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Old 12-20-2011, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I remember reading an article about eight ot ten years ago about CMU admissions. There was a concern that the student body would become less deiversified if it based admittance on perfect or or darn near perfect SAT scores and 4.0s(and higher) high school GPAs. They felt it was ok for a student to get as low as 3.2 with very good, but not astronomical SAT scores, and still be admitted to CMU. They started to interview students and have them write essays as to what they could add to the university and to the city. I mean, there is nothing wrong with sitting in your dorm room in front of your Mac on a lovely Saturday. I understand that the workload at CMU is tremendous. However, there is a great city out there to explore and many CMU students were not taking advantage of it. They felt student life might be better if it does not necesarily consist highly of Asian engineering of computer programming students. So, you might say that there was an effort by CMU leaders to make their campus "hipper" if you will.
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:28 PM
 
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I never understood the need for "diversity". They should be looking for the very smart and highly creative.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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Well, the highly creative bit would not typically be measured very well by SAT or GPA.
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:05 PM
 
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I also think diversity of life experience is a worthy addition to "smart and creative".
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I guess what the administration at CMU observed a decade or so ago was students were not only going to CMU to study robotics and computers, the students themselves were becoming robotic. It was like a self fullfilling prophecy for those students. This is one of the reasons for the change in admission policy. Robots are cool, but it takes away the human element.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:38 PM
 
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Well, the highly creative bit would not typically be measured very well by SAT or GPA.
Oh I agree. That's where you have to look beyond the SAT, etc. I'd also include the ambitious with a focused mind. They'd want to nurture the next Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg,... even if they don't graduate.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:40 PM
 
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I also think diversity of life experience is a worthy addition to "smart and creative".
That depends...they're only 17 or 18.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:42 PM
 
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I guess what the administration at CMU observed a decade or so ago was students were not only going to CMU to study robotics and computers, the students themselves were becoming robotic. It was like a self fullfilling prophecy for those students. This is one of the reasons for the change in admission policy. Robots are cool, but it takes away the human element.
Well, it is Carnegie Mellon University and no longer Carnegie Tech.
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Perry South, Pittsburgh, PA
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That depends...they're only 17 or 18.
Some people do more by 18 than others do by 90.
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:39 AM
 
Location: Due North of Potemkin City Limits
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This is ironic coming from you.
How so?
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