College Junior 2013-11-24T06:51:48Z
There are a few places to eat about a 15-min walk from the edge of campus, but the better places are if you take a 10 minute bus ride to Squirrel Hill. I haven't heard of any student discounts, but you can use your flex money at Subway. There's a lot of Chinese and Thai restaurants around.
College Junior 2013-11-24T06:48:45Z
The process was pretty simple, I just had to apply for FAFSA and fill out a CSS application. It's difficult to earn a lot of financial aid unless you really need it, though. Student invoices and account activity is available on your online account for easy viewing, but you might have to wait a few days for updates to show.
College Junior 2013-11-24T06:46:37Z
Health & Safety:
Since Carnegie Mellon's campus is pretty enclosed and small, I don't worry at all walking around. If you step off campus and explore the rest of Pittsburgh that's where you might be better off in groups. Campus safety isn't much of an issue for us so safety policies and security measures aren't overbearing.
College Junior 2013-11-24T06:44:30Z
It's hard to find healthy things to eat on campus. Most of the dining halls close before midnight so a late-night snack is hard to find. Skibo Cafe in the UC is the latest and it's open most nights until 2am. Meal plans are a waste of money; it's much better to go grocery shopping and cook your own meals.
College Junior 2013-11-24T06:42:21Z
I haven't had any personal experience with peer pressure in regards to drug or alcohol. I haven't had to drink to maintain my social life, although I'm personally not a big fan of parties so that probably contributes to the equation. I've rarely seen alcohol or drugs on campus.
College Junior 2013-11-24T06:40:23Z
One of my favorite things about Carnegie Mellon is that high work ethic is strongly encouraged. It's normal to walk around campus on a Friday night and see all of the academic buildings full of students working on projects or studying with friends. It's a great tight community and it's easy to get motivated to excel. However, it is quite a demanding school so the workload may be overwhelming at times.
College Junior 2013-11-24T06:38:02Z
I originally applied to Carnegie Mellon's School of Art. I was required to submit a portfolio and though I could have done so online, I was recommended by a mentor to schedule an in-person portfolio review as well as an interview. I recommend doing this as well. Transferring within Carnegie Mellon was not a problem; I transferred into the psychology department near the end of my sophomore year.
College Junior 2013-11-24T06:38:02Z
I haven't had an internship at Carnegie Mellon but many of my friends have been Teaching Assistants for various courses. Those who have been TA's for psychology courses have had good experiences with both their instructors and the students. I know a lot of computer science TA's and they have mixed responses. There is a lot of work to grade in those classes. Due to time constraints I don't aim to apply for an internship before I graduate.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T20:16:09Z
Guys & Girls:
I dont know about guys but the girls here are not very pretty
College Freshman 2013-11-17T20:14:36Z
There are several opportunities but not many people are interested because of a heavy workload
College Freshman 2013-11-17T20:13:56Z
the computer lab computers are slow and old and often get hung while in use
College Freshman 2013-11-17T20:13:08Z
there isnt much to do off campus, mostly just decent restraunts
College Freshman 2013-11-09T19:40:47Z
There are a decent variety of options spread throughout campus, with average college foods or ethnic, vegan, and vegetarian options. Some of the locations are open later than others, making it possible to get food later in the night. The meal plans required for freshman are a bit too large, causing many of the allotted number of meal blocks, which expire at the end of a 2-week period, to be wasted. Some eating locations take a very long to prepare food, sometimes making it hard to have enough time to eat between classes or before sports practice/club meetings.
College Freshman 2013-11-09T19:34:07Z
There are many spots with a variety of eating options not too far from campus. Some are a little bit far to reach by walking, but the free city bus transportation is free with a CMU ID, so these places are always reachable.
College Freshman 2013-11-09T19:31:53Z
Greek life is not that big of a deal and people don't care whether you are involved or not. However, those who are involved in Greek life do not have much free time outside of it.
College Freshman 2013-11-09T19:30:03Z
I haven't tried to find parking on or around campus.
College Freshman 2013-11-09T19:28:27Z
It can be very cold some days, making the walk to classes somewhat difficult.
College Junior 2013-10-26T21:33:30Z
Greek life is there for parties and some other events, but it doesn't dominate. It's not a big deal if you are in a frat or sorority, and it is not a big deal if you never set foot in one. It's nice because you can go to frat parties, which can be fun, but it's not a status thing.If you're in one though, it dominates your life.
College Junior 2013-10-26T21:29:51Z
They do not give an appropriate amount of Financial aid. They continue to increase tuition costs, but do not increase financial aid. They take away what they promised for no reason. Such an expensive school needs to give more financial aid to middle class students
College Junior 2013-10-26T21:27:08Z
Health & Safety:
CMU Police are present and each dorm has a police person assigned to it to watch it at night and during the day. Pretty safe on campus. Off campus you have to be smart, but there are shuttles to help you get from campus to your house.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-18T15:31:09Z
I went to a graduate program here called the Entertainment Technology Center, which focuses on exactly what you'd expect: video games, amusement parks, and anything multi-disciplinary. The quality of the education was extremely good, although there was (relatively) little instruction on the technical aspects of what you are working on; you're expected to know your stuff at this level before arrival.
The deep connections to "the industry" are probably even more valuable than the actual teaching. The ETC is arguably the premier program in this field, and it shows in the amount of interest from a plethora of companies who visit regularly for a variety of reasons.
College Junior 2013-09-16T03:49:45Z
Very few sunny days in Pittsburgh and most of them are in the summer when you aren't there. Cold for half the time you are in school, winter just lasts forever. Not as cold as some places, but still very cold. Rain will just come out of nowhere
College Junior 2013-09-16T03:47:38Z
Workload is extremely high and it can be very stressful. Some professors are amazing, some are bad, average is pretty good. Most want you to learn and are willing to help if you go to their office hours. registration is pretty easy, but may be hard to get into popular classes outside of your major.
College Junior 2013-09-16T03:45:47Z
Plenty of Asians, Indians, and Caucasians. Probably even thirds or so it seems, but much more diversity than at other schools. Many different religions and people of different sexual orientations. Everyone is accepted here, so diversity is prominent
College Junior 2013-09-16T03:42:35Z
Sometimes TAs grade completely differently which is annoying. Overall a good community in Tepper and everyone tries to help each other out. You really learn a lot here. Some employers don't recruit here, but a bunch of good ones do.
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