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Carnegie Mellon University

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The stereotype of CMU is true for the

Dec 05 2012Biology
The stereotype of CMU is true for the most part. A nerdy school with a large focus on academics. Sports and social life aren't as important. However, I think most people are able to find the social life they want. There are still frats and parties and there are a lot of different people here from the best Computer Science majors to the best Drama students. So if having a big social life is your thing, then you should be perfectly able to find it. Just keep in mind that people here won't care if you're prom king/queen as much as your former high school would.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2013
University Resource Use: A, Social Life: B-

When I got here, an upperclassman friend held

Jun 22 2012Engineering Department
When I got here, an upperclassman friend held up three fingers and said "Academics, social life, and sleep. Pick two." No one has time to care about the outside world. We're all too busy trying not to flunk out (except humanities students). It is what it is. If you like working, you'll love it. They like to nickel and dime their students. Parking's not much less than tuition. The on campus food sucks, but is counterintuitively very expensive. In a lot of ways, I'm jealous of my friends at Pitt. If you get off campus and explore the city itself, you'll have a better time. Pittsburgh's actually a pretty nice place. Be warned, the buses kind of suck, but they're free. Am I at least a little bitter? Most definitely. But I'm also prepared for what lies ahead.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2013
Innovation: A+, Individual Value: D

I'm a biology major who took a LOT

Feb 15 2012Biology
I'm a biology major who took a LOT of CS courses.
Academics: The academics are, quite frankly, awesome. CMU specializes in all sorts of fields which allows anyone who has an interest in another field to easily take top tier classes in them. CMU is known for the sciences, but it still has amazing schools in architecture, art and drama, business, etc. It was CMU that helped me discover my passion for CS. If you KNOW you are interested in the sciences but are maybe not sure about what you want to major in, then CMU is definitely a school to look at.

Professors: I rarely talked with professors but I've heard they're pretty friendly and accessible. This isn't some snotty school where all the professors are absorbed in their research to enhance the school's reputation.

Social Life: The social life may not be as great as people expect. It is true that the school is more heavily focused on academics, but I see no reason why people can't have the social life they desire. If you like to party, then there are plenty of frats that do so. You can even go to UPitt or the other 50 colleges in Pittsburgh to get your groove on. If you like to be a loner, that's always an option too and you won't be "alone" in that category as there are plenty of introverts here that prefer studying and quite environments. Most people are in between and I don't see how any part of CMU prevents those people from making friends and having a fun time.Advice: There is no doubt the school is academically challenging. You may feel overworked. You probably won't get the grades that you were thinking of getting. With this in mind, I think it's important to keep things in perspective. When you get a bad grade, don't beat yourself up thinking your a failure. Everyone knows this is a hard school. Everyone knows that grades aren't everything.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2013
Scholastic Success: A+, Useful Schoolwork: B-

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