Carnegie Mellon Admission Questions

17 Jul 2009 - 5:48pm
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Kevin Tu
2009

Not sure how heavily weighted GRE scores are for their Graduate
Interaction Design program is, but can someone speak of an average or
range of "successful" applicants?

Thanks!

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20 Jul 2009 - 5:40am
siobhan.hadley
2008

Hi Kevin,

I'm an alumnae of CMU's CPID program and I happened to spend one of
my assistantships at CMU working with the person who administers the
IxD/CPID application process. I recall that the majority of those
that made it through the first review (that is, applications that
were complete, correct and followed instructions) were at and/or
above the recommended scores as per the program-specific application
-- around 600 or so for each section. I'm sure there were some
exceptions, however I also recall seeing some otherwise fine
portfolios declined because the scores were too low or because
someone did not submit their scores.

Rest assured that they look at and review every part of the
application -- as opposed to other, larger programs that may just
check to see if you took the GRE.

Regardless, amazing scores are definitely less a priority than a
well-crafted, thoughtful portfolio that demonstrates your ability to
communicate and problem solve.

Good luck with your application.

- Siobhan

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20 Jul 2009 - 10:13am
jet
2008

Kevin Tu wrote:
> Not sure how heavily weighted GRE scores are for their Graduate
> Interaction Design program is, but can someone speak of an average or
> range of "successful" applicants?

While I honestly have no idea (I didn't know they required GRE, even), I
did take classes with many students in the program.

Everyone I interacted with was pretty bright at a minimum, with a fair
number of the students being "scary bright". As in, "Oh crap, I have
to present after them? Why bother?"

I'm guessing that portfolio and work experience must play a significant
part of people getting in, as pretty much everyone had substantial
skills to go along with being smart and driven. I don't remember anyone
being book-smart-but-useless on team projects.

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