Why the Mellon?

<p>I'm hoping on going to a top engineering school next year and I've been looking at Carnegie Mellon. I was wondering if you guys could explain what makes Carnegie so special? How are its academics, social life, quality of life, job prospects, reputation, etc. I guess I'd like you guys to just brag about it, tell me what really sets it apart. I want to make sure the next four years of my life will be at the best place possible. Thanks Mellons!</p>

<p>what other schools are on your list?</p>

<p>I am applying to all engineering schools with highest research budgets and top rated programs, Carnegie, Cornell, Berk, and prob Duke because my dad went there</p>

<p>Is it just me, or does it seem like the OP would be more suited for Tepper than CIT from his opening post?</p>

<p>^I agree, but it seems that this person may actually want to work, in which case he might get bored at Tepper.</p>

<p>Sounds like Tepper students have a bad rep.</p>

<p>Heh I find some of these responses funny.</p>

<p>Advice: Falling in love with a school that you may not be admitted, is not wise. </p>

<p>Our son found all your criteria as acceptable. CMU has served him well. But then again, he's easy to please and adaptable.</p>

<p>Why CMU, parents prospective: He got accepted (accepted 3 schools of 10 applied). He got some money. Far from Home.</p>

<p>Tartans, not Mellons. :P</p>

<p>Why CMU: Not arrogant or snobby, and no student expects others to do the hard work for them - they will go out and seek knowledge on their own rather than waiting for it to come to them.</p>

<p>Also Pittsburgh is a neat little city. And I mean, having top programs in everything and a degree worth gold is nice I guess. like whatever.</p>

<p>CMU degrees are hard to get since the courseload is challenging. CMU places really nice for engineering (as you may have seen in your research), and its degree is agreeably for a top ranked individual. In terms of setting, pittsburgh is really nice and the locality of CMU is very efficient for its students b/c you have everything near the campus. Best of luck in admissions and although I know you aren't sounding "snobby" with the "what's so special" slogan, I think the specialty really lies in the eyes of the beholder (you!). There are occassions where ppl don't like the suburban feel to CMU and stuff like that, but this opinion could be countered by someone who likes a suburban setting. So there you go, that a good example to inform you that you should definitely go and visit CMU yourself and see to it whether you like it or not. I could list a bunch of stuff that would make CMU feel great and maybe I can do that for other colleges as well, but the problem is that no matter what I will say, the real experience is well "just real". :)</p>

<p>Prez gave a big policy speech today.
President</a> Obama Address - Carnegie Mellon University</p>

<p>I think he did one at CMU last year for the G20.
Also a campaign speech in 2008.</p>

<p>Thanks guys, I'm pretty interested in Carnegie, Michigan, and Cornell actually now, from what I hear, they have great academics but are unique because they are also very fun and enjoyable unlike some other top schools. I guess I'll just have to visit, but its still hard to know everything from a single visit, I find them rather superficial. Thanks for some of the inside knowledge. P.S. Long Prime- there is nothing your some should be ashamed of, its Carnegie Mellon!</p>

<p>^He's the type who can make his own opportunities, no matter where he's at. He also did very well at CMU. The lesson I'm trying to get across is; one person's POV should not be yours.</p>

<p>The Mellon is godly in logic, computer science, and related things. Seriously, these things aren't even in my immediate comfort zone, but I do regard CMU with awe in that sense.</p>