Ithaca, NY
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Reviews 1369 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: It's an Ivy-league school with a reputation to match. The lecturers are great, the homework is challenging. They want you to think. They want you to work hard. I think they want you to learn.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There isn't much, but it's not all chain restaurants. The restaurants downtown have to be locally-owned. It's not cheap, but the quality is generally all right.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Ithaca is a beautiful city, but the winters are terrible.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Many of my friends were international students and others were from all over the country. I learned a lot from them and their cultures and heritage.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I lived in East Hill Plaza. It was moderately close to campus, far from downtown. I enjoyed a really short walk to the grocery store and a bus stop. It seemed a little expensive for what it was, but it was well-maintained, clean, and safe.

2 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: The bar scene is small and is mostly located downtown and in Collegetown. Many of the bars feature bad music, sticky floors, and unpleasantly large crowds stuffed into tiny spaces.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Freshman get free bus passes and all other students get free rides on weekends and weekdays after 6. Its pretty easy to get to most places.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I don't really care about sports so I'm no export, but the main sport Cornell people care about is hockey and were apparently pretty good. I've been to the gym and its decent but the fee is a separate charge.

1 College Freshman

Weather: It rains a lot and snows a lot. Gets super cold. It really nice late spring/summer/early fall though.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Like one third of the campus is Greek. I don't really participate though.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Depending on where you live, it can be very expensive. There are like 4 landlords that own a lot of the rental properties, and they keep the prices high. But a lot of people do ok and enjoy living off campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: What really sucks is your not guaranteed housing for junior and senior year. And sometimes renting off campus can be expensive.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Very large selection, can basically study whatever you want!

5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm studying Industrial and Labor Relations. At first I didn't really know what that was and didn't know if I would like it, but I'm almost done with my freshman year and I love ILR! I don't know what I want to do for a career, but I'm thinking Human Resources. I love the classes and topics of ILR and the professors are great.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Tons of people from all walks of life. Can't walk ten steps without seeing like three different ethnicities. Some people seem to stick to their own kind, but most people have friends from all races, religions, ethnicities etc.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are some good places nearby. Maybe not the healthiest though.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never had a problem with my health or safety while I've been here. Had a friend get an infection and they helped her. Every once in a while you hear of weird attacks in Collegetown at night.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Definitely good. Very prestigious. If you put in effort you can learn alot.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You don't see it. Although you can guess it's used. There is no peer pressure and policy enforcement is usually pretty chill.

1 College Freshman

Weather: ITHACATING. Our weather here is horrible. Rains, snows and hails all in the same day, and then suddenly turns sunny. It's insane and makes me sick, literally, quite often.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They're there if you need them but it feels a bit of reach. You really have to reach out for them to come.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't participate in the nightlife so I wouldn't know.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Cars are very helpful but it is insanely difficult to find parking spaces. Buses are good but the rides are so long and it takes forever to get where you want to go. The bus schedules are also completely unreliable and sometimes bus drivers don't even bother showing up. Transportation is necessary to leave our very isolated campus, but so inconvenient that I don't bother anymore.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Application is relatively easy. Some classes have prerequisites so you have to wait, while others just need you to have a basic plan idea in your head so you can apply right away whenever you want.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Facilities and curriculum is great, but internship opportunities not so much. The workload really depends on the class and the professor.


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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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