Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University - Comments and Student Experiences|
As a whole, the university has a lot of resources for its students. The career center is amazing, and we have an on campus medical center and counseling and psychological services. For academics, there's a lot of resources if you're struggling, including peer tutoring, study groups and supplemental instruction.
Most CMUers are slightly nerdy. It is just as common to see people playing video games on a Friday night as partying. But the average person will hang out with friends, often catching a movie in the UC, going to the game room or watching a play put on by the theater department. Student organizations are plentiful, and are easy to join.
The dining is fairly good, thanks to a new food company that they hired this year. Housing is decent.CMU is a great school for those that are motivated and intelligent and like a more nerdy atmosphere.
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.