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Ithaca, NY
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14,245
Tuition
$43,413
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: they just do their job

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Its difficult when you're not a part of greek life. That sucks because thats not what college should have to be like to party.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The snow can suck, but it's natural. Spring is beautiful and reminds you of why you love the school so much.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Much easier to party and be involved and make new friends.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Have to pick housing quickly at the beginning of the year and its usually expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Sometimes you hear crazy things through emergency emails. Most people don

t questions safety here. Police usually show up at parties if anything.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: If you live in newer dorms it's great. There are many good aspects but getting housing is very difficult.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's plenty of things to do if you're interested in art, food, and nature. This is especially true in the spring. Having a car helps.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: So many places to try. They are a bit far, but there's Thai, Waffle place, Mexican, Italian, you name it. I am always looking to try somewhere new.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There are some incidents you hear about but will rarely come across. It depends who you hang out with I supposed. Most people here come here to do well and not focus on drugs.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I have never encountered anyone facing issues with this. If they were, I don't think they'd have many friends. Everyone here is very open minded and ready to learn, something I sensed easily.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I really like my program! The facilities are great, the Hotel School was just added a new library and lounge. The workload is can be pretty heavy sometimes, but it's doable. You have a lot of internship and work opportunities, and you have a connection to the Alumni network which is great as well.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The Housing Lottery for sophomore year is a challenge. It's very hard to get what you want.

As for housing options in freshman year, make sure you see who you're put with before signing the roommate agreement. I had a very bad experience because the "test" the school offers does not really say anything about the person you'll be living with. Me and my roommate were completely different people with a different list of priorities and we were simply incompatible. It was a horrible time for the both of us.

Save yourself the trouble and CHECK who you're going to be with before it's too late.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I LOVE my program. L-O-V-E. The School of Hotel Administration in Cornell honestly lives up to it's expectations. It's everything they live it up to be.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: It's amazing. You have great connections to people who are working in the industry, and you are studying with the future icons of Hospitality. The people and professors in the hotel school live and breathe hospitality. Everyone is truly passionate about what they do, and they motivate you to excel and be the best you can possibly be.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Gannet is great and they attend you quickly. The system works great.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's an ivy league. If you are a legacy and have the right amount of money, you can get away with anything you want. In dorms, they are very lenient about alcohol consumption and drug use. If they catch you you're in trouble, but you have to do something incredibly stupid for them to catch to.

I wish they were more strict on alcohol and drug use. Some people abuse on the leniency and it affects the students who are truly focused on building their future and excelling academically.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: Amazing. There are many computer labs around campus and the whole system they have for printing is very easy to sue and accesible.

Bringing a computer with you is necessary in order to do things in your room and watch Netflix and stuff, but other than that, the school gives you a lot of alternatives if you happen to not have a computer with you for some reason. And the computers have the newest softwares, and all run very quickly. It's great.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Ithaca during the summer is beautiful- sunny, green and almost no rain.

Ithaca during the winter is a whole other story. The sun sets at four and it gets very very cold during the winter. There is almost no sun, and you can get used to not remembering when was the last time you saw the sky blue, without a single cloud in sight.

The cold makes it very depressing.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Hipster. or Hippie. There are no other words that could better describe the small town of Ithaca. Everything is locally grown, there's a farmer's market... Organic and recyclable are words you can find in almost every poster hung in The Commons.

As for shopping, there aren't a lot of stores to go to other than Urban Outfitters. Destiny USA(HUGE shopping mall in Syracuse) is about an hour and a half away by car, but getting there is a little complicated.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Personally, I do not like the nightlife. Specially in freshmen year, it's all about frat parties and frat annexes and after a while they're just all the same. If you like getting blackout drunk and waking up next to somebody you don't know after having done God knows what, then yes, Cornell nightlife might be the thing for you.

If you like to drink socially with your friends and have full consciousness of what you did the night before, without vein g entirely surrounded by drunks, you're going to have a little bit of a tougher time finding your place.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Cornell is a walkable campus. You can get everywhere by walking. Sometimes the trip is kind of annoying when it's sixteen degrees and dropping outside, but if you're properly dressed, you won't have a problem getting around.

As for the transportation, taxis are pretty expensive for the ride you get, but the busses are pretty good. In freshman year you have a free buss pass, and you can easily get to either The Mall or The Commons (That's everywhere you can go).

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I lived in Donlon freshmen year and I felt very pressured to out, specially because of my roommate. Donlon is a very social dorm and you can feel left out if you do not go out every single day during O-week, which in my opinion is ridiculous.

As time passed, I was able to find other people in my floor who felt the same way, but at the begging you feel very pressured to go out and drink.

Everybody smokes weed (but that happens everywhere), but I haven't seen any other drugs in parties. If you really wanted to, I guess you could obtain them, but they're not considered socially acceptable, I think.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Cornell is pretty good in sports. It's not like other universities where every single student goes to the football games, because football isn't a very bog past of campus life, but it's a tradition to go to Ice Hockey games and support the teams during the winter.

I personally do not play club sports but I have friends who do, and they really like it. In Cornell there is a space for everyone and everything. I can't tell you club sports aren't a big part of campus life- it's simply something I'm personally not into. But if you're into it, and you're interested, you can make it part of you campus life and your individual campus experience without having any sort of problem.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Varsity sports have great facilities but the average student-gyms are overcrowded and not big enough for the demand. Hockey is a huge sport here and there's a lot of support but a lot of the other sports have minimal support, such as football where the only time a large number actually shows up is Homecoming.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Mandy Kain and Radhika Arora
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Hewlett, N.Y., and Ithaca, N.Y.
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Students express both praise and criticism of their overall experience at Cornell University. Positive experiences seem to outweigh negative ones, with most agreeing that even some of the negative aspects of Cornell—the immense workload, competition, dreary weather, and social pressures of a large campus—have taught them valuable life lessons. The large size of the campus can be both a blessing and a curse.Cornell offers a wealth of academic, professional, and personal opportunities, but can also offers the feeling of getting lost in the crowd.

Most students agree that it falls on the individual to make the most out of one’s time at Cornell to be outgoing, open to new ideas and experiences, and proactive in pursuit of one’s goals. Classes are difficult, and no one can expect to coast, but for those who are willing to work hard, classes can be very fulfilling. Finding a balance between coursework and social activities can be difficult, but if you can manage it, you will find a campus filled with new and interesting activities to get involved in.

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