Carnegie Mellon University Visit Report by mathmom
Visit to Carnegie Mellon University in April 2007 by mathmom(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2007)
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Information Session: Yes - More below - we were there for accepted students weekend and they do separate info sessions for each school. SCS and MCS. Can't remember a general info session.
Campus Tour: Yes - Tour was very interesting for Mom the architect, less so for son the computer scientist. A lot of building history and traditions, less about academics and social life.
Overnight Visit: Yes - Reflected actual CMU experience. Was housed in an off campus CMU owned apt. The drama students played video games the computer science major had a problem set to work on. Big apartment.
Classroom Visit: No - Yes. Attended one computer science class - it was interesting enoug he decided to attend.
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Campus Visit Notes for Carnegie Mellon University
My son ended up attending Carnegie Mellon and has no regrets. The School of Computer Science info session was fabulous. They had all the numbers about who applies, how they do and where they go. They made it clear that they accept both students with and without previous experience.
The Mellon Science presentation was more about curriculum and research opportunities.
CMU is an interesting place, while it offers both arts and technology plus a pretty decent liberal arts school, the set-up (including rooming assignments) means that there is less mixing up of people if you don't make the effort. My son is happy socializing with people who hang out at the Linux cluster.
Lots of food courts scattered around campus with small tables inhibits socializing. It doesn't help that most kids find the food pretty bad and get off the meal plan.
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
I like the Holiday Inn Select at University Center. It's right next to Pitt and about 10 minutes from CMU. Hampton Inn is ok. They provide a shuttle to campus, but neighborhood is less nice.
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
Indica Indian Bistro at 257 N. Craig St., Oakland. 412-605-0500 excellent Indian food. Try the campus food too, might as well be warned!
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
Convenient airport bus.