Carnegie Mellon University Reviews

  • 12 Reviews
  • Pittsburgh (PA)
  • Annual Tuition: $55,465
75% of 12 students said this degree improved their career prospects
67% of 12 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Katherine Fili
  • Reviewed: 9/16/2019
  • Degree: Music
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"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."
  • Reviewed: 5/1/2019
  • Degree: Information Systems
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"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!"
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2018
  • Degree: Fine Arts
  • Graduation Year: 2004
"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."
  • Reviewed: 5/13/2018
  • Degree: Mathematics
  • Graduation Year: 2004
"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."
  • Reviewed: 9/18/2016
  • Degree: Fine Arts
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
Julia L
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2015
  • Degree: Visual Communications
  • 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."
  • Reviewed: 10/26/2015
  • 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."
  • Reviewed: 10/5/2015
  • 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."
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2015
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • 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."
Music performance grad 2013
  • Reviewed: 6/11/2015
  • Degree: Music
  • 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."
Carnegie business grad 2008
  • Reviewed: 5/29/2015
  • 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."
  • Reviewed: 5/25/2013
  • 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."