Location
Ithaca, NY
Undergrads
14,245
Tuition
$43,413
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 1481 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: ILR is the best! It has the homey feel of a small school but all the resources of a big school.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Haven't had one but there are tons of opportunities for them. More opportunities than students.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Some of their worst sports receive lots of funding and some of their best sports receive very little funding. There isn't much school spirit.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Lots of diversity, but people don't seem to venture out very much. There are lots of resources like the Hispanic house, Chinese culture center and things like that but sometimes people don't branch out.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Weather: The snow can be pretty, but over all just the bitter cold is annoying.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a transportation bus system called TCAT. It is useful but often doesn't run exactly when or where you'd like.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There are people who smoke pot. Haven't really met hardcore druggies before.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Depends on which sport. Hockey is HUGE here. Coming from an island in the Caribbean I obviously knew NOTHING about hockey but I went to a game and I instantly fell in love. The atmosphere at Lynah rink is one of the best in the nation, people pre game, get rowdy, scream at the ref and the players, and its a great experience. Our other teams aren't really that good compared to the Hockey team. I've heard the wrestling team is good but other than that the only other game i've been to is the Homecoming football game in which we somehow win every year. The facilities are great with top notch equipment at the GYM.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are always police around campus and you can see them in the dorms during the weekends in case anything happens. They actually help drunk students get to their rooms sometimes but don't expect that to be their reaction if you're falling around North Campus. It is a lot better to get caught by Ithaca Police than Cornell Police though. Our health center is Gannet Health Services. I've never been there but i've heard it can be a bitch and you have to call to have an appointment. At the end of the day they help you out and they have free condoms.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Cornell tries to enforce many of its rules against underage drinking and drug use but reality is that there are just so many places you can get alcohol and drugs that it can't be stopped. A person does not need to take part in any of these actions but if you want to, it is easily accessible

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Cornell has the best college town. The scenery is unique, and you won't find it anywhere else. Homecoming weekend has been one of my favorite experiences, as well as the fall sports season.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is strict about policies, but the officials do not get involved in students' academic or social lives without cause.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not involved in Greek life, but it is a big part of the social scene on campus. You don't have to be in a sorority or fraternity to participate in some Greek events too.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are a number of dining halls everywhere on campus. Menus have a wide selection. My favorite places include Synapsis and Trillium.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather definitely takes some getting used to if you come from areas of warmer climates. It does not distract or limit the campus experience.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: There are a variety of majors to choose from. There are always very few challenges during the application process. Advisors are always available to help.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are emergency blue light phones everywhere on campus. The campus is well lit at night. There are also many students always around at night going to and from the library. Campus security drives around frequently as well.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses run constantly every day from collegetown and campus to the commons and downtown Ithaca. Bus passes are convenient, otherwise it is 1.50$ per ride.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The biology and society major allows for students to fulfill their interests in other academic areas as well. Even with the major and college requirements, there is plenty of opportunity to take fun and other classes of interest.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes can be difficult, so it is important to plan ahead for the registration process. This includes consulting with an academic advisor and searching for classes on your own. It is important to take advantage of the academic opportunities like professors' office hours.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: I recommend bring your own computer, but computer labs are definitely available. There are multiple wireless networks and all are reliable on campus. I think having your own printer makes things a lot easier as well to save trips to the labs.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The best attraction is NYC, which is only a short 4 hour drive or bus ride. Locally, downtown Ithaca, collegetown, and the commons provide great shopping, attractions, and dining.

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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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