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Ithaca, NY
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$43,413
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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: If you can't find your calling, tailor your own major in Arts and Sciences.

4 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: It's the same stuff over and over again for the most part in the dorms but it's good.

1 person found this useful Report
1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: nearly impossible. You have to pay meters all the time and the "Parking PD" will slap a ticket on your car the second your meter is up.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are beautiful and unique housing options but you will pay a lot for them.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: I have found that internships can only be found through the school only if you actively look for them. Cornell doesn't advertise internships for students unless you ask them to. I unfortunately was unaware of this and wasn't able to get an internship this year. That being said, with a great alumni base, available internships are diverse and plentiful if you start early enough.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Greek life is big here! With that being said, the party scene is practically controlled by greek life. Fall semester is usually the best when it comes to access to open parties for all years. Once spring starts, parties become more exclusive and those who are not in a frat or sorority must resort to house parties. Those who are over 21 have access to many bars and clubs in Collegetown such as Pixel, Dunbars, or Level B.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The best thing about Cornell that sets it apart from other schools is the fact that you can major in pretty much anything you want! There are majors here that I have never heard of before and if they don't have it you can create your own! That's what makes Cornell such a diverse community and stay true to their motto "any person, any study".

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Facilities: As a freshman, the best places to hang out were the dorm lounges or the Robert Purcell Community Center. If the weather is nice, you will see many people sunbathing or playing games in the quads. Unfortunately Cornell is not the best at advertising events on campus and if it is, many people do not go to them. Athletic centers here are top notch. There are two gyms on North Campus: Appel and Helen Newman. Helen Newman Center has a pool and basketball courts in addition to a gym. Classes are available such as Zumba or Kickboxing. Teagle and Barton gyms are available on Central Campus but they are mainly used by athletes. West Campus has Noyes Gym. Outdoor basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts are sprinkled throughout the Cornell compound. Libraries are top notch as well but a far walk from North and West Campus. This is why you might see more people going to the library in between classes than in the evening. Thousands of clubs are available for people to join and is advertised during ClubFest in September.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Computers: Access to a computer or printer really depends on where you live on campus. Appel and RPCC both have computer labs although Appel is usually full. Otherwise, you would have to use a computer at the library which is a trek from your dorm even if you live on West Campus. West Campus dorms have computer labs as well.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Winters are brutal, when snow is pouring and you must walk to your classes. It is so cold and often brings gloom and depression to a lot of students. There are some walkways that are not salted and often become very slippery. The bus is often packed and cannot accomodate all persons desiring to take it when weather conditions are harsh. The summers are really hot and only the newer dorms offer A/C. Fall and Spring are the best seasons here by far.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm in the engineering college and I have not enjoyed it so far, but that was only because I did not take advantage of the opportunity available. I felt that workload was too much for me to handle for me to pursue extracurricular activities. I would suggest not starting any clubs or hard internships until you get adjusted to college.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The best places to live freshman year are in the newer buildings (Mews & CKB). However, there are many options to choose that accomodate your liking. If you are a female and would like an all female dorm, Balch Hall would be the best bet for you. If you would like to live in a program house(cultural, musical, etc..) then a program house would be the best bet for you. There is often crime in the low rises and high rises, and these buildings are the furthest away from your classes, so I would avoid those, if you have the chance.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: As an engineering student, I did not have to decided right away what type of engineering field I would like to major in. This has its advantages and disadvantages. Although I would have more time to decide, once I decide my major and sophomore year arrives, it will be very difficult to change my major if I decide that it is not for me. Freshman year is often tough, when most students are unsure of what they are majoring, classes are curved lower, and most professors do not even know your name. After freshman year however, the professors put more care into their students and often students feel more motivated to succeed. Overall, the engineering program is very strong, but only for upperclassmen who strive to succeed without being too dependent on the faculty.

2 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It's snows alot and there are quite frequent student suicides

6 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I have only had great experiences at Cornell in terms of health and safety. I have never felt threatened on campus, it just always felt like a safe heaven. Every time I got sick, the clinic on campus, Gannett, has been prompt and attentive and I honestly felt taken care of at all times. They truly care for their students.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Cornell has an excellent academic program and a great reputation. I went to the hotel school, which is the considered one of the best programs in the world for hospitality. Classes are interesting, professors are knowledgeable and helpful, and you can pretty much study anything! The workload can be pretty stressful, especially if you are an engineer, but not impossible. Also, the registration process seems a bit outdated. The system always crashes and people have trouble getting into the classes they want, but it is not a major drawback.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Studying Hotel Administration at Cornell is an amazing experience. It is a small school, so you get a very tight knit community in an otherwise very big campus. The faculty is extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and pretty well connected. The school has a great reputation and there are many career fairs where good employers come to recruit, so there is no shortage of internships. Overall, great academics, brilliant professors, and amazing networking opportunities.

2 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Most guys are girls are really smart, down to earth, and fun to be around. Of course, every once in a while you will find some annoying frat boy or snotty sorority girl, but these are just exceptions. Cornell kids are mostly great!

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are campus busses but obviously i'd rather not take a bus at all but the campus is too big

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Every school is going to have problems with college kids drinking alcohol and smoking pot. I don't know of any hard drugs though

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some places are good but others are pretty far from campus so depends. Also, by junior/senior year you probably will just be better off living off campus it's cheaper

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Ithaca is a quiet, folksy town in Upstate New York. Big acts or bands won't stop here-so don't expect to see rock stars at the bars. Most of the beauty lies in its idyllic landscape and eco-friendly local atmosphere. When the weather is nice most locals and students enjoy hiking the gorges, swimming in the lake, or walking around town. In winter, one can ski and snowboard close to town, or bundle up inside to stay warm. The townspeople are friendly and encourage students to enjoy nature and preserve it. There are always festivals going on, such as Applefest, the Scottish Games, and the Chili Cook-off. Environmental friendly initiatives and programs are incredibly important and popular in Ithaca to locals and students alike.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Facilities: The best thing about Cornell is the variety it offers-in everything. There is a club for everything, from Harry Potter to Teach for America. Greek life offers variety through the many different social fraternities and sororities as well as professional business and honor fraternities. There are more than 30 places to eat on campus, most of which offer vegan, vegetarian, and kosher food as well as normal fare. Off-campus dining includes dozens of great places to eat, most of which will deliver to your dorm or the library you are studying in. Night-life varies as well. There are always parties and bars to go to, as well as quiet movie nights or low-key events on campus! There is never an excuse for you to sit bored in your room on any night of the week.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Majors: The History Department at Cornell is especially helpful and welcoming. Professors are always open to speak with students after class and at office hours. The department makes itself open and available to all students and holds events where undergraduate and graduate history students can speak informally with staff and professors to ask questions or just get to know your favorite lecturer. The major requirements are easy to understand and fulfill. There is even a Cornell Historical Society that works with professors and graduate students to help engage undergraduate students in the college and professional history scene.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Finding off-campus housing at Cornell is stressful! Most students live off campus both their junior and senior year. Off campus housing is usually depicted in three general locations: North Campus, West Campus, and Collegetown. Collegetown is the designated "party-area" of Cornell, so living there is convenient to go out but housing varies. Cheap housing in Collegetown is typically 650/month per room in a 3 or 4 person apartment, while expensive housing might be around 1,000/month per room. Houses and apartments on North and West campus are typically farther away from the restaurants and parties in Collegetown, but are usually cleaner andn with cheaper rent. The hardest part of finding off-campus housing at Cornell is signing your lease. Landlords typically don't take great care of the property, and if you want to find good housing at a reasonable price you have to sign your lease incredibly far ahead of time. For your junior year of college, if you want off-campus housing you should sign your lease in August or September of sophomore year! This is stressful to decide where you want to live and who you want to live with so far in advance!

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Mandy Kain and Radhika Arora
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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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