professors within your desired field and ask to meet with them to talk about their work and job opportunities. They're very helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus and all the incidents I've heard of occurred within the community but off-campus. There are emergency phones located on the outskirts of campus just in case and Pittsburgh is actually considered one of the safest cities.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It really depends on what dorm you end up in, some are right on campus (like Donner) and others are quite a trek (Rez on Fifth). Sizes and whether or not you have AC/kitchen/etc. also depends on where you end up living.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm in a sorority - which was totally unexpected by friends and family - and I wouldn't have it any other way. I personally love greek life and am very grateful for all the people I've met through it. However, I do recognize issues with some frats being too big and not having the best brother/sisterhood. You don't have to join greek life to have fun at school, but if it's something you're at least considering or curious about I definitely recommend that you go to some of the rush/pre-rush events to get a feel for the community.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The UC just got renovated and this included the addition of a new gym with fantastic cardio and weight lifting machines! There are a lot of athletes around campus but no one really pays attention to the games.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love being part of such a passionate and hard-working community of people that are still willing to help each other out.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Not many parties take place at CMU. It's a fairly quiet campus.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Most of the parties take place at the frat houses. Other than that there aren't many parties going on.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics are challenging yet doable.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is great diversity at CMU and the students/faculty are very accepting.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Their is no pressure to drink even though it is common practice at CMU.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The professors are experts in their field and are happy to help with any issues that need addressing.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Many students are given job/internship opportunities after graduating from CMU.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Overall, I feel CMU does a good job of informing/protecting students from sexual assault.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is rather expensive for the quality we get in return.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not have much knowledge of Greek life on my campus.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Most people are too focused on their workload to pay attention to our sports teams.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I thoroughly enjoy my time at CMU and look forward to returning in the fall.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There is a ton of different courses you can take that will challenge you and make you think critically to expand your thoughts. There is also a very diverse set of classes in different cultures and subjects. Professors are very helpful if you show interest and care about the subject being taught. Classes are not too huge, they range from 20 - 150 for the most part.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Recruiters are always on campus. Jobs are not given to you, but they are not hard to find. You just have to be persistent and determined. I have friends that have found internships every year they have been at CMU. We have top companies from every industry on campus and at career fairs as well. The alumni network is also very supportive. Many alumni come back to recruit and they are always trying to give CMU students an edge. The alumni network is a little small though compared with other top schools.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: For the most part, there is little crime near campus. I have never felt unsafe. We have campus police always patrolling campus and in the library at night.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Depending on where you live will depend on your experience in Campus housing. Overall, CMU needs to renovate some of the older dorms and build more campus dorms as well. A lot of forms do not have AC and some have extremely small rooms, but they are in good, safe locations.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: CMU Greek Life is very different from other schools. Their is not the typical stereotypes about frats, everyone in Greek life is very inclusive of those not in Greek life. A lot of the social events are mainly Greek though.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not a lot of school spirit in terms of supporting the sports team. Their usually are crowds for certain sports though (Football and Soccer). I wish there were more athletic facilities on 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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