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Ithaca, NY
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14,245
Tuition
$43,413
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 1369 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: West campus facilities are great. The gym, Noyse, noyse is fantastic and there are libraries and study spaces everywhere. There isn't much green during the winter, but campus is still beautiful. Campus events and traditions are plentiful. Slope day, a campus celebration is fun and there are tons of events all the time.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Absolutely amazing. My professors are mostly all doing research in their fields and relate what we are leaning in class to real world situations. The registration process can be difficult but there are endless special study options.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: ILR is amazing. It's very unique and if you belong here, you'll know it. The workload is manageable and the curriculum is built so that you can do what you want with it. The facilities are good, but could use a coffee shop or small lunch place. Internships and job opportunities are plentiful and anything is possible if you just reach out for it.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: It's extremely expensive and hard to find spots. I'm sure this is done on purpose.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school is amazing. Cornell allows anyone to study anything they want. The ILR school is great at what it does, and it seems each school selects its students wisely. Some students are a little anti-social and unbalanced, but finding the right group of people is very important.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: So many options.
Freshman live on North. Sophomores and upperclassmen on West. Many upperclassmen live in Collegetown also. There are some hidden gems like 122 McGraw Place and the campus hill apartments. Amenities are pretty basic but everything is pretty clean. The housing process is a little wacky but ends up working out. If you talk to the housing office, they will get you into the right place.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are tons of computer labs and the computers are usable, pretty fast and have printing. Printing can get a little expensive but some schools within Cornell offer money toward printing. Wireless is AMAZING. I've never had to connect since getting here; it just works.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are so many dining halls, I haven't been to them all. Healthy options are high but organic is not seen. Vegetarians will do okay but should check the online menus first. There are tons of meal plans and flex dollars and everyone should think about what they use before choosing.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I think it's good. Students relax during the weekend but don't get dangerous and are smart about drinking. Drugs are not noticeable. No one pressures you to drink or do drugs. Everyone is responsible for their own decisions. Policy does an excellent job of keeping things safe and keeping hard alcohol out of the picture.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They're difficult to deal with and most people didn't know what was going on with my aid. They just kept telling me "there's nothing written on your profile" and sent me to talk to someone else.

Finally, I did receive the help I needed

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Cost and availability are so variable. You can find a place by talking to frats and seeing if they have open rooms. They will lend them out to anyone for pretty cheap. But it is still better to live on campus or with friends. Also, people have their contracts for next fall done by october. If you are getting a place in Collegetown you will pay a ton and have to do it early.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Ithaca is gorgeous and so cute. It is an interesting area but there is always something to do. I wish I lived downtown.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: One of the best food systems on any campus. All you can eat and buy as you go options are both incredibly abundant. And food is amazing! It is great.

4 College Junior

Majors: It was not difficult at all getting into biology. I applied and was accepted. I had all the courses completed that I needed so it worked out perfectly.

College Junior

Majors: Internships are not very popular compared to research on campus. But I do not know much about it. Just pick a good professor.

1 College Junior

Parking: $700 to park on campus!!!! That is insane!!! You can just find a spot a little off campus and walk. But those spots are hard to find also because they fill up so fast. And do not park somewhere you should not be. You will get a ticket.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Campus is absolutely beautiful. And there is a building for you. We have Harry Potter libraries and modern buildings and art pieces on campus. Pick your spot.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: You do not have to attend classes and people in administration seem nice. Also, I have not heard of any frats getting busted for underage drinking.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I have not been of campus too much but Ithaca is a big. There are many options, especially vegan and organic options.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I was going to live on campus and requested a roomate who requested me, but instead I got stuck with some girl who was itching to switch too. Also not many people seem to get their first location pick. I ended up staying off campus however so I do not know the ins and outs of living on campus.

5 College Junior

Transportation: The campus shuttle only brings you to other campuses of Cornell. But the busing system is through the county and it is great for getting around campus, especially since campus is huge.

3 College Junior

Computers: I really have not seen any computer labs except one for the art students. There are a few computers in the libraries but they are always occupied. So I guess I am not sure exactly how the system works, but there are too many students flooding it to see.

3 College Junior

Academics: The biology major is pretty bad, but I hope I am just biased. You sit through many 500 student lectures during your time there. It is boring because I wanted to do hands on work. It seems pretty easy to get research within the department, however. I guess if you take the time, you can make it worthwhile.

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1 College Junior

Academics: I do not like the setup of academics here. I have 3 classes over 100 students and two over 500. That is ridiculous. You never meet the teachers. Also, the work is annoying. Nothing is hard here except managing time. My community college I transferred from had harder exams and I learned more there. Luckily I do not need to study much but people take their grades way too seriously. I have heard of students bragging about who has pulled the most all nighters. If you go to Cornell make sure you're doing something you love with all your heart, or else it's not worth it.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: People are hot here... Surprisingly. I really was not expecting it but the girls are pretty and always dress up. And guys are preppy and all really attractive. Also there is a very small amount of overweight students.

5 people found this useful Report
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Mandy Kain and Radhika Arora
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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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