Carnegie Mellon Engineering: The Center for Industrial Studies

August 19, 2013
Thomas F

Located in the legendary steel manufacturing hub of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon Engineering graduate school is in the heart of industrial research. Carnegie Mellon isn’t just a graduate school for engineering, but the school also focuses on design and business that are tightly integrated into its College of Engineering.File:Wean hall.jpg

  • Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering has 1,429 full-time engineering students and 237 full-time staff and faculty.
  • Students who attend Carnegie Mellon Engineering school have an average 3.69 GPA and average GRE scores are 750 in the quantitative section and 450 in the verbal section (on the old scale.) 3.5 is the average analytical writing scores on the GRE.
  • Students can expect to pay $38,900 for each school year, which includes two full-time semesters.
  • Carnegie requires students to take part in research, and students have their choice of 30 research centers on the campus.
  • Carnegie’s campus has been seen in movies such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The West Wing, and The Muppets Movie.

Student and Campus Life

Carnegie Mellon Engineering prides itself on diversity. The college has study abroad programs where students can study in other countries and share with other cultures. The school has a reputation for “innovation through collaboration,” which it believes helps society as a whole. Carnegie Engineering is a competitive school, but it fosters competitiveness through team spirit and collaboration with other students.

Student Perspective

Carnegie has history behind it, and therefore, students can expect some tradition along with their studies. Because it’s an engineering school, some traditions are focused on innovation. Buggy is a tradition where hand-held buggy devices are engineered and raced up to speeds of 35 miles per hour. Booth is a tradition that turns Morewood Gardens parking lot into a carnival of booths. Each booth has a theme such as “To Be a Kid Again” or the ever-popular Star Wars theme.

Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering is situated next to Schenley Park where students will find activities such as golf, tennis, running, soccer and swimming. Swimming is especially popular in the summer months when it’s hot, but winters can bring snow.

Even with all of the campus activities, students need a break away from the school setting. The surrounding Pittsburgh area has plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy for older and younger students. Bars popular with students include Ruggers Pub, McFaddens and Triangle Bar and Grill. Students who want a more relaxed atmosphere can choose from the many restaurants around the school including Underground, Lucca Ristorante, Ali Baba Restaurant, Union Grill and Eatunique.

Career Placement and Advising

Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering partners with several career centers to offer students a chance to have a competitive edge on career placement. These partnerships include Boeing, the National Security Agency (NSA), DropBox, Oracle, USAA, and Facebook.

For international students, the career center hosts events such as StudECE to help promote placement for students studying abroad. There is also on-campus recruiting, which is free to all engineering students looking for internships, a simple summer job or a part-time job during the semester.


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