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**Official Carnegie Mellon University Class of 2018 Admissions Decisions**

1D2d3D19961D2d3D1996 Posts: 1Registered User New Member
edited December 2013 in Carnegie Mellon University
Early Decision letters should be arriving within the next couple days! Seeing as we'll be getting our decisions soon, I thought a decision thread was in order.

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[ size=+1][ color=green][ b]Accepted[ /b][ /color][ /size]

[ size=+1][ color=red][ b]Rejected[ /b][ /color][ /size]

[ size=+1][ color=blue][ b]Deferred[ /b][ /color][ /size]

[ b]Stats:[ /b][ list]
[ *]SAT:
[ *]SAT II:
[ *]ACT:
[ *]GPA:
[ *]Rank:
[ *]Other Tests (AMC, AP, IB):
[ /list][ b]Subjective[ /b][ list]
[ *]Essays:
[ *]Teacher Recs:
[ *]Counselor Rec:
[ *]Supplementary Material:
[ *]Hook(recruited athlete, legacy, Nobel Prize):
[ /list][ b]Personal[ /b][ list]
[ *]Location:
[ *]High School Type:
[ *]Ethnicity:
[ *]Gender
[ /list][ b]Other[ /b][ list]
[ *]Extracurriculars:
[ *]Awards:
[ *]Where else were you accepted/rejected?:
[ *]Advice? Commiserations? Feel like bragging?:[ /list]
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Replies to: **Official Carnegie Mellon University Class of 2018 Admissions Decisions**

  • eipin1eipin1 Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    [size=+1]Rejected CIT (ECE)[/size]


    Stats:
    • SAT: 2070 (Did not send).
    • SAT II: 800 Math II, 640 Physics.
    • ACT: 34 (33 E, 34 M, 34 R, 36 S).
    • GPA: Weighted 4.19 (+0.5 for honors, +1.0 for IB/AP), unsure of my unweighted GPA.
    • Rank: Unavailable.
    • Other Tests (AMC, AP, IB): AP Statistics (4), IB Business and Management SL (4).
    • Senior Year Course Load: Full IB diploma courseload.
    Subjective
    • Essays: Common application essay: 8/10.
    • Teacher Recs: Math teacher for the past three years: 9/10.
    • Counselor Rec: 9/10.
    • Supplementary Material: Carnegie Mellon University main supplement: 8/10, "Did you have an interview" supplement: 8/10, psychology club supervisor supplementary reccomendation (unsure of this reccomendation's rating).
    • Hook(recruited athlete, legacy, Nobel Prize): Visited Carnegie Mellon and got a tour from a professor around the labs, which I wrote about in the "Did you have an interview?" supplement.
    Personal
    • Location: Northern Virginia.
    • High School Type: Public, 1600 students.
    • Ethnicity: Caucasian.
    • Gender: M.
    Other
    • Extracurriculars: Psychology club president for two years, Virginia Residential Governor's School for Math, Science and Technology) (summer after 11th grade), founder of web development start-up, math honor society officer, NHS, science honor society, spanish honor society, model judiciary president for three years, Varsity Math Team, and intern for Freedom Schools.
    • Awards: PSAT National merit commendation, acceptance into Virginia Residential Governor's School for Math, Science, and Technology (I put this as an honor and an extracurricular so that I could talk about it more on my app).
    • Where else were you accepted/rejected?: Nowhere.
    • Advice? Commiserations? Feel like bragging?:
    Reflection
    • Strengths: High ACT score, good recs, pretty good essays, experience through Governor's School in electrical and computer engineering, Dual-enrolled with a local university for Multivariable calculus and linear algebra in 11th grade, talking to the professor on campus when interviews were not avaliable.
    • Weaknesses: Low-ish GPA, low SAT physics, no major awards.
    • Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: SAT scores and awards with some GPA.
    General Comments: I was pretty surprised that I didn't get at least a deferral.
  • CMUChanceMeCMUChanceMe Posts: 13Registered User New Member
    [size=+1]Accepted: CIT (Everything but ECE)[/size]

    Stats:
    • SAT: 2340 (800W, 800CR, 740M)
    • SAT II: 800 - Math II; 800 - Chemistry
    • GPA: 4.0 (Unweighted)
    • Rank: 31/300
    • Other Tests (AMC, AP, IB): AP Chemistry - 5; AP English Language - 5
    • Senior Year Coursework: Widener Dual Enrollment Engineering; AP Computer Science; AP Calculus; AP Physics B (C is not available at our school); AP Statistics; AP English Literature; Honors Theology IV (Required Course)
    Subjective
    • Essays: Common App Essay - 9/10, about how my cultural conflict shaped me to be a diverse person; Why CMU - 8/10, basically about how CMU fits my eclecticism and how it's my dream school because of this; Books - Silly to rate, just listed the books I read and talked about The Stranger by Albert Camus; Interview - Silly to rate, about how she helped me with choosing a major basically;
    • Teacher Recs: Never read them
    • Counselor Rec: Nor this one
    • Supplementary Material: Art Supplement - 4 Photographs and a Website Design I did for my brother
    • Hook(recruited athlete, legacy, Nobel Prize): An eclectic student - Good at school but also good at the arts, speech, music, etc.
    Personal
    • Location: Southeastern PA
    • High School Type: Catholic (not prep) - most rigorous in the area
    • Ethnicity: Indian (but I'm white) - became my essay topic basically
    • Gender: Male
    Other
    • Extracurriculars: TV Studio/AV Club President, Speech/Debate, Theater, Programming Club, Mathletes, Film, Photography, NHS, Battle of Bands, and Leadership Council
    • Awards: Forensics - 1st Place Original Poetry MLK Tournament, 1st Place Districts Extemporaneous Speaking, 2-Time National Qualifier; Mathletes - 2nd Place Districts (I was on the B team, A team got 1st); Battle of Bands - Honorable Mention; Film - 1st Place National Book Trailer Contest
    • Where else were you accepted/rejected?: This is my first acceptance/rejection.
    • Advice? Commiserations? Feel like bragging?: My advice is to be diverse, or just be really really good at school. My diversity made up for my low rank, I think. Kinda wish I applied to SCS, I wonder how I would've fared.
  • flyerslv7flyerslv7 Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    [size=+1]Rejected:CIT(ECE)[/size]

    Stats:
    • SAT: 2140 M: 730 W: 700 R:710
    • SAT II: M2: 720 CHEM: 680
    • ACT: N/A
    • GPA: UW: 3.458 (School doesn't provide had to figure it out myself) W: 3.863
    • Rank: N/A
    • Other Tests (AMC, AP, IB):
    Subjective
    • Essays: Everyone who read it (Parents, Aunt who works a lot with college admissions, teachers - AP English and Newspaper) adored my essays and said that I did a great job of answering the question while putting my personal spin on it, etc.
    • Teacher Recs: Although not positive I am pretty sure they would be really good. Math teacher of two years, Chemistry teacher of two years and Newspaper advisor of two years.
    • Counselor Rec: He mainly focused on explaining that my low grades were due to me missing a majority of my freshman and junior year due to severe medical illness.
    • Supplementary Material:
    • Hook(recruited athlete, legacy, Nobel Prize): Nothing really besides that I had contacted the assistant director of admissions a few times after he had visited my school
    Personal:
    • Location: Northern Virginia
    • High School Type: Public
    • Ethnicity: (South) Asian American
    • Gender: Female
    • Extracurriculars: Robotics -Marketing first year and Mechanical next two years, Business Manager of Newspaper two years, NHS member all three years available (Officer junior year), ran a multitude of tutoring programs from second graders to 12th, I was the assistant volunteer coordinator and desk manager at a local dog adoption agency that I had been helping out since I was in fifth grade.
    • Awards: I got the AP scholar with distinction... not really sure what that is but I guess it is a good thing.
    • Where else were you accepted/rejected?: Haven't applied anywhere else but if anyone wants to chance me for UIUC and University of Michigan that would be great. I think I might make a post over at those threads.
    Reflection:

    Strengths:Good recs., good essays, I have been through a few engineering programs for example: Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation and a computer programming class at a local college.
    Weakness:low GPA (due to inability to attend school for long periods), average to low SAT scores

    General Comments: I was not surprised at the rejection, disappointed yes but not surprised. Especially after seeing eipin1 who has obviously way better stats than me and lives in the same area was also rejected from the program I was certain that I would get a rejection, and what do you know an hour later the mailman dropped off my "we regret to inform you...blah blah blah". I got over it within 10-15 minutes (since I had been expecting a rejection for the last few weeks) and am now working on my other applications. I really hope to get into Umich or UIUC because I don't think I want to go to GMU which is my easiest and safest option at the moment. Although I have been living in a city I hate for the past 17 years so I guess I can handle 4 more years of this torture. But seriously if you guys could chance me for those to schools it would be much appreciated. Anyway CONGRATS to everyone who got in! And for my fellow rejects its okay because we will get into another school and it will be the school we were meant to be in.
  • flyerslv7flyerslv7 Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    eipin1: I also find it surprising that you didn't at least get a deferral. I have seen people with way worse stats and a lot less EC get in to ECE... but I guess everything happens for a reason right. Also I find it hilarious that no Northern Virginian can ever say they are from Virginia we always have to add in the northern because their is legitimately a huge difference. Good luck on your future endeavors.
  • VulkanVulkan Posts: 57Registered User Junior Member
    CMUChance, what do you mean everything but ece...did you apply undecided and get rejected, or what?
  • flyerslv7flyerslv7 Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    Vulkan, from what I read on the schools site when I was looking up info before applying is that when you apply to ECE you can get rejected from ECE but still into CIT (because ECE is one of their most competitive majors). You just won't ever be able to transfer into ECE. If I remember correctly.
  • VulkanVulkan Posts: 57Registered User Junior Member
    Ahh, that makes sense. However I heard that you can still transfer into ece even if you don't get in as long as you take the ee course freshman year. I thought I had a pretty good shot with ece, but now after this guy posted I'm not too sure. Guess I'll find out soon.
  • Selena731Selena731 Posts: 484Registered User Member
    You just won't ever be able to transfer into ECE.
    Not quite. Vulkan heard correctly :). Everyone comes in undecided to CIT and if you're very set on being in ECE all you have to do is take the intro course and do well (B-A. Beware that it's a weed-out course: very hard). I was restricted CIT admit but got in to ECE by showing interest and effort.
    Good luck to all!


    Don't be :)
    v
  • flyerslv7flyerslv7 Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    Oh okay! like I said I wasn't sure if I remembered correctly... sorry about that. :/
  • VulkanVulkan Posts: 57Registered User Junior Member
    Selena,

    What do you mean by restricted? Also, what do you mean when you say everyone comes in undecided? Does that include those who are admitted to ece?
  • CMUChanceMeCMUChanceMe Posts: 13Registered User New Member
    I applied for Civil Engineering and got an acceptance letter for every program in CIT except for ECE, because you have to apply specifically to that program to get into it. Don't worry! A LOT of people transfer into the ECE program apparently, and some even transfer into SCS (this is coming from talking to a friend of mine who went there). It's really all about your first semester GPA, so just don't overload your classes and stay on top of your game and you'll be fine!

    So basically, don't worry about your ECE application because of my stats, I didn't apply for that program so I didn't get in. There are no implications on your application whatsoever!
  • VulkanVulkan Posts: 57Registered User Junior Member
    I see...that's a bit of a relief. Hopefully the fact that I work for Microsoft and build computers as a side thing will help me out with ece. I'll let you guys know how it goes.
  • streetintstreetint Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    Hey everyone!
    I applied to CMU for ED as well and I got the letter today in the mail which said I wasn't accepted. I was just wondering if this means that I was rejected or if I was deferred (I am wondering if I can apply again for regular decision). I tried calling but I found out that the office is only open Monday ~ Friday. I will call for sure this upcoming Monday but if anyone knows for sure, I would appreciate the answer. Thanks and good job to everyone who did make it in! :)
  • VulkanVulkan Posts: 57Registered User Junior Member
    Just got into ece. Will post info later, time to finally get some rest.
  • mkaissarmkaissar Posts: 4Registered User New Member
    [size=+1]Accepted CIT MEG[/size]

    Stats:
    • SAT: N/A
    • SAT II: 760 Math II, 770 Bio M, 730 Physics
    • ACT: 33 (33 E, 32 M, 33 S, 32 R)
    • GPA: 3.5 Weighted
    • Rank: N/A
    • Other Tests (AMC, AP, IB): AP Bio: 4, Calc AB: 4, Lit: 4
    Subjective
    • Essays: Common app essays: 9/10
    • Teacher Recs: AP Bio teacher, AP English Lit teacher. Didn't see recs.
    • Counselor Rec: Didn't see it.
    • Supplementary Material: Letter of rec from the head of the lab I work at
    • Hook(recruited athlete, legacy, Nobel Prize): My grandpa went here. Published in scientific journal
    Personal
    • Location: NYC
    • High School Type: Private, All Girls School, 60 students per class
    • Ethnicity: White (Middle Eastern)
    • Gender: F
    Other
    • Extracurriculars: Lab intern at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, VP of teen board in local community service organization, Writer for the school paper, Forensic Science Team, Tour guide, TA at synagogue, Runs XC and track
    • Awards: Published in scientific journal. Other than that, none
    • Where else were you accepted/rejected?: University of Pittsburgh. Didn't apply anywhere else.
    • Advice? Commiserations? Feel like bragging?: If you're a girl, apply for Mechanical Engineering, because its 29% female and 71% male, so they're looking for girls.
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