Ithaca, NY
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Reviews 1503 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Dickson and it's a pretty social dorm - freshman dorms are definitely a good place to get to know people.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Game attendance is a little lower than I expected - I think everyone wants to go to more games than they actually have time for.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Cornell is a great place to meet so many different people, especially with all the different schools within the university.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Collegetown is good. There should be more bars but the ones that are there do very well.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Because it's so remote, I'm not worried. Everyone within a few miles either goes there or works there. The blue lights could be better located, but over all I do feel that it is safe.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Takes over most of campus. If you want to be a part, you have to join. If you don't care, they do have some open parties that are fun.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The school really takes over the local atmosphere. There isn't much besides Cornell once you're on campus.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is a disaster. Collegetown renting is a oligopoly and a pain to deal with. Landlords are difficult and housing is insanely expensive.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Everyone is smart enough to be self policing. People tend to take care of themselves but campus police are helpful.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The ILR program at Cornell is entirely unique from anything else offered in the country. The social scene is a little funny because a lot of students need to decompress after a tough week but are still socially uncomfortable. Academics are hard. If you're not organized and motivate, you can easily fall behind. The opportunities are endless and new things are always popping up.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: West campus facilities are great. The gym, Noyse, noyse is fantastic and there are libraries and study spaces everywhere. There isn't much green during the winter, but campus is still beautiful. Campus events and traditions are plentiful. Slope day, a campus celebration is fun and there are tons of events all the time.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Absolutely amazing. My professors are mostly all doing research in their fields and relate what we are leaning in class to real world situations. The registration process can be difficult but there are endless special study options.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: ILR is amazing. It's very unique and if you belong here, you'll know it. The workload is manageable and the curriculum is built so that you can do what you want with it. The facilities are good, but could use a coffee shop or small lunch place. Internships and job opportunities are plentiful and anything is possible if you just reach out for it.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: It's extremely expensive and hard to find spots. I'm sure this is done on purpose.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school is amazing. Cornell allows anyone to study anything they want. The ILR school is great at what it does, and it seems each school selects its students wisely. Some students are a little anti-social and unbalanced, but finding the right group of people is very important.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: So many options.
Freshman live on North. Sophomores and upperclassmen on West. Many upperclassmen live in Collegetown also. There are some hidden gems like 122 McGraw Place and the campus hill apartments. Amenities are pretty basic but everything is pretty clean. The housing process is a little wacky but ends up working out. If you talk to the housing office, they will get you into the right place.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are tons of computer labs and the computers are usable, pretty fast and have printing. Printing can get a little expensive but some schools within Cornell offer money toward printing. Wireless is AMAZING. I've never had to connect since getting here; it just works.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are so many dining halls, I haven't been to them all. Healthy options are high but organic is not seen. Vegetarians will do okay but should check the online menus first. There are tons of meal plans and flex dollars and everyone should think about what they use before choosing.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I think it's good. Students relax during the weekend but don't get dangerous and are smart about drinking. Drugs are not noticeable. No one pressures you to drink or do drugs. Everyone is responsible for their own decisions. Policy does an excellent job of keeping things safe and keeping hard alcohol out of the picture.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They're difficult to deal with and most people didn't know what was going on with my aid. They just kept telling me "there's nothing written on your profile" and sent me to talk to someone else.

Finally, I did receive the help I needed

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Cost and availability are so variable. You can find a place by talking to frats and seeing if they have open rooms. They will lend them out to anyone for pretty cheap. But it is still better to live on campus or with friends. Also, people have their contracts for next fall done by october. If you are getting a place in Collegetown you will pay a ton and have to do it early.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Ithaca is gorgeous and so cute. It is an interesting area but there is always something to do. I wish I lived downtown.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: One of the best food systems on any campus. All you can eat and buy as you go options are both incredibly abundant. And food is amazing! It is great.

4 College Junior

Majors: It was not difficult at all getting into biology. I applied and was accepted. I had all the courses completed that I needed so it worked out perfectly.

College Junior

Majors: Internships are not very popular compared to research on campus. But I do not know much about it. Just pick a good 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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