Ithaca, NY
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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I feel reasonably safe. I don't go off campus a lot, but when I do there's a TCAT bus that's free on weekends and after 6 pm. I have a meal plan so I don't need to go to the grocery store but there are a few around.

4 College Junior

Academics: It's more theory based and not as much practical application, which is not exactly my forte, and not as useful in the real world either. The other major I could have done is not offered at this school. The workload is pretty tough but interesting enough. It's hard to find job opportunities for my major but people are as helpful as they can be, I think.

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4 College Junior

Academics: There are a lot of different kinds of classes and professors to appeal to all sorts of interests. The workload is pretty tough, but usually profs are fair about curving. There is definitely an emphasis on pre-med and engineering. I've had bad professors and really fantastic professors.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Cornell is pretty stressful, but it's what you make it. I have had great professors and some pretty awful ones. Going to a school with a big name is definitely helpful, and the financial aid was good, so that's mainly why I went there. It can be hard being far away from home for me.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe walking alone because I walk fast and I pay attention to my surroundings, but there have been cases of sexual assault and robberies on campus. I don't think they're TOO common, but they've definitely happened. Our campus is open.

3 College Junior

Parking: I don't have a car on campus but a lot of my friends who do complain about cost and distance.

3 College Junior

Athletics: There isn't a ton of school spirit at Cornell, and I think the focus is more on academics than sports, but I was on a varsity team and I know other people who are as well.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Way more upper class republican Caucasian people than anything else.

10 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Your not gonna stop the people who have been doing it for years already. Drugs are going to be everywhere.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The reason these school are called Ivy league is because of the sports.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Athletic centers are maintained the best out of anything.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The keep everything clean, and clear out the snow before I even wake up.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Snows and rains when ever it feels like.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: I go to The School of Hotel Administration. The first and best school for hospitality.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Best education i could receive.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I dont have many scholarships.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I go to one of the most prestigious colleges in the world. I feel like I live in a movie that is based in college while recieving an amazing education. This cool was created for me.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: You can tell they only care about the money. If I was dying, I would die because they nurse has to go over the cost of the visit first.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They trust us and we know they trust us.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Landlords over-price off campus housing when it closer to campus. They know they students have to pay it.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The best college town because there are 2 colleges in the city of Ithaca. Students make up more than half the population.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Compared to other schools I have visited, Cornell's food is spectacular and on an other level. It's even ranked #1 nationally if you look it up.

3 College Freshman

Parking: It is just extremely expensive to have a car on campus. Cornell doesn't want cars all over the place.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is such a wide diversity, it's impossible to say. There is every interest, height, ethnicity, sociable, quiet, nerdy, party animals.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few very interesting places. Some of them are a bit farther than walking distance but they're all pretty good.


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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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