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

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Lots of parties on-campus because there is not much in the surrounding Ithaca area. About 30% of students are in greek life. There is about 30 frats and 12 sororities.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: It's often freezing cold with lots of overcast skies and more often that not it's fairly wet from either melting snow or just rain and drizzle. When the snow has settled, it looks pretty nice, and the fall is nice to when all the leaves change color. It's fairly hot during the spring and summer, but seeing as I come from a relatively cool area (the Bay Area) I may be a little biased.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's a small town environment that's boring.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities are great! There are multiple gyms for students to work out. Also, there are many libraries to study spread throughout the campus so you can pick and choose your favorite ones. There is also a lot of green space on campus. The Arts Quad is especially beautiful in early fall and in the spring. Student Centers are also conveniently placed there resident halls.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is really great your freshman year. North Campus is really like a community and you get to be together with everyone else in your class. Later on, everyone gets separated so embrace North Campus while you can. Campus housing really fosters a nice community your freshmen year. Hopefully you'll be in a good dorm with great people.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The TCAT system is really useful for getting around Ithaca and the surrounding areas. However, only freshmen get a free bus pass. After your freshman year you need to pay for an annual one, which is slightly disappointing. There are many stops though, and there is even an app that gives you the bus schedules.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm in the Human Ecology school where the majors are very specialized and extremely interesting. I am currently in the major Human Biology, Health, and Society, but I am also trying to dabble in Policy Analysis and Management and Human Development. Personally, I've found some of the most interesting classes in HumEc. However, Cornell as a whole, has SO many different majors and programs of study. There is definitely something for everyone and there are so many different classes you are able to take. It's great!

3 College Freshman

Weather: When it is really cold, it is really hard to get up for early morning classes. I often even find myself staying in the dorm instead of going to the library to study.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never been a victim of danger, but from what I've witnessed, the campus takes safety very seriously. They always notify the entire student body about incidents.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is available near the dorms but is not reliable for getting to class on time. Recommend walking or using public transportation for getting to class

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options for off campus housing in terms of location and price. The quality of housing depends on a number of factors such as its location near campus, the landlords, and its cost.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There are plenty of computers available on campus, from the computer labs to the libraries. The network is somewhat reliable and its speed is average compared to other schools. Wireless access is available across campus and a personal computer/printer is recommended.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The process of getting into the Computer Science major is relatively easy. You just need to complete the pre-requisites and fill out the required paper work. The only difficulty is that there was additional paperwork not listed in the on the Engineering website that I found out about from the Computer Science department.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: As a computer science major, I entered Cornell through the College of Engineering. If I could do it all over again I would probably enter through the College of Arts and Sciences and then transfer into the College of Engineering as some of the courses that I took through the College of Engineering as prerequisites for my major where not really necessary to take at the level of difficulty that Engineering courses have and would have been better taken at the Arts and Sciences level.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Not as bad as everyone makes out to be - the winters are cold and often rainy, but nothing a good jacket can't solve.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is very cold here and since the buses are not on time walking is usually necessary. This can become inconvenient since the classes are relatively far from the dorms.

4 College Freshman

Academics: A lot of varied curses are offered at the school and there are also a lot of research opportunities. I can pretty much take a class on any subject since there are multiple colleges to chose from

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Although the bus service isn't perfect it is pretty regular and it is really convenient for going to the mall.One complaint that I would have is that although the bus service is free freshman year it costs money all the other years.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was very disappointed with the financial aid system. Since my family had some savings we received zero financial aid from the university. Especially since the tuition is so high I am trying to find ways to earn money for college, like scholarships, outside of financial aid.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Although the Ithaca itself isn't very big the campus life is pretty active. There is really no need to leave the campus most of the time as there usually will be something to do. Other than that Ithaca has some nice restaurants and is very college student friendly. There are also ample opportunities to go to New York City freshman year.

1 College Freshman

Parking: I have yet to meet a student who drives to class. Public transportation is readily available and reliable, and much cheaper than obtaining a parking permit and maintaining a car. Parking is almost always reserved to farther than normal walking distance due to space problems on campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Schools spirit is more or less totally lacking in athletics with the exception of hockey. The entire campus will seem dead as Lynah is packed with hordes of fans. Other sports are more or less totally ignored. Gyms are plentiful and well maintained.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Walking around campus, one can see the many colors of Cornell, and it is difficult to go through a day or even a few hours without hearing someone speaking heavily accented English or their home country's language. The LBGTQ community on campus is active and open. At the same time, if you were to stop someone on the street and ask them where they were from, you'd be more likely than not to hear New York or California.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not sure what the grade means but Cornell is (was?) a HUGE drinking school. I pause because the administration is trying REALLY HARD to keep freshmen from drinking, to mixed effect. But come on, you go to a school this hard where it's this cold (see dartmouth), it makes sense that everyone drinks a lot. Other drug use exists, mainly in fraternities, but is not the majority and isn't really a predominant part of the party scene.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life rules the social scene here. Some of the houses are unreal, and it's a joke that the houses are ranked so low on this site. The fact that the houses are such incredible places to live is one of the only reasons Cornell hasn't disbanded its Greek system. Only knock on it is more of a knock on Cornell social life as a whole with the recent crackdown on underage drinking and hazing. 2 years ago it was A+ no questions asked but its headed in the wrong direction.

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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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