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3 out of 5
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Degree: Design and Visual Communications, General
Graduation Year: 2016

I feel like I have really grown as a learner from my time at CMU. I learned a lot and feel prepared to enter the work force. However, I feel like the school didn't support me as a person. I didn't feel that much care taken for my stress, mental, or emotional health. Also the social scene is quite segregated by school/major.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2008

It was a great experience and I learned a lot. However, I would not spend nearly as much money on it if I were to do it over again.

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Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2015

Carnegie Mellon has provided me with many opportunities to expand my horizons and further my career. I am very grateful for that. The powerful alumni network will definitely be useful as you go about your career.

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Degree: Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2014

One of the World's great research Universities. In a few disciplines (notably most things Computer Science-related), it is the best. The school is very well suited for getting your first job and being competent at it. In 2015, the average starting salary for those from Computer Science Undergrad are the highest in world. That includes *every* school and *every* degree. If you want a traditional liberal education, then others (such as Columbia, which is rare in defending its core) may be better options. I found the campus and the city (Pittsburgh) to be far better than I expected. It is my favorite between Denver and New York. It isn't the weather-paradise of UCSB, UCSD, or Stanford, but neither are its winters as brutal as those in Cambridge, MA. Like all elite Universities, the people are driven, smart, and hard working. I have found that is only getting worse (or better, from the school's perspective). Its puny endowment compared to its peers is a drag on what would otherwise be much higher overall ratings. The good and bad of the school is that it is small, with neither a law school nor a medical school. It is comparable in size to CalTech in the U.S., but has a reputation (deserved, in my opinion) for being much more practical.

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Degree: Music Performance, General
Graduation Year: 2013

It was clean, consistent and well worth the money. The education I received was exactly what I was looking for in a grad school.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2008

Unless you are going into finance, I would not suggest CMU. The tuition costs are extremely high and for business degrees in areas other than finance the school is not good at helping you find internships or jobs.

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Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2007

I worked a lot in grad school. I was surrounded by the smartest people I've known. Those're immense virtues that i don't find in my life otherwise. It was like therapy, but I paid a lot of money for it and wind up knowing more about Descartes than the Pentium chip. Get two majors -- one to make you a broad, full person and one to pay the bills.

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