Location
Ithaca, NY
Undergrads
14,245
Tuition
$43,413
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are kept clean. The staff does their job well. The other students respect each others' space and no one has a fear of their items being stolen even if doors are left unlocked and opened.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus is very expensive for students and every fall people are already filling out leases for the next school year. You are guaranteed on-campus housing Freshman and Sophomore year.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Cornell prides itself on diversity. If you are a conservative you will have a harder time finding people that agree with your points of view, but they will listen if you are respectful. Cornell does not take kindly to hate towards a group of people based on race, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, religion, and economic class. The campus is pretty liberal.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: ILR really looks for students that are passionate about people, or helping people if you're an introvert. Write your application essay about something you truly care about.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The TCAT is the major way to get places. It's good for the most part but don't rely on it if you are late to class.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The ILR School is small in comparison to the other schools at Cornell but it is worth it. By only having only one major, the staff really focus on improving your future opportunities.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There a ton of classes to take, talk to upperclassmen in your major and outside of your major to see what classes they recommend. Don't take the easy requirement classes just because they will boost your GPA. Take classes that interest you. Professors here really care, and if they don't, there are always more classes to take. Cornell is hard, but not impossible. There are tutors available and a writing center. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you are drowning in work. Finals and Prelims can be tough but remember to have fun.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Facilities: Cornell is a school of options. You can be and become any person here. From rich to poor, outgoing or shy, there really is a place for everyone here. The classes are challenging but extremely worth it, just make sure that you are studying something that you are passionate about. At Cornell you get the big school scene with the small school feeling. The separate colleges really make it home.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Facilities: The student organizations make Cornell an experience tailored to your interests.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: Hockey is the Athletics are Cornell. The games are so much fun and the crowd really gets into them. The football team isn't good, but all the other sports do well. I would encourage everyone to go and support the teams.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received amazing financial aid that made it cheaper for me to go to Cornell than my state school.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There isn't really a strict environment at Cornell. You are free to do what you want. Just don't violate academic integrity.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Life everything else, Cornell has a diverse dating scene. You can get a hook-up or you can meet your wife/husband here.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: People tend to exaggerate how cold Ithaca winters are. It isn't as cold as people say it is. You will be fine as long as you have a winter coat and snow boats.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is a part of the culture, but not so huge that its a huge deal.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking is huge at Cornell. Majority of the student body participates in some form of drinking on the weekends. As a non-drinker it was difficult to adjust to at first. If you like to drink, you'll find friends here easily. If you don't, don't be discouraged, majority of the student body is open to that. If they aren't, the school is big enough that you can find your group.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Cornell works on a lottery system, you either get great housing or average housing. The program houses are your best bet to make sure you have a great room.

1 College Freshman

Parking: There is no point of having a car on campus. The buses run all the time and there are free bus rides for all incoming freshman and first years.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Cornell is amazing. There are a lot of different kinds of people and you can definitely find your niche.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: There are computers on campus everywhere. Some are even in the residence halls themselves.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Ithaca is a small town, but if you look there are a lot of things to do. Don't get stuck in the Cornell Bubble. We have amazing restaurants.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is a great sense of safety at school. There are very few incidents. You feel safe walking home late at night.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is delicious and quite fancy!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are tons of libraries and places to study!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are lots of opportunities for undergrad research. Professors are eager to help students in areas of their interest. I look forward to doing my own research during my undergrad career.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Mandy Kain and Radhika Arora
Hometown
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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