Impressions Of
Carnegie Mellon University

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Reasons to attend and to not attend Carnegie Mellon University

To Attend

  • “Opportunities for employment. A lot of companies reach out to CMU and it’s very well known.” [In the Class of 2018, only 6% were seeking employment when surveyed.]
  • “The people are the best. They’re different from what I expected because there aren’t a lot of social groupings and anyone can be friends with anyone even if they are seemingly very different. I have a lot of friends with different personalities that I didn’t expect to get along with. The individual personalities here are really, really cool.”
  • “Carnegie Mellon really stresses the interdisciplinary nature of its academics and gives you a well-rounded experience, as opposed to giving you one path you have to follow.”
  • “There are a lot of resources available to you for you to get involved with. You can get involved with your passions and also take time to explore what you want to do.”
  • “Intellectual stimulation. You get to learn so much that you never thought you’d be able to learn before.”
  • “The opportunities in Pittsburgh are enormous. If you’re looking for an internship, CMU has the opportunities to find something for you there.”

To Not Attend

  • “If having a good social scene is really, really important to you, then maybe don’t come here. I think it takes a particular type of person to enjoy it here. It’s definitely not a super social school and I know people who have transferred out because of that.”
  • “Price.” [Total fees for the 2019-2020 academic year are $74,491.]
  • “Don’t attend if you’re planning to go purely into the Humanities in my opinion. I don’t think there are a lot of opportunities here for pure Humanities students, the school caters a lot towards STEM students.”
  • “If you’re not into Pittsburgh or are not into traveling to Pittsburgh. A lot of people I know are very anti-Pittsburgh because of the cold, transportation issues, and being far away from home.”
  • “If you worried about stress and have had mental health problems with testing and anxiety, this school might be a lot to handle. It takes a lot out of you to go here.”
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January 31, 2023

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