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Ithaca, NY
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14,245
Tuition
$43,413
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 1379 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Academics: It's Cornell University, so obviously it's not a walk in the park. The curriculum is challenging. The professors give you a lot of responsibility and expect a lot of you. But it's nothing you shouldn't be able to handle. With proper time management and good study skills, everything is manageable. There are excellent resources on campus to help you succeed, all you need to do is put in the effort to reach out to them.

17 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Computers: The computer labs on campus are an invaluable resource. There so many located all over campus, making them accessible to everyone. They are well kept and up-to-date. If though most people have their own laptops the computers are still regularly used by a majority of the campus.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Academics: My experience so far as an engineer has been pretty good. The first two years were difficult, but necessary to determine who really is fit for this career. Now as an upperclassman I am finding my classes much more focused and enjoyable. The professors are more animated, the material more engaging. It was definitely worth the wait and worth the pain of pushing through those weed out semesters.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not sure how the grade is supposed to reflect Greek life, but I chose it to mean that Greek life has a huge influence in my school.With 37 social fraternities, 12 social sororities, 13 cultural Greek organizations, and many more professional fraternities, almost everyone SOME type of Greek. Most of the social Greek organizations have large on-campus university owned houses, and other Greek organizations usually arrange their own housing. It's a big part of social life here, and the biggest sources for students who wish to partake in underage drinking.

1 College Junior

Drug Safety: Greek life is very big in Cornell, and therefore the drug scene is also pretty big. Drinking is an extremely popular activity, and alcohol visibility is high in areas near frat houses and around campus, with varying degrees, from Wednesday night to Saturday night.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's pretty safe on campus. The lighting is good, there are usually always a lot of people around, and emergency telephones are well labelled and easy to spot. However, once in awhile we do get emails regarding "forceable touchings" and other things, which makes everyone somewhat uneasy.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Weather: It's basically winter time from the end of October to the end of April. It snows a lot, but classes never get cancelled. When it's not snowing, it rains a lot. But I didn't give the weather an F because when it IS nice outside, it is absolutely beautiful.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes are challenging and most freshmen classes tend to be in huge auditorium like rooms because of the amount of students taking them. However, these classes always have a small discussion which makes it easier to interact with the material and ask questions and professors are always readily available to talk and will reschedule office hours with you if you ask.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most guys are the cliche kind of guy that comes from a well to do family. The same goes for the girls. They all are pretty and good looking. People do tend to have a varying amount of interests which is good for the social atmosphere because even though everyone tends to be from the same kind of "pretty looking" atmosphere you get people who you can relate with no matter who you are.

12 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants off campus are costly and can sometimes be a sort of cultural disappointment, if you know what I mean. There are nice little snack areas in College Town like College Town Bagels and a Boba/Bubble Tea place.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm an Environmental Science of Sustainability major and I really like how all of my classes even the general requirements, are very hands on courses. There is not a class you take that doesn't teach you a new technique that would be handy for you if you went out in the research field.

2 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: It depends what social circle you are in. There are a lot of fraternities/sororities but there are also theater kids, athletes, etc. so it just depends who you surround yourself with.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a bunch of restaurants in the area. A lot of asian and american food. People usually eat on campus because we have great dining options. The price is comparable to a city.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: It's pretty remote but there's a lot of outdoor hiking areas, wineries, swimming holes etc. Not a lot of shopping. It's a college town.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The dining hall food is pretty good, but it usually upsets my stomach so I avoid eating there. There are a lot of little cafes around campus also so you can get something quick for lunch.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus sucks. The passes are very expensive and it's impossible to find a spot. You're better off taking the bus or riding your bike to class if you live farther away.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus, but things have happened. I go running at night by myself, and I've been fine. You just have to be smart.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Security is good, but its a big campus with lots of dark, woodsy pathways. Be smart at night and on the weekends and you'll be okay - but things do happen.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Computers: There are lots of computer labs, and a few are open 24/7. Super convenient if you don't have your laptop with you, you need to print, etc. Printing is 10c a page though, so if youre going to print a lot I recommend investing in your own printer. Its cheaper in the long run and more convenient.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Ithaca is a great food town - most restaurants use local and organic meats and produce so all the food is fresh. There is also a wide variety of restaurants - american, indian, japanese, chinese, korean, italian, etc. Everyone can find something they like, and something in the price range they are looking for.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Cornell has some of the best college dining halls in the nation. We have everything from Chinese to Kosher food. It is pretty good quality with good selection. Can get boring, but still is great.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Computers: Cornell has plenty of computers and computer labs. Visit Mann Library if you need a computer. All libraries will also check out laptop computers to students.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports at Cornell, especially men's hockey, is a big part of campus life. The hockey games are filled with fun traditions and students get impassioned about the games. Cornell has great athletic fields. Our teams are not the best, but there is a lot of school pride. However, other sport games at Cornell are not that exciting and do not draw large audiences; therefore, I gave it an A-.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Ithaca is a small town with not that much to do. However, Ithaca is an awesome college town with a handful of nice restaurants and bars. There is definitely beautiful hikes to take all around the area –– it is naturally marvelous.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Weather: There is a lot of snow at Cornell during the winter and it can get REALLY cold. The weather really impacts students since the campus is so large everyone needs to walk. However, at the end of the school year the weather is beautiful and everyone hand out outside.

3 people found this useful Report
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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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