These schools are similar to Carnegie Mellon University in key aspects like size, setting, and academics.
100% of students
I've really enjoyed my experience but it was weird with COVID. I appreciated the academics and career opportunities. The Carnegie Mellon name really helps with getting internships
Very accepting, most teachers are lenient, however, coursework is often very tough and there's a lot of it.
Very stressful and expensive
You will make important connections and friendships and you will find yourself challenged by the academic content of your classes. You will encounter new ideas and new people. Particularly for those looking to work in the theatre industry, this is an incredible career opportunity. The SoD is a lot more insular of a community than the rest of the university, and it comes with its own challenges and rewards.
What you see is what you get. When determining if CMU is the right school for you, I recommend you think long and hard about what kind of experience you're after. This is a top 25 school with a long legacy. Be prepared to deal with a large and established institution. This means bureaucratic processes can be impersonal, complicated, and frustrating. Trying to enact change in your community will also be very difficult. The university has military and governmental ties and funding, and a heavy police presence. The trade-off for this is that you will be connected to many resources and opportunities, and a degree that impresses most employers.
It's a computer-centered academic experience like no other, everyone gets some experience in programming in some way or another.
Social life can be a little dull if you don't get involved with on-campus clubs and activities.