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2 College Freshman

Parking: Freshman do not need a car. There's basically zero parking on central campus by all of your classes. Virtually everybody walks to class from North or Collegetown and it's not a bad walk. The bus system is perfectly suitable for campus travel.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I do not typically partake in off-campus dining, as the town is down the mountain side. I do understand that the options are quite satisfying

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I feel really safe. There hasn't been a moment I've felt otherwise.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: They discourage cars on campus

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: During the summer and early fall it's beautiful. Other than that it's snowing. All the time. You get used to it though, and maintenance keeps the roads and walkways clear at all times

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I love it here. I love the people, the atmosphere is great.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: It's really good. It's close enough to our classes. There are fun activities and things to keep you occupied

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2 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There's not really a "nightlife" besides the frat houses. There are 2 bars near campus and they're almost always crowded

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The parking in Ithaca isn't that great. So there are many options for public transport. Freshmen actually get free bus passes. The only problem is that on nights and weekends, the buses run few and far apart

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Very diverse. With a school that has students from a number of countries and almost every state, it's impossible to say the school lacks diversity.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: We have the best dining. I think it would be impossible to find another school with better food. There's loads of variety and food tastes great. I've learned about many different ethnic foods since coming here.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is really great. We lack places like fast-food restaurants. We have really nice restaurants with great food, and fair prices. Many freshmen don't venture off campus for food since the food on campus is great as well.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: As a freshman I don't know much about the off-campus housing process, however many have said that it's ok. The school tries its best to make sure everyone is comfortable housed. I have heard that there is a monopoly over off-campus housing and that causes rent to be overpriced at times.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I love my major, Human Biology, Health and Society, because it's everything I love put into one. All the requirements for the major are subjects I'd take even if they weren't mandatory. Many of the people I know in other majors seem to feel the same way about their curriculums

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Academics are taken very seriously here. That's the school's number one priority. It's a difficult place, but there's always help.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: It's really the best, except the off-campus atmosphere is that of an extremely small town. But there are more than enough activities on campus to keep you occupied

4 College Junior

Majors: Sometimes I wish I was in a different program. I enjoy it but it's hard to get a job from it, and it's a lot of work.

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3 College Junior

Majors: I'm not sure. I want to teach and being an English major was my only option because there's no Education major here, but I'm not sure if I'll find a job in the place or position I want.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I've never heard about anyone getting busted for underage drinking, which is kind of bad, because a lot of underage drinking isn't safe when it happens. The dorms can get really loud and gross too.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I think it depends where you go and who your landlord is. My future landlord has not proved that great and our housing is faraway and expensive, but I think it's worth it (hopefully) to live with my friends and learn how to live off-campus in a "real house."

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: It's SO expensive! But the quality is great. I work at a dining hall and I understand now why they don't stay open later because it takes FOREVER to close up...

3 College Junior

Weather: It snows and rains a lot, but I actually don't mind it too much. I'm only outside for 10-20 minutes at a time.

4 College Junior

Facilities: There are a lot of different libraries and the architecture is great. There are some campus traditions like Dragon Day and Slope Day.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Cornell is kind of in the middle of nowhere, compared to schools like Columbia. I love how beautiful it is here.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: It's always a pain to apply for financial aid, a very drawn-out process. Cornell wasn't quite as generous as I was hoping they'd be, but overall I am very, very grateful for their help. I wouldn't be going here otherwise.


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Mandy Kain and Radhika Arora
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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