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Carnegie Mellon is a private graduate school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It has a large graduate student body with an enrollment of 7,336 graduate students. Of the 85 graduate programs offered at Carnegie Mellon University, 9 are offered online or through graduate distance education programs. The most popular graduate school programs at Carnegie Mellon University are Information Technology, Business, and Electrical Engineering. 9% of its graduate students are part-time graduate students.

Masters and Doctoral Programs

Graduate Students

Total Graduate Students
7,336
Part-Time Grad Students
662
Research Assistants
3,008
Teaching Assistants
Racial Diversity
  • International (Non-Citizen)
    62%
  • White
    22.1%
  • Asian
    7%
  • Unknown
    4.5%
  • Hispanic
    1.8%
  • African American
    1.5%
  • Multiracial
    1.1%
  • Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Native American
    0%
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Nightlife
    A+
Median Household Income
$117,231
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,568
National
$949
Median Home Value
$480,990
National
$184,700
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Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Reviews

14 reviews
CMU is an INTENSE school with brilliant professors and students. If you graduate from CMU, especially with a STEM degree, you're basically guaranteed a great job. But be warned: If you're not EXCELLENT at managing both your time and your stress levels, you'll be overwhelmed 99 percent of the time. Working yourself to death is a cultural value of the school (for both professors AND students). They pay lip service to mental health and "work-life balance," but don't be fooled: there is NO work-life balance at CMU. As a consequence, their on-campus psychological services office is often overwhelmed. If your insurance will cover it, I recommend getting a therapist off-campus. And you WILL need a therapist.

That said, the intensity of the programs often creates close bonds between CMU students. If you're the kind of person who craves the company of intelligent, like-minded people, you will likely make lifelong friends at CMU. It's also a GREAT place for building your professional network!
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There was little connection to students outside of my immediate program, but excellent connection to the larger Pittsburgh community in my select field (arts management) through internships, work study, and other academic and non-academic opportunities.
Most coursework was useful, and I learned many applicable skills in my field that have helped me tremendously and in occasionally unexpected ways since graduating. The arts management program was very data oriented, which is where the field as a whole is heading.