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Essay Breakdown: Carnegie Mellon University

  • How to Write the Carnegie Mellon Essays 2016-2017

    Founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1900 by none other than Andrew Carnegie himself, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is one of the top 25 universities in the country. It is home to the world’s first degree-granting Robotics and Drama programs and one of the first Computer Science departments.

    Admissions are competitive, with 16.2% of applicants admitted to the class of 2019. Their most selective undergraduate college is the School of Computer Science, with acceptance rates consistently in the low single digits. In addition, 15.6% of students are international, and the university has satellite campuses in Silicon Valley and Qatar.

    Though CMU offers a wide range courses, it is most renowned for its Computer Science, Finance, Performance Arts, and Engineering programs. CMU is also a leading research facility, regularly receiving funds from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense. The university spent $315 million on research in 2006 alone. 

    Various traditions (such as buggy vehicle racing, mobile robots and Greek life) ensure a convivial environment for students on campus.  Finally, a sprawling network of over 100,000 living alumni give students an edge when applying for jobs and internships. In this blog post, we’ve compiled a guide to answering CMU’s 2016-2017 application questions, to give you the best shot at getting accepted.

  • How to Write the Carnegie Mellon Application Essays 2015-2016

    Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1900, Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university home to over 6,000 undergraduates. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the college boasts 17 varsity teams in the NCAA Division III classification. While it frequently finds itself placed in the top 25 colleges in the nation, perhaps Carnegie Mellon is best recognized […]

  • How to Tackle the Carnegie Mellon Essays for 2014-15

    Note: this blog post has been updated for the 2015-2016 application cycle. To view the most recent version, click here. Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1900, Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university home to over 6,000 undergraduates. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the college boasts 17 varsity teams in the NCAA Division III classification. While […]