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4 College Sophomore

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

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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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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There's enough guys, definitely. But a lot of them aren't very interested in dating or seeking relationships. Sometimes you'll meet a guy and think he's the one but it's probably safe to say he's thinking about when they're going to play video games with their friends or eat food. Like they say, the odds are good, but the goods are odd.

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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: The dating scene at CMU has been trashed on for ages. It is getting significantly better. The ratio has been steadily improving (the most recent incoming class had a 55/45 male/female ratio) and students are not ugly by any means. Those that are a bit reclusive aren't very visible as they don't go outside to socialize much. What makes CMU students great for dating, is that everyone is very motivated and interested in what they want to do in college which shows through in their confidence and makes everyone more attractive. Yea they may not look the best, but you'll never really have a dull conversation with a student at Carnegie Mellon

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: the guys and girls arent super hot for the most part but you can definitely find hot people in greek life and on sports teams

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At CMU, it is very important to become familiar with something called, "CMU goggles." Similar to beer goggles, the longer you wear your CMU goggles, the more attractive the campus becomes. Obviously, these are not literal "goggles"; however, the longer students are at CMU, the more frequent that a 5 or 6 in the outside world becomes an 8 or 9 (usually if people would describe someone as a 10, they really are—there's no hiding hotness like that). The reasons for these goggles are varied. Some would say it's because you get used to the people and decide that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. However, most are pretty optimistic about their fellow students. CMU goggles exist for most students because they have just come to know the people behind the looks. Students agree that everyone here is driven, talented, and intelligent, and a large portion are truly friendly and outgoing—you'll find that the looks don't matter as much after a few years.

This is not to say that CMU is a campus of ogres. The typical response is that there are some hot guys and equally hot girls, but most of the campus is pretty average looking. It is probably because students would first describe themselves as "nerds" before describing themselves as "sexy" people. Assuming you've seen enough teen movies and TV shows, though, nerds aren't always that bad. Like any other campus, CMU has its fair share of people who turn heads in a not-so-good way. It is probably because these cape-wearing, vampire-teeth-donning, singing-out-loud-by-themselves students are just so far out of the norm, that CMU has garnered a reputation for weirdos. It's really not that bad—it is what makes CMU unique—and students will often conclude by telling you that there is someone for everyone.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Students complain about the prices, but the fact of the matter is that CMU Health Services offers pretty much anything in the area of birth control. Most male condoms are 25 cents, unless you need the extra-large variety-those you'll have to splurge at 50 cents. They even have female condoms, available for $1.50, although most girls at CMU stick to the pill, which can be prescribed by appointment. In case you are ever in need of a quick fix, both Health Services and the Rite Aid up the road sell emergency contraception, also known as the morning-after pill.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Computer clusters
  2. The Cut
  3. Frats
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Empty classrooms
  2. Flagstaff
  3. Football field
  4. Frats
  5. Off-campus parties
Social Scene
Among the many different types of students at Carnegie Mellon, there is always someone outgoing and willing to bring others into the group. While most social circles are clearly defined (you know why someone fits in there), most people aren't confined to hang out with one group of people. You'll find that computer science nerds aren't always shy, and drama nerds aren't always loud and out there. Some social circles are more outgoing as a whole than others; however, they are brought together by common interests, and at the end of the day, if you share an interest, you'll fit right in. Rely on the fact that at Carnegie Mellon everyone is nerdy about something, whether it is Dungeons & Dragons or fashion, so that makes life a bit easier.
Hookups or Relationships?
You'll find that a surprising number of people at CMU are in relationships-both guys and girls. An even more surprising number is the amount of people who are with someone that doesn't go to the school. Keep in mind, though, that it is college, and just because people are in relationships doesn't mean they are long-lasting committed ones. While you'll find that guy or girl who is crazy about "the one," you'll more often find someone who turns casual hookups into casual dating.
Dress Code
You are allowed to stumble into class wearing sweatpants with your shirt on backwards. While people might stare for a second, weirder things are seen at CMU. This is not a school where you have to dress your New York best every day to class, especially since half of the computer science students tend to spend 72 hours straight in the Gates building. As with any school, there are those who take pride in their appearance, and come to class every day of the semester wearing something different and equally tasteful. But that is not a must. Nights and weekends, however, that changes. Girls take their time getting ready, oftentimes favoring the cutest outfit over dressing for the weather. Guys will don button-downs and actually shave, in preparation for the few hours a week where appearance actually matters at CMU.
Did You Know?
Orientation is a major event on campus: While most schools set aside two or three days during the summer, CMU freshmen have an entire week right before the start of school to get to know each other. None of the events are mandatory, but since everyone is new, it's a great way to meet people. Plus, there's an event where you meet everyone in your class-maybe there's a possibility for love at first sight?

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 68 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 68 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 75 responses

  • 20% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 17% Casual dating at your school
  • 17% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 15% None
  • 12% Long-distance relationship
  • 7% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 4% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 4% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 1% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 1% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 17 responses

  • 25% In classes
  • 18% Clubs
  • 18% Parties
  • 18% Frats
  • 7% Athletics
  • 5% Residence Halls
  • 5% The Cut
  • 2% Bars
  • 2% Resnik
  • 0% Computer clusters

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 18 responses

  • 31% Join Clubs
  • 18% Join Greek Life
  • 18% Your dorm
  • 15% Your Major
  • 11% Join Sports
  • 7% Go out to parties.

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 17 responses

  • 41% Passionate
  • 29% Diligent
  • 24% Nerdy
  • 6% Odd

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 58% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 37% There are some openly-dating LGBT couples. A lot of people accept it.
  • 5% There are almost no openly-dating LGBT couples. Most people don't accept it.
  • 0% You won't see any LGBT couples on campus. It is widely not accepted.

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 75 responses

  • 12% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 56% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 29% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 3% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.


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