Location
Ithaca, NY
Undergrads
14,245
Tuition
$43,413
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 1503 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 College Junior

Parking: $700 to park on campus!!!! That is insane!!! You can just find a spot a little off campus and walk. But those spots are hard to find also because they fill up so fast. And do not park somewhere you should not be. You will get a ticket.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Campus is absolutely beautiful. And there is a building for you. We have Harry Potter libraries and modern buildings and art pieces on campus. Pick your spot.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: You do not have to attend classes and people in administration seem nice. Also, I have not heard of any frats getting busted for underage drinking.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I have not been of campus too much but Ithaca is a big. There are many options, especially vegan and organic options.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I was going to live on campus and requested a roomate who requested me, but instead I got stuck with some girl who was itching to switch too. Also not many people seem to get their first location pick. I ended up staying off campus however so I do not know the ins and outs of living on campus.

5 College Junior

Transportation: The campus shuttle only brings you to other campuses of Cornell. But the busing system is through the county and it is great for getting around campus, especially since campus is huge.

3 College Junior

Computers: I really have not seen any computer labs except one for the art students. There are a few computers in the libraries but they are always occupied. So I guess I am not sure exactly how the system works, but there are too many students flooding it to see.

3 College Junior

Academics: The biology major is pretty bad, but I hope I am just biased. You sit through many 500 student lectures during your time there. It is boring because I wanted to do hands on work. It seems pretty easy to get research within the department, however. I guess if you take the time, you can make it worthwhile.

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Academics: I do not like the setup of academics here. I have 3 classes over 100 students and two over 500. That is ridiculous. You never meet the teachers. Also, the work is annoying. Nothing is hard here except managing time. My community college I transferred from had harder exams and I learned more there. Luckily I do not need to study much but people take their grades way too seriously. I have heard of students bragging about who has pulled the most all nighters. If you go to Cornell make sure you're doing something you love with all your heart, or else it's not worth it.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: People are hot here... Surprisingly. I really was not expecting it but the girls are pretty and always dress up. And guys are preppy and all really attractive. Also there is a very small amount of overweight students.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I could not make friends because I was a transfer and people already had their cliques. Although the work is not much harder there is more of it. There are many opportunities for almost anything on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Facilities: Cornell has most of the facilities you will ever need. They may not be the best, but they have them.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: If you get off-campus and away from college students for awhile, you will greatly appreciate the local atmosphere as opposed to if you only stayed in the campus "bubble." Ithaca has a lot to offer, and the Ithacans are always interesting.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Facilities: The facilities may not be the most colorful or up-to-date, but if you need something, you are sure to find it at Cornell.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Senior

Weather: The forecast says it's sunny and warm, but it's really snowing and freezing. It is cloudy more often than not during the academic year, but when it is nice out, everyone is out! Get used to walking in the snow/wind/rain uphill...both ways. One must search for the weather's redeeming qualities.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Computers: WiFi is unreliable. Printing fee shouldn't exist.

8 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have only heard of singular occasions where people explicitly explain they have used drugs, but to my knowledge it is not too prevalent. Alcohol consumption is most common.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love Ithaca! Collegetown is right outside of west campus and has a performing arts center, restaurants, and some stores. The Commons, only a short bus ride, has more interesting shops and great places to eat. Downtown is nice as well. Ithaca also has festivals at different times of the year, my favorite is Apple Fest. :)

10 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Parking: the parking lots are so far away from everything! and it costs a pretty penny for a parking permit. My tip, leave the cars at home

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I love the TCAT, it takes you to many useful points on campus. However the buses do get behind sometimes so make sure you aren't cutting it to close to class.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life dominates because the frats host most of the parties to attend.
But contrary to popular Greek belief—you can have a social life without being in a frat/sorority. However, the frats host the major (and minor) parties, and if you're not involved in Greek life it can be pretty difficult to get into them. There is a pretty big social divide between Greeks and non-Greeks.

12 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are buses that run through the central campus that can take you where you live with ease. As a freshman, you are given 24/7 free access to the TCAT bus system of Ithaca until the beginning of your sophmore year. From then on, the 24/7 access is limited to the weekends, but you are given free access everyday weekday after 6pm. The free access pass is included with your student ID card, and can be used to travel anywhere the TCAT bus system can travel.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: If you are not very familiar with the process and you are already a student on campus, there are resources to help you with the application process on campus. However, if you are a high school senior planning on attending the university, then getting help via phone or email can be irritating if you are expecting anything close to an immediate response. As the deadline for the application approaches, the financial aid office becomes more tied up with the large population of incoming undergraduates, so it's best to assemble all the questions you can think of before you contact the office of financial aid so that you can be on your way in one contact attempt. How smoothly the process will go for an applicant depends on how easy it is for the applicant to gather all the forms necessary.

13 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining at Cornell is great. Collegetown has a plethora of restaurants to eat at. There's a wide variety quick of choices from pizza to burritos to Chinese food. There's also a fair number of nicer sit down places if you're interested in a more formal meal. The costs are fair and the quality of the food very high.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Scholarships: I don't receive financial aid, however many people that I know do. From what I've heard, Cornell is extremely accommodating to those in need. Were it not for the efforts of the financial aid program there are a great number of deserving and hard working people who would not have the opportunity to receive such a quality education.

5 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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