Carnegie Mellon University Reviews
Carnegie Mellon was a life-changer. I went to undergrad in Fine Arts and graduate school there in two very different fields and got an amazing. My professors were fantastic...I could call them not only teachers but friends by the end of the term. It's a well-rounded education and has a combination of technical and creative.
Unimpressive academically. Non-existent socially. No one's first choice school. No one's first choice city. Student body is lacking. It's just a research university. High level of assimilated international students. Most students are not experienced socially.
Generally, the school cares more about outward appearances and what its students produce, rather than the students themselves. Mental illness is something many undergraduates here grapple with and the school has yet to really address this. I'm glad for my education here and I'm glad that I made it through, but I can't help but remember those who didn't.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was clean, consistent and well worth the money. The education I received was exactly what I was looking for in a grad school.
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.
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.