Carnegie Mellon University Reviews

  • 125 Reviews
  • Pittsburgh (PA)
  • Annual Tuition: $57,119
80% of 125 students said this degree improved their career prospects
92% of 125 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Katherine Fili
  • Reviewed: 9/16/2019
  • Degree: Music
"Performance heavy based arts education! I had lots of opportunities to do full roles as an undergraduate student. The campus is easily accessible and the School of Music building is beautiful. My private teacher was Mildred Miller who is unfortunately now retired, but the currently vocal staff has a lot of wonderful teachers."
John
  • Reviewed: 5/1/2019
  • Degree: Information Systems
"Carnegie Mellon is a very academically challenging school. The social life and lack of school/life balance makes it even more challenging. But, five years into my career, I feel it prepared me for success in the workforce in every way possible. I have worked at top companies in Silicon Valley and been able to rise quickly thanks to the breadth of my skills. I compare myself to colleagues my age from other leading universities like Stanford and continue to feel I excel above them in many ways due to the work ethic CMU instilled in me. One of the biggest things I took away from CMU was learning how to learn - picking up a new skill, software language, etc. and being able to experiment and learn on my own. CMU also is a well respected name in the technology industry and you won't have trouble getting a job if it's on your resume. For current and prospective students, I would encourage you to get involved with the community of Pittsburgh and possibly in Greek life if you are struggling. Having some activities outside of school helped me in my later years of undergrad, just to destress. Pittsburgh also has some cool restaurants, shows, organizations etc if you venture off campus. Don't stay in the CMU bubble the whole time!"
anonymous
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2018
  • Degree: Fine Arts
"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."
MITReject
  • Reviewed: 5/13/2018
  • Degree: Mathematics
"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."
Wordsmith76
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: History
"Education is the foundation of a good society. It does not prepare you for job, it prepares you for life. in college you learn to think beyond your limited life experience. You meet people that are different than you, than your family and they hail from places that are geographically and culturally different than what you are use to. The significance of this not only to you but to society as whole is immeasurable. The world is avery large place, filled with a variety of people, languages, cultures, histories and knowledge. When you choose not to go to college, you choose to ignore these things and they are so worth knowing that it would be a detriment to you to not explore them."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Business
"Learn to be frugal in college. Job search is as important(if not more important) than academics Learn to Network"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Communications
"It is a small school yet it offers the best course in the world"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"The Heinz college does an excellent job of providing practical on-the-job training with a solid academic foundation. The professors are usually experts in their field, and many have decades of work experience from which to provide insight. The school also has numerous internship and externship resources."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
"It was an awesome experience, where I learnt a lot on how to apply what I learned at job in a practical environment"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Computer Science
"CMU is full of brilliant people who will push you to be better."
Grad
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: History
"Good school, great professors, massively overpriced with few job opportunities coming out of there with a humanities degree"
Jen
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"Great opportunity to gain confidence and learn skills to advance my career."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Engineering
"Carnegie Mellon was filled with entitled undergraduate students who thought they coukd get away with a lot. This is what I noticed through grading and teaching there. It wasn't bad for graduate school as long as you can find friends outside of the school itself. Pittsburgh is a great city."
NC
  • Reviewed: 3/12/2017
  • Degree: Public Policy
"On the plus-side, this is a good, well-respected, quantitatively-rigorous program. Most graduates have employed upon graduation or seek further education. On the negative-side, while lectures are taught by faculty, recitations and labs are often taught by graduate assistants."
Female Grad Student
  • Reviewed: 1/31/2017
  • Degree: History
"Expensive and do not keep promises, bait and switch for graduate school"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2017
  • Degree: Engineering
"No only are the programs some of the top in the world, the professors are some of the greatest educators. It is hard to find a research university that also has such a strong focus on the education and future of its students. Carnegie Mellon is one of the few."
W
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2017
  • Degree: History
"Great school with strong academics and reputation, provide practical skills that are necessary for success in the workforce."
Sterling Archer
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2017
  • Degree: Biomedical Engineering
"Had some of the best and worst experiences of my life. Lots of personal growth and knowledge gained. Very glad I went"
John Hao
  • Reviewed: 12/25/2016
  • Degree: Biomedical Engineering
"CMU is predominantly known for it's engineering, whether it is mechanical, electrical, computer science or biomedical. I have the fortunate pleasure of working closely with mechanical engineering departments along with my biomedical engineering focus. The professors and faculty of the entirety of the campus are extremely welcoming, kind, understanding and overall simply care about the student's learning potential as well as his or her well-being, something that is not truly tried and practice at other schools, at least during my undergraduate career at a different university. I'd highly recommend this school to anyone wanting to make a lasting impact in a given society as well as grow close with not only your peers, but also faculty members whilst excelling in your given field, whether it is the College of Engineering or Tepper School of Business."
Jacqueline
  • Reviewed: 9/18/2016
  • Degree: Fine Arts
"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."